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The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The amount of money I have wasted on foundation over the years is quite possibly ridiculous. I am pale, if you've read any of my previous foundation posts you'll know that I'm paler than pale. (My boyfriend sometimes calls me a ghost, and he's not far wrong) So I've been after a white foundation to mix with my regular ones, that was until I saw these Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

This magical little bottle contains a concentration of white and pink pigments which you can add to your existing foundation. According to The Body Shop, 1 drop = 1/2 a shade lighter. I have a couple of foundations which I just decided to chuck because it took about 7 drops to change them to the right shade, and yes these were the 'lightest' shade available! However, you will be amazed at how quickly you see the shade transform. The pigment in the drops needs mixing which I usually do with my finger or a q-tip, yes you end up wasting some of your foundation but you don't have to throw it away so it is basically a win in my eyes.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

I am really happy I got them, they weren't the cheapest at  £10 for a bottle but as a little goes a long way, (and I got a spend £25 get £10 off voucher which I inevitably will spend.) Also this little bottle allows me to save foundations that otherwise would be wasted, such as my 'light' Clinique BB Cream! 

The Body Shop also do darkening drops too, so if you find your foundation too dark you can use it to darken the foundation, also some people use it to contour. Have you tried them, would you plan to?

Lord&Berry Makeup*

Around a month ago I was lucky enough to get the chance to try out some Lord&Berry products and I decided that I would put them to the test over the month. And I thought I would talk you through the hits and misses...

Lord&Berry Eyeshadows, Lip crayon and eyeliner

They sent me three of their Seta Eyeshadows in Voyage*, Oasis* and Desert Island*, a Waterproof Smudgeproof Liner in In The Black* and also a 20100 Matte Lip Crayon in Bouquet*. There is quite a variety in the eyeshadows

Lord&Berry Makeup Desert Island, Oasis and Voyage

Lets start with the eyeshadows. There were two hits and sadly one miss in these three. Now Desert Island* is a gorgeous smoothly applying eyeshadow in a gorgeous frosty pink colour. The swatch below is one swipe with my finger, how good is that? Then is Voyage* a golden, orangey shade which was of a similar consistency as Desert Island. One swipe again made the swatch below. The only miss of the three was Oasis, I found it dry almost, and definitely chalky, it took quite a few swipes to get any colour at all. I thought it would be my favourite shade but sadly I would give this one a miss.

Lord&Berry Makeup

The final two bits are the Smudgeproof Waterproof Pencil Liner in In the Black* and Matte Lipstick Crayon in Boquet*. Now the liner is a a bit of an in the middle, when it arrived it was snapped which made me think it might be too fragile but the colour is really dark and it'd also waterproof so perfect for my waterline. Then the crayon, I didn't really think it was massively matte, it seemed to have a slight sheen in my eyes but I suppose it depends on what you class as a matte lipstick. The colour however is a muted red with slight rosy undertones, it doesn't show its true colour sadly in the picture below. 

Lord&Berry Makeup Swatches

Thank you very much Lord&Berry, I'm so glad I was able to try a few bits and I now have my eyes on the liquid lipsticks. Have you tried anything from Lord&Berry?

Seeing stars? Any products which have a * by their name have been sent to me. See my full disclaimer here...

June YouBeauty

It's time to show you what came in my YouBeauty box again, and this month I was very impressed with the selection. The theme was energising essentials and while I don't quite understand why I still liked what it had to offer.

YouBeauty June

I first liked the look of the bubble t lip balms but as I have so many balms I decided against it. Eventually though I did decide on the KIKO stick blush and Nails Inc polish in Porchester Square

YouBeauty June Nails Inc Porchester Square and KIKO Stick Blush

Nails Inc Porchester Square is a 'Nessie colour' in my house which basically means that my cat is also the colour. For anyone who doesn't know my cat, the polish is a light nude nail polish which look so chic at the moment. Then the KIKO Stick Blush is in 07. I love KIKO makeup, you can see my post on some of the eyeshadows here! I've never tried a face product from KIKO so this was a must have for me!

June YouBeauty

The freebies for this month include one hit and one miss. This Herbal Bath Devil's Claw Back Comfort oil just isn't for me so I've passed it onto my step mum who has a bad back. However, the small sachet of OrganiiSPF 50 Sunmilk intrigues me. I am really pale, lighter than most light foundations so my skin is very susceptible to sun damage. I also hate suncream great match really! Anyway if this is a sun milk it's likely not to be as heavy as traditional creams, well I hope.

So have you tried this box yet? I highly recommend you do as it is only £6.95 including p&p! in my opinion the perfect way to enter the wonderful world of beauty boxes!

End of College NYX Wishlist

Late last week I finally finished my AS exam, I'll be honest some went well others not so but as some of them count for nothing I'm not feeling too down about it. Regardless currently I have started learning the second year and we finish college officially mid July. Now recently a NYX counter opened up in my local Boots and I've purchased a few bits so far but I have decided to treat myself to some NYX products as a 'well done you survived gift.' Here's my wishlist so far!

