Sunday, 24 November 2013

700 Follower YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Christmas Giveaway



So something spectacular has happened! I've hit lucky number 700 bloglovin followers and it feels UHMEZZZZIN!
I am genuinely over whelmed by the response and support I've received since starting Pretty little Us and I love how seeing a blog post comment or canny little tweet can brighten up my day!
So this giveaway is my celebration and my thank you! Oh and it's my MERRY FREAKIN' CHRISTMAS too!

Now I know you ladies (and gents) love your lipstick and I have fallen in love the formula of the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine range. The packaging is TO DIE and I professed my love for the shade Prune In Fire here. So I'm giving one lucky duck the chance to be the proud owner of this sexy lil lipstick in THE SHADE OF YOUR CHOICE.... 
So yes. You will win a YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in  any shade you want :)

Gorgeous image credited to FleurDeForce- Best YSL lippy image google provided :)

If you'd like to enter my giveaway then you need to complete the Raffle copter form below. The only mandatory entries are to follow me on Bloglovin, GFC (now all the 'is gfc going' drama is over!) and Twitter. The rest are optional but the more steps you complete then the more entries you gain so it's worth spending an extra few moments doing them (says she!)


The giveaway will be open internationally and open to everyone over and including the age of 16. All entries will be verified and check with any false or incomplete entries being deleted and removed. I'll email the winner on the email address provided and announced via Twitter @_prettylittleus and added to Rafflecopter widget.

Sorry to go all bad cop with the rules and regs but there you have it!
a Rafflecopter giveaway



Good luck and love to all



Kate xxxx

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Morning Skin Care Routine

Hey Guys and Dolls
Today I'm sharing with you my morning routine.
 (Minus the incessant pressing of the snooze button and gentle screaming encouragement at my boys to GET READY FOR SCHOOL!!!)

It looks like a lot doesn't it?
I guess it is but it's all part of my bid to tame the queen of bitches that is my skin! Seriously it still hasn't decided if it wants to be sensitive, spotty, oily or flaky... often it can be all of those things at once!
LUCKY MOI!

I just know my Grandma will see this and say  (in your best Geordie accent please)
 "eeee al av ever used is watta nd a flannel nd av nivva had a spot yit, folk use owa much noo-a-days"

Clearly Grandma I've not been blessed with your genes!
Anyway...


CLEANSE
So basically I use a gel or foaming cleanser in the morning to freshen my face and help wake my ass up. Currently using Elemis Fresh Skin Gel Wash which is lovely and brightening and satisfyingly tightening! It's also aimed at younger skin so I find it a delightful little ego boost that it works well for me!... makes me feel all young and precious! 
I use the Clarisonic religiously and love the deep cleaning, pore emptying results it gives. That said I really must improve my attitude to replacing the brushes though... oopsie! 

QUIRK ALERT
I ALWAYS ALWAYS splash my face with cold water before allowing a towel to touch it. (or come within 10 metres of it actually... can't be too careful!)
 I've done it for years and it's an odd little 'quirk' but I was told many moons ago that ice water closes your pores and stops any dirt getting in. (I know i know) I'm set in my ways and it's too late trying to change me now :)

TONE
After washing  I give my face and neck a quick sweep of Clarins Exfoliating toner then Yves Rocher Clarifying lotion. I wouldn't be without the Clarins (I have stock) and the Yves Rocher is a mattifying gel that probably doesn't qualify for repurchase status.

OILS AND SERUMS
Tea Tree Oil is always a standard, I'm not sure I ever (EVAAAAH) have a day where there's not blemishes... yes plural *throws self on floor and sobs*  

If I'm having a no make up day then I use my Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules or my Decleor Aromessence Neroli Face Oil. I find these boost hydration and leave my skin supple. 
There's certainly nothing in the myth that adding oil to oily skin makes it worse... quite the opposite for me.
(That may of been another pearl of Grandma wisdom)

MOISTURISE
Sakare Eye Cream- I picked this up in London and the story behind it will require a post of it's very own. It's good though. If I can face the ordeal again I'd quite like to get another.
I rotate a few moisturisers at any one time (to keep my skin on its toes) and currently it's Elemis ProCollagen Marine Cream and Decleor Hydra Floral that are floating my boat. They are both UHMEZZING and PCMC is most definitely a holy grail product.


