Thursday, 31 October 2013

Heather's Addicition is now on Facebook!

Heather's Addiction now has a Facebook page. To view it please click here, like the page and tell all of your friends.

Link button to be added soon.

Heather xx

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

My First Christmas Box Swap

As if I wasn't excited enough with Christmas lurking just around the corner, I have been chatting with the Lovely Tia who writes the Bellezza Babe blog (seriously, if you get a chance then check out her blog, it is awesome!) and we have decided to do a Christmas Box Swap.

We have set a budget of £30 and the swap will take place before Christmas Eve. I am so excited and have a few ideas for the box already.

Anyone who knows me knows I love presents, so I can't wait to see what loveliness is inside the box. I just want Christmas to hurry up because I am not patient when it comes to presents, I'm the type of person who rips the wrapping paper of with gale force speed, there is no saving of the wrapping paper when I'm around!

If anyone has done a box swap like this before and has any tips or ideas for the contents I would love to hear them.

Heather xx

The Monthly Crave #2

Well its reached that time of the month again where I share with you all a few things that I have been craving recently.

I have to admit that this months wants have been quite heavily influenced by seeing what other bloggers have bought! Stacey from Expat Make-Up Addict I'm looking at you!

First up is the Hour Glass Ambient lighting palette, this little beauty is limited edition and contains three of the highly rated and raved about Hour Glass ambient light finishing powders. It has two of the existing shades Dim Light and Radiant Light and the new limited edition shade Incandescent Light. I think this trio is perfect if you want to try the powders out and I love the different options it gives you making it very versatile. It also comes with a mini of the veil mineral primer adding to my justification of purchase! I have a feeling this will be in my shopping basket come pay day!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette UK
 Next is the Dior full coverage foundation brush, Dior's description is :-

"For use with fluid and cream foundations, the DIOR Full Coverage Fluid Foundation Brush has innovative fibres combining synthetic responsiveness with natural softness. Both layered and sharpened, these fibres help blend the foundation for fast, easy application. The brush head is denser and beveled in order to blend in a greater quantity of foundation and obtain a high coverage yet totally natural and radiant finish".

I saw this on Stacey's post 6 brushes to love and it looks like it will be right up my street! I like to have a good coverage on my foundation as I don't have the best skin so this ticks all my boxes!

DIOR full coverage Foundation Brush
Something else I have had my eye on is the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. This is another much blogger loved product that I can only seem to find good reviews on. It is meant to leave your skin glowing and refreshed which is something I could do with especially with winter drawing in, so I think this would make a great addition to my little skincare stash.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Mac are releasing the Divine Night collection on the 7th of November and I have my eye on two of the Lipsticks in the collection Flair for Finery which is a cool pink nude in a lustre finish and Private Party a dirty plum mauve in a satin finish.

MAC Flair for Finery
MAC Private Party

Both of these Mac shades are lovely in the pictures I have seen and swatches on the internet but I will be swatching myself to make sure they suit my colouring before purchase (although I am always suckered in by the pretty limited edition packaging, so there is every chance I could end up buying online before swatching, oops!)

I have also been looking at these beautiful earrings from Bouton.  I love the jewellery they have on their site especially the charm bracelets, I never really clicked with Pandora but I like the Bouton ones. I think the button detail is very cute and individual and I just like the feel of the brand, it has an air of class about it.
My final crave this month has been for a DSLR Camera. I've had my eye on the Canon EOS 1100D from Amazon it has a really good price and has good reviews as far as I can see, so I shall be dropping some major hints to my Mr for this to make its way into my hands!  Phil if you are by any chance reading this you know what time of year is just around the corner and I have been a very good girl this year, hint hint!
Canon EOS 1100D

Well that's it for this months craves, please let me know if you have any of these products or if you are thinking of getting any of them?

Please also let me know if you have any suggestions for a DSLR or if you have this one and what you think of it.

Heather xx

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Mini Mid Month Haul, including Barry M,Soap & Glory & Origins

Hi Everyone,

I hope your weeks are all going well, don't worry it will be the weekend again soon!

