Amazing Advertisers | August

Sunday, 31 August 2014

So, tomorrow its September. How on earth did that happen? This Summer has been what feels like a complete whirlwind and now September is here, it won't be long until we're all wrapped up in our winer jumpers getting excited for the Christmas festivities. Madness I tell you! Although I have to say, I'm quite excited at the prospect of Autumn/Winter. I know most people hate it and prefer Summer but Christmas is my favourite time of the year and there's something I love about wrapping up in chunky scarves, snuggly jumpers and boots - its so cosy! Starbucks gingerbread lattes are always a nice winter bonus too! Anyway, enough rambling about the seasons, let me introduce you to my wonderful bunch of August advertisers. They're all fabulous so make sure you go and say hello to them all - I'm sure it would make their day.

Hi everyone, I’m Carly and I blog at I set up my blog a couple of years after I gave up my beauty salon to pursue a different career. I had been in the beauty industry for 15 years and wanted to continue to share my knowledge and help people. My friend suggested that I write a blog and I’m so glad that I did.

At Carly’s Beauty World you will find that amongst the product reviews and fun posts, I also write about and specialise in specific areas such as skincare and other beauty related topics. If you want to diagnose your skin type or learn how to choose skincare products you can come to my blog and find the advice you need easily.

I’m always chatting to people on my various social media sites so come and say hi. I look forward to meeting you all. I’m having a giveaway to win a Lush Cosmetics gift voucher so don’t forget to enter when you visit my blog (see here).

Carly x

Eltoria from Eltoria Secrets

Ciao bellas! (Or to any amigos out there). I am Eltoria and as you can probably tell from the header, I am slightly obsessed with facemasks over at Eltoria is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog where I like to express my enthusiasm and quirkiness through photo and text (I even made up the word frabrodoodle and made it work haha). Please visit me, leave me your details and let’s get linked!

Much Love Eltoria x

Eleasha from Duchess of Fashion

Hey lovelies! My name is Eleasha, a young British woman who loves being creative. I work full time in digital marketing and have recently launched my own fashion blog as I've been obsessed with the online fashion community for many years and finally decided to bite the bullet by creating my own blog. At Duchess of Fashion you will find style inspiration, as well as fashion advice and tips and tricks. I update my blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so be sure to follow me on Bloglovin for regular updates. I also make YouTube video's, I upload fashion/beauty related videos every Sunday so subscribe to my channel to keep updated. Stop by and say hello! :)

The City Rack
The CityRack is a fast growing online fashion retail store, offering fashion-forward clothing at affordable prices. Aimed at young and stylish females, The CityRack offers the latest styles in clothing and accessories for women that love keeping their look on-trend and affordable.

Since the launch at the start of 2013, The CityRack has quickly gained a huge social media following and a loyal customer base spanning worldwide, with shipping available to countries in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. 

At The CityRack, we understand that the key to our success is a happy and satisfied customer. This is why we focus on delivering exceptional customer service & a simple to use yet exciting shopping experience.

We do more than just sell clothes. We like to point you in the right direction by offering exclusive fashion updates including handy fashion tips, outfit ideas and competitions in our subscription-only newsletter, from our regular newsletters to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 Instagram: thecityrack

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. Mine has been rather hectic as I've been moving things into my new flat. Keep your eyes peeled for lots of home ware posts coming your way very soon! I may even do a flat tour when I've got everything in - would you be interested in seeing that?

Lots of love,

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

Friday, 29 August 2014

Foundation is one of those products that I really struggle with. I don't know if I'm just particuarly fussy or if I've just never found my 'holy grail' base. I've tried my fair share as well - a mixture of high street and high end. Now don't get me wrong - there's some foundations out there that I LOVE (NARS Sheer glow/Bourjois healthy mix) but even then, I've never applied something to my skin and thought 'wow, this is flawless'. Maybe my expectations are too high or perhaps I haven't found the perfect accompanying concealers and powders. 

