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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Beautiful Skin? Yes Please!

Salut Peaches...

The winter weather has officially caused chaos with my poor skin. It happens this time every year so you'd have thought by now I'd have found the perfect solution for it. Well, it just so happens that after years of searching I have finally tracked it down in Boots.

I never normally buy from the No7 range but this week I had a £5 off voucher so thought I'd give it a bash. The Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask for Dry/Very Dry Skin already had me drawn in by its swirly peachy coloured cream and with its promise to give my sad skin an intense moisture boost I marched off to the till to part with my hard earned cash.

£12.50 (I paid £7.50 using my voucher)


I couldn't wait to try it out when I got home, so after swiftly removing all my make up, I applied a generous amount to my face, gently rubbing into my extra thirsty areas! The instructions said leave for 3 mins for a quick fix or 10 mins for a deeper treatment. I left it on for 11 mins (rebel).

Instead of rinsing the product off like you do with most masks, you use a tissue to wipe away the excess cream. I didn't think I'd be a massive fan of this technique as I thought I'd be left with a greasy mess, however, I was pleasantly surprised that it left my skin clean and not sticky in the slightest.

So, was my parched skin left soft, smooth and rehydrated??? YES!!! I am so pleased with the way this product has worked and am so happy that my dryness has been forever banished. I have used it every 2-3 days since and it works wonders for me. I would highly recommend this to any other dry girls out there who need a surge of moisture in their life.

Em xx

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A Little Look In My Make Up Bag

Greetings Peaches...

This year has been a whirlwind of events; having a baby, changing jobs and turning....26!! No matter what life throws at you though, if you have your trusty make up bag by your side you can face anything - trust me! Over the years I have dabbled in allsorts of different products but at the moment I'm really happy with my set up, so I thought it only fair to let you have a nosy!


Base
I always thought primers were a bit of a swizz product that brands made you buy but didn't actually do very much. Wrong. They really do improve the overall look of your skin and give your foundation something to 'grab on to' and make it last much longer. The one I'm loving at the moment is Illamasqua Hydra Veil. It comes with a really nifty spoon so you don't end up using too much of it and because it's in a tub you can use every last scrap of it!

I've recently been trying out contouring so use two different foundations to achieve this look; Illamasqua Skin Base and MAC Studio Sculpt. Both are moisturising on my dry skin but last all day and allow you to build up the coverage for when you want a heavier look for nights out.

A new purchase I got with a Superdrug 3 for 2 offer is the Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer pen from Collection 2000 (read my post http://aprettypeach.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/in-nude.html  to see what else I bought on this offer). Its a very good dupe of YSL Touche Eclat but a fraction of the price. I use this after my foundation but you can apply it before if you wanted to.






Colour
My favourite bronzer is this one by Dior, its not shimmery so I don't end up looking like a disco ball and gives a really natural glow.

I also add a touch of colour to my cheeks with a cream blush. The one I like best at this time of year is the YSL Creme De Blush in Velvety Peach which really brightens up my complexion.



Eyes
During the daytime I keep my eye make up to a minimum and just use mascara and a bit of eyeliner. This City Curl mascara by NYC really extends and volumises my lashes without flaking by lunchtime. The Brightening Eyeliner in Coffee is from e.l.f and is great as it has a built in sharpener for when you're on the go. I am really into eyebrow shaping and regularly get them threaded. I keep them looking good by using The Body Shop eyebrow and liner powder kit in brown/black. It comes with a handy double ended brush which helps you be more precise when applying it.


Lips
I am obsessed with lip products and must have at least 40 of them. My current fave is the Dior Lipglow Colour Reviver Balm which changes colour to compliment your lip/skin tone. It's quite expensive though so I alternate it with my Nivea Raspberry Rose Balm which has gorgeous smell and gives your lips a nice subtle colour.


Tools
To get a flawless finish I find good quality brushes really do make or break your look. I use The Body Shop ones as they are so soft and the bristles never fall out and stick to your face. Add a pair of eyelash curlers to give some extra oomph and you're good to go!