So I have a slight confession to make, after my payday haul.... I went shopping again! Its an addiction I tell you, I like shopping far to much!

My first port of call was Boots to get a few of the new Barry M Matte Nail Polishes. I was able to get Vanilla, Mocha and Crush. While I was at the stand, one of the Barry M textured effect polishes, Princess, jumped into my basket along with the Crystal Glaze top coat, oops!

Next I had a quick look at the Revlon stand as I wanted to get a couple of the new cream eyeshadows I have been seeing raved about all over the blogosphere. Unfortunately the Boots I went to didn't have them in stock yet, this left me very unhappy, so to cheer myself up I picked up another glittery top coat, Revlon Heavenly.

For my next impulse buy I picked up some of the Boots Botanics facial oil this is 100% organic and counts rosehip oil as an ingredient, which I know my skin likes and at under £10 is a bit of a bargain in my books! (I have been using this for the past few days and really like it, well worth picking up if you get the chance!)

Now, I really was on my way to the till when I was pulled against my will over to the Soap & Glory stand. Where I subsequently talked myself into buying the One Heck of a Blot Mattifiying Translucent powder. I have heard good things about this, Stacey from Expat Make-Up Addict rated the Soap & Glory powder above the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder that I had been using, so thought I should give it ago (if you haven't checked out Stacey's blog yet you should its fab and she has a make up collection I can only aspire to!).

Next I had a quick peek in Paperchase, I have been wanting to pick up a cute note book for my blogging ideas. I use Evernote on my Iphone & Ipad but I wanted an actual book where I can jot down any post ideas or products I want to buy for review when I think of them. When I saw this one it was perfect the colours match my blog theme and the girl on the front reminds me a little bit of me so I grabbed it along with a pen that had a similar illustration on it.

As usual just as I was about to pay I saw the cute phone case that I couldn't leave in the shop, so it came home with me to live happily ever after!

Finally I made a cheeky little order from Origins when I got home. They had an offer where if you made a purchase and used a special offer code you would get a 30ml sample of the High Potency Night A Mins moisturiser I have been keeping my eye out for another Night moisturiser as my Elemis will be running out soon so this seemed a perfect way to try something out without making a costly mistake.  Thank you Origins.

I picked the Face wash Checks and Balances which was £8 and the rest was free which also included the shipping which even though said it would be 2-5 days ended up being next day! I love that you get extra samples as a standard from Origins as I really like to try before I buy especially when it comes to serums as you end up spending so much on them that it can be a waste if you have a reaction to them or you just don't like the feel of them.

Anyway that's my mini mid month haul. Do you have little splurges when you really shouldn't? Please leave a comment I would love to hear your thoughts.

Heather xx

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

My Proposal Story and Engagement Ring!

Hello Everyone,

As I have mentioned previously, I'm engaged to be married to a very wonderful and understanding man, so I thought I would do a quick post on how I was proposed to and my beautiful ring.

I'm quite lucky that my other half, Phil, is the type of guy you can speak to about anything and he wont get scared and run a mile. He has two children, (who are amazing by the way), from a previous relationship and because of this and the type of guy he is I think this has made him more open to speaking about the 'future'. So prior to the proposal we had the chat about the future and what we both wanted from it and marriage was discussed.

We decided that we wanted to get married and that we would choose the ring together (more like I'm a fussy bugger so he wanted to make sure it was perfect!). We (I) spent hours on the Internet looking for rings that fell within the budget he had set. I was determined that I wanted something that was a bit different from the traditional solitaire and I wanted something that I wouldn't be likely to see on someone else's finger! Eventually I fell in love with a  ring I saw on Diamond Heaven. It was beautiful and exactly the kind of  style I wanted (Art Deco-ish but with a modern twist)

So we booked and appointment and made the trek to the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham to visit their shop.When we arrived we couldn't fault the staff, they were friendly, very helpful and had a good knowledge of their diamonds (I'm lucky that my Dad used to be a Jeweller so I knew all about the 4 C's).

