27 July 2013

MUA Mosaic Blush - English Rose ♥

Hello!

I have to admit that I'm normally not a big fan of blushers. Since I was young, I've always had naturally rosy cheeks so blusher has never really been needed. Thanks mom!

As I was out shopping yesterday, I popped into Superdrug and every time I go in there, I have to look in on the MUA stall. I love MUA products as they're cheap and cheerful. I have actually built up a bit of a collection now starting from their BB cream to their nail varnishes.

The product that caught my eye yesterday though, was the Mosaic Blush in English Rose.
I love the idea of the mosaic blush, it's much more eye catching than just a solid block blusher.


"Wow! Our hero face product, the Mosaic Blusher, combines four gorgeous shades that when swirled together create the perfect natural blush shade. Grab a blush brush and swirl around the compact so all the colours blend together and then simply apply to the apples of the cheekbones. Use a small amount for a natural look or build up for a more dramatic contoured look. The reason why there are so many colours in one blush is to build up a better colour palette of pigmentation! All skin tones take different colours more prominently and by using them all in one go, it will adapt to suit your skin tone. This will look totally different on you and your BFF!"


 As I said before I don't really use blusher so I only used a little on my cheeks just to see how I got on and to be honest, I was quite impressed. It gave my cheeks a nice rosy shimmer which wasn't over the top or too glittery.

I really like this blush and I'm glad I brought it. The best thing about this blush is the price at £2.50 for in Superdrug or online at muastore. Definitely go and try it for yourselves!

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sorbet ♥

Hello!

My favourite thing to buy for these summer months are bright and colourful lipsticks. In the winter months, I tend to stick to nudes, browns and pale pinks but for summer I like to be bold!

 As I was searching the internet one day for new things to buy, I came across somebody selling a brand new Revlon Lip Butter in Sorbet for only 99p on eBay! I thought this was an absolute bargain and had to make a bid.

As soon as it was posted through my door, I had the package open and trying it. I was very excited! 

 
 

 The great thing about lip butters is that they're halfway between a lip balm for being moisturising and a lipstick for the colour. The Revlon Lip Butter was very well pigmented and it glided on very much like a traditional lip balm which was really the best of both worlds.

Personally, I think the shade was slightly too fushia pink for me as I usually opt for more coral and red pinks but overall I really enjoyed this lipstick. 

 The Revlon Lip Butters retails at £7.99 from Boots or Superdrug which for me is a little expensive compared to what you can get for a cheaper price.

Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo Review ♥

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I am a BIG lover of Dry Shampoo and over the past few years I have gotten through my fair share of cans. Recently I've tried branching out from my usual Batiste shampoo and buying alternatives.

During my search for other dry shampoos, I found that the No Drought Lush Dry Shampoo kept getting mentioned so I decided that next time I was out shopping, I would go and buy me a bottle! 

Lush is well known for their bath bombs, face treatments and other amazing little beauty pick me ups. Lush also prouds it self on being renowned for their hair care so I knew my hair would be in safe hands with No Drought.


As soon as I opened the lid, the amazing scent of grapefruit, Lemon and Lime hits you. Many dry shampoos have thick, heavy scents but No Drought is very fresh and uplifting and made me feel more awake.

 After using spray dry shampoos for such a long time, the concept of a power shampoo confused me a little. 
"How do I apply?" "Won't it go everywhere?"
As I read other bloggers reviews, I found that the easier way to apply the powder was to shake some onto a comb/brush and comb it through the hair.
 

Alternatively, you shake some powder into your hand or directly onto your hair and ruffle into your roots. The same with a spray dry shampoo, you'd brush it through to make sure you have no white bits/grey roots showing.

Because my hair is naturally a medium/dark brown, I do normally suffer with grey roots after using dry shampoo but after using No Drought, I found that after a good brush through, you could hardly tell I'd used anything. 

Another amazing thing about the No Drought dry shampoo is that it gave my hair a slight but very unexpected root boost. Most dry shampoos I've tried have done nothing for volume apart from Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo. 

All in all, i'm so happy I tried this product. It smells amazing, makes my hair feel great and because you only use such a small amount on your hair, a 115g bottle will last you ages! A bargain for £6.50!

I will definitely have to go back and buy more hair treatments!

I ♥ Primark!!

Hello!

In my previous blog, I wrote about how I went to my local shopping centre yesterday and spent a ridiculous amount of money and I wanted to make a separate blog about Primark!

I love Primark. I am the sort of person who will buy an item of clothing, wear it once or twice and get bored of it and sell it on eBay. Primark is perfect for me as most of their clothes are cheap and doesn't break my bank when I do buy a lot.

As it's normally the way that when you have money to spend, you can't find anything, I left the shop after only purchasing three items. THREE!!
 

 The first thing I brought was this beautiful bright neon coral Aztec skirt for £7.00. It's a stretchy Viscose material with an elasticated waist. As I'm a bigger girl, it doesn't come up too short on me and it's perfect for those summer days out. I loved it the minute I saw it and for £7.00, I couldn't say no!


