Nars Sheer Glow Review

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

For as long as I can seem to remember I have been looking for a foundation that I actually love. One that gives me a good coverage, but doesn't make me feel like I'm caked, gives me an even looking finish due to my natural redness and to brighten my face and leave me looking natural instead of powdery. I believe that I have found this in this product.
First, the packaging. My main gripe with this product is that it is just an open necked bottle underneath. You can purchase a pump for it off the Nars website (which i'll be doing) as I'm finding that I'm wasting quite a lot of the product without it. 
I picked this up in the colour Punjab (medium 1) Nars describe it as "medium with a golden, peachy undertone". This is a perfect match for my skin, but at the moment I am quite tanned due to the good weather in England and my holiday. So whether this match will still look the same in a few months I don't know. 
It's recommended to warm the foundation up in your hands first and then to apply it with your fingers to create the most natural look possible. I have been applying this with my fingers but then at the end I've just been going over it with my real techniques buffing brush. After applying I sweep over the foundation with Nars pressed powder to help keep it in place.
I was apprehensive about using this foundation. With a name with 'glow' in it for someone who has oily skin it was a bit daunting. But after reading up on the product online I found others who have oily skin have used this foundation and loved it. This gives my skin a lovely glow, leaving me looking healthy. I find that this product lasts around 4/5 hours before you need to apply powder before any excess oils come through. 

NARS Laguna Bronzer Review

Sunday, 28 July 2013

 Ahh the infamous Nars Laguna. It seems like most blogs I go on tend to have a review on this and they hype around it is massive. I first tried the Laguna bronzer back in May. After seemed what like hours of contouring I was over the moon with the finished effect and went out a very happy bunny that night!
Ever since then I've been meaning to pick it up so when I was in Rome this week with a Sephora on every corner I just had to pick it up! I paid more for it over there but I had euros to spend so I wasn't too bothered by it. 
First of all, my favourite thing about all Nars products, the luxurious packaging. I just love the way they look and feel. However, as with all of the products they do get dirty incredibly quickly. As usual they come with a large mirror for outings and applying on the move. 
I tend to find with that the vast majority of bronzers that I've tried over the years they tend to make my face look dirty instead of actually bronzed. With this product that is not a problem.Like the good majority of Nars products this bronzer blends onto the skin really nicely, helping me to avoid this dirty/muddy look.
The bronzer has a very subtle shimmer to it which I really enjoy as I'm not too big a fan of having a glittery face. 

Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser

Tuesday, 9 July 2013
(My camera decided to play funny buggers and deleted the photos I took, by the time I'd realised this I'd already thrown the bottle in the bin!)

This month I'm banning myself from buying any beauty products. Therefore I have decided to use up all the samples I have at home. I picked this one up out of the tin a couple of weeks back now. 
I've really enjoyed using this product. Before I started using this I read a few reviews of it online, most were bad and I was a bit dubious about using it, however I decided to give it a go. I really can't emphasise enough how clean this makes my skin feel. As someone who has oily skin nothing feels better than that amazing squeaky clean feel after washing your face, this is the cleanest I've felt after washing my face in a long time! You only need to use a small amount of the product to produce a brilliant lather, it also has an amazing smell to it! All I can say really is don't always go of other peoples opinions as no one has exactly the same skin as yours!!


Sunday, 7 July 2013
(This was at Patisserie Valerie - very busy but amazing food and not too pricey! Next time I go back I want to have a full lunch here rather than just dessert!)
For my boyfriends birthday one of the gifts I got him was a weekend away in Manchester, we both needed to do some shopping before we go away to Rome! 
I didn't get too much other than my camera and spending over £100 in Cath Kidston (my downfall in life). Most of the weekend I spent eating amazing food, one of my loves in life. So I thought I'd dedicate this post to the amazing food I had that weekend!
 On Saturday night we went to San Carlos, all I can say is that it's the most authentic food I've tasted since I was last in Italy myself! The atmosphere was amazing and it was a regular haunt for celebrities with a picture of Rihanna visiting just a month before us! The service was amazing too and I would recommend this as the best place to eat in Manchester. The only downfall was the price. It cost just under £100 for our meal and we didn't have desserts (too full with a starter each!)but you definitely pay for what you get though and I can't wait to go back next time I'm there and try something else!
On Sunday I stopped off at the Sugar Junction for a pot of tea. I love floral tea and chose one with rose petals in (can't remember it exactly now). I wanted to have a full lunch here but Iain wouldn't saying it was too 'fussy' (typical men 'eh?). I was so jealous looking at all the afternoon tea's and lovely cakes :-(

Lomography; Diana Mini - The Evelyn

Tuesday, 2 July 2013
When I was in Manchester this weekend I picked up this little beauty. I've been looking at getting a camera from Lomography for well over a year now and have just never seemed to have the spare money to buy one. I did originally intend on buying the original Diana but when I seen this mini version in such an amazing colour I fell in love. 
Now I won't be able to really fully review it as I haven't got to the end of my film yet so can't see what the pictures have turned out like, it could be a complete disaster for all I know! 

The camera itself is simple enough to use. There's different settings for the time of day and for the brightness outside. Loading the film is a bit fiddly but with the help of youtube tutorials it didn't take me too long. I'll include some pictures below of what people have crated with their Diana Mini!

Diana Mini (The Evelyn) // £50 at Urban Outfitters

Amelia xo

Latest In Beauty Samples Review

Recently I received a box of free samples from Latest In Beauty.  I received Melvita - ultra nourishing cream, Yes! Nurse - protect your lovely hands and Amie - spring clean cooling clay mask.
When I first used the Amie clay mask I absolutely loved it and was ready to come on here and blog all about it straight away! It smells amazing and when first applied it felt amazing and my skin felt woken up. After removal it felt amazingly fresh and smooth. However, when I woke up the next day I'd suffered from a mini break out on my forehead overnight. I had't trialled any other new beauty products at this time so this is the only thing I can imagine causing it.

The Yes Nurse hand cream is absolutely amazing! It was designed by a young nurse who suffered from cracked hands due to the amount you need to wash them as a nurse. This cream absorbs into the hands in around for 30 seconds and doesn't leave the greasy feeling that most hand creams do and I detest. I will definitely be investing in this in the near future when I'll be starting my nursing degree and my own hands will be suffering. As well as this I think it will be handy at the moment as I work part time as a checkout operator and I've found my hands in a worse state since starting this as I'm using them all day.
Melvita's nourishing cream includes 3 organice honeys, acacia to soften, orange blossom to repair and thyme to heal. As for this it smells delicious! I found it to be amazing on the occasional dry skin patches I have on my face, it instantly soothes and calms upon application. It's so light and silky and absorbs into the skin pretty quickly. I rationed out this produt and used it over 4 nights, the more I used it the more improvement I seen. Definitely going to be purchasing in the full size and going to have a look at the rest of their range.