Going to the shop was the best decision we made. It meant we could see exactly the size of the stone that we would get, where as on the website they tend to use one picture of a huge stone for all previews of the different styles.

Because we went to the shop it allowed us to get a really good look at the ring setting and see it on my finger to make sure it felt right! We were able to pick the exact stone we wanted and managed to get a really good price for what it was (another reason to go to the store, for a little haggle). 

The price we came to was a little higher than the original budget that we had set so after taking the other half aside and pulling a wide variety of needy faces and lots of smiling (Phil says I pull this face where I smile at him and he cant resist to say no to me, the silly boy shouldn't have told me this, consequently he sees it a lot when we go shopping!) he agreed that I could have that ring. I was so happy I had to contain myself from doing a little dance in the shop.

They then had to send the stone away to have the setting specially made, we were told this would take about 6 weeks so Phil said he would surprise me with the proposal once he received the ring. Judging on how he told me he loved me for the first time and how he asked me to move in with him I knew it was going to be pretty special, luckily for me he is a complete romantic!

Let me just say first off these were the longest 6 weeks of my life to date. Oh my Goodness, I don't know how I managed to keep it together he was constantly on his laptop 'planning' and keeping secrets from me! I'm not really a person who likes suprise's, I prefer to know its going to happen and to look forward to it plus I am really impatient!

Finally the day came, and we were are home with the kids. I was oblivious to the goings on. I was upstairs with his daughter Rosie talking about make up  (which I have since learned was a distraction!) and Phil and Zach were scheming downstairs.

Zach came up and asked me to come downstairs but to wait outside the door to the front room and close my eyes (I had a suspicion that something was afoot but still hadn't twigged).

I heard the door open and Phil told me to keep my eyes closed whilst he guided me to sit down on the sofa. He then told me to open my eyes when I did I saw the front room covered in beautiful candles and rose petals and then TV kicked into life.

The only way to describe what followed is a video diary of how we met and fell in love and the story of our life so far all set to the music of Ed Sheeran's Kiss Me. (I was in floods of tears from the start, because it was perfect and having the kids there, although they are not mine, meant a lot to me as we are a family)

The climax of the video was the best, he had got my closest friends to take separate pictures of themselves each holding a different word to spell out 'Heather', 'will', 'you', 'marry' and finally he was holding 'me' with the last picture being the kids holding a homemade signs that said 'Say Yes'

He then got down one knee and opened the ring box to reveal the most beautiful sparkling ring and proposed.

And of course I said Yes!

A pictue of my Diamond Ring from Diamond Heaven

Do you have a romantic proposal story? I would love to hear it please leave a comment and let me know!
Heather xx

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

La Roche-Posay Serozinc and where to buy it in the UK!

Today I thought I would do a quick post about where I source my cans of  La Roche-Posay Serozinc from, as I know that this isn't as readily available here in the UK, as many of us would like it to be. I think I have found a solution that doesn't involve moving to France.

My fours cans of Serozinc

La Roche-Posay Serozinc is what I use in the moisturising toner stage of my skincare routine and has become a staple within that routine that I cant see myself changing any time soon.

I have been using it for over four months now and I really feel it has made a big improvement to my skin, most especially in my chin area where I seem to get a lot of spots.These have significantly reduced in number and frequency since I began using this product.

Now, admittedly I did overhaul my skincare routine at the same time, which I know has also contributed to its improvement, but I feel that this stage in particular has made a big impact.

The active ingredients in Serozinc are Water, Sodium Chloride and Zinc Sulfate, which you might think would not make a difference to your skin, but Serozinc seems to reduce my redness and calm painful spots down in a record time (for me anyway!).

When I first head about it I decided nothing else would do and I had to have it. As I previously mentioned it can be a bit of a struggle to get this in the UK but after some digging I was able to find a company called Cocooncenter who stock it and will deliver to the UK.

I have now ordered through them twice and am very impressed with the range of products they offer (a lot of the french pharmacy lines that are a struggle to get over here) and the swiftness of their delivery.

