Sunday, 5 February 2012

January Favourites



Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
I got a couple of the Real Techniques sets at the beginning of January and have been using them every day since then. I'm gonna do a post about them in full but for now lets just say I cannot recommend them enough. My favourite out of all the brushes I got is the Deluxe Crease Brush. This is the most perfect brush for applying your under eye concealer. I've never gotten on with flat concealer brushes & found that the MAC & Sigma brushes that most people recommended for blending concealer didn't work well enough & shed loads of hairs. It makes blending so easy & because the brushes are synthetic they work so incredibly well with cream products such as concealers. I'd kinda fallen out of love with my Bobbi Brown concealer, preferring to just use the Corrector instead, but this brush has breathed new life into it. Not a single hair has been shed from this brush or any of the Real Techniques brushes for that matter. It also works really well for defining your crease, making 60s style eye makeup so simple to do.

Philosophy The Present
I already raved about this in my primer overview post but this has definitely been the best product that I've discovered recently. It just makes every about applying foundation completely effortless & leaves your skin looking smooth & flawless. My face looks noticeably better whenever I use this so I don't think I could be without this primer from now on.

Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel
I thought that nothing would ever top Lush's Snow Fairy shower gel for a bit of in shower aromatherapy but I was very very wrong. It turns out that theres a reason so many shower gel companies are copying the bottle & design style of the Philosophy bottles - its because they're frigging amazing! I adore the smell of cinnamon rolls & this shower gel captures that perfectly. Its like you've walked into a Cinnabon whilst still in the shower. They really need to open a UK store outside of bloody Picadilly Circus because the ones in Starbucks & Tesco just aren't good enough! The front of the bottle even includes a recipe so you can make your own cinnamon rolls which I'm very tempted to try out.

Origins Super Spot Remover
Despite using my Clarisonic I still get a few hormonal spots along my jawline. I've heard lots of good things about this spot treatment & when I saw that it was available on BuyaPowa for just £8.50, I snapped it up. The bottle is so cute & tiny but a little goes a long way so even paying full price for it would be justified. The smell is a little weird, like a mix between witch hazel & rosemary. The cooling gel feels very tingly which I like because to me that means you can feel it working on your skin. It really does help to get rid of spots very quickly, pretty much overnight in my case.

Kerastase Masquintense Cheveux Fins
Another bargain from BuyaPowa. I got this for just £16 including postage. Not bad considering you'd normally pay about £25 for it. I'm currently waiting for my next hair appointment (after having to cancel it twice grr...) and felt like my hair could do with some pampering before and after my next round of bleach. I've only used this a couple of times so far but the pot is pretty small for the price so I'm probably only gonna get about six more washes out of it. I've been leaving this in my hair for a couple of hours before washing it out and it leaves my hair feeling a lot stronger and softer with minimal frizz. It doesn't weigh down my hair at all and the smell is really nice too. Its a good investment to make if, like me, you do torturous things to your hair.



Sainsbury's Popping Candy & Coconut Chocolate Spreads
I'm one of those people who often resorts to eating Nutella with a spoon when in desperate need of a chocolate fix. So imagine my delight when I saw these on the shelves of Sainsburys! Both are fabulous on toast or crumpets but I think I prefer the coconut one. It tastes pretty much like melted Bounty bars. I can imagine it working brilliantly as a ready-made cupcake frosting.



Community
I prefer to watch American TV shows on my laptop than whatever is on Sky. All my fave shows finished for Christmas so I had literally nothing left to watch. I'd often seen Community mentioned on Oh No They Didn't and was always intrigued by it so I decided to download the first season. The show is kinda hard to describe but the basic plot is about a study group at a community college. They're all a bit mental really & have a penchant for clever pop culture references. Its one of the funniest shows I've watched in a long time & each character has been perfectly cast. I am so in love with Joel McHale and you might recognise one of the other main characters as the rapper Childish Gambino. I downloaded the second and third seasons too which are even better. For me & my boyfriend its become one of those shows that you mention & quote in every day life. Sadly its been put on hiatus in the middle of season three which is why we need to save the show!



