elf Heartbreaker Cream Blush

elf Heartbreaker Cream Blush

Most of us consider changing some of our makeup products when the seasons change, either because you discover they need replacing, they don’t seem to suit you in the same way now or you just fancy a change.

If you’re like me and are kind of dreading not having that natural sun glowing flush in your cheeks any more, you might be looking for a new autumn blush that will give you that healthy glow appearance and this cute pot of cream blush from elf, Heart Breaker, might be just what you’re after!

What elf Say

“This amazing blush offers the best of both worlds. It smooths on as a cream for great texture and then transforms into a velvety soft powder finish for long lasting rich colour that’s never greasy. 

The lightweight, refreshing oil-free formula looks natural and radiates a beautiful glow perfect for all skin types. The soft powder finish can be layered for desire intensity and dimension.”

First Impressions

I love the pot design. Just like I love the Conditioning Lip Balms, as they’re packaged in the same way. The blush is 15g and when you pop the little protective cap off the top, the blush looks super velvety beneath and I was excited to try it.

I use my fingers to apply the blush to my cheeks. Just a quick dab and you can feel how soft the cream is, like velvet and how easy it will be to apply. With just a couple of dabs you can then brush around the cheek area. You really don’t need a great deal of this to get the look as above, so first impressions are great.

What Do I Think?

I’ve been using this blush for a few weeks now and feel it has a number of great qualities…

  1. Highly Pigmented This is a such a great benefit to this product. With just a few dabs you get enough product on your fingers to cover a good area, making the 15g last so much longer.
  2. Layering Ability I love how easily this product can be layered, so you can add and add until you have the desired intensity. So for a day look you can be far more subtle and add extra blush over the top for an evening look, without it feeling clumpy.
  3. Soft & Silky Feel I love how this cream blush doesn’t feel wet or sticky in any way. The fact that it applies like velvet and then settles on the skin so you wouldn’t know it was there, is a massive plus. It’s like a second skin!

From someone who’s been using the same blush for a while now, which I have to admit I do still really love, this I think will become a firm favourite now too.

I am also super impressed, as always, with the price point of this blush. Considering my current favourite is £8.50 for 4g and Heart Breaker from elf is an amazing £6.50 for 15g, I can see how my makeup collection will become filled more and more with elf products. They’re such great value for money, whilst being top quality at the same time. The ultimate combination. Wouldn’t you agree?

Have you tried Heart Breaker or any of the other five cream blushes in the range?

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Autumn Clothing & Accessories Wish List

 

It’s been a while since I compiled any kind of wish list and that doesn’t mean that I don’t have products or fashion items I’m lusting after, but more that there are far too many items to compile into one post!

So today I thought I’d share with you some of my current autumn wardrobe wants, now that baby has arrived and I can finally fit into some beautiful clothes again!

  1. Grey Crepe Blossom Print Kimono, New Look
  2. Burnout Jersey Jumpsuit, Topshop, £30
  3. Short Coat with Wide Lapels, Zara, £59.99
  4. Grey Fine Knit Embellished Neck Top, New Look, £12
  5. Tan Leather Cross Strap Chelsea Shoe Boots, New Look, £39.99
  6. Rosie Skulls Scarf Tote Bag, Fawn Clothing, £25.99
  7. Black Pendant Drape Necklace, New Look, £7.99
  8. Monochrome Rose Floral Print Skinny Jeans, New Look

I’m especially loving the jersey jumpsuit, which looks like it will be super comfy whilst I work on getting my tummy back and looking stylish at the same time. I’m also really loving the Chelsea shoe boots. I’ve wanted some lovely ankle boots for a while, so this autumn is when I’ll be finally indulging I think!

What do you think of my selection? Are you like me and constantly adding new items to your autumn wardrobe wish list? If only our budget were limitless eh?!

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elf Mint Cream

elf Mint Cream

elf Mint Cream

It felt like a Mint Cream day today, so I painted my nails with elf’s Mint Cream nail polish which was part of my elf wish list back in May. I’ve loved the look of this shade for a while and wanted to add it to my collection of other mint and green polishes like Essie’s Mint Candy Apple.

Mint Cream* is a gorgeous mint green shade and although this particular pot seemed a little trickier to apply (it was quite thick), after a short stay in the fridge, it applied easily. I think this warm weather has played havoc with some of my nail polishes! I wouldn’t keep all my polish in the fridge, as some say it’s best applied at room temperature, but on the odd occasion I find it can work a treat.