Hope you've enjoyed this post; do you use any of these products or know of good alternatives? I always love to try new things so let me know what's in your make up bag.

Em xx


Monday, 25 November 2013

Sunshine Award Nominee!!

Hola Peaches...

Having been a blogger for less than a week you can imagine the excitement and squeals that came from receiving my very own Sunshine Award Nomination from the lovely Rebecca.


After proudly telling everyone that would listen that I had been nominated it dawned on me, what actually is this award? It seems like its a way of letting people know that they enjoy reading your blog ans think its positive, inspiring or creative. So with only two posts into my blog I am very happy with that.

The rules are as follows: 
Share 11 facts about yourself
Answer the 11 set questions by your nomination blogger
Nominate 11 bloggers
Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer


11 Facts About Me:

1. I used to work in Claire’s Accessories and pierced a few of the cast members of Emmerdales ears!
2. My guilty pleasure is watching football hooligan films like Football Factory and Green Street.
3. It took 4 attempts to finally pass my driving test, yet I consider myself the best driver I know.
4. I’m terrified of pigeons. 
5. A proud Mum to my 10 month old baby girl.
6. I worked as a nanny in Italy.
7. My favourite colour is peach (shocker).
8. If I could choose any band to reform and do one more gig it would be Oasis.
9. I do a cracking Australian accent.
10. My favourite food is fish and chips.
11. I hate Mondays.

Rebecca’s Questions To Me:

1. What would your ideal career be?

I’d love to write for a magazine like Company or Cosmopolitan, reviewing products and meeting lots of interesting people.

2. What hobbies do you enjoy?

Yoga, shopping, cosy nights in, girlie nights out, baking and blogging.

3. If you could go on holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I've been to Australia a few times on my travels and fell head over heels with it from the moment I stepped off the plane. I’d love to go back again one day and explore all the places that I didn't have time to. 

4. Favourite drink?

Raspberry milkshakes - any time of the year. Even if it’s -20 degrees outside I love to get my chops around the straw of one of these, espesh if it’s made with ice cream. Mmmm.

5. What one thing could you not live without in your wardrobe?

My black skinny jeans are a staple item in my wardrobe. Easy to wear, go with everything and can be dressed up with heels for a night out. What more could you ask for?!

6. Favourite lipstick?

‘YSL Rouge volupte’ lipstick in nude beige is a splurge purchase but worth it. I've recently been looking for good cheaper alternatives see my blog for latest review http://prettypeachy1987.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/in-nude.html

7. Favourite candle?

Woodwick candles are my latest loves in all things waxy. Their ‘Campfire Marshmallow’ scented one is amazing and the wicks have a special crackle sound when they’re burning - perfect for wintry nights.

8. What is your favourite make up brand?

MAC is my all time favourite make up line. I love the studio sculpt foundations; they stay on my skin ALL day without drying it out like other long wearing foundations can do. They also do gorgeous lipglosses and lipsticks that are quite reasonable prices for a high end brand. 

9. What clothing shop do you mostly shop in?

I couldn't decide between H&M or Primark as I shop in both a lot of the time. I try to only go to Primark once a month though so that I can do a big spending spree of their new stock. 

10. What do you do at the weekends?

I spend time with my boyfriend and our little baby girl doing fun things together. But I still like to have big night outs and like to dedicate some quality time with my mates prepping and getting ready to hit the town. I also don’t think a weekend has ever passed me by without shopping in some form or another!

11. Do you have a YouTube channel? Would you like to start one?

I’m really new to blogging and would love to eventually branch out into the world of YouTube but am still way too scared!! I really enjoy watching other bloggers channels for their make-up and hair tutorials.

