Guest Blogger Series Part 1: Harriet Wright

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My favourites this month consist of very ‘stripped back’ skincare products to attempt to return my skin to it former glory (pre the Kiehls skincare disaster). These are my go-to products when my skin is having issues and I highly recommend them to anyone.

One. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is amazing. I tried to stray away from this holy grail product and ended up with a very spotty face … never again. It cleans and calms my skin while gently exfoliating and is the perfect cleanser.

Two. ‘The Love Shack’ is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read while also being a really heartwarming and perfect summer read.

Three. H&M Sunglasses are cheap and ever so pretty meaning you can buy lots (me: yay! bank: cry). These dark tortoiseshell ones have a slight cat eye effect and gold detailing and look ever so chic (according to me anyway).

Four. E45 Cream is so versatile and has been amazing at moisturising and healing my damaged skin.

Five. Pink and Yellow Roses are so pretty and summery and I felt like buying myself flowers like the independent single woman I am (hair flick).

Six. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector does just that – perfects and plumps my lips while adding a natural shine perfect for everyday use. Added unexpected bonus is that it is SO hydrating!

Seven. Garner Micellar Water – not really sure if there is anyone on the planet who doesn’t like this but I’m going with the crowd on this one and singing its praises. Takes off all your makeup and doesn’t sting your eyes which for me makes it a winner.

I hope you have all had an amazing May!

To read Harriet’s Blog please click HERE and don’t forget to give her a follow on twitter @HarrietAWright

Beauty Crowd Wish List

Recently I seem to be stalking the Beauty Crowd website a lot lately and my list of things I want need is growing!
I’ve put together a wish list to share with everyone the current items that are at the top of my list!

Beauty Crowd wish list

Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara £18.50
This mascara receives so much hype in the blogger world and I am dying to try it out and see if it really lives up to the hype.
Timeless Truth Apple Stem Cell Collegen Mask £7.90
My Skin is a bit pants currently – I don’t know if it’s the change in weather or what but I just can’t seem to get it back on track so I am really intrigued by these stem cell collegen masks currently.

Barbara Hofmann Silver Acrylic Round Foundation Brush £9.95
I love buffing brushes for application of foundation and this Barbara Hofman brush looks stunning.

LA Girl USA Cosmetics – Glazed Lip Paint in Bombshell £4.00
£4.00 for a Too Faced Melted dupe!!! There is so many different colours that I just want them all but Bombshell is my favourite.

AirMotion Hair Brush in Pink £11.95
I don’t know why but I desperately want this hairbrush – it promises to smooth and straighten the hair which is probably my two main issues with my actual hair.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose £8.00
Probably the prettiest looking blush I’ve ever set eyes on and rose is one of my favourite blush colours. I am in LOVE!

I’m counting down the days until payday so I can purchase a few things on my wish list!

Kiss Cosmetics – Beyond Limitations Mascara*

If you are a blogger or someone who is obsessed with make up you may already have Kiss Cosmetics on your radar – if you haven’t heard of them before well I’ll tell you a little about them.
Kiss Cosmetics is the newest brand to launch in the UK – many bloggers took part in a secret Facebook group to give feedback and opinions to help shape that brand and products. initially they are focused on high quality lip products however they are already spreading their wings a little further with their newest addition to the collection – Beyond Limitations Mascara is set to launch on 28th May 2015 at an affordable cost of £9.00 which you can buy on their website

Kiss Cosmetics Beyond Limitations Mascara

Beyond Limitations Mascara is a defining and lengthening mascara that comes in a stunning pink tube. Its paraben free, super black and contains a hard wax ingredient to really hold the lashes in place. and has a turbine shaped brush wand that hooks on to each lash to separate and define.

Kiss Cosmetics Beyond Limitations Mascara

My own lashes are quite short, straight and struggle to hold a curl so I’m certainly a tough customer to please when it comes to mascaras. Below on the left is my normal lashes minus any curling or product on and the right is after curling and applying the Beyond Limitations Mascara in order to give you a good idea on the results (please overlook my eyebrows. I’m over due my usual wax but can’t get to the salon currently to get them sorted) I think you will agree that the result speaks for itself and I am VERY happy with how the product really gave me lashes.
Kiss Cosmtics mascara results

I found that the shape of the brush worked in the sense that it does separate the lashes and gives them a thin coat of the product which I like as I prefer lots and lots of thin coats that one or two thick coats that go clumpy. The shape of the brush itself really does catch the lashes to pull them upwards however I found it was a little on the large side and I struggled to get those little lashes we all have in the inner corners and on the bottom lashes so I would love to see and baby version of this mascara to be able to really make the most of those hard to reach lashes. I didn’t have to knock off much excess either which is a plus – the large brush is quite a squeeze in and out of tube which I am guessing plays a part in not overloading it. My lashes remained pretty much as the picture showed all day and didn’t flake off or start to irritate my tired eyes late on into the day which is something I suffer from with a lot of mascaras (Bobbi Brown I’m looking at you!)

This is my first time trying the Kiss Cosmetics range and I am super impressed already – I’m eyeing up a few all of their lipsticks already for when pay day rolls around!

Don’t forget to pick up your own tube of Beyond Limitations Mascara from the Kiss Cosmetics site when it launches on the 28th!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Claire xxx

Glow highlight powder – The Original

This product is one I have literally not been able to put down. It is so versatile, flattering and amazing value. Before I go any further I should really introduce you to the beauty that is Glow highlight powder – The Orignal. Created by the insanely talented Phee from Phee’s Make Up Tips its part of a range of 5 powders (naturally I HAD to buy them all) and they only cost £8.00 each or £35 for them all! Told you it was amazing value.
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Above Photos: courtesy of Phee’s Makeup Tips

The powder itself is a stunning champagne colour that gives the skin a healthy, flattering glow to the skin. Phee has really put a lot of thought into the product making it vegan friendly, cruelty free and the two minerals that make up the powder are all ethically sourced you know that you are not supporting anything to do with the ugly side of the beauty industry.
You can use the powder to highlight, as an eye shadow, to mix with foundation and if you choose to really amp up the intensity you can also use it wet. The options are endless!
My personal favourite way it to use it in its dry form with a large fluffy eyeshadow brush on the top of my cheekbones, it blends in like butter to leave a stunning glow that doesn’t leave you looking like you’ve had a fight with a Christmas bauble and lost! I’ve been wearing glow pretty much everyday for both work and going out – all my other highlighters are now kind of forgotten about even my beloved Kevyn Aucion Celestrial powder hasn’t seen daylight for weeks!
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As I prefer a matte base (Estee Lauder Double Wear) I find using a highlight just gives a bit of life back into my face and avoids the flat pancake look that sometimes a matte foundation can give.
All the shades in Phee’s range are stunning and she is even working on eyeshadow which makes me so happy as I know that are just going to be amazing – I urge you to check out her online shop which can be found HERE!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – let me know if you’ve already bought this or if you are going to.