FINISHING TOUCHES
La Roche-Posay sunscreen- I always wear this if I'm doing the bare faced chic 'look' as I find it beautifully mattifying as well as being a shield against all the nasty UVAs and UVBs... apparently those guys penetrate even the darkest clouds on the coldest days so we aren't safe even if it's minus temperatures outside.
Bit dramatic like but that's how I roll!!

Aaaaand finally a bit of Blistex Relief Cream. The perfect lip protector. It smells satisfyingly medicinal so you know it's working. I do about three tubes a month. (excessive) 


So there we go. That's my morning routine which in fairness is keeping my complexion as near clear and flawless as I think I'll ever get, as finding the perfect skin care routine is something I'm yet to conquer. 
I've done it all, from just using face wipes to throwing triple the amount of products at my face!

Maybe there's a magic potion?Is there a miracle product out there? Is there? Is there?
I BET YOU I'VE TRIED IT :)
I know the answer doesn't lie within facial wipes though and I'll leave you with Caroline Hiron's theory about face wipes... they are for the THREE F's... festivals, flights and fannys!

On that note... Taaaaaaraaaaaa

Love 

k xxxxxxx

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick- Prune In Fire


Hi Everyone. Hope you are all as fabulous as I just KNOW you look.

I have some serious lip action for you today. The sort of lipstick you can praise the Goddess of Autumn for. This shiny gorgeous golden bullet of bad boyNESS was the reason I wished away the remainder of August. The reason I willed the fluffy cardie and buckled boots season to arrive. 

THE YSL ROUGE VOLUPTE SHINE PRUNE IN FIRE LIPSTICK!

As impulsive as I am all that 'wishing away' carry on occurred before I'd even sampled this on my lips. I mean I swatched in shop... sure! But an arm swatch doesn't really tell you how this going is going to look painted on your pout does it? 

The packaging though? Oh it's a bit sexy like. 


So first things first.
 It has a smooth and moisturising formula that slides across the lips with no tugging or pulling. It glides on leaving a deep intense colour with a beautiful glossy sheen.


Prune in Fire is incredibly pigmented. It's a striking claret colour that looks less berry more burgundy on the lips. The strength of the shade is balanced beautifully by the glossy glistening finish though.


WORD OF WARNING...
Me and my cack hands had a right faff on applying this. I'm well aware I may be alone in creating such a mess when simply getting my pout on but I'm an honest girly and prone to over sharing so here it goes.

I was a mess. I seriously had lipstick from "a***hole to breakfast time" (quoting my late Granda there!) If you need that owld Geordie saying deciphered then it simply means... 'it was everywhere'. And it was.
Teeth, cheeks, neck and eyelid. 
How I do not know! But the message is clear... apply with caution! :)

In all seriousness though, it is a bit smudgy for like the first hour but the actual colour does leave lips with a rather satisfying stain for hours!
 Rule of thumb, if lips are shiny they are smudgy so gan steady! (another bit of geordie wisdom for you there!)


I love the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine range. I want to add more colours to my collection... Any recommendations? Have you had any ridiculous lipstick mishaps? It can't just be me with the skill set of a five year old... CAN IT? :)

Love

k  xxxxxxx

Ps say HIYA on twitter here xxx

Monday, 18 November 2013

Leighton Denny 8 Piece Leighton Loves Glamour Collection


Hello all you lovely lovely people!
I've got a bit of a nail post for you today. Containing some rather delightful colours all brought to your by the king of manicures himself... MISTERRR LEIGHTONNNN DENNNYYYY (I do hope you read that in your best Xfactor/Little Britain voice over voice mind!).
Writing this post has reminded me of a few things... 

