Monday, 7 November 2016

Five Things I’m Loving | November 2016

five things im loving smashbox bed head revlon vichy nars

I can’t believe I haven’t done one of these posts since March! This is the reason I could never commit to a monthly favourites! Anyway, there are a mix of products here, some are new to me within the last month and others are on their last legs and I love them so much I thought they deserved to feature in a post other than an empties!

I picked this up ages ago (definitely longer than I care to remember!) but it seems the longer its open the more I like it! I know mascara is a very personal choice but I’ve found this does exactly what it says and gives me both length and volume as well as separation and definition! I love that it has bristles instead of a plastic wand and it is impossible to get clumpy lashes with this! I've tried so many time to get close ups of my lashes but its impossible – if you have any tips please leave them in the comments!

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask review

Vichy recently came out with three new face masks and I was sent the Quenching Mineral mask which could not have come at a better time for my skin! Every year I have the same problem where my usually oily skin goes haywire with the change in weather and becomes dehydrated and patchy in places. This mask feels amazingly cooling and refreshing and has been helping to regulate my skin! It contains thermal water from the French volcanoes, vitamin B3 and glycerin which all work to soothe and hydrate my skin leaving it feeling plumper and smoother!

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask review moisturiser

The mask itself has a non-greasy, lightweight gel texture that sinks in quickly. It’s scented of green tea, jasmine water and bamboo and smells amazing! I know some people are sensitive to scented products but I personally don’t mind! The mask is also allergy tested and paraben free. I've been keeping this on my bathroom windowsill to keep it as cool as possible and it is a real treat to apply! I use it over the top of my trusty Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum and the two are a dreamy combination! The Vichy Quenching Mineral Masque is available from Boots, Escentual and Feel Unique!

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes eyeshadow palette review

Another all matte eyeshadow palette, I know! But it’s another palette I love and after giving all the attention to the Kat Von D Shade + Light and Urban Decay Ultimate Basics I thought it was time to talk about this one! I adore the shade range in this and there isn’t a shade I wouldn’t use – even those couple of pinker shades! It has a great range of cool tones as well as a few warm and the shades can be used wet or dry and as shadows, liners or brow products. The brush that came with it is probably one of the better brushes I've received with a palette!

smashbox Photo Matte Eyes eyeshadow palette review swatches
Clockwise top l-r: Desert, Heirloom, Dune, Vanilla (large pan), Canyon, Suede, Earthy

smashbox Photo Matte Eyes eyeshadow palette review swatch
Clockwise top l-r: Wheat (large pan), Grounded, Rosehip, Haze, Blackout, Ditch, Jolt

I would say that this palette isn’t just as pigmented as the Kat Von D or Makeup Geek shadows I’ve tried but it’s of the highest quality, the shadows don’t fade and they last all day on my oily lids with a primer. Smashbox do mattes really well, they are never patchy and there are no disappointing shades in this palette! I ordered directly from the Smashbox website and they always have discount codes available! I can’t get enough of Smashbox at the minute and have a lipstick set on my Christmas list!

Another oldie but a goody and this has actually featured in a post before! I always come back to this when my hair starts looking a little straggly and I'm trying to hold off going to the hairdressers. It makes the ends of my hair look so much thicker and healthier and helps seal my split ends until I wash my hair again. It also acts as a thermal protectant and just generally makes my hair easier to blow dry and straighten! I’m not normally a fan of fruity scents but I love this and even though it’s a cream it doesn’t add oil or weight to my fine hair!

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita review

This is one of the newest lipsticks in my collection and one I can’t believe took me so long to get! The Audacious line is very hyped within the beauty blogging world and now I can see why! This lipstick is so creamy and opaque with great lasting power! I struggled to pick a shade but eventually went with Anita which is a rosy pink and I definitely don’t think this will be my last! It also has quite possibly the most satisfying magnetic lipstick closure!

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita review swatch

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

Have you tried any of these products before? Tell me what you’ve been loving recently!

Danielle xx




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  1. The Vichy mask sounds lovely, I've been meaning to try something from Vichy for ages :)

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    1. I love the brand! This is a gorgeous mask! Xx

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  2. What an amazing selection of favourites! I gave the Smashbox palette a miss because of the mixed reviews and upon closer inspection, I find some shades are too similar and have the tendency to blend into each other without much gradient.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I absolutely love it, one of my favourite palettes but I know neutral mattes aren't everyone favourite! Xx

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  3. This is a great mix of favorites! I can never comitt to doing a favorites post lol. I love the Smashbox palette.
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    1. Me either haha! The palette is lovely, I get so much use out of it! xx

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  4. Anita is such a pretty shade! And a satisfying close is bonus points haha.

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  5. That Vichy mask looks really refreshing, and I could do with one of them. I haven/t heard any bloggers talking about Anita but I could see why it would. It's a gorgeous color and by the description it's a wonderful product. I've heard about bed head and was eyeing up buying some and now im even more convinced. I think I was looking at something for curls as well as some funky hair gel from them.