My 11 Nominations:

My 11 Questions For Nominees:

1. What was the last gig you went to?
2. How many lip products do you own?
3. What’s your favourite food?
4. What’s the biggest lie you've ever told?
5. Do you have any pets?
6. If you could do any job in the world what would it be?
7. What song is on your playlist right now?
8. What’s the best purchase you've ever made?
9. Do you have a party trick?
10. Can you speak any other languages?
11. If you had 3 wishes what would they be?

Hope you liked finding out a bit more about me!

Em xx

Sunday, 24 November 2013

In The Nude....

Hello Peaches...

The hunt for the perfect natural nude lipstick led me to my local Superdrug last week where I came across 'Collection 2000 Volume Sensation Lipstick in Satin Bow 13'. It boasts that you'll get plumped up perfect lips and after buying and trying it on at home I wasn't disappointed

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The consistency of the lipstick was really smooth, glossy and left a subtle shine so I didn't need to apply any lipgloss over the top. It made my lips tingle but not in a stingy 'lips on fire' way that some plump pout products do. During the winter months my lips can dry out and I worried that wearing lipstick will just draw attention to any chapped areas, however, it was so moisturising and creamy that I felt as though it was doing the job of a lip balm. 

I've been wearing it with natural everyday make up in the daytime and teaming it with smoky eyes for nights out and have had loads of compliments on it.

For the £2.99 price tag (and the 3 for 2 offer on at the moment) this is definitely worth getting your hands on.  



Mwah xxxxx


Have you tried any other good nude coloured lipsticks?
Let me know your thoughts.

Em xx




Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Have Yourself A Very Retro Christmas List

Hey Peaches...

As the festive period sets in I've been starting to think about writing this years 'Christmas List'. I've always been a massive fan of list making and have them coming out of my ears most of the time. This annual one though has got trickier as I've gotten older. As a child I never failed to reel off a million and one things that were 'must haves' to have nestled under the tree. Back then it was the good old Argos catalogue that I'd trawl through hour after hour, scribbling down the page number and code for the Polly Pocket Light Up Castle. Fast forward 20 years and here I am scratching my head "WHAT do I WANT???!!!??".
So instead I've decided to relive my youth and make a list of the 'Best Christmas Presents EVER' 

1. Ahhhhh the classic pink head bag! This was THE coolest bag to be seen with in the playground. With plenty of zips and compartments to hide your sweets, lip balms and other essentials.





2. Cabbage Patch Kids - I named mine Jenny and to my Mums horror after 1 hour of being 'Jennys Mummy' I had tattooed my name on her bum cheeks, as all good mothers do, in permanent marker. She came with her very own birth certificate and was a firm favourite in our household.




3. Roll on body glitter - these fruity tubes were found in every girls bag on school disco night and mine was no different. We would smother the shimmery stuff on our eyebrows, cheeks and necks (how attractive) in the hope that we'd be instantly transformed in our favourite Spice Girl (Geri). However, a couple of hours after application it would set into a crispy, scratchy mess. While this may have put the 10 year old boys off, it didn't stop us. 




4. A girlie bike with streamers on the handles and a basket to carry Jenny about in was on my 'List'. However, my Mum and Dad had gone shopping without said list and instead I was presented with the equally girlie (not)  'Raleigh Wildcat'. After my initial shock at its sturdy, black and electric blue bodywork and its computer on the handlebar (to avoid you taking your eyes off the road....) I grew to LOVE my tomboy ride! Speeding up and down on this soon saw me being promoted to 'best girl biker' on my street of boys. I owe a lot to that mix up.




5.  Polly Pocket Light Up Castle - I couldn't make a list of best Xmas pressies without including this baby. As I said earlier, the Argos 'book' was the inspiration behind many items on my list and this toy featured heavily in it the year I became the proud owner of one. Not only could I make up scenarios for Polly and her friends but it had a proper light which meant midnight feasts under the bed covers were no longer such a messy affair. 



This list is endless, but, since I'm no longer at the age where its appropriate to request a Cabbage Patch kid, I'd better get on with thinking of the more boring grown up things to write down (snore).

What were your favourite presents from your childhood?

Em xx