One- I'd forgotten how amazey Leighton's Angel Dust is
Two- Leighton does colour like no other
aaaaaaand
Three- I definitely need a little nail wheel thing for swatching

BUT ANYWAY
This was a QVC TSV at the beginning of the month which I had decided I NEEDED before even seeing it on screen. (ridiculous I know...)It's an 8 piece set containing four high performance nail colours, a sparkly colour and go duo, a crystal finish top coat, remove and go polish remover and some miracle drops all wrapped up in this gorgeous little bag (complete with compartments inside!!!)

I paint my nails almost daily, it's part of my evening routine whilst watching corrie or what ever reality TV treat I'm into! And I swear I could not be without my Miracle Drops- no matter how dry I 'think' my nails are before bed, I WILL get pillow print on them if I don't use them!



TWO TONE TEAL
This is a rich creamy turquoise that's shot through with the finest silver and teal particles creating a metallic finish. Its cool toned so perfect as an alternative to berry shades this season. Equally this would compliment a tan and look incredible on your tootsies.
(Must paint mine... they are shock-KING!)
 OPAQUE ELEGANCE
 As the name suggests it's an opaque finish and as I was applying it I was half tempted to get my real techniques face brush out and use it as a foundation!! Honestly I think it would be the perfect colour for my face but on my nails I'm not sure I'm feeling it. I do like a nudey neutral but this is just too cream for me... I think I'll give this another whirl in the spring/summer.
(It's probably just my corpsey hands that aren't doing this polish justice!)
Actually this would be an ideal base for nail arty creations.
PILLOW TALK
Now this colour is luciously sexy gorgeous. It's incredibly glossy and applies like a dream. It's a sheer almost juicy formula but gives full coverage with two coats (Leighton always seals the deal with the second coat). If you are wanting a berry nail then this my Leightonista's is it. I've found your one!
It makes me want to drench my lips in a matching colour get my strut on! 
(hip swinging, bum wiggling sorta strut too!)
STEEL APPEAL
A neural yet shimmering gun metal gray that is already loved and cherished by yours truly. It goes with everything and makes me feel a bit rock chick (whilst listening to and loving Katy Perry!). It actually reminds me of a posh kitchen bench but before you go and search google can I just say this is a longstanding favourite!
Gold dust and Angel Dust
 Gentle shimmering sparkling particles that are contained in the glossy topcoat. They look beautifully delicate and catch the light like little twinkling stars. The finish is smooth too so no clicking your tights on chunky flakes of glitter! (EVERY.SINGLE YEAR.)

Whats your favourite> Any recommendations for my matching Christmas party lips?

Love 
xxxxxx

Saturday, 16 November 2013

#BBLOGGER TAG



Image originally from we heart it... also pinched from unnakednails

Hey beautiful bloggers, got a quick little tag post today. Perfect if you fancy a nice little nosey around the beauty habits (both good and bad) of others! :)

 I spotted this tag on Catrine's blog and I also pinched the image (she gave permish on her post though!) 

1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.
Haha trying to decide whether I should be honest here... I could play it safe and say tweezing my brows between HD appointments BUT I'm going to be BRUTAL and say that... DE FUZZING MY PINS (and such) isn't done as often as it should be!!
As soon as the summer sun disappears I develop this couldn't care less attitude to hair removal. 
I'm married so what can i say?
 
2. Is washing your make-up brushes something you do regularly ?
I actually enjoy washing my tools! Probably do it once a week/week and a half! In tea tree oil wash... fresh!
 I guess it's all part of my mish to prevent, combat, obliterate any nasties that take (regular) residence on my face!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail varnish ?
SAY WUT??? I don't cope well with chips, i would remove IMMEDIATELY!! 
(Then go lie down in a darkened room)

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it ? (i.e. topcoat, foundation and so on).
If I need it I have it! I have overflow and hoarding issues!
And what of it? :)

5. What is your worst beauty habit ?
Squeezing, picking and generally not leaving well alone!
I'll never learn it makes them worse.
NEVER.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.
Anything that requires a longer than 2 minute attention span.
I have two spare bedrooms at the moment, one could be a play room for the boys and the other a study or even a dedicated beauty room BUT can I motivate myself to sort them out? NOPE

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not ? 
ABSOLUTELY. I'm always late, for anything and everything. 
In fact friends refer to me as Late not Kate (CLEV-VER) 
They also lie to me about what time we are meeting, they shave an hour off in the hope that factoring in my tardiness I'll actually get there on time- yes an hour late than planned but actually on time for them! 
OOPS!
I could allocate 6 hours to getting ready and I'll put off starting or getting the shower until the last possible minute. 
EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. 

