Monday, 12 December 2016

Monthly Favourites: November

Can you believe this year is almost over? I certainly can't. Christmas chaos has descended for those like myself who work in retail so apologises that I'm a little late with this post. People be cray this time of year. Anyway, let me share my monthly favourites and extend your Christmas wishlist...

By Terry Touche Veloutee
My second tube of this and nearly classed as holy grail status, this concealer works wonders under my eyes to hide any dark circles which I'll be needing after my Christmas party, as well as being a super creamy consistency and medium coverage, perfect for my show stopper Christmas party makeup.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara
As I write this I feel like I'm cheating on my double wear mascara. I got bored, fancied a change and this caught my eye when scrolling through Feel Unique. It's not quite up there with double wear formula wise but for lift and volume, this ticks all the boxes.

Benefit ka-BROW!
I have a love/hate relationship with my brows which I frequently document on here but recently I've been loving this to add colour, create a really defined brow which stays place all day. Full review of Ka Brow here.

Anna Sui L'Amour Rose EDP
I picked this up at work when it was on offer. I can't describe the scent myself so... "Bright top notes of the composition include mandarin, pistachio and neroli macaron. The heart of the perfume is created with a happy chic vibe consisting of powdery floral notes of Parisian cherry blossom and yellow mimosa. Pink cotton candy and sheer musk provide a comforting and decadent finish lingering on the skin." It's got a sweet tone to it but nothing like Britney Spears Fantasy. Also how beautiful is the bottle?

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial
I usually reserve my oils for an evening so this is a very alien concept. A serum and an oil? If you're like me you'll either assume you'll end up like an oil slick or glowing, thankfully for you and me the only option with this is the latter. If you're after a serious injection of moisture during this horrible cold season then this is what you need. Tip: if you use this then Foundation, apply a primer.

What have been you been loving? Are you all ready for Christmas?
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Parissa Brow Shapers

I've battled with my eyebrows for as long as I can remember, I use to have the shape that resembled sperm (don't laugh, it was once a trend) and then when big brows came in I had a nightmare trying to grow them back out. It's been an eventful brow journey and I can safely say I'm at a place where I am happy with my brows and that's all down to the Parissa Brow Shapers.

In the past I've tweezed my brows, had them threaded at various places and been to a salon for HD brows and although I've always been happy with the results, I don't like the inconsistency. Sometimes I leave the salon with an arch higher or one brow shorter in length than the other and I've noticed it's made for wonky brows when applying my make up.

I've tried products from Veet and Nair and found that they just stick to your skin without pulling away any hair so I immediately assumed these would be the same but I can confess, I was wrong. In the pack you receive 16 double sided small wax strips, instructions and a vial of post epilation oil (a nice touch). You cut the strips to size depending on how much of an area you're wanting to wax, I kept them the same length and just cut down the clear plastic for easier removal. I rubbed them in-between my fingers to warm them up and then simply apply them onto the area you're wanting to wax following the direction of hair growth, press down so the wax is stuck well onto the hair and pulling the skin taut with the opposite hand, remove the wax strip in the opposite direction of hair growth. Quickly.

The strips removed all the stray hair on both eyebrows which really blew me away, like I said before I'm so used to them not working it was such a surprised when I got results. Because they're so small it's easy to define your arch or even wax the beginning of your brow to create that sharp line we see so often on Instagram. I was able to wax both brows using around 4 double sided strips waxing under the brow, around the arch and in between my eyebrows. The post epilation oil is a dry oil which removes any trace of stray wax and really helps sooth the waxed area, don't be put off by the colour, you don't end up resembling a smurf after using it.

These are inexpensive and a great alternative if you can't afford to go to the salon or you prefer being able to manage your brows at home. They retail for around £8.79 at Boots and I'll definitely be repurchasing when I run out, I can see myself using these in the future instead of heading to the salon. After the success with the Brow Shapers I can't wait to try more from Parissa.

This post contains a PR sample. My opinion is always my own and 100% honest.
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