Worth The Hype? – Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

So the other week Amazon held a prime day sale with all sorts of amazing offers for Prime customers and I decided it was finally time to pick up the kindle i’ve had my eye on for months! If you’re not sure what a kindle is, it’s Amazon’s version of an E-reader and enables you to take 100s of books with you in the form of one thin device. I have always been a die hard book fan but the truth is that it is much cheaper to read on a kindle than buying books all the time so here’s how I’m getting on with it so far:

The Kindle Paperwhite is the mid-range kindle at a regular price of £109.99, however on Prime Day it went down to only £79.99, the lowest I had ever seen it so it was time to take the plunge! The main advantages of picking this kindle over the cheaper one is that it has a back light so you can read in the dark. Now if like me you have a partner who can’t sleep with the light on, this is a real advantage! The specification I bought was the wifi only with special offers version. This basically means that you can only download books when connected to wifi and when you temporarily shut the screen down, adverts for books are in the background on the screen. Honestly, I have had no problems at all with either of these options, I actually quite like the adverts as I get more ideas of other books to read and I rarely even connect to the internet on the kindle anyway!

The main advantage I have found of having a kindle over reading on my iPhone is the fact that the screen is glare free. Now I was very sceptical of this at first but I have read in glaring daylight and you can still read perfectly. I don’t know how they’ve managed this but the touch screen is definitely more matte than usual so perhaps that is it. The matte feel does take some getting used to at first and the screen is nowhere near as responsive as a normal iPhone screen for example but it is still very clever!

Now I do buy a lot of my kindle books, but as a student it can get pricy. The main benefit of kindles are that the books are usually about half the price of a paperback which is great. However, I do occasionally download them from a torrent site such as Kickass Torrents and then convert them to kindle format using a fantastic app called Calibre. I know this is a bit naughty but as a student desperate times call for desperate measures!

I would definitely recommend a kindle to anyone who loves to read, they are way lighter than normal books and they take up a lot less storage space which is fantastic! They fit into your handbag easily, take up no weight when going on holiday and mean you can have a whole library at your fingertips! At the moment, I haven’t found any negatives really, even the battery length is fantastic and I do read a lot! Do you have a kindle? Would you consider getting one?

Much Love

xoxo

P.s I was doing so well keeping up with the daily posting but my internship has finally got the better of me time wise! I will keep posting as much as I can till it’s finished then hopefully get back to daily posting as I loved that!

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The Lipstick Edit: Muted Purples & Pinks

I started swatching my lipsticks the other day and thought I’d start a little series that’s split into the best colours i’ve found from different colour categories. Today marks the start of this little series and I’ve kicked it off with muted purples and pinks! Theres everything from high end to budget so you’re bound to find something that will suit you! Here’s the best of the bunch in order (left to right) of the picture:

  • NYX Cannes Soft Matte Lip Cream – This is quite a matte option and is probably the most warm-toned of the bunch. It is a good formula for the price of £5.50 but can be quite drying so you may need a lip gloss over the top if you find mattes too uncomfortable. The pigmentation is great and the application is so easy, it’s well worth the money! I’ve written a whole post on the formula of these lip creams here so make sure you check it out.
  • MAC Mehr – I go through phases with this lipstick where I either wear it all day every day or forget about it completely. It is such a lovely lipstick and not too matte. It works well with No7 Plum lipliner and has great lasting power. It also isn’t too drying but it is more expensive, coming in at £15.50.
  • Rimmel Vintage Pink – In my opinion, Rimmel are the absolute best drugstore beauty brand. They really knock it out the park when it comes to combining amazing products and amazing prices. This is one of the Moisture renew range and is incredibly comfortable to wear. It is one of the most nude shades of the lot but does pull more purple on the lips which I love. This is so moisturising yet still gives a lot of pigmentation. This comes in at only £6.49 which is an absolute bargain for the quality. It does have quite a distinctive smell so if you aren’t into heavily scented products, this may not be for you.
  • MAC Amorous – This is one of my most recent lipsticks and I absolutely love it. It is the darkest of the selection but it’s so comfortable to wear. It is a satin finish rather than a matte like Mehr so it is slightly less drying. I don’t find I need a lipliner for this one which is great. It is again £15.50 so it is up there in terms of price but it is a great transitional shade for day to night!
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina – I got this as part of my Cult Beauty box and I was dying yo try it. It is a gorgeous muted pinky purple shade and the applicator is great. It is incredibly drying though, the most drying out of all of them. I find I need a touch of lip balm or clear gloss on the top to make it comfortable, but the colour is absolutely stunning. It is so flattering, particularly on light to medium skin tones. At £16 it is the most expensive but it is worth it for the colour in my opinion.
  • MAC Brave – Hands down the most used of the bunch. It is my go-to shade if I’m not sure what to wear and is so comfortable to wear as it’s a satin finish. I’ve never finished a MAC lipstick but this is the closest i’ve come so far. It comes across quite pink on me but is still incredibly flattering. Of the three MAC lipstick I have included here, I would probably recommend this the most as it is just so wearable.