8. Can you commit to spending bans? 
Palpitations at the mere consideration of it!

9. How organised are your make-up and nail polish collections ?
Very. 
Nail varnishes are grouped into brands and then within group they are colour coded. Yes really. My make up has only recently been sorted and I have to say it makes getting ready so much easier... almost a pleasure! Christ I maybe need to get a life!
10. What is the longest time you’ve gone without writing a blog post ?
Eeee funny you should ask... I recently just started blogging after an eight week break. 
I just got crazy busy. My November resolution is block photo sessions and scheduling posts... SAYS SHE!

I'm not going TAG anyone in particular for this post so I guess it's an open invite for you do at your leisure.
Fancy giving it a go? It's super quick so not too time consuming and I love reading this sorta malarkey. If you do then give me a tweet and send me your link as I'm proper nosey  :)


Love
 k xxxxxx





Thursday, 14 November 2013

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

Hello all you lovely people. 
Sharing the love today...
Aaaah you know when you fall head OWA heels and have the butterflies, the excitement and the overwhelming sense of contentment? Well I have all of those things right this second. 
For.A.Foundation. 
 Actually in all fairness I have a lot of love for a lot of foundations (fickle). Which one I go to depends entirely on my fettle (fickle AND flighty). At the moment I have a few on rotation... Benefit, Laura Geller, Perricone and Bourjois to name drop a few. 
BUT
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation has been a favourite a good few months now and since Autumn kicked in with it's winter-esque temperatures I've found myself reaching for this more often.
I'm putting it down to the rosy undertones brightening my complexion.


This is radiance in a perfectly packaged bottle. BELIEVE.

It blends in effortlessly and feels weightless on the skin. My skin isn't perfect by any stretch but this gives as close to a flawless finish as I've had and that's before the concealer and powder come out to play!
Oh and it has a pump too so none of this spatula or pouring out nonsense that seem to dominate 'posher' brands. 

I have the shade BR10 which is a pinky toned porcelain. For me this works beautifully as I'm paler than your average polar bear and my skin tone isn't what you'd describe as warm. Think Snow White or an Ice Queen and you're on the right track.
 (Hoying myself a few compliments in there... got to love yourself before anyone else will love you n all that!) 

I'd say this is medium coverage, it's certainly not heavy or cakey but it offers more perfection than say a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. 
The finish is dewy, luminous and perfecting.
J'adore


The picture above is me (hiya) wearing the Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, I've swept on a bit of blusher and MAC Soft and Gentle on my cheek bones. No concealer or powder so you can see the how magic it is. 
 A laaaaaverleeee finish don't you agree.

The obvious draw back of this is the price tag, you can get this at Boots for £29 so it's definitely a high end sort of affair. I was lucky and got mine through Miss Make Magpie's (legendary) blog sale. I'll certainly be re-purchasing.
A little goes along way though I tend to use more if I'm being all profesh and applying with a brush. Maybe I'm doing something wrong!!

Have you tried this? Have I tempted you? What foundation makes your Holy Grail status?

Love

k xxxxx

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Monday, 11 November 2013

November Wishes and Wants


Hey hey hey sexy ladies and gents! Welcome to my first wish list post :)
 I love having a peruse at what others are currently coveting! I mean a girl has got to keep her eyes peeled for the next bandwagon to leap on hasn't she? 

Many a time I've taken to Polyvore and began to create a beautiful collage of things I would love to own... BUT!
 I then encounter a ridiculously dangerous stumbling block. It seems to be that the things I want quickly turn into things I've decided I need. 
Not just need but like really NEEEEEED!
Inevitably I buy them (IMPULSIVELY... yes, REGRETFULLY... probably!)

HOWEVS...
This is the month of November and like most I curtail my excessive spending in preparation for Santie coming.

