Sunday, 3 January 2016

A Few New Beauty Bits


 
Since Christmas has just been, and gone, I've received some lovely beauty products as gifts, and I've also been able to treat myself to a few new things with some of the money that I received off of my loved ones. I didn't want to do the typical 'What I Got For Christmas' post, although many people have done both videos on YouTube, and blog posts in that style that I have watched, and read, I just didn't feel it was personally the right decision for me. However, having said that, I am incredibly grateful for everything that I received off my family, and my friends, and I'm also very pleased with the new beauty bits that I bought, and so I thought it'd be a nice idea for me to share them all with you.
 
The first beauty gift that I knew I was going to be receiving is the Vera Wang Princess perfume. I have had my eye on this fragrance for quite a while now, but I wanted to wait until Christmas, as stores normally have more expensive products on sale during that time, and I wanted to make sure that I had read all of the reviews, smelt it in the perfume shop, and used up some of my other fragrances first. Even though I had picked it out myself, I was still in awe when I opened the box to reveal this stunning bottle design. I think it's the sweetest idea that the packaging fits with the name, because it really does look so much more expensive. I have it placed on my dressing table, where I do my makeup every morning, and it really does make a girl feel ever so classy, and elegant. I love how the bottle is shaped as a heart, and the lid is literally like a diamond encrusted crown. The lilac colour of the liquid is also lovely, because it gives the scent a much lighter, girly feel about it, perfect for any female. It smells absolutely insane as well. I'm terrible at describing what perfumes smell like, so I'm going to take a little description off the internet; ' It evokes everything from the magical and the mystical, to the fearless and the fascinating - dare to claim the Princess in you. Radiant and whimsical, Vera Wang Princess is a sheer, fruity floral – rich with vanilla and brimming with exotic flowers and succulent fruits. Princess is an enchanting celebration of modern femininity.
 
 
Another beauty product that I had asked for was the No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. I had initially been looking online for some new skincare bits, as I want to look after my skin properly this year, and I came across this one by No7, read some reviews (of course), and then I decided that this would be the best choice. I had also heard about the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush, which is a battery-powered facial brush, and I decided that the two would go perfectly together for use in the evening in order to exfoliate, and cleanse my skin effectively. I also thought that it was a good choice to try out this cleanser, because it's for normal/oily skin, and I can get quite oily skin, but I figured that it's called a foaming cleanser for a reason, hence why I wanted to give it a whirl.
 


I apologise that this photo is quite a blurry one, but taking a picture of a facial brush when you aren't particularly talented when it comes to angles isn't the easiest of tasks! As I was saying when I was talking about the foaming cleanser, I thought that this facial brush would be exactly what I was looking for. It's battery-operated, as I mentioned, and there are 2 settings, one quite intense, and fast, and one less intense, and slower, which is the one that I use, and the idea is that you apply your cleanser as normal to your face, then you wet the brush head (without switching it on) and then press the button to whichever setting you prefer, and then work the brush in circular motions around your face, focusing on your typical 'problem' areas, such as the forehead, cheeks, and chin for about 30 seconds, then you wash the cleanser away with warm water. It was originally £24.95, but it's currently available for £15 either on the Boots website, or in store.
 
 
Over the past few months, everyone, and their sister have been talking about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, and so naturally that meant I was dying to try it out for myself! I used to be terrible when it came to removing my makeup, particularly mascara, or eye products, and I could never be bothered to take it off, let alone cleanse my face, and I really did regret it every time I made that stupid decision, because my skin would always break out, and it would feel so dirty, and clogged up with grime that it would leave me wishing I had done something sooner. This is why I was so grateful when I received this cleansing water. Often, people rave about things in the blogging, and YouTube world, and sometimes you don't know whether you're going to love it, or hate it, but I knew that I had to try this product out to see if it worked. It comes in really cute, travel-friendly packaging, as it's the smaller size, and it's perfect that it states it's for sensitive skin, because quite a few skincare products irritate me, but if it's for sensitive skin, it won't!
 
 
A little while ago, I received my first product from Dermatologica, which was the sheer tinted moisturiser, and I now have added the skin smoothing cream aka the moisturiser to my collection. Although quite expensive, Dermatologica is actually one of the best skincare brands, and everything is formulated to ensure that your skin is treated properly without causing any harm, or harsh chemicals to ruin it, or dry it out. Despite the fact that I have only 2 products from the brand, the quality of the products makes up for it. I'm pretty sure that this is going to be yet another staple in my skincare routine this year.
 
 
Something that I picked up myself on a whim was the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. Having never previously tried anything from Seventeen, I was curious to pick it up, and see what it was like, as once again, I have heard quite a lot of people raving about it recently. I needed a new concealer anyway, as my Collection Lasting Perfection one was drastically running out, and seeing as this one was around the same price range, I thought that I'd pick it up, and see what it was like for myself. It claims to stay for up to 18 hours, but unless you're someone who is literally nocturnal, I don't really think anyone can comment on whether these claims are true, or not! I mainly apply concealer under my eyes, and onto any pesky blemishes that I may have at the time, so as long as it can cover up my dark under eye bags, and reduce the appearance of spots, then it's a win for me. 
 
 
Having tried out a Kate Moss lipstick by Rimmel previously in the summer, I thought I'd step away from the coral shades, and opt for more of an everyday nude for those more casual days. My sister has this lipstick, which is in the shade 03, and after trying it out, I thought that I'd buy it for myself. The packaging is really sleek, and classy, and I also like how Kate's signature is on the lid - cute! I already have some other Rimmel products in my collection, and I'd quite like to introduce a new beauty series into my blog at same point this year, focusing on specific brands, and the products that they have available. So, first I need to accumulate enough products to be able to do so, and I figured I may start with Rimmel. Let me know if that's something that would interest any of you, or if you have any Rimmel recommendations! Any excuse for me to buy new makeup! ;)
 
I did also pick up a few other little bits, clothing as well, but I thought that this post has been long enough for today, as I do tend to ramble quite a lot. I hope you're all having a fabulous 2016 so far. Have you noticed the new layout that I had designed for my blog? I think it looks so much classier, and more sophisticated! I love it! Let me know your thoughts, and also please let me know if you have any requests for upcoming posts!
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x


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