Unbearable Lightness
This book was written by the actress Portia De Rossi about her struggles with being gay & eating disorders. I loved her character in Arrested Development & enjoyed Sirens & Ally McBeal but I'd never really paid much attention to her otherwise. I'm not sure why but I often find myself reading books about self-destructive behaviour & mental health issues. Maybe because I identify with it in some strange way. The book is a really sad read as you can feel her desperation. Shes so open and honest about how she felt at the time which I found quite inspirational. Its a really compelling book & I did find it hard to put down. Portia De Rossi is a wonderful writer and I think shes very brave to put all of this out there. I'm now onto reading Damned by Chuck Palahniuk who is my favourite author. I've only read about a quarter of it but its pretty good so far so I'd recommend that too.

24 comments:

  1. I absolutely love philosophy shower gel but have SO much from lush from christmas that I cant bear to restock now :( Kerastase products are amazing too! xo

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  2. Wow I definitely need to try those chocolate spreads, melted Bounty bars sounds amazing!! xx

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  3. Wow I need that chocolate spread! xo

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  4. Wow I need that chocolate spread! xo

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  5. I love Joel McHale, I watch The Soup on E! the popping candy choc spread sounds lush. Having it on a crumpet is my treat. It is nice on pancakes too, might get some in for pancake day x

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  6. I really want to try a real technique brush, i don't know where to get them in shops though...

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  7. I've always wanted to try that cinnamon buns shower gel, I'm obsessed with anything cinnamon! Glogg from Lush is a pretty good spicy showergel but it more mulled wine than cinnabon flavour.

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  8. I'm going to have to keep my peepers on buyapowa, Kerastase is so so good for my hair!

    xx

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  9. I really want to try a Real Techniques brush, but the only one I wanted only comes in a set! I was also really tempted by The Present primer after you wrote about it, but I have now fallen head over heels with the Chanel primer!

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  10. there's a cinnabon at lakeside if you're anywhere near there! i wooped with joy when i saw it last week.

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  11. I've been dying to get my hands on the present since your last review as I have the most ridiculously uneven skintone & enormous pores on my face. I have nearly 30 quid saved on my boots card so will be treating myself sometime soon! Will definitely sneak a smell of the cinnamon shower gel when I'm there too

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  12. Might need to try that origins spot remover! You should do a review on the clarisonic, debating whether to get it :)

    lauradreamsanddresses.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm in love with Cinnamon Buns shower gel! Their lipgloss is amazing as well and one of my favorites!

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  14. oooh can't wait to hear your thoughts about the brushes! did you see they're gonna be stocked in boots soon? errrr excuse me off to sainsburys for MELTED BOUNTY CHOCOLATE SPREAD. omgomgomg!! xx

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  15. I still can't get my head around the idea of using a brush for concealer , it just seems like another brush to buy but I might buy one of the sets at some point and give that one a try! Oh my, I have to try that Bounty spread, I think it would make mornings much more bearable!

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  16. COMMUNITY!!!!!!! omg I love it so...
    love childish gambino too

    I got a little excited then but it has me in stitches.
    all together now... 'britta is a B...'

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  17. I've wanted to get my mits on some real technique brushes for a while but never knew where to buy them in the UK, but I'm so glad they've just announced they're releasing them in Boots! Yay.

    Those chocolate spreads look amazing...zomg drool.

    xo

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  18. Your blog is so so lovely! Definitely your newest follower :) Your reviews are great! x

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  19. Hey! Just discovered your blog. Love the sound of the spot treatment as I still get the occasional spot! Would love you to stop by my blog (you could win £150 to spend) & if you love please follow & I'll happily follow you back xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  20. Thanks for following me, now following you back. Happy Thursday xoxo
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  21. HI Caroline! I have just discovered your blog! It is so lovely and informative, I am so glad you have introduced me to popping candy chocolate spread! haha
    But seriously keep it up, this blog is amazing and I am looking forward to reading future posts!

    xx Jess
    Sparksandfireworks.blogspot.com

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  22. I literlly saw the words 'cinnamon buns' and wanted that straight away, what an amazing idea to have a recipe on it too! Can't tell you how bad you're going to be for my figure as well introducing me to these chocolate pots! -dieeee- damn you and your amazing taste lady!

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  23. I have Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush and and its real my Fav too so soft and well in blending


    Great blog <3

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