So here is my genuine lust list 



November Need List







Velvet Scrunchie




DISCLAIMER for any purchases I do end up making.
I really do NEED a winter coat and I have fancied the Oribe texturising spray for aaaaages...

What are you currently wishing for? What should I be adding to my (ever growing) list?

Love

k xxxxx



Saturday, 9 November 2013

Honey I'm Home... Cosmo Awards and Blog Break

EEEEEEEE WELL HELLO! 
How you all doing? Wrapped up for winter? Sipping on gingerbread lattes and feeling festive? I know you blogging lot well don't I? :)

This feels so strange! I haven't blogged since September and it's November.
 It. Is. November.

I've obviously taken a blogging break but it was a completely unintentional one. 2 months worth... My God! 
Nothing in my life is ever planned, I mean I do have (some) self awareness so I know I'm a touch chaotic and ridiculously a tad disorganised but to be MIA for like 8 weeks is longer than I expected... I guess life just took over. 
The weirdest thing is that I have actually made time to blog over the past few weeks BUT I am Lady Procrastinator, plus I've had the back-to-blogging nerves, like when you've been on holiday and the night before you go back to work you feel all tentative and clueless!

So before I start posting about lipstick and other such important items I'll give you a quick recap of my October...


Aw little bit of reminisce as I uploaded that picture. YES October saw me with my fingers and eyes crossed at the Cosmo Blog Awards. I didn't win of course but massive congratulations to all the wonderful winners on the night.
I have a (not so) secret soft spot for Megan (simply quirky gorgeousness) and Hannah (stunning... I want her teeny lil waist) and I can see them two in the established beauty section next year.
I met loads of amazing people and got some hilariously cringe photo booth pictures.
So if you nominated me or voted for me then I can't thank you enough and I won't stop being grateful, I feel incredibly lucky to have been there.

 

I rocked a bit of Candy Yum Yum on the lips but BE WARNED... Do NOT apply Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate over it at any point or your neon pink pout will develop a darkened violet sorta hue.



My plaited up-do was thanks to the super lovely Amanda White who was sent through Return to Glory which is a London based company that offers a mobile service direct to your door- you want your hair done? your make up applied? a massage? some yoga? They'll send someone to do it!


Pink lips, blue nails and BEEEOWDIFAL blue suede shoes.

(KNACKED ME FEET THOUGH)


And what a bag of treats!
Cheers Cosmo :)


Oh and October also saw me saying goodbye to my beautiful home bred  Ragdoll kittens. My little Ella and Tottie (christened by my two boys) went off to their forever homes renamed Mia and Izzy.
BLESS 'EM!


Here's a little picture of my boys and my golden retriever Phoebe... three little culprits guilty of keeping me busy :)
A little off topic BUT I have no recent photos of me and my husband. 
That is my MISH in November.


See you VERY soon...

Lots of lovely love

Love K
xxxxxx

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My Instagram is on side bar... Haven't a clue how to add that link :)

Taaaaraaaa


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

OPI San Francisco Collection

This OPI San Francisco set came as part of a QVC auto-delivery I'd signed up to back in March. In all honesty I'd forgotten that I was due this set so got a delightful little surprise when they arrived! (My husband and bank account less so!) My delivery man rocked up armed with a little package and I thanked him like he’d bought it himself... “EEEEE THANKS BOB, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ME?” he humoured me, all too aware of how over familiar I can be! Over the last year we’ve become friends, he’s old enough to 
qualify for my Granda like but I’m no ageist!

Anyway back to these polishes which at first glance I thought all looked a bit ‘meh’ and to be honest I was like “two reds... really? FOBBED OFF OR WHAT!” I could have sent them back but it’s probably worth mentioning I’m scatty and disorganised and those traits prevent me from doing anything that I perceive to be ‘faffy’... yes I am that lazy!

SO rather than be reunited with my money I decided to add these to my (RIDICULOUS) polish collection and get my swatch on....


