Sunday, 26 July 2015

Breville Blend-Active Smoothie Maker

Breville Blend Active smoothie recipes
A little bit of a non beauty related post from me today as I am obsessed with my new Breville Blend-Active Blender. You definitely know that you're getting on a bit when you get over-excited about kitchen appliances!

I have recently decided that I need to go on a bit of a health kick as I have become too lazy when it comes to food and I've been cramming my body with way too many carbs and fatty foods. I'm going to New York in October and I want to be as fit and healthy as possible as there will be a lot of walking involved, so that is my goal. I can't remember the last time that breakfast was included in my diet and I am very aware that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For some reason, I just can't eat food in the morning, it makes me feel really ill! I have therefore been searching for a healthy alternative to food and this is where smoothie making comes in.

I am by no means a pro-smoothie maker but the Blend-Active Blender is pretty fool proof and I threw together a couple of delicious recipes earlier on today:

Banana/Fresh Berry Smoothie

300ml Almond Milk
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of blueberries
1 chopped banana
1/4 cup of chia seeds

Frozen Mixed Berry Smoothie

300ml of cold water
1 cup of frozen mixed berries
1/4 cup of chia seeds

I can't wait to try out some more recipes, I think a green smoothie with spinach will be next on my menu!

What do you eat as a healthy breakfast? Do you have any delicious smoothie recipes to share with me?

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Beauty on a Time Limit

So, I have a right array of products that I have been enjoying this week. Having such a busy job means that I don't have a lot of time to spend when it comes to putting make up on or taking it off during the week. I could get out of bed earlier but I love my sleep even more than I love make up! I'm loving all of these products because they are so handy and just make my life much easier when it comes to perking up my skin the lazy way or attempting to look a little more glamorous on a daily basis:

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette: I am obsessing over this palette at the minute, I can't get enough of it. I have been taking this everywhere with me, I just find it so versatile as it can transform any look. You can create a neutral look for during the day and a bolder, more dramatic look if you are going out- you just can't go wrong with it.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick: A berry coloured lipstick of course (what did you expect from me!?). I slick this on in a morning to make me feel more glamorous than I actually am. It feels so moisturising and has amazing staying power. I love a statement lip when I don't have time to apply a full face of make up on a time limit!

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser: I can't even tell you how much I love this product. I could probably write a whole blog post on this one product (maybe two?!) and it still wouldn't be enough. I discovered this beauty when it came in the Harvey Nichols addition of Glossybox and I am down to the last little bit. I have never tried a moisturiser that makes such a difference to my skin upon application. It makes the skin look glowing and healthier almost immediately. I pop this on morning and night, it evens out my skin tone and feels soothing too.

CND Scentsations Crushed Amber Lotion: This hand cream is perfect to pop in your handbag- I have been applying this religiously throughout the day. It sinks in to the skin so beautifully and does not feel thick or greasy. It also smells absolutely delicious and this range comes in so many different scents, I want to own them all!

Nivea Daily Essentials Extra Gentle Eye Make Up Remover: This has become a staple product in my night time make up removal routine. It has taken me so long to find an eye make up remover that actually works and doesn't irritate my eyes. I love it. This product removes every scrap of stubborn mascara and leaves your eye area feeling refreshed. Perfect for removing your make up quickly when you just want to fall into bed at the end of a very long day.

And there we have it, a round up of my go to products when I'm really pushed for time!

