Meet My July Advertisers…

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During the month of July, I’ve had the privilege of having Shireen as my Exclusive Advertiser. Shireen blogs over at Reflection of Sanity, and I particularly enjoyed reading which products make up Shireen’s everyday makeup products.

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Hi everyone! I’m Shireen, the quirky writer behind Reflection of Sanity which is a beauty blog with a small dash of food and life in general. I’m a Malaysia born and Canada based middle age mother of two who had a beauty awakening in mid 2013. With a huge passion for beauty and food, I desperately needed an outlet to unleash all the little voices inside my head and thus, my blog was born.

I love writing with a wicked and sometimes twisted sense of humour because well, life is too short to be serious all the time, no? So come join me on my uphill journey to discover the good, the bad and the ugly of the beauty world and I promise you that we will share a laugh or two and maybe ten.

Special thank you to Gemma for allowing me to advertise here and for being one of the sweetest people I’ve ever interacted with! xx

Blog – Bloglovin’ – Twitter – Instagram – Pinterest

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I have also had the lovely LVBT for the month of July, and they’re a gorgeous online accessories boutique. I really love the look of their Viola Statement Earrings – they’re so pretty.

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LVBT is a UK based business offering a collection of beautiful and stylish accessories sourced from around the world, brought to you at affordable prices. Our range includes statement pieces, special finds and everyday items. We house some of the most exciting up and coming jewellery and accessory brands from various countries. It is our belief that everyone deserves to be able to treat themselves with beautiful and stylish accessories, whenever they want, without breaking the bank.

Website – Twitter – Instagram – Facebook – Pinterest

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The first of my Large Advertisers for July was Vix of Vix Meldrew, and Vix is celebrating turning one by running a really fab giveaway.

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Hi everyone I’m Vicky from VixMeldrew.com. I entered the blogging world a few months ago but I’m already loving every minute! My blog is my space to write about what I love, which is mainly fashion, beauty and all other ramblings. I’m not afraid to cover any topic with hopefully a humorous approach. I hope you come and visit my blog and I’d love to interact with you all via Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (@VixMeldrew for all). Let me know what you think!

Blog – Twitter – Bloglovin’ – Instagram

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Next up is Kara of Abracadabra Girl. My favourite post of Kara’s this month is her review of the new Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation – it has definitely made it’s way to the top of my wishlist.

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Hi, I’m Kara (aka Abracadabra Girl) I’m a MUA/beauty therapist, reiki Master and ex-salon owner. I started Abracadabra girl In March 2014 as a place to express my love of writing (blogging and fiction) and to share my knowledge and advice to anyone who thought it was useful.  I’m so glad I did! I’ve met some amazing people along the way and found you all – the blogging community.  So do pop by and say “hello” and introduce yourself and your blog. Finally myself in a few words: Londoner, mama, juice and smoothie addict, amateur photographer, writer and shopaholic.

Blog – Twitter – Bloglovin’ – Instagram – Pinterest – Facebook

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My next advertiser is the lovely Jo, and Jo is the blogger behind A Little Pop of Coral. I’m so excited for Jo, as she’s expecting her second baby so I loved reading her 20 week update post.pop-of-coral_zpsaae9aaaa

Hi I’m Jo and my blog is A Little Pop of Coral. It features new products launches, reviews on make-up, skincare and haircare, current trends and beauty edits. I am from the UK but currently live in New York, which is so exciting, I love being in a city that is so vibrant! Since arriving here in the summer, I have become obsessed with Sephora and the drugstore where there are always so many new and exciting products, especially in the run up to Christmas! Make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss all latest beauty news from the US as well as a taste of New York life in my weekend lifestyle posts. I look forward to you joining me!

Blog – Twitter – Bloglovin’ – Instagram – Pinterest

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Next I’d like to introduce Tarnya of Sweet Allure. I love a good haul, so I really liked reading about Tarnya’s recent homeware purchases in her haul.