Embarca-Dare Ya is rich magenta colour with a shimmery finish. Depending on the light it can look anything from crimson to pinky amethyst. It has the finest little shots of gold running through it which makes it an ideal go-to shade for the coming festive season. Mebs with some sort of sparkly accent finger. I’m actually thinking it will be lushty on the toes? Even if they will be covered in layers and buckled biker boots!
LEFT- Natural light, RIGHT-With flash

My favourite of the bunch has to be Peace & Love & OPI which is described as a holographic sage and eggplant. Personally I think the most accurate description of the colour is MALLARD... the male of species. It’s like an oil on water effect and it’s multi chrome glimmering finish looks stunning. I found myself casting admiring glances at it throughout the day. QUACK!
LEFT- Natural light, RIGHT-With flash


Lost on Lombard is a dark red crème finish. It’s a block colour and the red has deep almost brick red under tone. Smooth finishes can be unforgiving but this is self levelling and does indeed apply like a dream. 
LEFT- Natural light, RIGHT-With flash

Muir Muir On The Wall is a duo chrome polish and I honestly can’t decide if it’s a metallic brown with purple and burgundy undertones or if it’s more of plum colour shot through with flecks of gold. Whatever the official description is I don’t know but this polish is GORGEOUS. It may well be my favourite. (What? I can have more than one favourite!)
LEFT- Natural light, RIGHT-With flash
Do you like these colours? In fairness I’m still not bowled over with love with but I certainly think there’s some staples in the collection. I would have liked a blue in my set and perhaps liquid sand... Never happy! (Yet another undesirable personality trait! Deeing mesel nee favours here like!)

Love reading your comments so please don’t be shy 

Love K
xxxxxx

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Mac RiRi Boy Lipstick

Let's cast our minds back to the 20th June 2013... What were you doing? I remember it well as from about 11:40am I began to hit the refresh button on the MAC home page in (obsessive?) anticipation of Rihanna's second RiRi Hearts Mac launch. I had already snared RiRi Woo back in May (which was a happy accident! totaaaally unaware of the coveted hype!) and now my eyes were set firmly on RiRi Boy.
I knew I needed to be prepared. 
Let’s picture the scene.
Me surrounded with the laptop, Iphone and Ipad.  
Tapping the refresh key on each device, willing the collection to go live so I could order and relax!

DISCLAIMER
I say I was 'tapping' the refresh key and that's true so long as the term 'tapping' covers repeatedly and frantically press press PRESSING the enter key at a rate that mirrored my pounding heart beat!!! BANG BANG BANG! 
Girls feel the urgency here and imagine the crazy look in my eyes! All I was missing was a whistle and some back up
(Think Friends when Monica goes wedding dress shopping... yes!)

BUT... twas worth it though as I got her! And ain't she beautiful?
(I also got the bronze and blush duo in Hibiscus Kiss but that was really in the interest of free delivery!)



Despite having this lipstick since June, I've only just started wearing it. The RiRi embossed bullet looks so good I couldn't bring myself to even swatch it and spoil it! And then there's the putting off using it because you haven't taken the photos yet... BEAUTY BLOGGER PROBLEMS THOUGH!

RiRi Boy is described as a 'matte vivid lavender' with a retro matte finish. They certainly weren't lying when they said VIVID mind. The colour is intense and I loved wearing it. For me it's a true purple, it's bright but deep and because it's a matte finish it's entirely opaque.

Looking at comparison swatches RiRi Boy is Matte version of Mac's Up The Amp.


Purple lips and dark nails... Oh and a berry coloured beanie hat. This can only mean TAAAARAAAA SUMMER! 
I 'do' the colder months better. I find them less hassle and love feeling cosy.
(Give me a week before I'm on here whinging and whining asking for a bit sunshine again!)

FICKLE.


Throw in a mohair cardie and some buckled ankle boots and we've got autumn sussed!


Do we like? Is RiRi Boy on your list come the 3rd of October??? I don't know what's on mine yet but I can already imagine any logic or self control going ooot the window.  In fact I'm still waiting on it coming back!