NYX Wishlist

I sort of have a budget and sort of don't which probably sounds strange. I have a Boots voucher that gets me £5 worth of points if I spend £35 and a double points voucher to use. So my budget is around £35 which is what my wishlist adds up to luckily!

NYX Wishlist

  1. Buenos Aries Matte Lip Cream - £5.50
    I have five of these already I think but I need an everyday nude one to add to my collection and it's a close tie between this and also Athens depending which swatches better in store!

  2. Dewy Finishing Spray - £7.00 
    I still don't own a setting spray, crazy right. This one looks like a good place to start though, I have dry skin so matte products won't always work on me making this perfect for me.

  3. Tea&Cookies Liquid Suede Lipstick - £6.50
    This looks a gorgeous colour and I really want to know how these differs to the lip creams. The colour selection is smaller but the swatches of this are so pretty.

  4. Blonde/Brunette Tame&Frame Brow Pomade - £5.50
    Me and my eyebrows go through stages of friendliness, sometimes we're close, as are they in shape, otherwise they're awful. I haven't yet tried a pomade so I would like to see what effect it creates.

  5. Peaches&Cream Butter Lipgloss - £5.50
    I love a good lip product as you can probably tell, but lately I have fallen off the gloss bandwagon. I thought I would try this though as people seems to love the butter lip glosses.

  6. Rust Jumbo Eyeshadow Crayon - £5.50
    I picked up Milk on my first NYX visit but now after seeing swatches I think Rust is perfect, especially if I receive the ABH Modern Renaissance palette for my birthday hint hint!

There are my picks, I'm counting down the days until I can go and purchase these bits and try them out! Are there any products you would recommend I add to my list? Also if you have NYX hauled recently please leave me a link in the comments!

Uses of Coconut Oil

Over the last year or so coconut oil has been all over the place. In the kitchen, in the bathroom and even within makeup routines. This made me think about all the possible beauty uses. I did my research and found a few that I hadn't heard of to add to the ones I had and then share in this blog post!

Beauty Uses of Coconut Oil

  1. Oil Pulling - this is my personal favourite use. You can see my post here. Oil pulling detoxes the mouth, freshens your breath and whitens your teeth over time.
  2. Hair Mask/ Leave In Conditioner - I always use hair masks as otherwise my hair just doesn't look its best. Coconut oil can be used as an in shower hair mask as well as a leave in simply by mixing it with water.
  3. Lip Balm - dry or chapped lips? Coconut oil will help, if you like the taste of coconut that is.
  4. Mouth Ulcers - this could also come under oil pulling as it helps, but if you have an ulcer the properties of the oil are said to help them.
  5. Highlighter - if you're in favour of a dewy glow dabbing this on the top of your cheekbones looks amazing.
  6. Shaving Cream - we've all run out by accident and needed an alternative. So if you happen to have coconut oil you're set!
  7. Eyelash Treatment - I haven't tried this as I am quite lucky with my eyelashes but apparently coconut oil is a good lash boosting treatment, please let me know if you've tried!
  8. Brush Cleaner - now honestly I'd be wary about this but it works for some because of its natural antibacterial properties, however you MUST wash it all out or the oil solidifies within the brushes and ruins them!
  9. Makeup Remover - yes this works! I ran out of micellar water the other week and although I hated the smell it managed to remove my mascara and everything!
  10. Body Moisturiser/Oil - when solid this is a gorgeous moisturiser which melts into your skin and when heated it becomes a colourless oil which you can massage onto yourself and feel pampered!

These are 10 fairly normal ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine. I've see other slightly stranger uses (read: lube!?) but these are ones I would try myself, have you used coconut oil for any beauty related reasons, I would love to know how well they worked!

Clinique Skincare Haul

So as I mentioned in my Spending Ban post I had made a small order from Clinique on the day my £10 off voucher was going to run out. I'll be honest I cut it pretty fine but I'm glad I made the order.

Clinique Haul

Now it looks like I bought quite a few bits but in fact there was a nice little offer on: spend £40 and get five samples free. Obviously I was never going to resist that, I am a massive fan of a bargain, and often I won't shop unless I snag a bargain, (or a freebie!) The two things I actually bought were the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +, this came to a total of £40 and my voucher made it £30, so all in all a pretty good saving and freebie haul. 

Clinique Skincare Haul

I decided against purchasing any makeup as I like to swatch things before hand or I might be disappointed. The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + came as a sample in my BritishBeautyBlogger Box and it seemed a really nice, hydrating moisturiser for me. This one is skin type 1,2, which is very dry to dry combination and I am definitely very dry at the moment. I am trying to drink more water to combat this at the moment. Now the Moisture Surge Face Spray I kind of bought on a whim, not usually a good idea. However, so far I actually quite like this. Possibly my favourite moisturiser is the Moisture Surge one but at £34 a pop I cannot afford it *sad face* but maybe the spray will mean I don't need it. According to the website it can be used over and under makeup, as a moisturiser I guess. So far I like it, it's more hydrating than simply spraying water onto your face and looks to be perfect for summer, especially if you're going to the beach at some point. As far as I can see it does not have SPF so won't replace your current SPF moisturiser but still gives you a hydrating burst.