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Tarnya ia 25 year old blogger from the UK, with plenty of interests outside of beauty, such as skincare, fashion, food, travel, photography, comics, gaming and many many more. So if you like a mixture of awesome things, I try to update 3 times a week, although of course I am human and sometimes other things take over. 🙂

Blog – Twitter – Bloglovin’ – Instagram – Pinterest

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The last of my lovely Large Advertisers is Jordan or Jordan Alice.

Hi everyone! I’m Jordan, a 22 year old beauty blogger, currently on medical leave from university with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My blog focuses mainly on beauty reviews and hauls, although in the future I’d like to try some lifestyle posts. I set up my blog mainly because I’m sure my friends and family were getting fed up of me constantly telling them about my new favourite blushes or the new products I was looking forward to trying! It has also helped me to deal with my illness a lot, being bed-bound for days on end can get very boring & lonely! Although I haven’t been blogging for long, I absolutely love it! I hope if you pop by you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them! x

Blog – Twitter – Instagram – Bloglovin’

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I also had five Medium Advertisers during July; The Vegan Taff, Toy Saturn, Electric Suede, Miniemble and Confessions of a Redhead.

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Astalift Skincare

Astalift is a premium anti ageing skincare brand developed by the Fujifilm team where they’ve used their cutting edge, core technologies that they’ve accumulated over 70 years of research and development. Fujifilm found that collagen is not only an essential ingredient within photographic film, but it is also a key component of the skin, whilst antioxidants prevent images from fading in colour and repair and protect the skin from UV damage. Fujifilm have applied this knowledge from their research to create a skincare range and developed the most unique of technologies to prevent UV rays from weakening both collagen and elastin within the skin.

Astalift Skincare

Astalift is available to purchase from Beauty Expert, and they stock a pretty extensive range of their products. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trialing three products from the Astalift skincare collection, but until trying these products I’ve never tried or heard of the brand before, even though it launched back in 2012, so I was intrigued to see what they were like.

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The first product I’ve been testing is Astalift’s bestselling serum; the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta Rejuvenating Concentrate Serum £51.75. The name Aquarysta is derived from ‘aqua’ and ‘crystal’ which symbolises the light as water texture of the clear jelly, and the crystal-clear moisturised skin is said to bring. Astalift recommend applying the serum after cleansing, before you apply your moisturiser and the formula is said to target; dark spots, lines, dull skin.. delivering visibly younger and more luminous skin. The consistency of the Astalist Jelly Aquarysta is so unlike anything else I’ve tried, in that it’s a clear red jelly and you only need a pearl-sized amount per application, which you simply massage into the skin.

Now I am lucky enough not to have any lines/wrinkles yet, nor do I have any dark spots of pigmentation issues.. I do however suffer with very dry and dehydrated skin, so I was hopeful that this wonder product would help inject some much needed moisture into my skin. Once massaged into the skin, it does feel a little tacky for a few minutes but the tackiness does eventually subside thankfully. Once the serum has fully absorbed, my skin instantly feels and looks more hydrated and ‘plumped’ which I assumed would be short lived, but to my surprise, my skin remained feeling hydrated throughout the day. This serum is my favourite from the three products as it really does make a considerable difference to my skin, and the price is pretty high but seeing as you only need a pearl sized amount per use, I’m hoping it’ll last for at least three months which makes the price a little more reasonable at £17 a month.

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Next up in the trio I have is the Astalift Revitalizing Moisture Emulsion £29.25, which is recommend to be used after applying the serum. The Astalift Revitalizing Moisture Emulsion contains an innovative formula that utilises the red pigment ‘astaxanthin’ to combat free radical damage and boost collagen production. The lotion is said to minimise the visibility of freckles and skin ageing. Now I have a lot of freckles all over my face and I don’t have an issue with them, so I’m not entirely happy with a product which works to reduce the visibility of freckles as I don’t see freckles as being a bad thing, but I guess some people might. The Emulsion is designed to increase the skin’s hydration whilst working to balance oil and water absorption of the skin, preserving moisture from within.

The Emulsion has a lightweight lotion consistency which is quick and easy to massage into the skin without any greasiness or residual tackiness. I think this lotion works well as a base before I apply my makeup primer as it leaves my skin looking and feeling soft and smooth, but I cannot honestly say I’ve noticed an improvement to my skin with this lotion alone like I’ve seen with the Aquarysta so if you were going to choose one or the other, I’d have to recommend the Aquarysta Serum but the Emulsion is still a nice enough light moisturiser.