Anyway, rant aside, the latest foundation I've been testing out is the YSL le teint touche eclat*. This stuff gets a LOT of praise on blogs and youtube so I had pretty high expectations. Other than it being from a luxury brand and having beautiful packaging,  I own and love the touche eclat highlighting pen so figured I would love this just as much. However, I have to say, I'm in two minds about it.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review 3
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review 2
I find it really difficult to review foundations as I'm never entierly sure what it is I do and don't like about them - to me they either look good or they don't, I can never really weigh up what exactly it is that makes one look good and another look bad. However, with this one, there's a couple of things I love about it and a couple of things I'm not so keen on. Firstly, I LOVE the packaging - its in a very sturdy glass bottle with a signature YSL gold lid and most importantly, it has a pump - we all know how important a pump is! I also love its fruity scent and the shade range is pretty impressive too so there should be one to match all skin tones. My shade is 'B40 Beige' which is a perfect match and is quite yellow toned which works well at brightening my complexion and cancelling out any redness. 

As for the formula, this is where I'm a little unsure. It applies to my skin like a dream, doesn't cling to dry patchs and has a lovely medium buildable coverage. However, I think it may be a little too dewy for my liking. I know, who'd have thought I'd be turning my nose up at dewy skin. The reason I think it may be too dewy is because after I've applied it, it requires a lot of powder or I'm bordering on the greasy/sweaty look - not ideal. After I've powdered, the shine is under control but I'm then left with a fairly matte looking complexion which isn't what this foundation is intended for. The staying power is surprisingly good considering it has such a dewy formula and I find it actually looks better throughout the day as the glow of the foundation starts to show through the powder.

Overall I think this is a lovely foundation but perhaps more suited for people with dry skin than those like me with an oily t-zone as it can make me look even oiler. I love the formula/colour and coverage it provides, I just wish it was a little more middle of the road on the dewy front. I'll still continue to use it with a powder but I don't think I'd repurchase - for £30, I'd want it to be near perfect. The hunt for my holy grail foundation continues!

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think?

Lots of love,

Blog Sale ft NARS, MAC, Dermalogica, Origins & More

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

As you may or may not know, I'm moving to Manchester soon and me and my boyfriend are currently in the process of putting all of our things into boxes ready for the move. It occured to me over the weekend whilst going through my beauty drawers that I have WAY too much stuff. I own more products than I could ever use in a lifetime so after dishing out some bits and bobs to to friends and family and binning lots of products well past their sell by date,  I've decided to do a blog sale with the remaining bits and pieces. 

I'm not going to lie - I need every penny I can get at the moment as there's lots of things we need to buy for our new flat and I also need to seriously downsize before the move for storage reasons. Most of the products I'm selling are things that don't get enough love, shades that don't suit my skin tone or things I have more than one of. Who needs three of the same foundation or moisturiser? Total madness! With this being said, I hope you see something you like and please read the points below before buying anything. Thanks!!

- This blog sale is unfortuantely UK ONLY. As most of the products I'm selling are relatively cheap, I can't justify the cost of posting internationally.
- If you see an item you'd like to purchase, please leave a comment below stating which item/s you'd like and your Paypal email address so I can send you an invoice.
- All payments will be made via Paypal.
- When an item has been sold, it will be clearly marked as such in this post. If an item is 'pending' (I'm still waiting for payment), this will also be marked within this post. 
- If you haven't paid for the item within 24 hours of the invoice being sent, it will be made available again.
- If you see a product you like and want to see swatches, please do so via Google. I can't include swatches to every single product in this post as it would be too long.
- Please do your research before commiting to buy a productso you know exactly what it is you'll be receiving - I can't accept returns so make sure its something you definitely want!
- Postage for all items is £2.50 plus 50p extra for each additional item and items will be sent second class via The Royal Mail.
- Items will be posted within 3 working days after receiving payment.
- All products will be cleaned/sanitised before posting to ensure they're in the best condition possible.
- I've added the RRP to all items I could find online below (some were limited edition, travel size or in sets so I can't find a price).
- All items are none refundable.

Barry M Peach nail polish - £1
Barry M Mint Green nail polish - £1
Barry M Aqua Glitter nail polish - £1
Barry M Yellow nail polish - £1
Barry M Bright Purple nail polish x 2 - £1 each
Barry M nail polish (no name but dark metallic purple) nail polish - £1
Barry M Silver Lilac nail polish - £1
Barry M Huckleberry Gelly nail polish - £1.50

If anyone wants to buy them as a bundle, will sell all for £7.