There’s 6 different recommendations for muted pink and purple shades there for you. These are perfect for every day as they go with a lot of different eye looks but can also be dressed up for the evening which is perfect. I’d love to know what you’re favourite muted pink and purple shades are, let me know in the comments.

Much Love

xoxo

 

Worth The Hype? – Benefit Gimme Brow!

Benefit Gimme Brow is something that has been talked about in the beauty world for a long time now but it’s something I have never tried! When I saw that Glamour magazine were giving away a travel size of this product with this months magazine, I knew I had to pick it up and give it a try!

The product comes in a variety of shades but I had the option between 1 and 5 when buying the magazine. To be honest, I need the shade 2 but I opted for 1 to give it a try and see if it’s worth the hype! This is a bit too light so detracts a little bit from the product itself as I like my brows to be quite a statement.

I love the new packaging that benefit has brought out and I think its so quirky without being cheap looking. It is also clear that they have put a lot of thought into the actual brush and that is definitely the best thing about this product. It is a really teeny tiny tapered brush with actual bristles rather than being plastic. This means that it captures nearly every hair, even ones you didn’t know you had! It does also distribute the product really nicely throughout the brows and simultaneously tames any strays! It’s definitely a good product for those on the go who want to add a bit of colour and keep brow hairs in place at the same time.

This product retails for £18.50 for the full size and in my opinion that is really too expensive for a brow gel! I know it is a bit of a multi use product but for me it isn’t worth that much money, simply because it doesn’t work as well as Benefit’s Brow Zings or Goof Proof Brow Pencil. This would make quite a nice finishing off product for brows or for the tail of the brow, but for me it leaves too many gaps in my brows still and is a bit natural looking for me. I love a good strong brow and this just isn’t the product for that. If you just want to enhance your current brows slightly whilst adding a touch of colour then this would be perfect for you but for me it’s just not strong enough. I’m going to use it over my current brow products as a bit of a finisher but I don’t plan to use it on its own again as it’s too subtle.

What do you think of this product? If you want to give it a try, make sure to pick up Glamour magazine for only £2!

Much Love

xoxo

MAC Stylist’s Tip Lipstick!

If you read my haul post last week, you’ll know that I picked up a few new MAC lipsticks and one of those was the gorgeous Stylist’s Tip. This lipstick was just released as part of their Fashion Pack collection along with 3 other quite bold colours! It’s such an unusual colour that I had to write a post dedicated to it and I plan to do a look with it in the future so keep an eye out for that!

MAC describe this shade as a ‘deep violet’ and that’s probably not too far off actually. It is very bold and very bright but doesn’t have too much white in it! The idea behind the collection was regal, jewel-tone couture and I think this shade sums up those words completely! The purple is surprisingly very flattering and even more surprisingly very very wearable!

This is an amplified finish so it really packs a punch with the colour, but is still very comfortable to wear all day. The thing I love about this shade in particular, is that when it fades it actually leaves a lovely stain on the lips that is slightly more pink toned than when you put the lipstick on originally. It actually looks so different that Tom asked why I had changed my lipstick colour! This means it’s pretty long lasting too, something that doesn’t alway happen with Amplified shades! I’ve included a swatch below for you so you can see the colour in all it’s glory!

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I’m not sure whether this shade is limited edition or not but I would say if you are looking for a purple then pick this up while you can in case it’s not around for long! Would you like to see a face of the day post with this shade? Do you have any amazing purple lipstick shades? What do you think of this one?

Much Love

xoxo

Lets Talk Acid Toners!

So I have been studying Caroline Hirons’ blog over the last few weeks and something that she talks about frequently are acid toners. These are a chemical method of exfoliating your skin that doesn’t dry it out and isn’t too abrasive. I’m always looking for ways to brighten and clear my skin so I thought it was about time to try them out and fill you in on what I thought!

I’ve tried two different acid toners over the last couple of weeks. The first is the Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix pads. These are textured cotton pads that are soaked in a acid based solution for easy and quick application. I love how easy these are and surprisingly they don’t dry out in the tub either! A little tip I learnt from Caroline is to store your tub upside down, that way any excess solution drains to the top pad and when you come to use it, you have a particularly soaked pad rather than a drier one! I use these at night before my hydrating toner and I really like using them. The scent isn’t too strong and they only cost around £8 for 60 from Boots so they are definitely affordable!

The second one i’ve tried is the infamous Pixi Glow Tonic! This came in my Cult Beauty box but I have actually tried it before! This is a more expensive option at around the £18 mark but hopefully it will last a reasonable amount of time! I soak a cotton pad in the toner and use it in the morning, again before a hydrating toner. It’s not quite as quick or travel friendly as the pads but it really is no bother at all. In fact Pixi are bringing out pad versions of this product later on this month I believe so I might have to give those a try in the future for added ease.

