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Monday, 22 May 2017

Wishlist #5

danielles beauty blog wishlist

I haven’t done a wishlist post in absolutely ages! I thought with my move happening on Wednesday it would give me a little time to put together this list of what I want to pick up when I finally get to Canada and Sephora in particular. I know I could have ordered a lot of this stuff (and a lot of its available to me here though the likes of Cult Beauty) but it’s not the same as getting a look at it in store and I’ve also been on my version of a spending ban for the past five months which although wasn’t a complete success was still pretty good by my standards! Anyway, I’m looking forward to a (massive) splurge when I get over and here are the main products on my list!

I have the longest Ordinary list and I’m sure that as soon as I make an order it won’t just be these three products on it! I’ll most likely also need to pick up Alpha Arbutin and Niacinamide again as I’m almost finished both my bottles and I love the stuff! They come in glass bottles so will add a little too much weight to my luggage so I’ll leave these with my mum!

Another product that has actually been sitting in my Cult Beauty wishlist for the longest time but again I didn’t want to buy too much skincare when I knew I would be going away. I’ve heard so many good things about this product in particular but let me know if there are any other CosRX products you think I should pick up!

Again, this is a brand I’ve wanted to try for a while along with Farmacy Skin Saviour Kit and I do love a mini so I think these will be great ways to try the brands before committing to a full size!

It was so hard to pick just one trio out because I love the look of about three of them but though I love a coral blush, I think pinks suit me better and these look so cute! Again, not on the Sephora website – does anyone know if they will be going into Sephora soon? I think I’d like to see them in person!

I’ve wanted to try Bite Beauty for so long and these mini lipsticks look like the perfect introduction to the brand as well as my type of shades!

I absolutely love the OUAI and have been putting off buying their dry shampoo foam because I knew I’d just be adding more weight to my suitcase. I love that it’s got a mini of the dry shampoo foam as well as the new rose hair and body oil and I already know I love the finishing cream! The OUAI scent it to die for too!

Sephora Favourite Sets
I’m hoping a few of these are still in stock when I get to Sephora as they are such good value! I really want the Sunkissed Glow set as it’s got a mini Becca highlighter and Hourglass bronzer, the Give Me Some Nude Lip kit because look at it and I want to try the NARS Velvet Lip Glide and the Safe Sun on the Fly set as I want to try Coola and Fresh! And also because I can’t resist a mini or a good value deal! Hopefully they’re still in stock but if not I’m sure Sephora will come out with something equally as good!
I would also kill to sign up to the Sephora Play Box but it’s not available in Canada L Anyway, I could probably go on but that will do me for now! Please leave me all the recommendations below for Sephora or any Canadian brands, I love reading them and adding more to my wishlist! I won’t get to a Sephora straight away but you can bet there will be a wishlist purchases post coming!

Also, sorry if I’m not as active with commenting etc. but I will try to keep up! I have loads of photos taken for posts and have some scheduled too and hope to keep up my blog while I’m away! If you want something else to read in the meantime all my wishlist and wishlist purchases posts are here!

Danielle xx

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Blog Sale!

Hi everyone, as I mentioned last week my flights to Canada are booked! I’m moving over for a bit so it’s time for these unloved products to go to a new home (and you know I’ll be making a stop in Sephora as soon as I get a chance)! If you are interested in buying anything or want to ask a question just leave me a comment or email me at daniellesbeautyblog@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you! All items have been purchased by me and the blog sale is UK only, sorry!

Also please note:
·         P&P will be £2.50 plus 30p per additional item and sent Royal Mail 2nd Class signed for
·         If you want to purchase anything I will give you my Paypal email address and ask that you make your payment through the friends and family option
·         Your postal address will be taken from PayPal so please make sure its correct
·         You will have 12 hours to pay or the item will become available again
·         Items will be sent Monday-Friday within 2 working days
·         Please use Google for swatches!
·         No refunds so please make sure you want the item before committing to buy
·         I am not responsible for any lost parcels or damage during transit but I will ensure everything is packaged securely and send everything recorded delivery for peace of mind

As I said if you have any questions or want to see more photos just ask! Happy shopping J

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in Shade 4 (approx. half left) - £15

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in the shade Vanilla (approx. half left) - £10 
Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in the shade 2.0 (usage as shown) - £10 
Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in the shade Light 45 Warm (usage as shown) - £10
Swatches of these three here 
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Finland Light 1 (approx. half left) - £10
Swatch here 

No7 Airbrush Away Primer (new unused) - £8
Hylamide HA Blur primer (new unused) - £10 
Laura Mercier Daring by Day palette (used a couple of times)  £10 
Laura Mercier Glam to Go palette (used a couple of times, lip glace in Sparkling Daiquiri unused) - £10

Redken Extreme Anti-snap anti breakage leave in treatment (approx. half left) -£6
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (new/sealed) - £5
Molecule 01 Travel Size refill 30ml (sold as seen/usage as shown) – £15
Huda Beauty lashes Giselle #1 (new) - £8