 The next thing I brought was this patterned dress with a crochet panel across the waist. When I first saw this dress, I loved it but was wary about the middle! As a bigger girl, I try and avoid bringing attention to my stomach but after trying it on, it wasn't so bad so in the basket it went! The dress was £10 which I think was an absolute steal!

My final purchase was this Aztec print necklace. I've been looking for something similar for a while now so I just decided to buy it! It alternates between a silver and bronze which I loved as many are just the one colour and for £3, I just had to buy!

As I've said before, I do love Primark but this time, I just wasn't impressed by anything. I tried several more items on but they just didn't do anything for me. This was quite disappointing but I was still happy with what I brought.

Hopefully they'll have some better clothes out for winter!

I went shopping! ♥♥

Hello!

Since yesterday was payday, I decided I would go to my favourite shopping centre and spend a good chunk of my earnings! This is mostly what I brought!
 

L'Oreal Elnett Satin - £2.99 from Home Bargains - I brought this hairspray as I LOVE Elnett. I love the smell and how you can easily brush it out. 

Batiste Smoothing Conditioning Mist - £2.99 from Boots - I didn't need to buy this but when I read Argan Oil, I had to buy.

Dove Silky Moisturizer - £2.99 from Home Bargains - I love this product so much and whenever I see it, I stock up! It has a beautiful smell and leaves my skin feeling amazing.

Mua Mosaic in English Rose - £2.50 from Superdrug - I've heard some good reviews about this and although I've only tested once, I'm really liking it!

No Drought Dry Shampoo - £6.50 from Lush - Another product I've heard good things about. Smells gorgeous and I can't wait to use.

Lee Stafford Blow dry Jelly - £1.99 from Home Bargains -  This was an impulse buy and brought purely because I wanted another item to add to my Lee Stafford collection!

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment - £7.99 from Boots - Been waiting to buy this product for a week now so I'm very excited to finally get my hands on this!

I will be making separate blogs for each item for more in depth reviews!
 

Seventeen Lip Crayon - BOLD ♥

Hello!

Since summer is upon us, I thought it was time for me to branch out of my usual nudes and pinks and buy an orange lipstick to match the bright and beautiful weather outside.

I have heard many good things about lip crayons so when I came across the Seventeen Lip Crayon range, they seemed a perfect place to start.

 

I decided on the BOLD shade as it was exactly what I was looking for and stood out amongst other lip crayons. It's an orange colour but when applied it has hints of red and coral as well.


 "Colour yourself a quick shade of gorgeous! For lips that feel moisturised and are finished with shine!"


I found it hard to take a good swatch of this colour as it was so gorgeously pigmented and every room I tried to take a photo in didn't show amazing it is!

  
Although it's orange, I found Bold wasn't too over the top for everyday use. As soon as I walked through the door at work, people were complimenting me on the colour!


The crayons are very moisturing to apply and the colour lasts for around 2 hours (depending on if you eat/drink) before you need to apply another coat.

There is no scent with these crayons which to be honest is fine with me as many other leading brands tend to bring out lipsticks with horrible scents and actually it hard for me to wear.

All in all, i'm really loving this colour and for £4.99 each, I would definitely go back and check out the other colours.


24 July 2013

Collection Creme Puff Lip Cream ♥

Hello!

One of my favourite things to shop for recently has been lipsticks and whenever I see a new product, I have to try it!

A couple of months ago, I was perusing through my local Superdrug when I came across Collection 2000's new Creme Puff Lipsticks. I instantly fell in love with Fairy Cake (right) and since they were on offer for 2 for something, I decided to buy Cotton Candy as well.
 

 Fairy Cake is a bright coral colour with orange undertones while the Cotton Candy is more of a pinky purple. Both colours are really nice on and perfect for summer!

 Fairy Cake & Cotton Candy

 Easy to apply wand applicator.


The lipstick is described as velvety soft with a matte finish and I honestly think that's the perfect way to describe these lipsticks. They actually do what it says on the tin! They are very creamy and although they're described as matte, I found they weren't dry and had some moisture in them. I would recommend putting lip balm or vaseline on beforehand just so it doesn't dry up and go patchy.

The smell is similar to cream soda which wasn't too overpowering as most lipsticks tend to be over the top and make you feel a little sick after a few hours of wearing them.

I am in love with Fairy Cake, it's become my favourite to wear on a night out. I do like Cotton Candy but it's not very me. 

I'm really loving the matte finish lipsticks at the moment and the Cream Puffs are one of the best that I've tried. I like that you can wear the simplest of outfits and all you need is one of these to totally jazz it up!

All in all, I love these lipsticks, and I will be going back to buy more of Fairy Cake and to try out the two remaining shades. 

Little old' me ♥


Hello and welcome to my blog!

My name is Natalie Ann, I'm 24 years old and I live in the West Midlands, in a little town called Springfield. I currently work as a Data Entry Clerk in a doctor's surgery and of course in my spare time I run my own little piece of the internet, Petal Poppet Blogs.

