Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Loving & Loathing - Week 71

Holy British Summertime, readers! I can't keep up with this weather! One minute it's torrential rain, the next it's nice and sunny. I know my blogging is about as reliable as English weather at the moment, but I have a few posts planned and two videos to edit, so I'm trying to get myself into a good routine. Loving & Loathings  will be on weekends, and I am going to try to do 1 or 2 other posts a week, as well as at least 1 video - two if I can manage it! I'm WAY behind with my favourites...

Anyhow, welcome to this L&L edition, which includes a palette that I am really excited to tell you about as it's both amazing and great  value for money. In fact, the weather is so miz that I reckon you should rush out and buy it to cheer yourselves up. It just makes good sense - if you can't be bronzed naturally due to the lack of sun, you may as well fake it till you make it!

Top L-R: Makeup Revolution Palette, The Body Shop Body Lotion, NARS Lipstick.
Bottom: Manuka Doctor Facial Wipes.


Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Ultra Blush Palette
RRP £6.00 (Buy):
Makeup Revolution is a highly-consistent high street brand which offers awesome value for money; the only products I've tried from them that I don't love are their £1 lipsticks, which is fair enough! This palette has been on my wishlist for a while, and I hadn't been able to purchase it sooner as it's constantly out of stock on the Superdrug website. It was well worth waiting for as this palette is ridiculously good value for money, working out at just 75p per shade! It's a fantastic go-to palette for your blush, bronzing and highlighting needs, as it contains shades suitable for each. There's matte and shimmer, light and dark colours - even some gorgeous marbled shades, and you can get so many looks from just this one palette. Some of the shades are more pigmented than others but they're all very buildable, so you can apply as lightly or heavily as needed. PRO TIP: I swiped it by making sure that I clicked on the link to the product page which notifies you when a product is back in stock, so as soon as Superdrug emailed me I bought it. It's a real must-have if you're going away and don't want to take a whole load of products due to its versatility. I love this so much that I'd go as far as saying that if you only buy one palette this summer, make it this one!

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Lotion
RRP £10.00 (Buy):
I got a gift cube of this scent from the lovely Josie for my 29th birthday, which included the body lotion and the shower gel, and as I have so many toiletries I only just got round to trying this recently. It's so beautifully scented and really smells of roses, unlike many other products which just smell perfumed. The fragrance is also not too heavy, as again you can find other products where the rose scent is overwhelming. I tend to prefer body butters to lotions as they usually sink into my skin better, but the consistency of this is very good. I used it on my legs when I'd shaved them that day, and it was very soothing, as I'm prone to getting dry and sore skin after shaving - and that's if I'm lucky! I think I'll plump for the body butter once I've got through some of my other body butters, as I have them coming out of my ears at the moment!

NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Funny Face
RRP £22.00  (Buy):
NARS' Funny Face
No, I hardly need a new fuchsia lipstick, but they're different tones of fuchsia - honest! ;-) I love the finish on this, as I adore a matt finish, which makes this just a bit different from the scores of other pink lipsticks in my drawer. Described by NARS as "wonderfully fun fuchsia", it's a little darker and therefore not quite as bright as a lot of other shades that I have, so if you're looking for a fuchsia colour which isn't shockingly bright, you may have found it. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with NARS, as they are outrageously expensive and some of their products can be sub-par, but when they get it right you can find some real gems. This is a classic example. It's fairly long-lasting and doesn't dry my lips out, plus the muted fuchsia shade makes it great for day or night. If nothing else, it's a pop of colour on a typically British Summer day!


Manuka Doctor ApiClear 3-in-1 Purifying Facial Wipes
RRP £3.49
Due to a shortage of No7 vouchers to purchase my usual facial wipes (I'm not paying £7 thanks, Boots), I decided to give another brand a try in the hope that I could find a great backup, or even a replacement! I plumped for Manuka Doctor; their ApiNourish range smells absolutely incredible, so I thought this would be the same. As the ApiClear range is designed for blemish-prone skin, I thought they would be really good; in fairness they're okay wipes but the big problem is the scent. It. Is. Awful. It smells nothing like the ApiNourish products, which have a lovely warm, honey scent to them, and I can't even begin to describe how terrible these wipes smell. I'm using them (whilst holding my breath and quickly wiping a Nip & Fab Glycolic pad over afterwards) simply because I feel it's a terrible waste not to. I certainly shan't be buying these again, and also won't be trying any more ApiClear products! I'll be happy when they're all used up and they are no longer a blight on my bedside table.

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