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator 50ml (new) - £8
Origins VitaZing SPF 15 moisturiser 50ml (used a few times) - £10
Origins Maskimizer Mask Primer 95ml (usage as shown) - £8
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (with box/used a few times) - £10 
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (about 2/3 left) – £10 

NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (usage as shown) - £12
Alpha H Liquid Gold 100ml (new/unopened) - £20
May Lindstrom The Youth Dew (with box/only used a few times so almost full/ made fresh 10/16) - £50

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium (used lightly) - £10
MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder Foundation in NW20 (used lightly/sponge not included) - £10

Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in Versailles (new/unused) - £10
NARS Lip Gloss mini 4ml in Priscilla (new) - £7 
Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Bombshell (used a few times and sharpened once)  £10 
Swatch here
Gerard Cosmetics lip pencil in Luna (used a few times and sharpened once) - £6
Benefit Posiebalm (unused) - £5
Benefit Posie Tint 4ml mini (unused) - £3
Benefit Benebalm (unused) - £5
Benefit Benetint 4ml mini (unused) - £3
Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer (Bamboo/washed and sanitized) - £5

Hope you see something you like!

Danielle xx


Disappointing Products #1 ft. Too Faced, Urban Decay and Kat Von D

Danielles Beauty Blog disappointing products

I have been meaning to do one of these posts for a ridiculously long time now but I find that when I am disappointed by a product, I stop using it. This means that I can really say much about it other than I don’t like it but I have been using the products I’m talking about today regularly again over the last couple of months in an attempt to actually like them and failing that – to give a better reason as to why they are disappointing! I think some of these products usually show up in people’s favourites as well so this could be a little controversial!

soap and glory one heck of a blot primer review

This primer promises to diminish pores, offer all day shine control, hide imperfections, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of redness and make your makeup last longer. It feels gorgeous on the skin and quite hydrating and does even out my skin but this does NOTHING for my oily face and when it’s marketed as a 12 hour shine free primer I’m allowed to feel disappointed that it doesn’t work and I have to powder my face constantly throughout the day!

Mark Hill wonder ball brush review

This looks like a torture device and it feels like one too! It’s meant to detangle wet or dry hair and add lift to roots and it might if I could actually get it through my hair! This is a complete gimmick and actually painful for me to use, I tried to use this to blow dry my hair and it got so tangled I thought I would have to use scissors to get it out! I hate it!

Nuxe Reve de Miel review

I just don’t get the hype with this one at all and believe me I have tried. I’ve went through a few of these pots and this will be the last one. It does feel nice and hydrating when it’s on and it smells nice too but if I put this on at night it dries out quickly and I sometimes wake up needing to put more on. It also leaves me with disgusting white bits in between my lips when I wake up which is the reason I choose not to wear it during the day. I find Carmex and Blistex work much better on my lips overnight  and are much more affordable so I will stick to those!

Fairdrops Scandal Queen waterproof mascara review

A product I bought because of the hype and the most money I’ve ever spent on a mascara and what a waste of money it was. If you like clumpy lashes with no volume, length or definition you will love this. It seriously makes me look like I have about three lashes on each eye! The wand is an absolute mess with the fibres even after wiping the excess off the side of the tube and I absolutely hate it. It’s got marginally better as it’s dried out but I’ll be sticking to the drugstore as usual for my mascara choices from now on!

I am very hard to please when it comes to foundation – I have acne scarred skin and struggle with pigmentation issues as well as uneven texture. Paired with mainly oily but sometimes dehydrated skin and you will see why I’m so tough on my base!

too faced urban decay kat von d foundation review

I think out of the three foundations I have included is the most disappointing! It’s an oil free foundation with a medium to full coverage that promises to be undetectable and leave you looking radiant but I look like an oil slick when I wear this! It didn’t matter what primer or powder I wore, nothing worked with it!

I have the shade Vanilla which is orange as you can see from the swatch and I have to be wearing tan to make this work for me even though it’s supposedly one of the lighter shades (at least it was when I ordered it last year!). This wears off my chin and lower cheeks to the point they look stark against the shade of the foundation and for an oil free foundation I can’t believe how oily my skin gets with it!

I was so excited when Urban Decay released this as it promises to provide full coverage with a matte finish for all night wear and a flawless looking complexion. It’s got a high amount of pigment, its waterproof and it absorbs oil to reduce appearance of shine.

Although this looks good when first applied as the pigment really is amazing and it gives good coverage, it fades like mad on me! It gathers and wears off my nose and chin awfully so I end up looking patchy though I will say it doesn’t make me look oily so the matte finish gets a thumbs up from me.

This promises to even out discolouration, stop shine and hide blemishes while offering amazing coverage so long lasting you can go 24 hours without reapplying. It’s meant to stay flawless, fade, free and transfer proof but on my skin is doesn’t!

