Friday, February 28, 2014

Sexy Mother Pucker

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick  £8

Soap and Glory makeup is not something I've ever dabbled in until very recently, with a few times slowly but surely creeping into my makeup bag.

Sexy Mother Pucker claims to give the appearance of a much fuller lip, something I'm not blessed with (thanks mum!) so I'm willing to try anything.

I really love this. It does give a slightly fuller look to the lips, the glossiness of it is not at all sticky and the sheer colour is build-able to give a 'my lips but better' type of nude.

It also tastes rather nice, which I find quite unusual for glosses. Not that I'm nibbling on it when I'm a bit peckish, but a nice tasting product is always good!

It's definitely encouraged me to try some more Soap and Glory makeup! 

Have you tried any of the range? 
What else would you recommend? 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ferne @ Boots

I got this eye crayon set for Christmas and I absolutely love it! I love the current trend of eye and lip crayons because it's helped me to create quick, easy, effortless and most importantly precise makeup looks in a few simple swipes. 

These crayons are so pigmented and are in colours I've not seen elsewhere before. They don't have their own names, but you get a gorgeous emerald green, a purple, a bronze and a champagne. 

The only downside to these is that as an all over shadow they crease, really badly. They go on super creamy, but it doesn't take long for them to settle into the fine lines and creases. 

Generally, I use them ontop of a powder, in the corners and the crease, but more often than not, I just use them to line my eyes to add a pop of colour and they stay put. 

The point of the crayon makes this really easy to do, and are so good for application on the go. 

I'm not sure how easy they are to get hold of, but if you can find them, I'd definitely recommend them.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Perfect Spring Blush

ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion - £3.95

I love ELF so much that at one point my friends thought I was a brand ambassador, recommending them for any beauty related need. 

The thing I like about them is their quality of products, but for a reasonably low price, which gives you the option to try something maybe you wouldn't normally reach for - which is definitely the case with this blusher. 

I picked this up from the ELF studio line for £3.75 (now priced at £3.95), a bright, almost neon pink that I thought would be too garish to wear, but for the price, why not give it a try. 

It is seriously pink. I mean Barbie pink. And you really could look like her if you over do it, but used with a soft hand, this creates the sweetest flush of colour to the cheeks, perfect for spring. 

The baby pink-ness gives a really youthful look to the skin and brightens the whole complexion. Perfect! 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

L'Oreal TXT Volume Supersizing Spray

I picked this up after reading a rave review about it on the Black Pearl Blog, as I love anything that gives my hair some texture, I thought I'd give it a go. I've been trying this for around 2 weeks now, and I'm still not completely sure about it. 

It definitely does give texture, both to the root and the body of my hair, which is exactly what it's supposed to do, but I'm not sure I like the feel of it on my hair. It's really, really sticky. Other texturising sprays tend to leave a residue on your hair which is easily brushed out, but with this, I could barely get a brush through it without tearing out loads of hair. 

I do really like it, and I love the smell, but I think I will mix it up with my texturising sprays rather than just use this one, because too much tugging on my hair cant be good. I think I'll only use this on days when I know I'll be washing my hair, because trying to brush this after sleeping on it is a nightmare. 

My favourite texturising spray is the Vo5 Give Me Texture, you can see the review here.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Palmer // Harding LFW AW 2014

I'm posting something abit different today - I was contacted by a member of the Independent Media News team, and they asked if I wanted to show some of my readers a behind the scenes video of the Palmer & Harding show at London Fashion week last weekend.

Did you catch any of the shows last weekend? I love the styles that are coming out for the next year!

I love to watch behind the scenes videos - its great to see the effort that goes into creating something like this! I hope you like it!

Would you like to see more fashion posts on here? 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

L'Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

L'Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover 

If you read my review on the No7 eye makeup remover here you will know I was excited to try this out as I had heard other bloggers race about it. Turns out, I picked up the wrong one. Gutted. 

Although I love the L'Oreal Micellar water and this is part of the same range, I didn't enjoy this. This was just the water based eye makeup remover, not the oil based one that I was excited to try out. I had to really put some effort into remove my eye makeup. 

I know I'm using the 'Benefits They're real' mascara at the moment, which is notorious for it's staying power, but the No7 eye makeup remover didn't have anywhere near as much difficulty removing it as much as this does. I am going to use it all up, as I'm trying to stick to my New Years pledge of using products before I buy a new one, but I will be very happy to see the back of this! 