When I left school, I studied Hairdressing for 2 years in college and that's where my love for all things hair, beauty and fashion began. I set up my blog because after following several hair & beauty bloggers for months, I finally decided that I wanted to give it ago myself.

I have a great love for all things high street and I believe that most products you can find in your local Superdrug/Boots can give expensive designer brands a run for their money and this blog will be dedicated to finding those products!

Thanks for reading!

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21 July 2013

W7 BIG lash Mascara ♥

Hello!

Since my favourite mascara, the Avon Catwalk SuperCurlacious Mascara is no longer available to order, I decided I would shop around a bit and try something new. The first thing I found was the w7 Big Lash mascara.

 

In the past, I always seem to buy thick, curl brush mascaras as I honestly think they're the best. The thin comb brushes do absolutely nothing for me and actually make my lashes look like spiders eyes. 

When I curl my lashes in a curler, they look brill but within a few hours my lashes have completely straighted out! This is why when I do buy a new mascara, I always look for ones that guarantee lasting volume.

The w7 brush was perfect for me as it had both of those things. The brush was very big and thick and gave my lashes a perfect little lift throughout the day.
  
 before

 after

All in all, I really liked this mascara.
It was cheap and cheerful, it didn't clump up my lashes and it didn't leave me with panda eyes by the end of the day.

I brought mine off Ebay for £1.50 but you can buy off amazon for around the same price. What have you got to lose with a price like that?!

Avon Clearskin Professional Liquid Extraction Strip Gel ♥

Hello!

I recently brought this product from Avon as I am a big fan of nose strips and I thought i'd a gel based product a go! I'd heard a few mixed reviews from other beauty bloggers and as it was in the sale for only £3, I would have been stupid not to try it!

First off, I had to wait an extra 2 weeks as it had sold out :( BUT I took that as a good sign for how good it must be.

Before I applied, I washed my face as normal. I squeezed a small dot of the gel onto my finger and applied over my nose. I didn't need much gel as it went on with evenly and stretched quite a long way. It took about 10 minutes to dry and I found it was really easy to peel off. 

Without going into too much detail about nasty blackheads and grease, I enjoyed the product a lot and I felt like it actually helped my skin, and it made my nose feel softer and smoother.

I had noticed that other bloggers had mostly complained about the bottle being too small for the amount you need to use and that it wouldn't last for the amount of times in a week you'd need to use it. Personally, I only really use these sort of products once a week and I think one little squirt of the gel does go a long way.

I brought the gel on an offer for £3 but I think it's normal price is around £6. I don't think i'd pay £6 for it as I can buy the strips for cheaper but for £3, I would definitely buy again and maybe stock up!

Get that beach look: L'Oreal Studio Matt & Messy Sea Salt Spray ♥

Hello!

Since most beauty bloggers have been raving about sea salt spray and how it was really in trend, I thought it was time to join them to see if they are really all that. I decided to go with the L'Oreal Studio Matt & Messy spray which retails at about £3.56 in Superdrug and Boots as the advert looked promising and I've used other L'Oreal hair products in the past.

  

On the label it says to "Spray on dry or damp hair and ruffle for an instant texturising effect. For tousled waves define sections and twist with your fingers." which is exactly what I did on the pictures below.

 This is my hair after I've got out the shower, no products and just blow dried.


 After, just sprayed and ruffled my hair.

As you can see my hair is textured after spraying but sadly, this is as good as it gets. Within 10-20 minutes my hair was straight and very sticky to touch. I found the smell of the spray to linger all day and actually make me a little sick by the night. 

I did try and give it a second chance on another day when I had curled my hair using my tongs and instead of using hairspray, I opted for the sea salt and once again wished I hadn't bothered!

I want to say it was just my hair type and that the spray was really good but it's not a favourite of mine and I wouldn't be buying again!

Crazy Colour - Cyclamen Review ♥

Hello!

It's been a while since my last blog so I have lots to catch up on! 

About two months ago, I decided I wanted to experiment with my hair without taking anything off the length as I'm trying to grow it out. My friend invited me to go to Capital Hair & Beauty with her a couple of days after and I decided I'd have a look around to see if anything caught my eye.

I saw the Crazy Colour section and after about 30 minutes looking at all the colours, I finally ended up picking out the Cyclamen No. 41 shade. In store, it looked very dark red/pink which was exactly what I was looking for.


I found the dye to be very thick and easy to apply (I used a mixing bowl and brush for precision). I left it on for around 15-30 minutes and washed straight off. The only bad thing was the bottle had no nozzle and you basically have to squeeze/slap the colour out (Which I did, and ended up squirting half the bottle up my bedroom wall! Terrible!)

As my hair was ombre to start with, my ends were already bleached quite light which made the colour even brighter. I did purposely try and fade the colour myself by washing more regularly and even using a colour remover but even so, the colour lasted around a month for me.

 Before and after

 All in all, I really liked the colour, it was very bright and "in your face". It gave me that much needed change and I got many compliments from friends and family. I would definitely use again or buy more shades.

 After it started to fade, the pink started to go ombre :)


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