It clings to fine lines I didn’t even know where there, is patchy AF on my cheeks and chin and shine comes through my t-zone and chin after only a few hours wear. It has a tendency to “sit” on my skin no matter how much I’ve blended it in and transfers too.

too faced born this way vanilla urban decay all nighter 2 kat von d light 45 foundation swatches
Too Faced Born This Way Vanilla, Urban Decay All Nighter 2, Kat Von D Light 45 foundation swatches

I have recently found a day cream in the Nivea Cellular Radiance range that I talked about last week that works well with all three of these foundations so I have been getting on with them a lot better recently as they have been lasting longer on my skin! However, I don’t think I should have to use such a specific product underneath to get the results the foundations themselves promise!

Estee Lauder Double Wear is Holy Grail for me and I don’t think I’ll ever find something that tops it so I’m going to stop trying! Rant over! That’s my disappointing products; let me know what you think of these and if you’ve tried them!

I've also scheduled this post a little earlier than usual as I have a blog sale going up this evening! These three foundations will be in it - I've done a good job of selling them haven't I? 

Danielle xx

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Skincare | Nivea Cellular Radiance Range

Nivea Cellular Radiance range review

Nivea features regularly on my blog but apart from their lotion which I use as a first cleanse most nights and their Daily Essentials eye makeup remover, I haven’t used much else of their skincare recently so I was excited when these arrived for me to test out!

Very briefly (because science is not my strong point) dark spots are caused by the overproduction of melanin and his happens deep within skin cells by an enzyme called Tyrosinase. After years of clinical study, scientists at Beiersdorf (the company behind Nivea) have found that an active ingredient called Lumicinol works to counteract Tyrosinase and with continued use, melanin production is slowed down and pigmentation marks are visibly reduced. Nivea’s Cellular Radiance range is formulated with Lumicinol to even skin tone as well as Magnolia Extract which helps improve cell surface renewal.

You’ll all know by now that pigmentation and residual marks left over from break outs are bugbears of mine as well as dull skin so I had high hopes for this range and I wasn’t disappointed!

Nivea cellular radiance illuminating day cream review

When I first opened this pot I thought the cream might be too thick for me for day time use but I was so wrong. This absorbs quickly on my skin and isn’t greasy at all but it’s not flat matte either which is perfect for my oily/combination skin! It definitely does what it says and gives a luminous look to my skin feeling very hydrating throughout the day and working really well to smooth over my skin and make it look a lot more even overall. It also has SPF 15 to help protect skin from sun induced premature ageing which I’m always glad to see in a day time moisturiser as I’m not the most diligent with SPF!  

It’s probably the product that has impressed me the most because when I use a certain three cult foundations I hate and have been in my Disappointing Products draft for months I actually like them! I can’t get over how well this works as a moisturiser/primer with the foundations – I have tried everything in my stash with them and this is the only thing that actually keeps them matte and makes them long lasting while not showing off fine lines!

With continued use, this promises to reveal a beautiful youthful glow; visibly reduce wrinkles and improve the skins appearance; support an even skin tone; improve firmness and surface cell renewal; and leave skin feeling smooth and silky and I am starting to see the benefits of all these already so can’t wait to continue using this!

Nivea cellular radiance skin perfecting fluid review

This is marginally lighter than the day cream but still not as light as I was expecting as it’s called a fluid. Like the Illuminating Day Cream, this contains SPF 15 UVA and UVB protection but this can be used alone or over the moisturiser. I prefer to use it alone just like I would a moisturiser but this contains something a little extra in its skin-adaptive pigments to even out skin tone. 

Nivea cellular radiance skin perfecting fluid review boots

Nivea cellular radiance skin perfecting fluid review swatch

The only other experience I have with a product like this is the Origins Vitazing which I find doesn’t blend well on my skin and can sometimes gather in my eyebrows. This on the other hand blends quickly and evenly across my face giving a subtle tint and evening out imperfections leaving a beautiful glow like the day cream. Personally this is not enough coverage for me to use on its own so I always apply makeup over the top and again have been impressed with it as a base! It helps my foundations last longer and my skin looks fresh all day long. I can imagine anyone who likes minimal makeup would like this on its own!  

Nivea cellular radiance skin evening night essence review

Another product where the name confused me slightly, I don’t have much experience with Essences but the ones I’ve read about seem to be liquid and this is a cream. My confusion aside, this has been a lovely addition to my night time routine. This is a lightweight concentrated cream though still feels hydrating enough for me for bedtime and it’s advised to apply a small amount every evening on cleansed face, neck and décolleté.

Nivea cellular radiance skin evening night essence review swatch

Like the daytime products this contains Luminicol and Magnolia Extract which work overnight to minimise the appearance of discolouration, improve firmness and visibly reduce wrinkles. I notice my skin feels and looks plumper the next morning and my fines lines are definitely reduced and stubborn pigment patches are a lot lighter giving my skin more radiance about it!

Overall, I have been so impressed with this range over the six weeks since I got it and though I can’t say much for their effects on deeper wrinkles, they are making the fine lines on my forehead much less pronounced and helping with my pigmentation issues. All products come boxed and have very light fresh scents and the Nivea Cellular Radiance range is available exclusively from Boots and is currently on 3 for 2!

Have you tried this range before? Whats you favourite Nivea product? 

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.

Danielle xx

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