Guest blogger week, day 7: Lucie’s LUSH Yoga bath bomb review

Hello Everyone!

Lucie here, from lucieleannexo – I’m super excited to be writing a guest post today for my lovely friend Valentina. When she approached me about her guest blogger week I was so delighted as she has such a lovely blog and the two of us have so much in common.

For any of you who aren’t familiar with my blog – I am a huge fan of LUSH, especially their range of bath bombs! I wanted to talk to you today about one of the Oxford Street bath bombs which I think are soon to be released in the USA (already in most stores throughout the UK) – it’s called Yoga Bomb!

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LUSH says ‘Find sanctuary in slow, infurling layers of deeply relaxing Olibanum and Ho wood’.

Yoga bomb really caught my attention whilst shopping at the Oxford Street store as it’s such a beautiful warm amber colour. Yoga bomb has a really pretty bronze shimmer to it. I also really love the name and it automatically makes me think of relaxing and unwinding.

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My favourite thing about this product is by far the scent! Yoga bomb has subtle citrus notes but it also has a spicy cinnamon scent which is just incredible. The warm cinnamon is such a comforting smell and I think this would be even nicer during Autumn/Winter when it’s all cold and frosty outside.

Yoga bomb isn’t the fizziest LUSH bath bomb I have tried, I did find it took quite a while to dissolve into the water. It left the water a gorgeous shimmery amber colour with fine pieces of copper/bronze glitter. The colour didn’t stain the bath which is always a big plus. But I must admit the glitter was a bit of a pain to clean up afterwards.

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I have tried quite a few of the Oxford Street bath bombs – including Cyanide Pill, Intergalactic & The Experimenter, Yoga Bomb has definitely been my favourite so far. I will definitely be repurchasing this one as I think it’s the perfect bath bomb for the colder months of the year and I am obsessed with the cinnamon scent.

I just want to say a big Thank you to Valentina for giving me the opportunity to guest post on her blog! It’s been really fun and I really enjoy working with other bloggers, it’s even better doing it with someone I get along with so well.

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Guest blogger week, day 6: Molly’s dupe for Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel

Hi Everybody, I’m Molly from The Rose Beauty Files and I’m so pleased that Valentina asked me to be a guest blogger for her today! I know summer is coming to a close, but I thought it would be a perfect time to discus a product that will help prolong that gorgeous golden glow that you’ve acquired over the last few months!

I’m sure most of you have heard of the infamous Soleil Tan De Chanel, however at £32, it is not a bargain beauty product! I was completely hooked when I tried it though but couldn’t justify that price for a bronzer, so off I went on the hunt for a cheaper alternative! I am pleased to say, I think I have found it!! The Bourjois Bronzing primer is effectively the same product only a little smaller but a lot cheaper in price!

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Price – At only £9.99 this product is a lot cheaper than Chanel’s offering, Boots also always have offers on so keep an eye out for those! You get 18g in the Bourjois product and 30ml in Chanel’s so I do feel like you get more with Chanel, however you have to use so little each time that either tub would last you a very long time!

Packaging – There is no doubt that Chanel’s packing is the nicer of the two. It is chunky and sophisticated and screams high-end. However, it is a huge pot and therefore not very travel friendly, whereas Bourjois’s is a lot smaller but also looks a lot cheaper.

Product – I was seriously impressed with both products, they look very orange in the pots but this does not transfer to the skin and even manages to blend seamlessly into my pale skin! The Bourjois primer is slightly more mousse like than Chanel’s however it works exactly the same and feels very light on the skin.

How To Apply – You can apply both products in the same way, and you will need quite a dense buffing brush or kabuki brush to get the best effect. You can either apply this as a primer and then apply your foundation on top to give a subtle glow, or you can buff it on top of your foundation for a lovely bronzed look. This is my favourite way to apply it and I find that is has good lasting power when applied this way.

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Verdict – I think this is a fantastic dupe for the Soleil Tan De Chanel and I have been really impressed with the quality of the product. I am a high-end makeup lover but £32 for a bronzer was too much for me so I am really glad that I picked this up instead. As an added bonus, it has Bourjois’s typical chocolatey scent to it too which is just divine!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my guest post! Please pop over to my blog and say hi, or I am on Twitter or Bloglovin’ if you want to follow me on either of those! Thanks again to Valentina for having me!

Guest blogger week, day 5: Savannah’s Lancome secrets

Hello there, Valentina’s followers!! I’m Savannah, Valentina’s “Beauty Bestie”! I’m a beauty obsessed twenty-something and I run the blog Beauty Bunny! Feel free to check it out and get to know me!