What products do you recommend when you're feeling a bit lazy?! Are there any handy products that you always have in your handbag?
P.s. I have recently set up a Twitter account for my blog. I'd be very grateful if you followed me @fransbeautyblog


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Social Media Update: Fran's Beauty Blog Twitter

Hello everyone! So, I finally got round to setting up a Twitter account for all things related to this blog. I have a private Twitter account but I haven't used it since March as I kinda fell out of love with it after 50K+ tweets. I realised that my life was extremely mundane and I was running out of interesting things to tweet about (oh dear!). I do, however, want a specific place where I can connect with my fellow bloggers and discuss all things beauty related. I would be incredibly grateful if you clicked on the link below and followed me on Twitter:

I'm now debating creating an Instagram account as I think I must be one of the only person in their mid 20s that does not exist on Instagram!
Leave your Twitter link in the comments below and I will get following you all!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Lunch Hour Treats: Yves Saint Laurent

YSL make up haul
Popping out on my lunch hour is an extremely dangerous exercise and I think my bank balance hates me! As it transpires, I would much rather have a quick makeover in YSL than buy myself something to eat....

Firstly, if you a regular reader of my blog (I'm not sure if I have any of those yet!) then you will know that I am a sucker for beautiful packaging and YSL nail luxury packaging every single time.

I didn't have my eye on anything in particular, I was just having a little browse but I asked the lady at the counter to recommend a handful of her current favourite products and she offered to test them all out on me. After a little makeover, I decided to go with Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfector in No.4 Fauve which is Touche Éclat Blur Perfector's bronzed sister and Rouge Volupte Lipstick in No. 9 Pink Caress.

Les Sahariennes is like nothing I have ever tried before- it is a bronzer that comes in a balm formula but when applied to the skin it feels like a silky powder. It is one of the best contour products I have ever tried, it is buildable so you can go for a natural look or apply a bit more if you prefer a little more definition. Sometimes I find that bronzers leave me with a harsh line no matter how much I blend but this blends in to the skin beautifully and there isn't a line in sight!

I adore YSL lipsticks but due to the hefty price tag, this is only the second one I have added to my collection. I currently own Rouge Volupte Shine in Fuchsia Intense which is a bold, bright colour. I was looking for a lipstick I could wear on a daily basis so opted for No. 9 Pink Caress. On first glance, it does look rather bold but when applied it is a light-medium berry shade that is actually quite neutral. I can't rave about these lipsticks enough, they come in a range of the most gorgeous colours and they are so moisturising on the lips.

 What's your favourite YSL lipstick shade? Have you tried Les Sahariennes?

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Elemis Edit

Elemis skincare haul
Elemis products are by far one of my favourites when it comes to luxury skincare. I love everything about the brand from the simple, classic packaging to the carefully formulated ingredients that allow us to feel like we are relaxing in a Spa from the comfort of our own homes.
Frangipani Monoi Body Oil  £34.00 is such a versatile product. It comes in a solidified form and you pop it in warm water so that it melts into a gorgeous, silky oil. I use this in my bath, on my skin, feet, nails and sometimes run a small amount through my hair. It gives you a real Spa experience and smells absolutely beautiful. It has become a staple product in my Sunday pamper sessions.
The Papaya Enzyme Peel £32 is a luxurious face mask that comes in a really light cream formula. It contains Papaya and Pineapple so the scent is absolutely divine and not overpowering in the slightest. You massage this into your skin and leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Afterwards, my skin feels so clean and nourished. A little goes along way with this product so it lasts for ages too.
Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow £36.50 is my favourite Elemis product ever. I ummed and ahhed over this for a long while as I wasn't sure I could justify £36.50 for an exfoliator but boy am I glad I did! I often find that body scrubs can be a little harsh on my sensitive skin but the mineral salts in this Salt Glow are tiny and so delicate on the skin. Again, the scent is absolutely gorgeous and I like to apply the Frangipani Body Oil mentioned above after I have exfoliated with this body scrub. It has lasted me for ages and despite how expensive it is, I will definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out.
Elemis products do come with a hefty price tag but I think they are well worth it if you want to treat yourself once in a while!
Have you tried any of these products? Is there anything you would recommend from Elemis?


