31 July 2013

Review & GIVEAWAY | Vita Liberata

I am so excited to be running my first ever giveaway on my blog! I was kindly sent these products to review by Vita Liberata AND products to give away to one of you! You will be able to win all three products featured in the photos; the Tinted Self Tan Lotion in Medium, the Super Fine Skin Polish and the Tanning Mitt. But first I will let you know what I think of the products.

Tinted Self Tan Lotion - First thing to point out is on the cardboard packaging it says it is a Tinted Self Tan Lotion, whereas on the actual packaging of the product it says it's a gel. I personally find it to be more of a lotion consistency. But technicalities aside, I absolutely loved the product. It's tinted so really easy to see where you are applying it and it sinks in really quickly so you don't have to wait around for long. It claims to be odourless but I can still smell a slight smell but nothing like other fake tans I have tried. It also says it lasts for up to 7 days, I personally found it lasted nearer to 5. But I think if you take proper care to moisturise every night it could last the full week. Also, it fades really nicely and didn't go patchy on me at all. The colour is really nice and natural and you look like you've just come back from holiday, and isn't that what everyone looks for in a fake tan??

Super Fine Skin Polish - This is a really nice gentle exfoliator to use before the fake tan to get rid of any dead skin cells. It is a really effective scrub without drying out your skin which I also find a hard balance with exfoliating products. It smells really nice and leaves a good base to apply your fake tan on top of.

Tanning Mitt - The final products you could win in the giveaway is the tanning mitt. I think all tanning mitts are pretty standard and similar and this one did the job really well!

So in order to get your hands on these products then complete the Rafflecopter entries below! The giveaway ends in two weeks! Good luck!!!

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Update | Spain 2013

I'm home!! I've had the most amazing two weeks in Spain with my mum, step-dad, 2 brothers and my boyfriend. We were doing absolutely nothing :D. It was so nice to be able to relax after university had finished and the stresses of job hunting. I didn't completely abandon my blog while I was away as I had 7 posts scheduled which I was happy with but I didn't get to interact at all on twitter really as we didn't have internet in the villa.

But now I am back and I have a brand new Canon 700D to play with so hopefully the photos will start to improve. The photos in this post are taken with the Canon but with no editing as to be honest I have no idea where to start with editing, but I think it is clear how much better the quality is anyway.

Hopefully I will have a couple more holiday posts coming up, potentially one with outfits but that depends on what I think of the pictures cause I'm super fussy with outfit posts which is why they don't really feature much on my blog. But I will definitely show you my tiny duty free purchases and lots more photos of the holiday itself.

I'm so happy to be home and can't wait to catch up with all my friends and family, but it definitely seems like the British summer is over waaahhhh :(. Also, one last thing, this week I will be setting up my first ever giveaway! So keep your eyes peeled for that (gross phrase, so sorry haha).

Hope you're all having a good week! And any hints or tips about editing software then please leave it in the comments :).


8 July 2013

Summer Series | Lips. MAC vs. Drugstore

My summer lipstick choices are usually between an orangey red or a hot fushia pink. For today's Summer Series I have chosen my 2 favourite MAC lipsticks and then two very similar lipsticks which are cheaper alternatives!

MAC Impassioned £14.00 & Rimmel Kate Moss 02 £5.49
The Rimmel Kate Moss is a darker fushia that the MAC alternative, whereas the MAC one is much more neon and bright. The MAC one has an amplified finish so it is super pigmented, it isn't too drying and it doesn't budge. The Rimmel one is still as pigmented but is a little more moisturising, however this means it doesn't last quite as long on the lips. Both absolutely gorgeous colours and I get loads of use out of both of them.

MAC Morange £14.00 & Topshop Infrared £8.00
These colours are extremely similar, the MAC one is perhaps a little more neon when on the lips, although in the swatches it looks darker. Morange is also an amplified finish and so has the same attributes as Impassioned. Infrared is also extremely pigmented but it is a little more 'slippy' on the lips, so I usually apply it, bite a tissue to create a sort of stain and then apply again. I find it lasts a lot longer when I do this, but it would still need reapplying more than Morange.

I absolutely love MAC lipsticks but at £14.00 each I need to find some cheaper alternatives! I hope these provide good alternatives for you. There are so many good ranges of cheaper lipsticks but I also find myself going back to MAC as I love the lasting power they give as I hate reapplying lipsticks. Any other good MAC dupes??

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