Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bourjois Cream Blush: 05 Pink Sunwear

Another gorgeous treat which is definitely making it's way into my holiday make up bag...the Bourjois Cream Blush in Pink Sunwear.  The Bourjois pot blush was the first ever blush that I ever bought; it was a constant repurchase through school, and it stayed in my inside blazer pocket for quick boosts of colour on my lunch break!  

The cream versions have been out a while now, but I've never managed to get round to trying them.  Pink Sunwear is an upcoming release from this years Summer collection, and what a beauty it is!

Bourjois Cream Blush in 05 Pink Sunwear Swatches and Review

The packaging is a lot smaller than the powder pot blushes, maybe by about half, but it's a lot more compact so it's perfect for popping in your handbag, slotting into your already brimming make up bag, or if you're in school, hiding in your blazer pocket!  Unlike my original pot blush, this one has a magnetic close to make sure your cream blush stays nice and clean!

Bourjois Cream Blush in 05 Pink Sunwear Swatches and Review

Matching the pot itself, the cream blush is unlike any other colour I own.  It looks quite an intense copper in the pan, but once blended onto the skin, it's a flawless wash of Summer glow with a hint of pink.  I always favour cream blush in the Summer, and last years holiday cream blush was a neon orange/hot pink duo from Topshop, which I'm sure will make an appearance again this year, but my main go to will definitely be this to help me look like a bronzed goddess...ha, I don't even know why I am saying that, because I have practically zero ability to tan!

I feel confident though that this shade will compliment, and enhance any colour I do get though!

Bourjois Cream Blush in 05 Pink Sunwear Swatches and Review

The formulation itself is perfect.  A semi-matte finish with an almost gel like cream formula which doesn't feel sticky in the slightest; it's so light, and applies so easily.  I don't feel like I'm caked, and that's perfect for the Summer months; it's seamless and looks completely natural, like it's my own skin.  You can see below it's sheer enough to let my freckles come through, but it's really easy to build up a bolder colour if you wanted to!

Bourjois Cream Blush in 05 Pink Sunwear Swatches and Review

I've been applying this  by buffing it in with my Real Techniques Contour Brush because it's small enough to fit into the pan, as well as work into the apples of my cheeks.  I don't own a flat top brush though, but would love to try application with one, so let me know your recommendations!  Wear time, like the bronzing highlighter duo, is amazing.  I have oily skin, but found that this was still giving me some colour after a full day at work!

Will you be trying the new Bourjois Cream Blushes?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Follow Friday: The Briar Rose Blog

Another week has flown by, and I'm back again with a blog I've been loving this week.  The Briar Rose Blog is up there with my all time favourite blogs; I think I first found Megan's blog scouring Instagram, where I was in awe of her ridiculously gorgeous hair.  If you didn't already know, my all time favourite film ever is The Little Mermaid, and Megan's hair is how I've always dreamed of my hair being - I just haven't got the patience to grow it, or keep up with dying it!  I was an avid stalker reader of her beautifully organised Wedding with  lots of subtle splashes of Disney, and love her fantastically feminine style (which has gotten her shortlisted for a Cosmo Blog Award - she already has my vote!)

Megan mainly blogs about fashion, but also dabbles in a bit of beauty along with lots of beautifully photographed lifestyle posts!  She has also recently started up her own YouTube channel!

Follow Friday Fashion Blog Briar Rose Blog

Describe your blog in three words.
Playful, upbeat and creative.

You can choose one beauty product to stick with for life - no additions, and no cheating!
That's super hard, but probably a fresh, feel-good perfume like Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh.

What or who inspired you to start blogging?
I was actually pretty oblivious about the blogging community when I started my blog. I just wanted a creative outlet where I could share my love of fashion, writing, and photography, so blogging made sense!

Follow Friday Fashion Blog Briar Rose Blog
Adventure is out there.
What's your best buy that you bought on a recommendation from another blogger?
Ooh, that's a tricky one to narrow down! I treated myself to a pink fluffy jumper from Topshop after seeing it on What Olivia Did, and I've got so much wear out of it. Liv's blog in general is incredibly bad for my bank balance!

Your favourite blogger is coming to visit you, who is it and what are your plans for the day?
I can't narrow it down to one! If I had to pick three, they would probably be Olivia, Carrie of Wish Wish Wish, Kailey of Mermaidens, and I'd plan a day of baking, sweet treats, and fun movies.

Share the love; who is your Follow Friday this week?
Alex from On Serpentine Shores. Her posts make me feel so grateful about having a base in Cornwall!

Follow Friday Fashion Blog Briar Rose Blog

I hope you've found yourself a lovely new blog to read again this week!  Don't forget to comment and leave your links to your own blog!

Who is your Follow Friday this week?

Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Duo

What a good week I'm having.  You might have seen on Twitter I've been holiday stressing, and moaning a lot about shoes, but despite all of that I've had a very lucky week - I won some bits from the new Bourjois Summer release!  I'm so happy, because I actually go on holiday on Saturday (argh!!) and I now have some nice little Summer treats to pack away in my make up bag.

The first thing I tried from the new collection was the much talked about Bronzing Powder & Highlighter duo!  It comes packaged in the same style packaging as the original Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, which is a small, but sturdy, cardboard book with a secret magnetic seal to keep the powder protected.

Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Duo Review Swatches

Inside is a matte bronzer, and a shimmering ivory highlight with hints of pink and gold, which reminds me of a bolder version of the Java Rice Powder.  They've kept the classic chocolate block shapes, and of course, the scent is just amazing.  Sniffing the product was actually the first thing I did, because I love Bourjois scents!  This one smells sickly sweet, like chocolate, but doesn't linger once it has been applied.

Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Duo Review Swatches
  Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Duo Review Swatches

The matte bronzer is really warm, so I think it'll work best with a tan.  I'm averagely pale at the moment, so I've had to apply with a light hand so that I don't go overboard, and just a hint of colour and contour is there.  I've found it to be really natural though without a tan, and because it's matte, it does a great job at making your skin look naturally sunkissed, but can't wait to see what it will look like when I have a bit of a glow going on.

Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Duo Review Swatches

The highlight shade is also really nice.  I think I'll get lots of use from this regardless of a tan, because it's really flattering.  It is quite shimmery, but it blends out really nicely for a nice radiant glow which compliments  and contrasts against the matte bronzer, so you can get some real shape to your face with some contouring!

Bourjois Bronzing Powder & Highlighter Duo Review Swatches

I applied the bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks, a little around my temples and hair line, a little on my jaw lines and also a touch down the sides of my nose.  I then applied the highlight down the centre of my nose, and on the tops of my cheekbones.  Wear time is actually really good, and has lasted me throughout a long, hot day at work!  I'll have to report back how it wears on holiday!

I'll be popping up reviews of the rest of the products throughout the weekend and next week!  Stay tuned!

What will you be picking up from the Bourjois Summer collection?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

CEE JAY ELL's First Birthday

Where on earth has this year gone??

I don't know what happened, or how it happened, but somehow I've been blogging for one whole year today!  I wasn't going to bother mentioning it at all, because I see how so many bloggers hold birthday giveaways and unfortunately, this birthday is not one of those birthdays.  But y'know...I wanted to do a quick post.

When I started out a year ago, I honestly thought I would be blogging to myself.  I created my first post, and had no idea anybody would actually be interested in what my wishlist was that week, and I certainly didn't expect any readers other than Liam!  I didn't tell my friends about my blog, and barely mentioned it to my Mum, in fact I still don't think she has the link to this day!

So basically, this post is just a quick thank you!  I haven't been the most regular of posters, although it's something I'm aiming to work on this next year, but thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog, thank you for sharing my interests and actually reading what I have to say!  Thank you for following, and thank you for sticking around!

Same time next year?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Night Time Treats: On My Bedside Table

I don't know about you, but the weather at the moment is playing havoc with my skin.  One minute it's cloudy and cold, the next I'm disgustingly hot - I can't win!  My skin is misbehaving as usual, and can't make up it's mind whether it wants to be dry or just normal, so I've switched up my bedside routine a bit, and stocked some beauty bits to keep in easy reach!

Evening Beauty Skincare Routine

I've spoken of my love for this balm before here; it's so easy to use, smells nice and fresh and is perfect for keeping your nails and cuticles looking and feeling healthy.  Regardless of what the weather is like, this is a must-have for my night stand.  I need to keep it in easy reach, so I actually remember to use it!

Champneys Overnight Hand Therapy
This is reserved for when my hands are super dry, which more often than not in the evening, they definitely are.  I got this for Christmas from Liam's parents, and I actually really like it.  It's rich, but absorbs quickly and has the calming, relaxing scent of lavender so it's perfect for bed time.  It comes with gloves to wear overnight for a really intense treatment, but I only use those in Winter for when my hands really need some healing.

Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk
I get the feeling that this is more of a morning moisturiser, but I love it for bed time.  It's light, absorbs quickly and smells absolutely amazing.  It's scented with oats, and almonds, and I swear I smell like the most delicious flapjack when I'm all milked up.  I use this straight out of the shower, on slightly damp skin so that it really sinks in!

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
My legs, shins in partcular, sometimes get really, really dry when I come out of the shower.  My shins feel really itchy, and after I've had a shave, sometimes it's really irritating.  I like to use something really rich to put some balance and normality back into my skin, so Soap and Glory's Righteous Butter is cracked out.  It's really thick, intense and really moisturising.  It takes a little longer to sink in compared to the Body Milk, but it's a good 'un and smells just like Soap and Glory's Hand Food!