I'll make sure I pick up the right one next time! 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ELF Matte Top Coat

ELF Matte Top Coat - £2.50

I've had this for a long time now, and with my needs for matte nail polish having been covered with the Barry M Matte Nail polishes released last year, I didn't reach for this much. 

BUT, I got a load of the new spring shades Avon have released, and in the brochure it showed these colours with a top coat which looked really nice, buy I didn't but Avon's version because I knew I had this. 

I've used this over my new polish - Scenic Grey - and I was really disappointed in the results. Although it has reduced the gloss finish of the polish, there is still definitely some shine. I originally tried this and loved it, but compared to the Barry M polishes, I'm not even sure you could claim this to be a matte top coat, because it just doesn't come close. 

Have you tried any matte top coats? 

Which would you recommend? 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thanks a latte...

I was sent this box by Benefit as a 'sorry' for a previous issue I had with them recently. It was very greatly received, as a simple sorry would have done, so I am very grateful. 

The thing I love the most about this box is the eye products, which is what I'm going to focus on today. I'll review the other products in another post when I've made my mind up about them! 
The overall theme of the box is 'bronze' which isn't something I try to achieve to be honest - I'm deathly pale, so I think id look ridiculous! But there's no reason I can't channel bronze goddess through my eye makeup. 

I've never used any of Benefits eye shadow before, so a cream and pressed powder shadow combo gave me the chance to try brand new products. I was amazed at the quality because I have never heard or read reviews on any benefit eye products. 

The first shade in the box are 'Thanks a latte', a long wear powder eye shadow, a gorgeous golden bronze. I have others similar to this, but once on, it can be blended out to be really subtle, or built up to be a strong smokey eye and its not too harsh against my pale skin. 
I use this on my outer corner and blended into the crease, over the top of the other shadow i received on the box - 'Bikini Tini'

Bikini tini is a gorgeous creaseless cream shadow, a peachy pink pearlesque colour, the type of colour I often search for as a base for nearly all my makeup looks. This cream shadow literally amazed me. It did not budge, not one bit. The colour payoff is really good, didn't fade throughout the day and worked a as a brilliant base for thanks a latte to grab onto. 

I've been wearing this look for work. It's not too over the top, really subtle and versatile, but I'll be incorporating these shades into some other looks too. 

I'm going to check out don't more of the cream shadows, because this base is exactly what I've been looking for. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Origins overnight face mask!

This is another 'I don't have the money to buy this so ask for it for Christmas' Christmas present, and I'm very happy my mum got the hint. 

Origins is a brand I have never tried before and their skincare ranges are highly raved about on the blogosphere so I had to see how they would work for me. 

I got this in a gift set with a few other bits which are also good, but this really stood out in a league of its own. I haven't used a product like it - a 'leave on' face mask. 

Many face masks claim to give a moisture boost, but after a 10 minute soak, you wash the product off for immediate results, but for me, I'm not sure that the feeling lasts for more than a day. 

With this, it's totally different. You put an even later on your face before bed. It sits on your face a lot thicker than a face cream and doesn't absorb fast at all which is why I think they've gone for calling it an overnight face mask, because most people would find it strange for a night cream to not sink in. 

When you wake, your face feels noticeably supple and soft, plumped and moisturised, and a better than average base to work with. 

I really put this to the test last week when some over enthusiastic 'tash waxing left some dry , flakey patches of skin. I'm talking snake like. I used this for 2 consecutive nights, and what would normally take over a week to clear up was gone in 2 days with this! 

This is an absolute dream, especially during the winter months to keep the dry patches at bay! Deffo a winter essential for me from now on! 

Have you tried anything like this?

What's your favourite face mask? 

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Friday, February 14, 2014

February Brichbox : love your style


Alot was hanging on this months Birchbox, as I had been underwhelmed with the last couple of months boxes and felt I was wasting money. February's box was the dealbreaker - and to be honest, I'm quite happy with this months box!  The products in this months box are something in quite interested in using and probably will all be used up,unlike other samples I've received which loiter in a draw for 12 months til I decide it is time for them to depart to the dustbin. 

This months theme was 'Love Your Style' because it is London Fashion Week this month. I sorta get where they are coming from, but I think I would have preferred to see a more valentines day themed box. 

Nontheless I was more than happy to see a couple of favorite brands in the box, as well as some new products. 

Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Maneater 
I was extremely happy to see this as I have used a Leighton Denny polish before and loved it - the quality is soo good! I have been missing a good quality black from my collection, and this fits that hole nicely. I've already got some ideas for some nail designs to do with this, which will be up in the next week or so!