They send regular emails to keep you updated on the progress of your order and on an important note it has also never been out of stock when I have looked.

I made my last order in the evening on the 30/09/2013 and it was with me by the 03/10/13 which is an excellent turnaround especially as I choose the standard and not expedited shipping option.

The price is also very reasonable I paid €6.50 per can and then €9.90 for the shipping, I ordered four cans and I think this came to around the £30 mark. I am more than happy to pay this, but think it is definitely worth getting a few at a time to make the shipping worth it.

Something else offered by the Cocooncenter is that they have a loyalty bonus with each purchase that can be either saved or deducted from you next order. I used mine to take about 50p of my order cost.

Please do go have a browse and let me know what you think, I have linked the direct page to the Serozinc here

Heather xx

*This is NOT a sponsored post and I have not been paid or in any way asked to review this, all opinions and experiences are my own*

Monday, 14 October 2013

Halloween Makeup Puncture Effect Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Its Monday again and for a lot of us its the first day of the working week, I hope it went quickly for you all!
With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I would do a quick post and share with you a little tip I have discovered for creating a scars/vampire bites and wound effects etc.

Royalty Free Halloween Picture

To get the look you will need the following
  • A Brown eyeliner pencil
  • A Purple eyeliner pencil
  • PVA glue
  • Fake Blood
  • Concealer/Foundation
  • An old small paintbrush

I apologise for the hairiness on the picture but I used my other half as a model, although he wasn't very helpful and kept moving!

For this example I am going to do a puncture, but you can make it any shape it can be a gash or anything your imagination can come up with really.

Firstly pick the area you want the put the puncture and make a mark with the purple eyeliner roughly to the size of the blood effect you want.

Then with the brown eyeliner and the purple, trace the veins that come away from the blotch very gently.

Halloween effect makeup

Once you have done this you move on to the PVA glue. Apply it with the paintbrush so that you have created a shape around the eyeliner. Do one coat then wait for it to dry then apply a second coat.

Once the glue has dried you need to then use the concealer to cover the PVA glue and then blend this out a bit so it looks like it is a raised bit of skin (my other half's skin is a bit sallower than mine but if you are using your own concealer you should get a pretty good match)

Once the concealer has dried you then dab the fake blood into the puncture you have made. (I didn't have any fake blood so I improvised and it doesn't look dark enough but you get the idea)

Finally if you want to you can use the fake blood to make it look like there are drips of blood coming from the wound.

I hope this was easy to follow and I would love to hear if you have any tips for creating good Halloween makeup.

Heather xx

Pay Day High End Make Up Haul

Hello Everyone,

The other week was pay day for me so off I went to spend spend spend! I had a great girly day out with one of my friends who is also a beauty addict like me so I think we kind of encouraged each other a bit, hence me going a bit crazy, oops!

I apologise for the camera quality in advance, I've been hinting to the Mr that I want a DSLR but he's produced nothing so far (huff!) note to self to step that one up!

Heres the haul :-

My Payday Haul purchases

Starting from the top we have a Smashbox Try It Kit of their best sellers and a Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in brunette.

Payday Haul Purchase

The Try It Kit contains the following:-
  • Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Photo Finish Lid Primer
  • Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx
  • Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
Here is what it looks like when you get the goodies out of the box :-

Smashbox Try It Kit out of the box

These are my first Smashbox products, Miss Budget Beauty raves about the Brow Tech To Go so I went in to Boots with the intention of getting that. However, when I went there was a points deal on if you bought two Smashbox items (I am such a sucker for a Boots point deal!) so I picked up the try it kit as I thought it would give me a good overview of the range. I have used the Brow Tech To Go and I really rate it and its already on my re purchase list for when it runs out.

I have been reading good things about the Oribe Texturising Spray which I have been wanting to get but couldn't justify the cost. I have been looking for cheaper alternatives and the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish has been blogged about a lot recently as being a good dupe so I thought I would try it out.