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Lastly I have the Astalift Nurturing Eye Cream £29.25 which is targeted towards wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. It contains an uplifting formula combines astaxanthin with nano-Lycopene to pamper the eye area, leaving it feeling revitalised and looking radiant. As far as eye creams go, this has quite a rich formula so you only need a grain of rice sized amount per eye or you’ll have issues with your under-eye concealer. As I mentioned above, fine lines and wrinkles isn’t a concern just yet but I do suffer with puffy eyes every morning especially during the Summer when my hayfever is at its worse, as well as dark circles.

The first improvement I noticed within only a few days was that the cream had diminished all of the dryness around my eyes which I’m really pleased about as I’ve never found an eye cream that gets rid of dryness completely. I’ve even used a little of this eye cream on my dry patches as it made such a difference. I do definitely agree that it reduces puffiness, but I have tried more impressive depuffing treatments but I’m more than happy with the effect it has on my puffy eyes and my dryness. I think this tube is going to last me for such a long time as it’s so incredibly rich, so again it should last for at least three months which I think is pretty good going.

So overall I’m pretty pleased with my first foray into Astalift Skincare. Have you ever tried any of the Astalift products? Are there any products that you’d recommend?

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Freedom Roar Pro Glow Powder

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Another day, another Freedom product… and this time, it’s the Freedom Roar Pro Glow Powder. The Freedom Roar Pro Glow Powder is a multicoloured powder that has an animal print design, and there are four designs to choose from; all of which have a different coloured design. Each of the Freedom Pro Glow Powders are only £2.50 each, and are said to have a multiple baked formula, and the different shades can be used individually or can be blended together.

Now I’ve tried to use the Freedom Roar Pro Glow Powder a few different ways, with different brushes but it’s impossible to use the shades individually as the sections are too small. The Roar Powder consists of a pale pink powder base which contains sections of dark brown and medium pink, which looks really pretty before you use it, but from the very first use, the pattern is essentially ruined and becomes very smudged thanks to the dark brown sections blending in with the pinks. The three colours blended together create quite a strange shade, which I can’t honestly say I’m a fan of.. it creates a grey toned brown, which just makes my skin look dirty no matter how I use it.

I think the colour of this powder would have been a lot prettier if the dark brown sections were a lot smaller, as they just cancel out the prettiness of the pale and medium pinks. I do really like the texture of this powder, so I’ve since bought the Pro Glow Pink Cat Powder to see if that’s better, as it doesn’t contain any dark browns whatsoever. I really had high hopes for this powder as I love the leopard print design, but the muddy brown shade just doesn’t work as a blush or bronzer unfortunately, so I’m hoping the Pink Cat Powder will be a lot more flattering than Roar.

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Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection 2015

Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection 2015

When I saw the new Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection 2015 I was instantly excited. It’s quite a small collection to previous seasons, but it’s a real versatile collection that will flatter all skin tones, and I imagine it’s going to one of Clarins‘ most popular collections to date. The collection includes a beautiful palette; the Pretty Day 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette, which contains five gorgeous neutral shades which I’ll be adding to my collection as soon as the collection launches in August as the pigmentation looks incredible. I have a few products form the collection to show you, and all swatches will be at the bottom of the post…

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The Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadows are my favourite Clarins makeup product, so I was excited to see that they were releasing two new shades as part of their Autumn Collection. The two new shades are Carbon and Heather, and I have the shade Carbon £19. I’ve already featured a few shades of the Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadows here, but they’re an amazing cream to powder eyeshadow formula with super intense pigmentation, and I love them and recommend them to everyone. Carbon is a very dark grey which is bordering on black with silver shimmer particles, and is so buttery and smooth in terms of texture. I think this will be so ideal for Autumnal and Winter smokey eyes, as it’s dark yet sparkly.

