Get the Glow | Benefit Watt's Up Soft Focus Highlighter

Friday, 25 July 2014

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I'm sure you've heard me say it before but I'll say it again - I'm a total sucker for highlighting products. My obsession with them is getting pretty close to my love of lipsticks and whenever I'm pursuing makeup counters, my eyes are always drawn to the shimmery champagne highlighters that promise to brighten the complexion and add a much coveted glow to the skin. Other than being beaufiul to look at, I don't feel like my makeup is complete without a slick of highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones and down the centre of my nose. It gives my overall look a more flawless finish and helps me to achieve that Millie Macintosh style glow that we all know and love.

A highlighter I can't get enough of at the moment is Benefit's 'Watt's Up' - a cream champagne toned highlighter that comes in a twist up stick form. I've always used powder or liquid highlighting products in the past so the cream formula of Watt's Up is unlike anything I've ever before but I may just be converted - its perfect! Firstly, I have to comment on the packaging. As with all Benefit products, the packaging is spot on and the shiny lilac tube is just so pretty. I love that its designed to look like a lightbulb too with a witty name to match - I can see why they've gone down that road as this product really does add light and radiance to the skin. The only part of the packaging that I don't like is the spong blender on the opposite end to the product itself. I attempted to use it to blend the product in and found it totally useless. It doesn't make me like the product any less because I prefer to blend cream product with my fingers or a stippling brush anyway but its worth noting that if you buy this product, don't expect great things from the sponge!

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As well as looking pretty, the product itself is brilliant! At first I was slightly concerned by the cream formula as I often find cream products look patchy and rub off the foundation and powder applied underneath but luckily, I haven’t had this issue at all with this product. The consistency of the product is very creamy so it glides onto the skin with ease and blends in effortlessly. The pigmentation is excellent too so I only need to lightly swipe the stick across the top of each cheek to get the desired effect. I absoloutely love the champange shade and metallic finish too as it gives my skin that beautiful 'lit from within' candlelight glow without looking too false or glittery.  I'd say its the perfect highlighter if you're looking for something that will make you look healthy, glowing and radiant - I've even been using it on my collarbones and down the fronts of my legs as I just love the effect it gives my skin.

Benefit Watt's Up, Benefit Watt's Up Soft Focus Highlighter, Benefit Cream Highlighter, Overall, another great product from Benefit and one I'd recommend anyone to try if you like wearing highlighter or your looking for a product to brighten the whole complexion and add some radiance to the skin. Its available to buy from various online retailers such as ASOS, Feel Unique, Boots, Debnhams and Look Fantastic.

Lots of love,

July Love Me Beauty Box (& 10% discount code)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Love Me Beauty box* | £10.00 + p&p | 10% off with my code CG10 | Link

Its July Love Me Beauty box time!! This month I picked menu two from the three available (it was the brow kit that swayed my decision) and waited patiently for it to arrive in the post. Since it arrived, I've had a chance to play around with the products and I have to say - I'm SO impressed! Not only are all the products fantastic quality but most of them cost more individually than this whole box put together. At a combined value of £70ish (I couldn't work it out exactly due to the one sample size), this box is a serious bargain as it only cost a mere £10 plus p&p. Even better, you can get an additional 10% off by entering my discount code 'CG10' in at the checkout. All these fantastic products for £9 - surely that's an offer too good to resist? Here's a bit more about each of the products I received ...

Ofra Pressed Eyeshadow in 'Bliss' | RRP £8.80
I've never heard of this brand before but oh my gosh, this eyeshadow is amazing! As soon as I swatched it I was blown away by the buttery soft texture, intense pigmentation and metallic finish. Its a beautiful neutral gold shade and kind of reminds me a of my all time favourite eyeshadow - 'Woodwinked' by MAC. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this product!

Lashem Lash Enhancing Serum (2ml sample)
I've never tried a lash enhancing serum before but I've heard great things about them so I'm excited to give this product a go. This is the only sample size product in this months box but because you only need to apply so little of this each time you use it, it should still be big enough to give me a good idea if it works or not. I have quite a bad habit of picking at my eyelashes and pulling lashes out so if this does enhance my lashes like it claims it will, I'll be very happy!

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in 'Hollywood' | RRP £11.60
Another Ofra product in this months box is this liquid lipstick in the shade 'Hollywood', a bright fuchsia pink which is right up my street. Much like the eyeshadow mentioned above, this product is fantastic. The pigmentation is second to none and it has a lovely creamy formula. It sets on the lips after application but it still feels comfortable and is very long lasting. If these two amazing Ofra products are anything to go by, I'm going to have to check out other products from the brand!

So Susan Flutter Mascara | RRP £14.95
Another brand I've not heard of but that doesn't bother to me as that's the whole point of beauty boxes - getting to try products from brands I would have never tried otherwise. I've discovered some of my favourite brands through beauty boxes so I don't like it when people turn their noses up at products included just because they aren't from a well known brand - it doesn't make them any less great. This So Susan mascara come in a pretty gold tube and has a thin plastic brush covered in small bristles to allow for really precise application. 