I’ve been working in the beauty industry for a little while now. In that time, I’ve worked for two amazing and HUGE cosmetics brands and have had the opportunity to be taught by their instructors, makeup experts, and national makeup artists.

Lancome spends a lot of money on their education process, it has continued to be an amazing experience where they send all of their beauty advisors to classes very frequently so that we can stay updated on our skills!

I decided to share with you guys the best advice that I’ve ever gotten which is that you DON’T need a heavy foundation to get a perfect look!

You can call it “no makeup” makeup or a “model off duty” type of look but I think we can all agree, fresh faces are in. I personally feel like when I wear a heavy foundation my skin looks worse than when I have nothing on!

So here are tips on how to keep your skin lookin’ fresh but still perfect!

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Your first priority should be your skin! Taking care of your skin should be something you enjoy! It’s totally fine to treat yourself with masks and luxurious products because the better your skin looks without makeup, the better it will look WITH makeup!

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Next, there is totally a right way and a wrong way to apply your foundation! The key to keeping your skin looking naturally perfect is to only apply foundation where you need the coverage! I personally just apply my foundation near my nose, on my cheeks and on my forehead. This covers the imperfections that need to be covered! I used to wear my foundation like a “mask” by putting it on areas that didn’t necessarily need to be covered and doing this is what makes foundation look and feel too heavy.

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At this point, you can totally spot conceal any areas that need a little more coverage, or if you’re like me, cover up those dark circles! I like to use my beauty blender or a normal concealer brush just to make sure the concealer is set well.

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Now, here’s where things get important! If you feel that you don’t have enough coverage, use a powder! I love using a flat topped powder brush and patting the powder onto the areas where I’ve put my foundation and concealer! Then I take a big fluffy brush and sweep the powder all over my face! Now everything looks nice and even and perfectly natural! Totally your skin, but better!

These are the practices that Lancome’s makeup artists use on our gorgeous models and celebrities like Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Winslet!

Whether you decide to wear a full face of makeup or none at all, Lancome’s stance on beauty is that everyone is beautiful in their own natural way, and I, frankly, am so proud to represent a company that believes that. :)

Guest blogger week, day 4: Maddy’s tips for saving money and looking cute

Hey everyone! Valentina asked if I would like to be a guest blogger about a month ago and I’m really excited to have the finished product ready for everyone to read. My name is Maddy and I’m in school for journalism in Canada, however my biggest passion is fashion and makeup.

The school year is, sadly, fast approaching and as most of you reading this know, keeping up to date on fashion and makeup trends can be a fairly expensive thing to do. You’ll find yourself rationalizing skipping out on groceries in order to buy a new makeup pallette, or working a few extra shifts to get that jacket you saw and loved. As a student, it’s taken me a couple of years of experimenting, but I’ve finally figured out a few ways to save money and still look incredible.

  1. Rewards Cards

I can’t begin to stress enough about how much reward cards have saved me. Almost every store has rewards and sooner or later they are bound to add up points. This past week I went into Sephora and asked to redeem my points for the lowest level tier. Usually you’d think that the lowest level would have things you would never use and want to spend your saved points on; however, for only 100 points I was able to get a free sample of Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara. Not only does this allow me to try brands and products I was unsure of before, but this mascara “sample” is also big enough to last me until I can redeem more points for other free mascaras!11949643_10153636547068223_1421536623_n

  1. Email Subscription

Yes this may sound ridiculous (and slightly annoying) but hear me out. Create a separate email that isn’t connected to anything school or work related, then go in store or even online and sign up for your favourite store’s email programs. Many stores give you discounts upon signing up, like 10% off your next purchase, but the most important thing is that you’ll be in the know for whenever there are sales.

The emails sent out will not only notify you when there are store wide sales available for all customers, but many stores will also give you sales only available for subscribers. Just walk in store, show the cashier the email you received, and it’s instant money saved. It costs absolutely nothing to sign up, but it’ll save you a lot in the end.

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  1. Monthly gifts

Websites like Birchbox and ipsy send you gifts every month with a fairly inexpensive subscription. This allows you to try a lot of different high quality products for a minimal price. Both subscriptions are around $10 a month and while this doesn’t always guarantee a good haul, it will allow you to experiment with products you’d never thought you’d use. While I’ve never used this service, I’ve heard great reviews from friends and family who don’t have the time or money to go looking through stores for products.

  1. No-name brand matches (dupes)

This tip is more specified to makeup, however the idea behind it can be applied to all brands of trends. Many people, especially students, truly don’t care what brands you’ve bought. There, I’ve said it. Brands. Don’t. Matter.

That being said, many expensive brands usually have higher quality products. Therefore the only solution is to look for brands that are very similar in style and quality. For example, at MAC there are many lipsticks I love and adore but can’t spend the money on. Instead, I’ll grab the name of the lipstick and search up what its matches, or dupes, are on Google.