I reply to all comments and you can catch me on twitter and instagram too (links on home page) 
See you over there :)

Love and kisses

k xxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

August Monthly Haul

Hello, Hi, Hey and Hola
It's September, I'm back from my Summer Holiday and I needed to wear a cardigan the day I arrived home. A sure sign autumn is upon us. Well actually it's not quite upon as (annoyingly) the sun has persisted on shining the odd day or two! I'm so ready for boots, tights and chunky knits. But don't want to be looking all cosy and wrapped up if the weather changes its fettle half way through the day! I'm also majorly excited to shop for the perfect winter coat and I'm just in the mood to hoy the fake tan to the back of the cupboard and become lax with regularity of hair removal.
From the #bbloggers chat the other night it seems as though we are all excited for the new season and my September haul is already filled with berry shades and nourishing moisturiser. BUT back to today... today I bring you my August purchases.

Ooh I must also add that lots of you have requested full reviews of certain products and they will posted in the next week or so... 

Alpha H Liquid Gold
 This is a much raved about product that promises miracles in transforming your skin. I won't say too much as I've actually written a full review about my results with before and after pictures (seriously scary stuff!) What I will say is notice there is TWO bottles and I restock what I lurrrrrve... 


Eau Thermale Avene Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
Ok so despite spending almost three figures in boots before I went on holiday (I went in for sun cream and toothpaste) I found myself in Germany without anything to take my mascara off...  
Cooling, gentle and effective, it even dissolves they're real! What a prize for being disorganised!

Eau Thermale
Just because I'm incapable of buying only one thing at a time and the fact I've read like a million ravey reviews about it. I'm yet to use it but I think it will be ideal for refreshing and setting my make up on long days at work.

Perricone No Foundation Foundation-

This is a repurchase and I absolutely adore the trousers off it. It's like a second skin and I cannot express how much I love it. I've written a full review with swatches and stuff so if you are thinking of buying I hope that it's helpful as I often read that people find 'the one shade fits all' doesn't really fit you if you are pale.

Me? I'm like translucently blue and I think it's fine on me but maybe I'm swanning around with a tide mark? I'm pretty sure I'm not but the mirror can sometimes lie, I mean it used to tell me my unplucked mousey eyebrows were totally acceptable!
Anyway if you found the No Foundation Foundation too dark then worry not as they are releasing the LIGHT option at some point this month.  


Guerlain Meteorites Perles in Teint Rose
First off, apologies for the rubbishy blurry picture, I'm putting it down to shaky hand excitement as I was so dazzled by their beauty. 
Again I have a full review coming up of this delightfully pretty finishing powder.


Mally Easy On The Eyes Collection
 Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I'm a bit of a Mallynista (QVCers will get the reference) and I bought this kit whilst it was the TSV. I had been umming and ahhing over the Urban Decay Naked Palette for some time (see I am capable of exercising some level of purchase control) so I was in the market for some eye shadows...  aaaand the rest is history :) 

Mally's Palette in Buff has a primer plus 11 neutral shades which can be used wet or dry so in essence you get 22 colours to play around with. The kit comes complete with three BULLET PROOF eye pencils, mascara and some under eye brightener (which is also known as 'sunshine in a jar' ooh!). Not to mention a 60 page booklet with step by step instructions so you can create a whole spectrum of gorgeous looks.


YSL Touché Éclat
I've always lusted after this and for as long as I can remember beauty magazines have hailed it as a 'must have' and told me that I need it in my make up bag. I never took too much notice as dark circles aren't something I suffer from (blood shot eyes, yes, spots, yes, sensitive skin, yes, oh the list goes onnnnn!) but I thought I'd give it a whirl and see how it works as at covering blemishes.  (Of which I have many!) 

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #18 Prune In Fire 
Right let's be fair. Does this lipstick not scream sexy? Everything from the sleek and seriously beautiful packaging to the vampy purple loveliness... Aaaah it makes me melt. 


Leighton Denny Colour Cocktail Collection
I also bought this as a QVC TSV as I can't resist anything Leighton related. The kit contains four colours plus two 'cocktailing' shades that transform the base colours to create a new shade with plenty of shimmer. If I'm being totaaaaaaally honest, I'm not a huge fan (anxiety set in as I typed that). It's simply a personal preference as I prefer a nice block of colour to make a statement. The shimmery sheerness of these shades just aren't really 'me'.
The Essential Remover Pot, the Diamond Buffer and Lip and Cuticle Balm were worth it alone though.