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The next item from the Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection 2015 that I have, is the Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick £19.50 in the shade Red Paprika, but there is another shade called Tawny Rose as part of the Autumn Collection. The Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipsticks offer long-lasting colour with a Nutri-Youth Complex which protects the lips against dehydration and boosts collagen, whilst Vitamin E protects against free radicals and 100% plant waxes provide instant comfort. Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous.. with gold metal casing, and a clear plastic lid which just feels so luxe when you’re applying. Red Paprika is a dark, almost burnt red shade which has a creamy formula like a lip butter except it has the pigmentation of a lipstick. The lipstick has a lovely fruity scent, and it feels so creamy and comfortable on the lips and it’s relatively long lasting considering how smooth and buttery the formula is, with a wear time of around four hours depending on eating/drinking.

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The Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection 2015 includes two Crayon Khôl Eyeliner Pencils £17; Carbon Black and True Violet, and I have the True Violet shade which is a metallic deep purple which is just so pretty, and I have been loving wearing it along my lower lashline for a subtle, jewel-toned pop of colour. The formula isn’t the creamiest I’ve ever tried, but it soon warms up once on contact with the skin. The pencil has a natural hair blending brush on the other end of the pencil which is such a great inclusion as it blends the pencil beautifully, which I find prolongs the weartime of the liner too.

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Eyebrow fans will be pleased to hear that the collection includes three shades of Eyebrow Pencil £17; Dark Brown, Light Brown and Soft Blonde. I have the lightest shade from the trio which is Soft Blonde, which isn’t too pale surprisingly as you can see from the swatches below. My brows are naturally dark, but I can still manage to pull off this shade on the days where I want a more natural brow. The pencil has the perfect consistency in that it’s quite hard, but it’s soft enough that you can draw individual brow-like strokes through your brows to build up intensity, and it’s not too waxy that you wipe your whole brow off should you accidentally touch them (we’ve all been there). It also has an handy spoolie on the opposite end for blending the pencil, and styling your brows which I love and as far as spoolies go, this is a really good one as it’s nice and firm.

Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection 2015

So there are a few of the gems from the Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection 2015, I’d love to know which is your favourite product from the collection? Will you be making a purchase once the collection launches in August?

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Soap and Glory is one of my favourite drugstore makeup brands, and I loved every single product I’ve ever tried from them thus far. The Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer is a product I’ve lusted after for quite some time, but was put off purchasing it incase it was too dark for my skin but I decided to bite the bullet and buy it as part of their 3 for 2 offer. The Solar Powder Bronzer is £11 and is described as being a multi-shade shimmering bronzer and highlighting brick and is available in just one shade. The packaging has just recently been changed in the last month to a plastic compact which is great news, but I have the original packaging which is made from cardboard which isn’t ideal as it gets very shabby, very quickly so the new plastic compact would be a lot better.

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The Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer is divided into two sections, with one half of the powder being a dark shade of bronzer and the second half of the powder is a lighter shade. In the middle of the powder, there is a raise S&G which has a metallic pink overspray which makes the powder look stunning.. there’s no doubt about that, but I hate oversprays as they wear off so quickly so in my opinion, they’re completely pointless. The darker shade within the powder is completely matte, and is a warm orange toned bronze shade, whilst the paler shade is a light tan with golden shimmer. I was surprised by the shimmer in the lighter shade, as I’ve read so many reviews saying that it was a matte bronzer, but it definitely isn’t matte as you can see from the swatches so I’d perhaps skip this bronzer if you don’t like shimmery bronzers.

Both shades of the powder are very smooth and buttery soft, with the lighter shade being the softest.. they’re both so pigmented, and you only need to tap your brush into the powder lightly to pick up enough product for your whole face. Even though the darker shade is quite warm toned, I think it works well as an all over bronzer to warm up the complexion but I like to use a fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Blush Brush for a subtle bronzing. I personally don’t like shimmery bronzers as I don’t find them very flattering, so I use the shimmery pale shade as a blush rather than a bronzer, and it looks really pretty and reminds me of Benefit’s Rockateur. I think this is a lovely bronzer, and it’s such great quality for a drugstore product but I’d really like Soap and Glory to create a matte version, as it would then tick all of the boxes to be the perfect bronzer.

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