So have I seen a difference in my skin? The short answer is yes! I have noticed a huge different in the blackheads on my nose, they have considerably diminished and the pores are more closed. I do find that in general my skin looks clearer and brighter and generally more healthy. I have had a couple of spots appear but they have clearer faster or come to a head faster at least. I have also found that the occasional dry patch I used to have has gone and my skins texture and general appearance is much more even and consistent than it used to be. I am really happy I have introduced acid toning into my skincare and it’s something I plan to keep using daily as I think the effects will continue with use.

Have you tried acid toning or either of these products? Did they work for your skin?

Much love

xoxo

5 Random Favourites of July! 

I always post about beauty or skincare but always fail to mention my love of … Well everything else! So today’s post is a short and sweet one on five non-beauty things I’ve been loving lately! 

  1. The Great British Sewing Bee – lovers of GBBO may be aware of its crafty sister, but if you’re not what have you been doing with yourself? GBSB is set in a similar format to GBBO yet contestants have to work their sewing magic to create fabulous outfits instead of cakes and pastries! I am a semi-crafty person so I loved this and it has been a series Tom and I have watched together for the last 4 years. It has got better and better over the years and this season has been my absolute favourite! Make sure you check it out on BBC iplayer as the series is over now for another year! 
  2. Amazon Kindle App – I am a huge reader and I never ever thought that I would turn into someone who reads off a device rather than paper. However, as a student, it is just so much cheaper and I have adapted so well and it’s incredibly handy for on the go! I always have about eight books in my library to keep me satisfied and it’s so much lighter for holidays! Today, I am actually getting my first ever Kindle delivered!! I am so excited and will probably give you the low down in a future post!
  3. Adele 25 – I have been doing so much driving during my internship so far and I like to have a CD that I know I can sing along to. This one is fantastic for belting out some horrendous sounding tunes whilst driving down the M1 and has surprisingly been very uplifting and good at waking me up in the morning! 
  4. Walking JJ – an odd favourite perhaps but a good one nonetheless! I love getting some fresh air and having a play with the pup at the same time! It’s a good form of light exercise (which I am in desperate need of) and gets me out the house rather than slobbing! 
  5. Instagram – this is by far my favourite social media app and I love the friendly people I have met through both my blog account and my puppy account for JJ. It’s so nice to see pictures from likeminded people and I am definitely more interested in pictures than statuses! 

There’s a few things I’ve been enjoying recently! What non beauty things have you been loving? What do you think of my choices? 

Much love 

Xoxo

P.s I picked this picture of JJ as it’s definitely been one of my favourites this month! His lips dry out and stick to his lips when he’s been asleep and he looks like he’s grinning!!

Worth The Hype? Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm! 

A cult blogger favourite, Emma Hardies Moringa Cleansing balm has seemed like the stuff of legends to me over the last few years and I’ve been dying to try it out myself! With the likes of Caroline Hirons being a big supporter, I had very high hopes for this! The only thing that has put me off buying this was the price, for £38 for 100ml it seems a bit princess worthy, however I finally got my hands on it in the Cult Beauty box and I can finally let you in on what all the fuss is about and whether it’s worth the hype! 

As always, I’ll start with the packaging! It’s a lovely sturdy round jar with a matified metal looking lid with the initials E H embossed onto it. It also had a little stopper that you can pop over the product to stop it drying out which is handy! The only thing I would say is that the lid doesn’t always screw on properly which is a bit annoying but not the end of the world!

The product itself is quite a thick balm that has a very strong and distinctive scent. I would imagine the scent is due to it having orange, mandarin and neroli essential oils in. I am actually a big fan of the scent, it smells lovely and refreshing but is not too overpowering. It does feel quite like a spa at home! 

The product claims to cleanse deep into pores, plump and soften the skin, moisturise and remove all traces of makeup. Now, every other cleansing balm I have tried leaves some amount of makeup still on my face, even if just a tiny amount. However, this one really does remove every last little scrap. I would say that this is down to the nice plush cloth too. I was so happy we got a cloth in the box as I feel like when used together, they are a bit of a dream team! 

The cloth is more like a really soft fluffy flannel but is abrasive enough to get rid of all the pesky little bits of dirt! One thing I like about this duo is that it doesn’t feel like it’s tugging at my skin and I feel like I need to use less force which is always a plus – no premature ageing for me! 

Over all I am really happy I’ve got my hands on this, it has put my fear of missing out at bay for the time being! I’ve just read that this can actually be used as a face mask so I am intrigued at how effective it is at that too! However, if you are short on cash, this isn’t a life or death product, there are definitely cheaper alternatives to this such as The Body ShopCamomile  Cleansing Butter. Both products leave no residue on the skin and take off makeup in a flash, however Body Shops is only around the £12 mark so under a third of the cost of Emma Hardies however this definitely feels more luxe! 

Have you tried this cleansing butter? What did you think of it? Would you spend £38 on a cleanser and face cloth? 

Much love 

Xoxo