Burts Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm
A lip balm is a must on my night stand, and I like to put it on right before I go to sleep to keep my lips nourished overnight.  At the moment, the lip balm I'm using is Burts Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm.  It's light, but feels really  moisturising, and my lips always feel perfect in the morning.

What's currently on your nightstand?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Topshop Magic Liner in Yonder

I have updated my Summer make up bag (finally!!) and weaseling it's way into many of my looks this month - the Topshop Magic Liner in the shade Yonder.  You've seen me wear it already in my first Face Facts post, but Yonder is a gorgeous shade as it sits nicely in between a navy and an aqua blue and I absolutely love it.

Topshop Magic Liner Eyeliner in Yonder

I've not tried much from the Topshop cosmetic line, but have heard so many good things about it - I had pretty high hopes, and I don't think I'm disappointed!  The liner has a felt tip applicator, which isn't my favourite as I'm a gel convert and have been for a few years now, but y''s alright.  The nib is nice and long, and even has some slight flexibility in the very tip making it a bit easier to use and create a nice line.

Because I'm so used to the gel liners now, I found it a lot more difficult to get a perfect line, and found that even with the steadiest hand, my line became slightly jagged, but not noticeable unless you're staring right into my eyeballs.  It also didn't apply the most evenly, so application takes a little longer than a swipe and go technique.

Topshop Magic Liner Eyeliner in Yonder

Saying this though, I do really like it.  It's long lasting, and doesn't smudge off half way through the day on it's own - but when I do go to the gym in the evening, and become a big sweaty mess, it's safe to say it's gone completely.  It dries quickly, so I don't get a blue line on the crease of my eye lids which is always a bonus - I hate that!  And the shade is just so nice; I don't own a blue liner, but I think a blue liner will forever be a staple in my make up stash!  For £6.50, you can't really go wrong with this to test the blue waters.  I'd definitely buy it again, but might keep my eyes peeled for a blue gel liner!

Will you be straying from classic black?  What's your go-to eyeliner shade?

Friday, 11 July 2014

Follow Friday: Life Looks Perfect

I thought I'd try something different this week.  I think that it is fair to say that the blogging community has become a bit tarnished lately with all the gossip going around about who's said what about who on whatever website.  What's done is done, and unfortunately no amount of detective work and mobbing is going to un-do what has been said or take down the website at the heart of it all.

I think that often #FF on Twitter can be overlooked, and whilst some people might get a follower boost on Twitter, it's rare I'll click further than the Twitter profile.  I thought I'd try and do quick interviews with other bloggers to share what I have enjoyed reading every week or so.  Some you'll have probably heard of, but others might be new.

This week, I've loved Becki Dunn from Life Looks Perfect.  I have enjoyed reading Becki's blog for a while now, and actually won the first LLP giveaway!  A top London Florist and part time beauty blogger, Becki has a lovely blog full to the brim of gorgeous pictures, great reviews and a few peeks into her life along with the cutest dog, Arnie.

Follow Friday Life Looks Perfect Blog

Describe your blog in three words.
Personal, truthful, positive.

You can choose one beauty product to stick with for life - no additions, and no cheating!  
This is impossible as I use well over 20 products at least per day. For me it would probably be one of my favourite cleansers - Aurelia Miracle Cleanser. It's a beautiful product and always makes my skin feel a million dollars!

What or who inspired you to start blogging?
I think it was a huge variety of blogs from fashion, food to beauty that was reading and I thought I could do that. Then it began and I have never looked back.

Follow Friday Life Looks Perfect Blog
The Skincare Routine. Night. June 2014
What's your best buy that you bought on a recommendation from another blogger?
I think this again is impossible as although I always listen to bloggers I  hardly ever buy products that people hype about. It takes me a while to really know what I want to buy I like to go test and swatch before a few times to see if it's right for me. However buying Emma Hardies Cleansing Balm and Indeed Labs Hydraluron were certainly an influence from Caroline Hirons and I would buy them again.

Your favourite blogger is coming to visit you, who is it and what are your plans for the day?
I have so many beautiful followers and many wonderful ladies who I talk to regularly on twitter and those bloggers that I could only dream to have round to mine! But if I could I would love Amy and Vicki over from from SRSLY LOU Let's Talk Beauty - they are also good friends over on twitter & we have always spoken about how amazing it would be to meet! I will make it happen one day!

Share the love; who is your Follow Friday this week?
My follow Friday is Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch blog who I met this week and she is fabulous!! 

Follow Friday Life Looks Perfect Blog
Sunday Love. #19. Arnie The Miniature Dachshund
I hope you've found yourself a new read, don't forget to follow, comment and leave your links along with any of your Follow Fridays!  I'll be on the hunt for my next favourite read!