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Easy Bronze Summer Skin…By Terry

As the weather heats up we all want that summer bronze look for our skin. Well look no further! I have found two products by By Terry that I think you are going to love. I certainly do.

The first up is the Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum in Sunny Flash. Now, they make this in 4 different colours but I like Sunny Flash because it give the skin a nice bronze look. You only need one pump for your whole face so a little goes a long way. This serum is designed to give the skin a radiance boost while also hydrating the skin. It also helps even out the skin (redness and dark spots) and blur imperfections. This would be great to wear alone on beach days or where you want the no makeup makeup look. I can’t wait to try out some of the other shades.

Second up is Tea to Tan Tropical Break, a liquid misting bronzer that adds the perfect matte or shimmery glow to the skin. I spay this bronzer onto a fluffy brush and then sweep it on my face where I want it. What is nice is that it can be used on the face and the body. It contains red and black teas to help detoxify the skin and also give it a dose of antioxidants. Native water of organic cherry is also in it to revitalize the skin. Lastly, it has correcting micro-prisms and coloured powders to give the bronze look. On top of all that it smells great! This product can be sprayed directly on a brush to give a matte look or its can be shaken before being sprayed to give a shimmery look. The other nice thing about this product is that it is water/smudge proof!

I am looking forward to trying other By Terry products. I have had a product disappointed yet! Are there any you recommend?

This website has 20% off and carries By Terry Products!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Popsugar October #MustHaveBox

It’s that time of the month again! What you ask? The POPSUGAR #MustHaveBox! POPSUGAR sent me this must have box to try and I received mine this past Saturday. I love coming home to a box full of goodies. If you have not heard of the Popsugar #MustHaveBox you basically subscribe for $39.95 a month and receive over $100 worth of goodies. You can find my previous posts on it here and here.

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This month’s box was quite heavy and so I was excited to see what was inside. I love that they send on trend items based on the time of year and season. How cute is this umbrella that came inside? This will be perfect to pop in my purse as we transition into Autumn and Winter. It will be especially good when I spend Christmas in England due to to high chance of rain that inevitability comes with being across the pond.

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What sounds better than a mug of hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows on top as it gets colder out? Well, they send you mostly everything you will need (apart from the marshmallows) with this cute Rise & Shine mug and hot chocolate. I already made my 1st cup, right after receiving the box,  and it was delicious.

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On the makeup/beauty front…I can’t wait to try this makeup eraser. I have previously seen them in shops and always wondered about them. Now that I am about out of my current makeup remover I am going to give it a go. What is even better is it says it is good for 1000 uses!! I have also really enjoyed wearing the winged eyeliner look lately and think this eyeliner will be great to try out and use for the look. Also, If you are looking for a new body wash this one smells amazing.

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Are you interested in what other goodies were in the box? Well click here!

If you would like to sign up for you own box, click here.

I hope you guys have a fabulous week!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Nordstrom Anniversary SALE

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I wanted to take a quick break between my Amsterdam posts because as most of you know the Nordstrom anniversary sale opened to the public today. This is one of the biggest sales of the year and bloggers have been posting about it non-stop! I wanted to share with you all a few I got as well as some other fantastic deals I had to (very hesitantly) pass on (otherwise my bill would have been astronomical-it is so easy to do!).

Leggings are one of my go to items in the Autumn and winter. Simply pairing them with a white tee (or long sweater) and boots make for an easy and comfortable outfit. These leggings were rated just under 5 *’s and have over 2000(!) reviews. At $33 they seem like a steal! I can’t wait till they arrive so I can see if they are worth all the hype. I will keep you posted.

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I have been wearing my Valentino trainers I got back in March ALL the time. They are very comfortable and easy to pair with outfits. The fact that they are black means they go with everything. Well I saw these pumas included in the sale and thought they might be a nice backup to have.

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As I said above I LOVE an oversized sweater. This sweater looked so comfortable and I really liked the V neck because I can easily add a statement necklace to dress it up a bit. I ordered a size up so that it would be oversized. It comes in 4 colours and is also under $40! 

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Lastly, I added the top to my basket because I liked the pattern and felt it could be easily dressed up for work or down with a pair of jeans. I’m a lttle hesitant on whether or not it is going to be too sheer but I will have to wait and see. 

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Here are some other great deals they have….