What Do I Think?

Looking at my current mint & green nail polish collection, I can really see the similarity between elf’s Mint Cream and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. It’s actually pretty uncanny!

If anything I think that the elf shade might be slightly bluer but really the similarity is so great, that if you want a shade like Mint Candy Apple, you really should pick up Mint Cream instead; especially with a difference in price of over £5!

elf Mint Cream & essie Mint Candy Apple

I’ve always had a love for mint polish, ever since having some shellac applied last year and I can really see how this shade can work in the autumn/winter months too. Applied with Maybelline’s Marinho for example would look gorgeous!

Do you have a favourite minty green nail polish shade?

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Avon Soft Musk

If you read a fairly recent review of mine, you’ll know that I like trying Avon fragrances, not only because they’re great for everyday wear but also because they’re so reasonably priced.

Today I thought I’d share with you my thoughts about Soft Musk, which is the newest fragrance I’ve tried from Avon and on the occasion that I ordered it from my rep, it was on offer at just £5 (usually £8.50 on it’s own) and included a body spray with it. So you can see why I thought I’d give it a go!

I’ve not tried a fragrance with the name ‘musk’ in it probably since my friends and I were obsessed with white musk at school. From the ‘rub and sniff’ page in the Avon brochure Soft Musk seemed as though it would smell really lovely, so I thought it was worth a try.

What Avon Say

“A soft scent merging rose, jasmine and ylang-ylang with a subtle touch of musk. Beautifully sensuous and romantic.”

First Impressions

The bottle itself is really understated, with no writing on it at all and just a simple light pink lid; again a fragrance that will look pretty on my dressing table (I don’t know what it is about that which I love so much)! The bottle is a good size 50ml and first impressions are good.

So What Do I Think?

The musk scent of this fragrance is really soft as it says, with a touch of baby powder about it. It reminds me a little of freshly washed babies, which isn’t a bad thing eh! The fragrance lasts really well too and I can still smell it at the end of the day, which is great.

I believe this particular fragrance has been around for years and I can understand why. It’s quite a universal fragrance that I can see being worn by all age groups. I think it’s really delicate and love it as a day to day fragrance, but I can equally see my mum or gran loving it too.

I think for value for money, Soft Musk is certainly worth giving a try. You won’t find a better value everyday scent on the high street and the great thing about buying from a local rep is you don’t pay for postage either!

Do you like to try Avon fragrances like me?

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1RayBan

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Whether Wayfarer sunglasses conjure up images of James Dean, Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan or Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, the Ray Ban Wayfarer has been the sunglasses of choice for celebrities since they first appeared on the shelves in the 1950’s; yes, that long ago!

The likes of Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and James Dean started making the style hugely popular during the 50’s and 60’s, wearing them stylishly on television and in their movies and whilst the style may have taken a back seat during the 70’s due to lack of celebrity endorsement, they saw a massive comeback in the 80’s.

Tom Cruise could have worn a bin bag in the 80’s let’s face it, but the fact that he wore Wayfarer’s in his film Risky Business, could have maybe had something to do with the styles sudden rise in popularity!

For me I have to admit that there was a time in the 90’s when Wayfarer’s went from Madonna super cool status to Men in Black, um a little un-cool dare I say it – it’s just my personal opinion, but with Ray Ban product placement at a continual high, the style was inevitably going to remain popular and stick around.

I guess it was quite unfortunate that the wrap around frame became popular during this time too (I never understood that one!) as this must have also contributed to the Wayfarer’s unpopularity but with yet another comeback just around the corner, I guess Ray Ban were just biding their time.

The 00’s saw the style undergo a massive redesign, making the frames smaller and less angular and intended at making them easier to wear. The style was updated with a variety of colours too (with Ray-Ban remix letting you create your own custom specs), which ticked a lot of boxes for a lot of celebrities but personally I do sometimes feel that original is best and I definitely feel that way about the Wayfarer.

If you want stylish eye wear that even vampires will be seen dead in (excuse the pun but Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies did look pretty cool), then in my opinion, the original black frames like these Ray Ban’s available at Shade Station are as cool as they come. Stylish, classic, timeless.

Worn by both male and female celebrities alike, this style is and will always remain a classic. With oversized sunglasses currently being so popular and so many stockists selling Ray Ban Wayfarers, you really should try them if you haven’t already.

The Ray Ban Wayfarer isn’t going anywhere. So I guess it’s time we all gave in and owned a pair!

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