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Saturday Splurge: New Beauty Purchases

Hello everyone! I went a on a little spending spree yesterday and treated myself to a few new things:
The YSL Fusion Ink Foundation was a repurchase as I have recently run out. I have been loving this foundation and it certainly lived up to it's much awaited hype. It is ideal for my oily skin and feels like silk when you apply it. I also picked up a Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in the colour Rose (because a girl can never have too many rose coloured lipsticks!). This range has had rave reviews and I'm so excited to try it. Next, I raided Bourjois and came away with Brow Beauty Touch and Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in Blue Remix.  I usually use Benefit's High Beam to highlight underneath my eyebrow arch but I have been looking for something that will give me more precision and definition. I was inspired by Vivianna Does Makeup when purchasing the eyeliner after reading her blue eyeliner post. I've tried light blue eyeliner in the past and it really doesn't suit me so I picked up this one instead. Although it is named 'Blue Remix' it is more of a metallic teal colour which is just beautiful and will be perfect for Summer. Lastly, I have been really conscious of dark circles under my eyes recently (working too hard and not enough sleep!) so I have been looking for a product which will cover and brighten them at the same time. I came across Diorskin Star Concealer and the lovely lady on the Dior counter popped some on for me while I was in the store. It instantly covered my dark circles, didn't settle in my creases and felt weightless- not cakey in the slightest and I was absolutely sold.
Real Techniques brushes were on 3 for 2 in Superdrug so I obviously had to have some. I have been desperate to try the Miracle Complexion Sponge after reading countless reviews about how you can achieve flawless skin, I really hope it lives up to it's expectations! I purchased the Expert Face Brush as I currently use the buffing brush to apply my foundation and also because it is the only core brush that was missing from my collection. I have been looking for a brush with a dense head so I can get maximum coverage especially when I'm having a bad skin day. The Concealer Brush will work perfectly with my Diorskin as the angle of this brush will fit perfectly in the under eye area.
And there we have it! I'm very pleased with all of my new purchases and can't wait to get trying them all out.

Have you tried any of these products? Is there anything that you would like to try too?



Friday, 3 July 2015

Back To Where It All Began: Avon Haul

Now, I'm just going to put it out there- it was Sabrina's Secrets that first sparked my interest in make-up (it also sparked an interesting 'shocking pink glitter eye shadow' trend among 10-12 year olds in the early 2000s) but if I'm going to get serious about it then the first 'proper' make-up I ever purchased was from Avon Cosmetics. I used to deliver Avon myself from the age of 14 and I remember putting in my order on the old school paper order forms and getting overexcited when the little paper bag full of Avon products arrived at my door. When I really began to get in to makeup, I started to spread my wings and try other brands and that has resulted in me neglecting Avon for about 6 years. However, my Mum received an Avon book a couple of weeks ago and after a little browse, I accidentally ordered £35 worth of products, as you do!
Avon Haul
Firstly, I opted for Planet Spa's Camomile & Lavender Pillow Mist, I'm not usually a fan of Lavender but the Camomile seems to dilute the overpowering smell to create a lovely, relaxing scent. I spritz my pillow twice before going to sleep and I swear it helps me drift off! The Planet Spa Chocolate Face Mask smells absolutely gorgeous. The African Shea Butter & Cocoa leaves my skin feeling so smooth too. I haven't been using the Anew Dark Circle Corrector for long enough to notice a dramatic difference yet but the product applies well and underneath my eyes feels really refreshed so far. I will keep you all updated with this one. My favourite purchase has to be the Anew Transforming Brow Filler. This product is seriously on a par with Benefit's Gimme Brow. It is a gel like formula that has a silicone brush on the tip so that you can softly comb through your eyebrows at the same time as applying the product. I love this idea as it allows you to get a really even application. I went for the 'Dark Brown' shade and it matches perfectly with my brows. The only minor gripe I have with this product is that you have to twist the pen in order for the product to come out. This does make it difficult to control the amount of gel that you are putting on your brows but overall, I love it!
Have you had a product haul recently? I'd love to hear about your new products in my comments!

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