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    1. I love the scent of their products, I have a shine spray from them that has the most beautiful scent too! Xx

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  6. Great favourites! I haven't tried smashbox eye shadows yet but these looks really nice!
    Kathy x
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  7. That smashbox palette looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese

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  8. I love mascara and have yet to try the Revlon one. Might give that a try now!

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  9. The Vichy mask sounds so good!

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  10. The vichy mask sounds like a good catch..
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  11. Love the NARS lipstick. Great post.
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  12. Grounded seems like such a great shade and that lipstick, its so beautiful! Have a lovely week :)

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  13. I have Anita too and I really love it. I really like the look of that Smashbox palette, the shades are so pretty xx

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    1. I have a new obsession with Smashbox, they can do no wrong! Xx

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  14. Thats smashbox palette is gorgeous!! Great picks lovely x
    a life of a charlotte

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  15. Ooh, Anita is very pretty! That Smashbox palette is gorgeous but I have to resist because I have so many palettes! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I tried to but I couldn't! Glad I gave in though! Xx

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  16. Great round up hun...I love the look of the Smashbox palette as I can't resist matte shadows. I have a Vichy Night Cream that has a gel texture that I love..so I can see myself really enjoying this mask too xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

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    1. Gels feel so soothing I think! Ah I love a good matte palette too! Xx

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  17. Anitta is such a pretty colour! I've heard good things about those Revlon mascaras, but I have not yet tried them...
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  18. The smashbox palette looks like such a fab dupe for the new UD essentials palette!

    Abigail Alice x

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  19. That palette is so pretty!!

    Emily xo
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  20. The Smashbox palette looks gorgeous! I love all the shadows x

    Laura
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  21. I love Audacious lipsticks, I need to treat myself for another shade this season :) Anita looks really beautiful! x

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  22. Nice picks. I know what you mean with the loving mascara the longer you have it. I have Tripple Shot mascara from Ciate that I really hated the first month after I opened it, quite liked it after 6 weeks and now 3 months later it is my go to mascara from the ones I have opened. I also like matte palettes, it is a bit shame that the Smashbox one doesn't look as pigmented as Kat Von D as the colours look lovely.

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    1. The Kat Von D pigmentation is on another level but I think the Smashbox does quite well too! Xx

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  23. The face mask sounds amazing, I definitely want to try more Vichy stuff :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

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  24. My skin is exactly like yours at the moment and it is really hard to get it right. Does that mask help you get rid of the patchy bits and leave your skin smooth? Anita is a really pretty colour!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. My skin feels so much more plump and hydrated after use! It recommends using it 1-3 times a week so that would keep dry bits at bay!

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  25. The Vichy mask sounds amazing. I must check it out! That lipstick looks so pretty too. I've not actually tried NARS lip products before, i think it about time i did haha xx

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    1. Ooh you have to! I love their satin lip pencils too! Xx

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  26. Love all those lines. Anita IS a beautiful shade. Thanks for posting. https://fairygodmotherbeautyblog.com/

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  27. That Vichy masque sounds amazing.

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  28. Love that palette and the lipstick! :)

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  29. That nars lipstick is such a pretty shade!

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  30. The lippy looks lush! I'm a Tigi Bed Head fan too - love that stuff! x

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  31. The vichy masque sounds really nice, I would like to try it.
    I like you eye shadow palette and the lipstick color.
    Thank you for sharing :)
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  32. looks great!

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  33. I purchased the Vichy masks in little sachets so I can try them before purchasing them and to decide which one is suitable for me. Cannot wait to use them since I hear great things about the Vichy masks! x

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    1. That sounds like such a great idea! I definitely want to try the other 2 in the range once I finish up a few masks! Xx

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  34. Vichy Quenching Mineral Masque I wanna try this!!!

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  35. Um how good does that eye shadow palette look! *adds to wish list* haha I love your posts.

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  36. The Smashbox palette looks so beautiful! I love that it's all matte and neutral. It would definitely make me step outside of my comfort zone and wear cooler tones too. I feel like Smashbox palettes are worth their price tag, as the formula is so great! I only have one of the NARS Audacious Lipsticks too and I LOVE it. Anita looks so beautiful - I need!!:D xx

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    1. I agree! I just bought their Christmas blush palette too! Xx

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  37. I love the colour of that Nars lipstick! wonderful picks :) x

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  38. Great picks, that mascara sounds amazing, may have to try it next time I need a new one! x
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  39. That eyeshadow palette looks so gorgeous! x

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  40. That Vichy mask looks amazing! Loving the texture and color. I can definitely see why they named it skin quenching!

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  41. That NARs lipstick is actually really beautiful. I've never been one to look at them for lip products but I am going to from now on!
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  42. That mask looks lovely and the colour of the lipstick is gorg!

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  43. Love the NARS lipstick!
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  44. Such a handy list
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  45. NARS ANITA Love it!!!! And your pictures are stunning.

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