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You can’t go wrong with a pair of Rag & Bone boots! I also think this coat is Amazing! I think the camel colour is so chic! I love this earring. I have the Black and clear ones and wear them all the time. Isn’t this palette great…It contains everything you need for your cheeks (blush, bronzer and a highlighter). Check out some of my other picks above.

Make sure to check out the great deals at Nordstrom!! Let me know what you guys get!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

P.S. M. Gemi is also having a great sale if you are looking for beautiful shoes!

Green Smokey Eye Makeup Look

A look at how I create this easy green smokey eye!

Products used:

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Concealer
MAC Studio Fix Powder
Anastasia Contour Kit
Estee Lauder Lover’s Blush
Estee Lauder Bronze Godess Palette (Similar, Similar, Similar)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
Lancome Cils Booster
Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil in Forest (Similar, Similar)
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Clinique Quickliner in Intense Ivy Liner
LA Splash Lip Couture in Ghoulish
MAC Eye shadow in Charcoal Brown Shadow

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Daytime Makeup look with a Bold Lip

My first Youtube Video! A great day time makeup look. Please enjoy and let me know what other looks you would like to see.

For products used please see below or the description box from the video:

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation
Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Concealer
Anastacia Contour Palette
MAC Studio Fix Powder
Estee Lauder Alluring Rose Blush
Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter

Urban Decay – Original Eye Primer
Nars – All About Eve, Cordura Shadows
Lancome Cils Booster
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Estee Lauder True Liar Lip Potion
Lancome Brow Pencil – Le Crayon Poudre

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

First Impressions – Shade + Light Eye Palette

Hello Everyone,

Sorry it has been a little while actually a long while… since I have posted anything. Life has just been so busy lately that I didn’t have a chance to sit down and write/post anything. I really missed it! Anyway with that said I am back with a first impressions post! I’ve seen the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette getting a lot of attention lately and could not wait to pick one up. As you all have seen lately contouring is a huge trend right now, especially for the cheek bones and nose. This palette brings the idea of contouring to the eyes. The idea being to strategically place light and dark shadows around the eyelids to create different depths and really make them stand out but in a somewhat natural way. You are wanting to intensify where the light and shadows fall around the eyes.

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I was most excited about the cool tone shades since I don’t tend to gravitate to those colours and was looking forward to playing around with the colours. I also picked up this LA Splash liquid lipstick in Ghoulish to create a complete cool tone look. When they say this lipstick does not come off they are not kidding. This sucker does not budge! I couldn’t get it off after trying it on late one night! I tried Bioderma with no luck and finally discovered Bi-facil (love this stuff!) takes it off. Im getting sidetracked.

Anyway on to what I think so far…

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The packaging is somwhat large but nothing that put me off. It has a solid feel and a nice sized mirror when you open it up. It also comes with instructions on some differnent looks you can create with the palette as well as different tricks for different eye shapes. The palette includes 12 matte eyeshadows seperated into neutral, warm and cool tone shades.

I have worn mostly the cool and warm shades…I have not had a whole lot of time to experiment with all the different colours but I can say that I am very much enjoying this Shade + Light Palette (it is tempting me to go get the Shade + Light Palette for the face…ssshh). I find that the shadows are very soft, blendable and pigmented. They do create a fair amount of dust when being picked up by a brush but for that is not something that is a deal breaker for me. I like that you can create something very natual but also something more dramatic because of the pigment in the shadows.

The palette retails for $46 which I think is very reasonable for the amount and quality of shadows you are receiving.

Have any of you guys tried this palette so far? If so, what do you think? Also, what are your thoughts on the Shade + Light Contour Patette?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

First Impressions – Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Hello! I have been MIA lately and majorly slacking on writing my blog. Sorry about that! However, recently I did get my hands on a new product (hint hint it is a concealer) I have been wanting to try for some time. Here is my first impression:

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So I will start off by saying I have read and heard good reviews about the ‘Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer‘ so there are no surprises on what this short post will be about. I decided it was worth a try and picked up the neutral fair colour. This is truly a first impression post because I have only tried this product a few times. So far I’m really enjoying it, it is definitely brightens and does not settle into any fine lines (who wants to see any wrinkles?! – not me!!) I use a beauty blender to apply mine (2 triangles under the eyes) and find that works really well (I also contour with it). Although this is a great product (I love the brightness it brings), I do find that compared to my ‘Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer‘ it doesn’t have quite as much coverage. Still a fantastic product that I am really enjoying so far.