Payday Haul Purchase

With my purchase I was luckily enough to get free samples of the Thickening Hairspray and the Straight Blow Dry Serum. I am looking forward to giving those a go but secretly hoping I don't like them as otherwise that's more money to be spent!

Then we come to what is a regular seasonal purchase for me, I love this little set and used my Boots Points after Christmas shopping last year to purchase this so when I saw it again I snatched it up!  :-

The pack contains :-
  • Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
  •  Bi-Facil
  • Mini Crayon - Khol Noir
This is a great purchase for me as I love the Doll eyes mascara so it is something I would buy anyway so the added eye make up remover and eyeliner are a great extra, the Bi-Facil is really good at removing heavy eye make up and the size is perfect for when I go away.

While walking past the YSL Counter my eye was caught by the new Rebel Nude Glossy Stains, after a swatch or four I decided on number 107 Naughty Mauve. It was a hard decision as there were a few I liked but this one in particular had a slight duo chrome effect which really appealed to me. It's a lovely day to day wearable shade and the formulation on the Glossy Stains is really lovely and very long lasting I will definitely be going back to add a few more to my collection :-

Below the Glossy stain on the haul picture there are a couple of  Urban Decay samples that I was lucky enough to be given. The card holds four samples of their new Revolution Lipsticks in shades F-Bomb,Naked,Obsessed and Anarchy there was also a travel size 24/7 glide on Lip Pencil in Naked. This is such a good sample and I am excited to give these a go before most likely picking one up.

As usual whilst out shopping the Mac counter called out my name and lured me in with the new Rhianna collection. Some would say it was fate, but this trip was cleverly planned! It was a good job I went to the store as last time I don't think my Mr was too happy when I hijacked his day and asked him nicely (told him) to sit at the computer all day from the release time and spend his hard earned pennies on securing me goodies from the last release.

He managed to get me the the RiRi Woo Lipstick and the Hibiscus Kiss blusher and bronzer duo. So this time I went for:-

From left to right:-
  • 'Nude' Matte Lipstick
  • 'Diamonds' Cream Colour Base
  • 'RiRi Woo' Lipglass Lip Gloss
The RiRi Woo Lip gloss matches the lipstick that the Mr kindly purchased for me and as the RiRi Woo
Lipstick is a Matte this gives it a different dimension and a lovely shine.

The Diamonds cream colour base is a lovely sheeny champagne colour and is perfect as a highlighter or as a cream eyeshadow I will get a lot of use from this as it is very versatile.

I was initially unsure about the Nude lipstick as it looked quite dark and looks like it would be more suited to a deeper skin tone than mine however after speaking to one of the girls at my local counter she layered it over a pinkish lip liner (Hip N Happy if you are interested) and put a peachy/pink gloss over the top which morphed it into a perfect classic nude lip.

I also picked up a pro pan 'Star Violet' eye shadow to add to my pro palette, I have slowly built up my palette and now only have one space to fill. I am very excited to pick up my last shade but am unsure of what I should get so any suggestions are welcome.

Below the Mac is a little (well little-ish!)  Nars haul. This is another brand that I have not really tried before but I have heard so many positive reviews that I had to get a few bits :-

So we have from left to right :-
  • 'Andy Warhol' Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Candy Says
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu
  • Sheer Glow Foundation in Mount Blanc
  • 2 samples of the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Finland and Groenland

I got the Lip gloss to go with the Nude lipstick from Mac (obviously I was completely ignoring the fact I have plenty of lip glosses at home), its a beautiful peachy pink shimmery colour and really works well with the Nude Lipstick and is just as good on its own.

The Velvet Matte lip pencil was picked up as part of my new Autumn dark lip kick it is a very dark blueish purple. It is very vampy on, I like it a lot! I will say that your lips need to be in good condition and well moisturised to get the best effect as it can cling to dry patches, I really like the formula on the Velvet Matte pencils and I will be getting a few more soon.