Now the freebies which I worked out are worth almost £30, so I ended up getting £70 worth of products for only £30. I had to pick the mini Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry as I love the chubby sticks, I constantly use another mini one I have in Woppin' Watermelon, (loving the alliterations too!) Then were two usual suspects that appear in almost every bonus time: Liquid Facial Soap Mild and Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. Both I quite like and both perfect size for travelling too. I also decided to try their Custom Repair Serum which sounds like it would work absolute wonders, but we'll just have to wait and see!

Finally I chose samples of possibly my favourite Clinique product. Now I think they may have reformulated it but Clinique Moisture Surge is amazing, my skin is so dry and this feels like an instant hit of hydration, like those Gillette razor adverts, I think they're still on TV. However, it is really expensive: £34! Sadly I couldn't justify it in this haul but maybe I'll be able to in the next!

As you can tell from my last post this haul kinda put me on a spending ban but believe me it was so worth it!

Spending Ban...AGAIN

Well I'm pretty sure you already know what this post is about. Yes I've been spending too much again, oopsy. Now I do have an excuse: retail therapy helps my exam stress.

Spending Ban

If you're thinking big whoop everyone experiences exam stress that is true. However, lately mine has been off the scale, so much so that I got a double migraine a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you that is not fun people. Anyway, let me get back on track with the post; I am on a spending ban. The reasons are pretty simple, although I have a nice paying Saturday job it's not paying me enough to buy makeup willy nilly like I wish I could. Believe me I would do that if I won the lottery. But coming up in the next couple of weeks is a Clinique Haul which wasn't cheap, then I'm also saving for Sephora in Paris (and a giveaway of course,) and finally I would like to buy myself a DSLR because I really want to YouTube. A good thing about this spending ban is that it will give me the perfect chance to try and use up a few products, so look out for an empties soon!

I have two giveaways planned in the next few months so let me know what you would like to win!

Vichy Dermablend Review*

Everyone experiences bad skin days, I am not exempt. However, being exceptionally pale and having dry skin too, makes it really difficult to find a foundation that really covers those days up. If I'm honest I didn't have high hopes when it came to the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation* but I was very pleasantly surprised!

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation and Setting Powder

So there are the two products in my bad day arsenal, the packaging isn't too flashy which I quite like because it makes them seem like they do the job as the product was focused on most. I was kindly sent the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation* and Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder*. I have had my eye on the foundation for a while but their shade selection was just not light enough as it went only to 15 Opal. Luckily they have extended their shade range adding 05 Porcelain, 65 Coffee and 85 Espresso. Unsurprisingly I went for 05 Porcelain because nothing else was going to suit me. 

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation

So Vichy say that the foundation includes a high concentration of pigments that provide better coverage than a normal foundation but with an ultra blendable texture to give a natural, flawless result. Apparently it lasts a whole 16 hours but I have no reason to test this at all because my makeup never needs to last anywhere near that long. It has no noticeable scent which is good for those with sensitive skin and it also isn't particularly drying.

Vichy Dermablend 05 Swatch

Now the swatch looks really scary and yellow but when blended out that's not the case at all. I find that if I've caught the sun this is the perfect shade for me. However, when I haven't I just mix a little bit of my normal foundation with it and it works perfectly. I find that this doesn't cling to my dry patches thank the lord! and gives great coverage, on a good skin day I don't need any concealer either. I will say though that if you don't want to look like you're wearing foundation this isn't one for you, just because although it is natural it is higher coverage and trying to 'blur' any imperfections. This blends like a dream, it's wonderful and means that I don't have to worry that it looks like I am wearing an orange mask on my face. (Badly colour matched Clinique foundation I'm talking to you!)

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

I have been looking for a powder to try baking with after my disastrous attempt with a not so translucent MUA one. (That's a story for a rainy day!) This is translucent, there's no two ways about it, anyone can use this, and I think it is a really nice powder. I find loose powders quite fiddly if I'm honest but I see their advantages too. This has a little powder puff to stop powder spilling everywhere and I am grateful because I am so clumsy. I am sure you can find a powder that does the same for less but this one has no faults in my eyes.

The foundation isn't drugstore, while you will find it in Boots it is £18 and the powder £15. I think for the coverage and lack of emphasis on my dry patches I will probably end up repurchasing unless I find a significantly cheaper but still as good alternative.

Have you tried the Dermablend range?

Seeing stars? Any products which have a * by their name have been sent to me. See my full disclaimer here...