It’s that simple. You aren’t the first and you certainly won’t be the last person trying to look fashionable on a budget. There are entire makeup blogs dedicated to helping you find your matches with almost every makeup brand, you just have to know where to search.

Here are some links to get you started:

While these tips and tricks seem obvious, many people, including myself, don’t use them often enough. I started paying more attention to saving my money this year because of my ridiculous University tuition and I’ve still managed to stay on top of the latest trends. So, as the summer comes to a close, I wish everyone good luck in the new school year; may your fashion sense flourish and your grades stay high!

Thanks again to Valentina for being her usual lovely self, I hope I’ll be able to guest write again!

Guest blogger week, day 3: Ana’s blogs to bookmark

Hello there! I’m Ana from the blog Ravishing Roses. Today I’m going to talk you through my 3 current favourite blogs. I thought I would mix it up a little (because I’m wild like that) and pick blogs from different categories so there’s something for everyone. 

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THE LIFESTYLE ONE: DorkFace. If I’m ever feeling a little low Jemma’s blog is the first place I turn to. Jemma talks about a little bit of everything. There’s beauty, DIY and even a bit of art. Just to plug Jemma a little more, she is also an incredible artist. So if you’re on the look out for a blog header, look no further. 

THE BEAUTY ONE: Bloomin Rouge. Whenever I read Holly’s blog I get serious blog envy. It’s a minimalists dream, with gorgeous photos on white backgrounds- swoon. Holly really knows her stuff about beauty, everything I have tried by her has been great. She also does fabulous blog photography posts, so if you want to brush up your photography, Bloomin Rouge is the place to go. 

THE FASHION ONE: Lois Lillian.

Lois actually has a YouTube channel, which I have adored for a long time. Therefore when she re-designed her blog recently, I was very excited. She is a student, so all her outfits are reasonably priced, but still fabulous. If you’re into colour, this one perhaps isn’t for you. However, if you like simple but effective outfits, head on over. 

I hope that you enjoyed this little guest post by me! I’m over here if you want to check out my blog. Unfortunately I am not so in love with my blog that I included it in this post. However, you know if you want to bookmark my blog, that’s 100% okay too. 

Who are your favourite blogs at the moment?

Love 

Ana 

xx

Guest blogger week, day 2: Stashie’s lesson, No-Buy 101

I’m a self-proclaimed beauty junkie who has embarked on a year-long No-Buy on makeup and skincare.  My blog, stashmatters, focuses on showcasing my current makeup stash with reviews and swatches of my collection.  My favourite makeup items are eye shadow, nail polish and blush.  I live in Toronto, Canada.
So you want to embark on a No-Buy?  Don’t know where to start?  I’m currently on a makeup / skincare No-Buy for the entire year of 2015, approaching the last 4 months of my goal.  Here’s a handy guide for all the makeup addicts who may realize that they may have a problem.
First, are sure you really need to go on a No-Buy?  Take this short quiz:
1) Do you own more than 5 foundations?
2) Do you keep buying the same lipstick shade over and over again and now you own 14 MLBB shades?
3) Did you achieve Sephora VIB Rouge in ONE shopping trip?
4) Is your eye shadow collection various shades of taupe that look the same to the naked eye?
5) Have family members considered contacting either Hoarders or Intervention about your makeup collection?
6) Have you subsisted on ramen for weeks so you can afford the newest makeup launches?
7) Are you contemplating moving into a larger place in order to house your collection?
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I have over 600 eye shadows, most of them are taupes.

If you answered Yes to any of the above, you need to go on a No-Buy, pronto. ;)
Goal setting
What do you hope to achieve?
For me, it was a combination of trying to use up some of my existing products (especially skincare) and also rationalize my current stash (ie keep or purge?)
I need to purge probably 50% of my foundations.

I need to purge probably 50% of my foundations.

Other goals could be: to save money, declutter, sell some makeup etc.
Starting
• Set a time frame. Will this be a month? 6 months? A year?  Be realistic with what you think you can achieve – I tried to go on a No-Buy last year and I only lasted 2 months.
• What are the parameters? Is there absolutely NO buying of anything at all for the duration of the No-Buy? Maybe you want to do a No-Buy Lite (aka Low Buy) and only allow yourself a set dollar amount per month on cosmetics. Or you allow yourself the leeway to replenish on “necessities” like skincare and mascara (I put that in quotations because we makeup addicts tend to claim things are necessities that are not! :P ). You may want to allow yourself a birthday haul.
My birthday gifts and haulin'

My birthday gifts and haulin’