Have any of you tried this concealer? What are your thoughts? 

Lots of love,

Buffy

Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes by Estée Lauder

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I love it with Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess comes out every year. This year’s collection “Shimmering Nudes” didn’t disappoint. Since I have been on a highlighter kick lately I decided to try the Illuminating Powder Gelée and the All-Over Illuminator.

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However, the rest of the collection included an eyeshadow palette (I LOVE the green shadow in it), 3 lipglosses, nail polish, powder bronzer, liquid bronzer, and the two highlighters/illuminators that I picked up. The collection also includes the body lotion, oil, and fragrance. I will say while mentioning the lotion and fragrance collection that I have the lotion and oil from last year and love them both. They both feel really great on the skin, the oil leaves a nice shimmer, and smell like the beach and summer combined! What’s not to love?!

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On to this years 1st highlighter the ‘Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes’ Illuminating Powder Gelée (Limited Edition). I have the illuminating powder Gelée “Heat Wave” from last year (and love it) so this years had a lot to live up to. When I first opened it, it didn’t look like much but after swatching it I was very impressed! It is a very pretty highlight that doesn’t have as much shimmer as heat wave so it will be great for giving that natural dewy highlighted look. I think it will also be great for all skintones. On top of that the texture of this product is fantastic. It is very soft and silky making it look more natural and feel nice on the skin.

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The second item I picked up from the collection was the Shimmering Nudes All-Over Illuminator. This is something that can be used all over the face and body – cheekbones, temple, décolletage, shoulders and more! I love that this stick can be used alone (for a subtle glow) or in conjunction with other products (for example a bronzer where this would be used as a highlighter). I also like that this product is rosy pink because it gives a slightly different finish compared to the powder above.

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I would definitely recommend swinging by the Estee Lauder counter and checking out the Bronze Goddess collection if you get a chance. That way you can swatch and see all the pretty colours in person.

Lots of love,

Buffy xx

Bobbi Brown Hot Collection: Calypso Cheek Palette

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This Blush trio is part of the Bobbi Brown “Hot Collection” new for Spring 2015 and inspired by Kate Upton. This is just one of the three blush trios (other here and here) released along with an eye palette and some lip colors (pencils and lipsticks). I love that they are pairing bright colours with more subtle nude colours. I think this allows you to have more of a range when wearing the products.

I picked up the Calypso Cheek Palette and am loving the colors for spring time!

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The last thing to note is the packaging – It is sleek, slim, and simple! What not to like!

Stay tuned for a look using this!

Have any of you tried and of the other products from the Hot Collection? If so, what do you think?

Thanks for reading!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Electric Cobalt Liner

I have had my eye on the new Estēe Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Electric Cobalt liner since it came out and so while I was out I caved and decided to pick one up. I played around with it a bit the other day….I thought paired with a coral lipstick it would be a great look for summer but for the colder months I wanted less of a contrast. This is the look I came up with. Please bear in mind I only have a few pieces of my makeup with me…still I think this is a nice look that really brings out the blue but is not over the top (OTT).

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My first thought was that I wanted a somewhat neutral shadow all over my lids but I wanted some blue in there somewhere. To start I primed my lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance… I then decided to go with MAC Satin Taupe all over the lid and then MAC Contrast in the crease of my eye and below my lash line. I did add a little bit of MAC Cork right above the crease just to warm up the look a little. For liner on the top I went with the old Estēe Lauder Double Wear Pencil in Midnight Blue (old one). I choose this because it was less in your face and also helped darken the lash line slightly. I then used the new one to line my bottom waterline. To finish the eyes I curled my lashes, added my Lancôme Cills Booster followed but my Estēe Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara. This is a really quick and easy look!

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Once I was finished with the eyes I cleaned up any of the fall out with the Double Wear Concealer followed by the Double Wear Brush-on Glow BB Highlighter. This pen really adds brightness to under the eye area. It is also great for any other highlighting you want to do (above the eyebrows, bridge of the nose, chin etc.).

For blush and bronzer I went with MAC Pinch Me and MAC Harmony and finally for lips I went with a really natural look and just put my Diptyque lip balm on them (love this stuff!).

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Other Products used in this post:

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*This is a MAC heavy post because they are the easiest palettes I have to travel with.

I love this pop of blue and the unexpectedness of the liner! What do you think? How would you guys wear this Electric Cobalt liner?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx