Thursday, 28 May 2015

Muji Acrylic Drawers


 It's about time I started organizing my beauty products and what not! I've had my eye on these muji acrylic drawers for a while now and couldn't bring myself to purchase them as I thought they were a bit pricey, so I did my research online and in other stores and turns out, these are very reasonably priced. When I found out that I could stack them, I just had to make a purchase! Simply because I could have a few stacks or one tall stack, it's just versatile and something that I can add to if I wanted to in the future.

I've only just started putting things in there and I'm sure it will look a lot less organized in a month or so. The good thing about this is that it is see through so you can see what you have to play with, and also encourages as little hidden mess as possible!

 

Muji has a policy where acrylic products are non refundable once removed from their original packaging, so do make sure you've given it a good once over before you buy anything acrylic, and maybe check it one more time before removing all the packaging.

Acrylic Flip Top Box - 2 Drawers - Wide £11.50
Acrylic Box - 2 Drawers - Wide £10.95

I bought a flip drawer and I can stack as many drawers under the that one. So far so good, keeping the mess in one place. I'd definitely recommend these to anyone looking to organize their space! I did see a few cheaper ones on eBay but it's hard to gage the quality without seeing them in person, plus I didn't see any stack-able ones on there, or maybe I'm just blind?

Let me know if you've found a cheaper alternative to these Muji Acrylic Drawers.

Until next time,
Grace
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Monday, 25 May 2015

What's on My Face?

Valencia Filter



Hope you are all making the most out of this Bank Holiday Weekend! I have myself had a rather eventful one myself and feels like I'm on cloud 9!

I'm not sure if I've done a post on my face but I have a couple of new additions which I have been loving and would love to share it with you all, so let's get on with it shall we...

Liz Earle Foundation | Signature Foundation £21

The three newly boxed foundations and my two old ones.

 

 
  
04 Almond | 03 Nude | 02 Ivory

First up is of course my Liz Earle foundation! I have always mixed shade 02 and 04 to create my own shade, but it was only recently when I was about to re-purchase the same shades that I realized they did a shade between the two. I always thought the shade in between was made for skin tones with pink undertones BUT turns out it was for warmer undertones. I was too chicken to just order the new shade so I ordered my two regular shades as well. Logic behind this was, I could get tanned and might need to add a darker shade to shade 03, and if not, then I can always use the darker shade to contour and the lighter one to highlight. Or just use it like I have been doing in the past. It's a win win situation all round!

The middle shade is actually pretty accurate shade for me, it is a little off but once it settles on my face, the color tends to adapt to my natural skin color.
Bourjois Paris | Maxi Delight Bronzer £8.99


Next up is this bronzer. I literally picked it up because it was the last bronzer left on the bourjois counter at boots. There was also the chocolate ones but I wasn't entirely convince by the smell or cardboard packaging so I opted for this one instead. It has a very slight shimmer and adds that little glow to my face. I use this to add a subtle contour to define my cheekbones. A little goes a long way with this product! I have been using it for about a month now and it still looks brand new, the little design that came with it is un-noticeably touched.

I didn't really examine this bronzer when I was at boots BUT thankfully it is made for olive/tanned skin! It is just perfect for me, I love it so much!

There seems to be a pixel glitch in the right photo around my lips, it is not because I have a lot of foundation on in that area as you can see in the photo on the left... IT IS BUGGING ME SO MUCH!





 





and what better way to finish the post with more #selfies!

Hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think in the comments ;)

Until next time,
Grace
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*I always use my smashbox primer before applying foundation, and my bourjois healthy balance matter powder to finish but did not give it a mention in this post as they are not a new addition*

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

shu uemura cleansing oil


To be honest, I've never even heard of shu uemura until my housemate Angelina introduced me to the brand. Angelina is a big fan of their products and encouraged me to try this cleansing oil. The sound of a cleansing oil baffles me, I was so scared of using this product especially because my skin tends to get quite oily as it is. I thought to myself, 'why would anyone want to rub oil all over their face for cleansing purposes?!'

The first few times I used this, I was extremely scared, I didn't use it properly. I just popped it on my face, far far away from the eyes and rubbed. It did do a good job at taking my foundation off, but I would still go in with my Liz Earle cleanse and polish to finish up the eyes. Angelina then told me it's okay to use it on the eyes, so I braved myself and rubbed it all over my eyes (and face). I was pleasantly surprised as it just melts away all the make up, including mascara! I didn't have to rub hard and EVERYTHING came off with ease! After using it for over a week, I can safely say that I am now a true converted fan! I use my muslin cloth to get rid of any make up around the eyes, but as it has already been touched by this magical oil, it just glides off. It might even do a better job than my Liz Earle cleanser (I'M SORRY!). My favorite thing about using this is that my muslin cloth looks clean, as opposed to dirty foundation color.

I think this product has been discontinued or is about to be discontinued but you can have a look at all of shu uemura's cleansing oils here. Might have to purchase some for myself now!

Sorry for the lack of photos but it was really hard to photograph myself using this product as my hands would get so oily, and I didn't want to get my camera/phone oily... but just imagine a face full of make up slowly coming off. The area around my eyes were blackish, almost panda-like!

Hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time,
Grace
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Friday, 15 May 2015

mini boots haul

 
Happy Friday ALL! Hope everyone is enjoying the indecisive weather as much (i.e. not that much) as me. On the bright side, I have a haul post for you! Now, when I say 'mini' with no capital 'M' in the title, I mean mini so please don't get your hopes up cause I can promise you that it is not going to be anything exciting, at least in terms of beauty anyway. It's just a few, shall we say essential products I picked up while I was in there.


GARNIER Body Intensive 7 Days Nourishing Lotion £5.19 £3.45
You may have seen my recent empties post and noticed that I am running low on moisturisers so obviously I had to go to my favorite drugs store to repurchase some! I was drawn to this one because, one it was in the reduced section, and two it's practically the same thing as my hand cream which I have been loving all through winter. The mango oil just sealed the deal for me! I will report back on this when I've used it for a while.
 
GARNIER Hand Intensive 7 Days Smoothing Hand Cream £3.19 £2.12
 So since I LOVED my previous hand cream so much, it was only sensible for me to get another. I went for the one with mango oil to match my body lotion. Also since it's coming up to summer, my hands won't be as chapped as they were as winter, so something a little less intense is probably a better choice. I wouldn't want my hands feeling over moisturised now do I?

I've already popped this in my hand bag and it feels like I am wearing a gloves of moisture and smoothness whenever I use it.

Nivea Shower Cream £1.99 £1
Another something something from the reduced section! Shower cream is always essential, cause you know, showers... At £1 each how could I not!



...And that is literally it! I told you it was mini...
Hope you enjoyed it none the less. More posts with exciting news coming up real soon!

Until next time,
Grace

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Rita Ora x Rimmel London Nail Polish

Rimmel London by Rita Ora £2.99 | Rimmel London Nail Nurse £4.49
I bought this nail polish on a whim whilst browsing the boots beauty counters (oh so dangerous) and I have no regrets! This nail polish looks as good on as it does in the bottle. I applied 1 layer of base coat, 2 coats of colour and let that dry. The next day I added another layer of colour, and finished it off with a top coat. All those layer were worth it as it lasted me a good week and a half before it started to show signs of wear, it was still okay looking for another week so it does lasts a good while.

I got the shade 'go wild er ness' and will definitely be going back to buy some more. I really like how the bottles are so small too, cause my nail polishes tend to thicken or dry out after a while and I will have to throw them out, this little jar will probably be finished before it gets a chance to dry out. At just £2.99 I can't complain really, I think there's a 3 for 2 offer going on as well so even more reason to buy more! As if I needed a reason anyway...


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Until next time,
Grace
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Pretty necklace for £2



There are two things that I adore, first is a good bargain and second is this adorable Cinderella baby blue colour! It is just so lovely and summery, I even have a full length dress in this colour... most of the little girls think I'm a princess when I wear it hahaa!

I don't particularly need a new necklace as I have plenty, but for a whole £2 who could say no? That's basically spare change for a necklace. I loved New Look jewelry, they tend to have pretty unique stuff that looks more expensive than they are. The price is affordable, and the quality is not bad either.

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Grace
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Let's Talk Hair!




Before we begin this post, let me just start by saying that it is filled with many many selfies!

My hair has been getting longer over the last few months (this is what it looked like in September) and it's starting to take longer to dry, clog up the shower, and generally taking more time and effort to maintain. So... I started this new thing where you don't wash your hair everyday, and let me tell you the benefits just keep on coming!

Day 1
  Freshly washed and blow dried. I used my straighteners to create my signature flick in my fringe, also added a little more texture to the roots of my hair. I didn't add any products in on the first day so that it will have that clean feeling that little longer.

Day 2
 I went in again with my straighteners to add a little more texture. Then went ahead and dry shampoo the roots! Perfect for adding volume and more importantly amazing for keeping the grease away!

Day 3
I forgot to take a selfie until night time on Day 3 so the lighting is a little poor... I didn't do much apart from work that day so I just kept it simple. Curled my hair the night before, and tied half of it up in the morning, I then went in and added a few more curls before I left the house to add definition. I would normally use more dry shampoo but it wasn't necessary since half of it is tied up.
Day 4
 I loved my hair on Day 4! I added more dry shampoo and curls. Then went ahead and hair spray the whole thing to hold it all in place. The photo on the left is me in the morning before leaving the house, and the one on the right is me after my day at work/socializing. As you can see, the curls held their place very well, I'm impressed!

Day 5
 I had a lunch date on Day 5, and yes I probably should have washed my hair but the curls just looked so great, I couldn't bring myself to wash them out... Again I added lots more dry shampoo and a few more curls, and then hair sprayed the rest.

Batiste Dry Shampoo | Wella Hairspray | Buster Plughole Unblocker
 I love love love batiste dry shampoo! Been using it for years. I always go for the tropical scent as it smells of coconuts, reminds me of a beautiful sunny beach with a quaint cocktail bar. The smell isn't too overpowering but people can smell it, I know this as I always get compliments on how great it smells. It's affordable and does the trick, highly recommended for anyone with hair that goes greasy after one day.

I came across this Wella Hairspray in Tesco and thought why not, since it's cheap. It may not have the most fancy packaging but it does what I need it to do. I also like how it tends to fade out with a stroke of a brush, which makes my hair feel less dirty.

As I said earlier, my hair tends to clog up the drain (eww), so I bought this unblocker. You pour the whole bottle down the drain, leave it to work overnight and rinse through with hot water! Does the trick, but in between uses I have to manually handle the hair out of the drain, oh so gross! Which is why I try to wash my hair as little as possible, so I don't have to clean it too often.

Another great benefit of not washing my hair everyday is that my natural hair oils get to go to work. Now I can go 5 days or maybe even 6 without it getting too greasy, but when I first stopped washing my hair daily, it became greasy overnight. You have to push past that feeling and in a couple of weeks time your hair (and you) will get used to it. You also save a lot of shampoo and conditioner! The benefits just keep on coming!

As always, hope you've enjoyed the post, maybe even found it helpful.

Until next time,
Grace
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Monday, 4 May 2015

Empties

 
 Hello lovelies! It has been a while... I can't remember the last time I had a whole day in to relax and blog BUT I am back with an empties post and have lots more new posts lined up over the next few weeks.

I have A LOT of empty products, been collecting them for the last couple of months and who knew I went through so much stuff in such a short amount of time!

  First up Shampoo. I have been using TRESemmé Shampoo for the last few months and I have been loving them. Back in the day when I used to get student loan, I would pop in to TKmaxx and buy some bedhead shampoos or something ridiculously priced. Now the slightly more grown up me tries to go for affordable products that work just as well as those overpriced stuff.

 I go through bodywash pretty quickly as I do wash my body everyday. Nivea's range are great for me, I love their scents and they are also quite moisturizing.

 Baby wipes are always handy to have around especially if you are as clumsy as me!

 Another Nivea product. Love this stuff and already got myself another tub.

 Currently recycling the tub as a holder for my (new) Lush sugar scrub.

 Bourjois healthy balance powder is probably one of my holy grail items. It's so mattifying, which to me means perfection. I use this as a finishing powder or even by itself for those lazy days. I have one at home and one in my handbag so I can touch up all day long.

 Muji Candle. The scent was great and lasted me a good week or so, which is great for the price.

 Super Liner eyeliners. I've been raving about this for a while now, already got myself a new replacement and probably will keep doing so for the foreseeable future.

Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner. Another eyeliner which I have also already repurchased.

Nail polish remover. The top of the cap popped off as I think I was trying to tighten it a little too much... resulting in me spilling the last little drops of the bottle :(

These nail polishes aren't particularly empty but I will be throwing them away as they have dried out or are too gooey to be used... Anyone got any tips on how to store nail vanishes so they last longer?

This bronzer has served me well, it's been with me for almost 2 years so I thought it was about time I bought an upgrade. Which I did too, and also sadly means that I will be throwing this little guy out.

 Garnier Hand Cream has kept my hands going through the winter times... will definitely repurchase. It's ultra hydrating and smells quite lovely, doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy afterwards either.

Lanocreme eye cream. Now, this jar says eye cream and I remember it being quite a good product, but I also think that I used this to transport some kind of cream as I have used up the eyecream and it was a good travel sized pot, only problem is I forgotten what cream is in the jar, which means it's time to get rid.

 Liz Earle face cream and cleanser! As you all know I am a huge fan of Liz Earle, so it's not a surprise that I have used up their products... Already got replacements!

A couple of mini products, took these to Barcelona with me and finished them up when I came home. Aren't they just adorable :)


That's all for today but there's more posts coming, promise!
Grace
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