So Susan Dual Brow Powder | RRP £11.95
Another So Susan product in this months box is this super cute brow kit that comes with two different brow powders and a little brush. I'm a big lover of filling in my eyebrows as it gives my makeup that finishing touch and makes my face look more polished - if that makes any sense. I like that these two powders can be used on their own or mixed and matched to create the perfect brow shade for you. They're both quite warm tones shades so they might not be ideal if your brows for an ash undertone but for me, the dark shade works well. The powders aren't as pigmented as the likes of HD Brows or Benefit Brow Zings but as a starter kit if you're just getting into brow products, its great.

The Teashed 4am tea (20 bags) | RRP £3.50
I'm a total sucker for a cup of tea so I'm very happy to see these Teashed teabags featured in this months box. There's 20 bags which is a really generous amount and the tea claims to be naturally low in caffeine so even if you drink it at 4am, you'll still drift off to sleep. The fact its low in caffeine is a plus point for me as I always drink decaf tea anyway. My doctor suggested cutting down on caffeine to reduce my anxiety levels and its definitely made me feel less jittery so if you do suffer with high stress or anxiety levels, I'd definitely suggest cutting it out or at least cutting down to see if it helps. As well as being low in caffeine, this tea is also full of antioxidants so its great for the skin too! 

Extra product: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion | RRP £15.95
I didn't expect to receive this product in my box but I can't say I'm complaining as Weleda is a great brand and this body lotion is absolutely divine. It has a very citrusy scent which I LOVE and the lotion sinks into my skin straight away leaving no greasy residue behind. I'll definitely be using every last drop of this!

So there we have it, July's Love Me Beauty box. As you can see, this months box is exceptional value for money as the contents of the box would cost around £7o if you were to buy them at their RRP price. I also love that five out of the six products are full sized - there's nothing worse than receiving a beauty box full of sachets or teeny samples. There isn't one product in the whole box I wouldn't use either and for only £9 with my discount code CG10, it really is a bargain! If you'd like to snap if up for yourself, head over to the Love Me Beauty website.

Lots of love,

Staple Evening Dresses | Sophisticated, Sexy, Glam & Classic

Monday, 21 July 2014

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter I’m sure you’re all aware that my dad is currently visiting the UK from Australia and over the past few weeks, I’ve been spending lots of time with him in various locations around the UK. This weekend just gone was spent in Liverpool and Manchester and the weekend before that was spent in Newcastle, Edinburgh and York so it’s safe to say I’ve been a very busy lady. 
The fun isn’t over yet either as I’m finishing work for a long weekend on Thursday and heading down to London to enjoy some sightseeing before he jets back to Australia on Saturday (boo!). On Thursday evening we’re heading to Gordon Ramsay’s famous restaurant ‘The Savoy’ and I couldn’t be more excited – it’s a very upmarket place and I hear the food is exceptional so I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype. I’m also very excited to get glammed up for the occasion as it’s a good excuse to wear a nice dress. I’ve never been before but I can imagine it’s the kind of place where all the women look perfectly polished and the men are suited and booted.

After spending slightly more time trawling through dresses on the internet than I'd like to confess, it got me thinking about 'staple' evening dresses (and the shoes to match - of course!) that would be great to have to hand if a special ocassion were to arise such as a fancy dinner, a formal/prom/graduation or even just a sophisticed night out with friends. I absoloutely love all the ones I've picked and each of them have a different look - sophisticated, sexy, glam and classic. They're all timeless pieces and if I had the money, I'd be buying them all, shoes included, without hesitation!

Starting from the left I picked this navy pencil dress from Little Misstress which is a great brand for evening wear as they have a huge range of formal dresses. This one inparticular stood out to me because of the sheer sleeves and beautiful embroidery. Its very different to anything else I've seen and I think it'd look really sophisticated paired with these nude Kurt Geiger stilletos. Next up is this red strapless dress from River Island and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love. Its quite a sexy dress due to the vampy red colour and sleeveless style but because its not super short, I think it'd still look very classy. Pairing it with these Fashion Union strappy sandals (which are a total dupe for a Zara by the way), an up-do and a slick of red lipstick. Sexy but still sophisticated!

Next up is the glitz and glam look of the bunch - the one with a bit of sparkle. Miss Selfridge are known for their beaded/sequin dresses and this cream and gold 30's feel dress is just beautiful for a special ocassion. It isn't something you'd wear on a regular night out and that's why its so great - it stands out from the crowd and has a definite 'wow' factor. As the dress has so much going on, I thought it'd look lovely with these simple strappy sandals from Mango as the gold strap ties in with the dress nicely. I also think it'd look absoloutely gorgeous with simple hair and makeup to let the dress do the talking! 

Finally I chose this classic LBD - the staple dress that every girl needs in her evening wear wardrobe. This one is from Topshop and I simply adore the eyelash lace detailing around the neckline - it turns a simple plain black dress into something a bit more special. To add a pop of colour, I thought these vibrant sandals from Karen Millen would be perfect but you could also wear it with some simple black or nude shoes if you wanted to keep things simple.
So there we have it, the staple evening wear wardrobe curtosy of Little Mistress, River Island, Miss Selfridge and Topshop. I could have picked way more dress and shoe combos (its SO much fun) but these were my favourites - with these four dresses sitting in your wardrobe, you'd be prepared for any ocassion!!
Which of these looks is your favourite? Are you a sophisticated, sexy, glam or classic kinda girl?

Lots of love,

**collaboration with Little Mistress. All opinions are my own.