Lastly I picked up the much reviewed and adored Nars Sheer Glow foundation. I wont say too much about this as I will be posting a review of my own soon, but I will say that I really rate this and its gives my skin a great finish, it has even been enough to tempt me away from my beloved YSL Teint Touche Eclat which is saying something indeed. I was also given a couple of samples of the Tinted moisturiser to have a play with which was really nice of them.

Finally I was able to get a quite a few samples including the new YSL Youth Liberator and the Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundations. I was also able to get a sample of the Laura Mercier Primer and one of the new Clinique ones.

Well thank you for staying with me and reading what has turned into a huge post, sorry about that! Have I picked up anything you would like a more detailed review on or is a must have in your own collections? Please let me know of any hints or tips you have to get the best use out of it, if so I always love hearing from you guys!.

Heather xx

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Skincare Tag!

Hello Everyone,

First off please accept my apologies for the lack of posts in the past week. I have been a super busy monkey with work and family commitments but I am now back and itching to blog!

I have a few posts planned this week so I hope I don't overload you!

Last week the lovely Louise over at Lou Loves Beauty tagged me to do my first ever tag!

This one is right up my street to as I do love a bit of skincare, it has become a necessity since I have got older and we all know we only get one skin so we may as well look after it! Please do pop over and see what Louise had to say, I have linked her post here.

Anyway onto the tag!

Describe your skin routine in 5 words

Double Cleanse, Exfoliate/Toner (that's one word I'm sure!) Treat & Hydrate!

I have to say this is a condensed version than I would usually use to describe it, but I was only allowed 5 words!

What's your skin type?

I have combination skin I think, it gets oilier on my T-Zone but I can get dry patches just above my eyebrows in winter. I also get quite bad spots around my chin area which can really get me down.

Top Blemish Zapper?

I used to use the Origins Super Spot remover which is really good and does do a fab job of bringing down redness and drying the spot out.

More recently though I have been just making sure I cleanse really well and then I have been giving the general area of the spot a gentle rub with some Trilogy Rose Hip Oil. I think this is working well for me as I tend to get the under the skin 'no-head' painful spots rather than ones with heads and the oil nourishes the skin rather than drying it out.

Face Wipes Yay or Nay? 

These are a definite nay for me, I have previously mentioned in my Evening Skincare Routine post the hilarious quote by the skincare maven that is Caroline Hirons regarding face wipes and their purpose in life and I have to admit that since I have stopped using them to cleanse my skin has improved by leaps and bounds. So just say no to face wipes!

Toner Yay or Nay?

I am firmly in the toning camp, I use an exfoliating toner now. Before that I used to use the Lush Tea Tree toner in an attempt to curtail spots and it did an ok job. However my skins texture and the frequency of break outs has really diminished since I began using an exfoliating toner. I have tried a few but I am using the Pixi Glow Tonic at the moment and I really cant sing its praises high enough.

High End Skincare or High Street Make Up

This is a easy question for me as I love my higher end skincare (and make up) and don't really use that much high street make up. Also I believe that if you start with a good canvas i.e the skin on your face, then your make up will look far better and in the long run you wont feel that you have to use as much to get the effect you want.

Whats the most unusual skin care product you have used?

Hmm this is a hard one I would have to say for me it would be the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Face Mask, as I have been used to clay style masks as a rule. This felt like I was putting jam on my face that tingled, I don't regret it though as it is a great treatment and leaves my skin glowing and its well worth the price tag!

Whats your top Skincare tip?

My top tip would be to have a routine and to try and stick to it. Your skin is an organ and it needs to be taken care of the same way you would care for your heart. If you keep it clean and listen to its needs then its should work as its supposed to! Obviously its helped by drinking plenty of water and not eating food that is high in fats and sugars, but hey I know its not easy, I for one am not someone who can say no to pizza easily!

That was fun, it's my turn to tag now so I tag.

Tia from Bellezza Babe
Hannah from Lippy in London
Stacey from Beautiful Solutions

Thats it for this evening hope you have enjoyed the post please let me know if you decided to do this tag as I would love to hear your answers!

Heather xx