In other news, after buying like a million Nails Inc Remover Pots I've fallen out of love with them- a brand new pot dyed my fingers a dirty greeny grey. Tres ugly.


OPI San Francisco Set
 Now these little beauties were a bit of a surprise. I ordered the OPI TSV (are we seeing a home shopping addiction here?) back in March and I selected the auto-delivery option which basically means you get a further delivery with new colours but held at the special discounted price. I wouldn't of actually ordered these but kept them as I needed a new nail envy and you can never have too much avoplex oil!

I need to remind myself that the surprise auto-delivs aren't actually gifts though! Oopsie!


SBC Collagen Gel
How bad is this...? This arrived and I had absolutely no memory of ordering it! I now have a vague recollection of doing it whilst half asleep! I think I saw the pretty pink gel and thought it'll look fabulous in the bathroom if nothing else! Perhaps I was drunk on tea and jaffa cakes? I haven't used it yet BUT it does indeed look beeeeeeowdifal in my bathroom!


The pictures below are repurchases which I've enthused and rambled about on previous blog hauls. The Decleor set was bought primarily to get my casper white mitts on their gradual tan again. You can read about why I LOVES it here 

My Elemis pots of joy are the Pro Collagen Marine Day and Night Cream- the ultimate in moisturising goodness. Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules are in the big pot and if you fancy reading about why they are loved like my children you can do that here

The ABC Skin Care Set for me is a must have. Espesh the HEEEEOWGE body wash which lasts for months (unless one of  your children 'plays' with the pump and fills the bottle up with shower water...) and it keeps skin clean and clear. The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing, well all of these products smell amazing if you happen to love the zingy fresh tea tree aroma? If not then (why not?) just skip to the next picture. 

The Pure Tea Tree Oil is perfect for adding to bath water or when you want a nice deep cleansing steam. I tend to dispense onto a cotton pad and wipe over blemishes (yes plural!).
The blemish sticks contain witch hazel too and they have a roller ball application, perfect for slipping in your bag to target them nasties that get bigger and angrier as the day progresses. You know the ones right? They often crop up on Friday ready to spoil your weekend!
The wipes are in my car and will probably be used a glorified baby wipes! (Think sticky fingers on a three year old!) Oh I is Glam!


Maybelline Baby Lips
Well I just had to didn't I? Absolute bandwagon purchase and unlike many they don't incite any strong feelings in me either way. A lip balm is a lip balm, tinted or not right? Cherry Me gives a gorgeous juicy flush of colour and Hydrate is fine to slick on as you would any lip balm. I did also get Pink Punch but I gave that to my sister in law who wears it far better than I ever could- plus these aren't available in Germany so I felt like I was bringing her treasure!

Organix Brazilian Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner
I like a high end shampoo and conditioner, Kerastase, Ojon or Aveda often take residence in my shower. In my pre-holiday panic I ended up 'settling' for the Organix set as I was rushed, in boots and needed something quickly (usually order my shiz off the net). I'd also read a rave review from Allana Beau and believe me when I say that girl takes some impressing! 

Emma Hardie Moringa Balm, Day and Night Cream (pictured on first picture). I forgot (bad blogger) to take a photo of these individually but essentially it's a repurchase as I need plenty of stock of the cleansing balm. The moisturiser I don't use regularly (Elemis loyalty for you right there!) but the odd occasion I have I did notice it was rather thick. Perhaps ideal for the colder season?

So that was August... Done. Dusted. Gone. 
September marks the end of the summer and the end of my haul. 

Any products you're loving? Ooh or have you seen anything and thought BIG MISTAKE KATE? 
Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see a thorough review on as I'm more than happy to oblige :)

Oh and slightly off topic but you know how I mentioned I'm super excited to go shopping to find the perfect winter coat? I don't why I said that as I've never ever actually found one. Each winter it's a constant disappointment where I trawl around the shops searching for perfection before buying something I actually hate and then spend the rest of the season having coat envy when I see girls who just get it right! 

Anyway
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k xxxxxx