Models Own black nail art pen - £1
NYX 'Winter' nail polish - £2
Liz Earle 'Bright & Breezy' nail polish - £4
GOSH nail polish (no name but letterbox red shade) £3
Rimmel silver polish - no longer for sale
Nail Girls pink polish - £5
Mini Topshop 'Gypsy Night' polish - £2.50
Mini Topshop 'Silver Bullet' nail polish - £2.50

 OPI mini nail polishes - £2 each or all for £8 (not sure on shade names unfortunately)

OPI Into the Night nail polish - used once - £3
OPI Pepe's Purple Passion nail polish - used a couple of times - £5
Essie 'Chubby Cheeks' nail polish - used once - £4
Butter London Yummy Mummy nail polish - brand new - £6

Ebay Real Techniques dupes (blue) - £3 each or all for £10
Real Techniques angled brush - £3
Real Techniques liner brush - £3

Estee Lauder 'Sand' Double Wear - used once - £17.00
NARS 'Punjab' Sheer Glow - used twice - £17.00 (RRP £30.00)
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in 'Vanilla' (no lid) - used twice - £5.00
The Body Shop all-in-one BB Cream - shade 01 - used twice - £5
Vichy Idealia BB Cream - shade light - brand new - £10.00 (I have two of these to sell)

elf 'Natural Nymph' lipstick - swatched only - £2
Illamasqua 'Eurydice' lipstick - £8
Barry M shade '154' lipstick - swatched only - £2
GOSH Volume Lip Shine - £4
MAC 'Fashion Whim' Cremesheen Glass lipgloss - £7
Avon Glow 'Pink Sunset' lip gloss - used a few times - £3
Lanolips - brand new - £5

Rimmel Stay Glossy 'Orange your life' lip gloss - brand new - £2
Rimmel Stay Glossy 'Pop your Pink' lip gloss - brand new - £2
Sleek 'Powder Pink' pout polish - brand new - £3

Barry M Natural Glow Eyeshadow Palette - used ones - £3.00
NARS Kalahari Eyshadow Duo - useage as shown - £13.00
Sleek 'Garden of Eden' eyeshadow palette - used once - £6.00

NEXT Touch of Pink perfume - useage as shown - £5
Armani Diamonds perfume - used a couple of times - £15.00
Rodger & Gallet Bois D'Orange perfume - useage as shown - £7

elf 'Twinkle Pink' blush - used once - £2
Illamasqua 'Erzule' powdered metal - used once - £7
NARS Guy Bourdin 'Rotonde' Blush - limited edition - useage as shown - £17.00
Sephora 'Orange pop' blush - only swatched - £10
Bourjois cream blush - shade 01 - brand new - £4

John Frieda Full Repair Root Lift Foam - used once - £4
Macadamia Spray Hair Oil - used twice - £10.00 
John Freida Frizz Ease Serum - used once - £4
Michael Van Clarke 3 more inches finishing feed - brand new - £13
Matriz Design Pulse Thermo Glide Express Blowout creme - used once - £7
Schwarzkopf Osis Dust it volumising powder - brand new - £4
Vo5 Plump it up volumising spray - used once - £3

Amie Morning Dew matte-finish moisturiser - brand new - £3.00
La Roche Posay anti-redness moisturiser - used a couple of times - £10.00
Elemis Softly Softly daily moisturiser - used around 40% - £6.00
Ren Hydra-calm global protection day cream - used a couple of times - £10.00
Caudalie Vinosource moisturiser - used a couple of times - £7.00
Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 moisturiser - used a few times - £17.00 (RRP £30.00)

Dermalogica special cleansing gel - brand new - £7
Dermalogica exfoliator - used once - £15.00 
Mini Clinique clarifying lotion - brand new - £3
Mini Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - brand new - £3
nspa Dreamtime Body Butter - brand new - £2
Mini Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter - £2

Bourjois Liner Feutre 'Noir Violine' liquid liner - used once - £4
Daniel Sandler 'Aqua Velvet' waterproof eye liner - brand new - £5
Urban Decay 'Mainline' 24 hr glide-on eye pencil - brand new - £5
eyeko skinny khol eyeliner - brand new - £3
Collection lasting perfection concealer - brand new - £3 (decided not to sell)
Mini Benefit They're Real mascara - brand new - £5

He-Shi Rapid 1 Hour Liquid tan - brand new - £13

MAC Hue lipstick - useage as shown - £9
Topshop 'Lotus Flower' lip cream - used once - £5

Real Techniques Retractable brush - brand new - £7.00


Lots of love,