How to stay on track
• Unsubscribe from promotional emails: it’s their goal to get you spend your money! There are always new collections launching, there are constant sales – it’s all very tempting so it’s better not to see the emails at all (you can always resubscribe after your No-Buy is over)
• Take an inventory: use whatever tool you want: a pen and paper, an Excel spreadsheet – note down all of the makeup items you own! It’s a daunting task but very satisfying to do, and it will help you with the next activity…
• Shop your stash: when your collection is so large that you need keep an Excel spreadsheet, it’s highly likely that there are lots of forgotten gems hidden away. It’s helpful – and fun – to create little “makeup menus” of full looks from makeup items from your collection and switch them up on a weekly basis.
Here's a look I wore the other day - I hadn't worn these items in months.

Here’s a look I wore the other day – I hadn’t worn these items in months.

• Create a wish list: noting down items you want to buy after the No-Buy is over will be helpful for you to keep track so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Also, sometimes when I write down all the things I want, I realize a lot of the items are repetitive (like do I really need 4 new highlighters?) and I can narrow down to the ones I REALLY, truly want.
• Acknowledge milestones: “Empties” or “Project Pan” are two fantastic ways to mark progress of a No-Buy. As well, I like to specifically post significant milestone badges on my blog:
I reached 200 days of No-Buy last month!​

I reached 200 days of No-Buy last month!​

• Surround yourself with a support network: it could be your family, your real life friends, online community – tell everyone who cares that you’re on a No-Buy so that they can keep you honest
 
Reward yourself
At the conclusion of your No-Buy, it’s time to celebrate! Of course, for me, the point isn’t to go out and buy two years’ worth of makeup as soon as the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, 2016, but I will allow myself to buy some of the items that have been lingering on my wish list. Also, I may reward myself with a makeover at MAC or a fancy spa day. :)  If you’re on a No-Buy or thinking about going on one – good luck to you!

Guest blogger week, day 1: Hanna’s top drugstore lip products for fall

Hi there!

My name is Hanna.  I am a coffee addict with a love for all things beauty.  I blog about everything from makeup and fashion to DIYs in my little corner of the internet, Lipstick Lovely.  I am so excited to be writing for Valentina’s amazing blog today and I hope you enjoy!

Now that fall is right around the corner, I’ve been transitioning out of summer lip colors and getting extremely excited about autumn shades. I love scavenging through the drugstore to discover fall makeup and I have found quite a few treasures to prepare my lips for my favorite season of deep berry lips!

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1. Essence Lip Liner in Honey Berry

Honey Berry is a beautiful purple/pink shade.  Although it’s bright, it is not overpowering.  It makes my teeth look whiter, which is always a plus!  Essence lip liners do not get raved about enough in my opinion.  They are long lasting and the formula is an amazing quality for the price!

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2. Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry

Soft Berry has a hint of grey/brown to it that I love!  It’s perfect for that 90’s look that is very popular this fall.  This is a wearable color that makes me excited about the upcoming season of falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.

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3. Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in Plum 030

This lipstick is a beautiful plum shade (as the name would suggest).  It is moisturizing and long-lasting.  I like to dap just a little bit of this product onto my lips for a more natural, everyday color since it is quite bright.  If you are not afraid of colorful lips, this lipstick is definitely for you.  

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4. Revlon Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

This lip stain is one of my favorite lip products at the moment and I have a feeling that it will continue to be in my top picks for quite some time!  This stain is the most beautiful fall berry shade!  I love how versatile this product is since you have the option to make your lips super shiny or dab off the gloss for the natural, but beautiful stain that it leaves behind.  This stain can be used for everything from everyday looks to a night out depending on how much you apply!

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5. Rimmel Provocalips in Kiss Fatal

This longwearing liquid lipstick is amazing for a day when you really want your lip color to stay put!  One end of the tube contains the lipstick itself and the other contains the gloss to put over the top so that your lips don’t dry out!   The product smells great, but not overpowering as some scented lipsticks can.  It doesn’t accentuate that lines in my lips as a lot of liquid lipsticks do since this formula dries with a bit of shine and the gloss moisturizes which prevents creasing.

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6. Maybelline Color Whisper in A Plum Prospect 100

Maybelline’s Color Whispers give a beautiful sheer wash of color for an everyday look.  I love wearing this color during the fall when I just want to swipe on some lipstick and go.  It’s buildable and is even gorgeous when lightly dabbed and blended on the lips.  The formulation is gel-like and very moisturizing!  

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my fall lip favorites and that this has been helpful in showing you some affordable lip options for the upcoming season. I’m curious to know some of your amazing drugstore lip finds for fall! A big thank you to Valentina for having me as a guest on her wonderful blog!

XO,

Hanna