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner
You know I love mini versions of this - this mini eyeliner is soooo adorable! I have used this in the past and loved it, although it did dry out rather quickly as it is a felt tip pen type applicator. Hopefully the same wont happen to this one! I'm trying to perfect winged eyeliner so i can start wearing it more, so I'm glad I've got this to practice! 

Urban Veda Natural Skincare Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish
Ive recently finished my  Benefit B. Right facial polish, so it will be nice to try something new. Definitely not an essential product for me - but a nice treat! 

Gilchrist & Soames Shower Gel 
Normally this would really annoy me because i hate getting things like body wash and lotion in these boxes BUT - I've recently booked a summer holiday, so little samples like this will definitely come in handy for traveling! 

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil
I have literally just used my last drop of hair oil, so this is a welcome sample. The sample is abit on the small side, but the oil seems abit this to me, so I'm guessing I wont need as much per application. This also smells delish, I cant wait to use it! 

So Birchbox.... You've redeemed yourself. I'm going to stick around because you mentioned that you've partnered with Lulu Guinness for March's box...You tease!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Gift Ideas for Valentines day!

 I know I'll be causing a massive divide in people when writing this post, with many people saying 'Valentines day is soooo commercialised' and 'it was created by greeting card companies' and to be honest, that has always been my thinking too. But this year, I've decided to make an effort for my fella (for the first time in 8 years!) and get a little creative in my gift ideas.

We've pretty much never celebrated Valentines day other than giving each other a card because it can put so much pressure on you to be over the top, overly romantic and often spend money that you just done have. So this year we've (well I've) decide to get each other a little something, get a Dominos feast and lock ourselves away with some films and a duvet - my perfect idea of a date night.

I've been thinking about what I could get Dan for weeks - hes not at all romantic, so I needed something that said I cared without being too soppy or sentimental. This is what I came up with!

After flicking through Pinterest, I found this super sweet & cringe-worthy idea for a Valentines day present - so I just HAD to do it! 3 tubes of Rolos taped together to look like dynamite, with 'you da bomb on it' Just too cute! I've also hidden some cute notes inside the roll too!  Again, another one to make you cynics vom - 'I'm nuts about you'

Head massager & back scratcher - both for my benefit to be honest - these get me off doing the dreaded 'Just scratch my back for me there' tasks that I find incredibly annoying. But still, shows I care...

  A reminder of what he will be getting off me in the future. This cushion was too cute not to get, was only about £6 from Tesco!

I turned my hand to some crafts too, and made a garland after seeing a tutorial on Pinterest - this took some time and effort, but it was worth it! I also made this cross stitch picture too  - abit rude I know! (Sorry mum!) but it's definitely in line with mine and Dans humour!

Last but not least, I got the cutest card ever off Etsy - the seller is Euclid Street Shop I really recommend you go over and take a look at her shop! This is such a cute design, nothing like what you get in a normal card shop, and its something I say to Dan on a regular basis! The shop is in America, but the card came really quickly, I was really surprised!

There's my ideas for this year. I have got him a treat that I know he wont roll his eyes at, but I don't want him to see this and ruin all of his presents. Everything in this post was super cheap, most picked up for £1 on eBay etc. Perfect for you if you are watching your pennies, just want to give a cute gift, or if you haven't been with the person for too long and don't want to commit to anything just yet!

Happy Valentines day! 

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Friday, February 7, 2014

A beginners guide to the chillax...

I gave a friend a pretty lengthy lecture a while ago about how to relax and how important it is for yourself and the people around you. I think I need to take myself up on my own advice a little more often, as the last few weeks have been fairly stressful for me, and when I'm stressed or highly strung I can get extremely crabby, moody and quiet, often taking out on my nearest and dearest, or even worse in my case, not making an effort and ignoring them. 

Having a chillax once a week is really important to unwind and improve my mood for the rest of the time. Chilling out really isn't easy, its something you have to get into you head and dedicate some time for, otherwise, a genuine rest will never happen. Ive always been a planner and a worrier, I feel like I have so much to do but so little time to do it, and I often feel quite hard done by that I never get time to do what I want.

I try to make sure I set some time aside for me, (usually on a Sunday) to relax, clear my mind and take abit of 'me' time.

My top tips for the ultimate chillax:

1. Make sure your room is tidy
I really do live by the idea of 'Organised space = Organised Mind'. You'll be much more ready to relax knowing you've not got any tidying to do and will feel much more organised with life and have clearer thoughts after your chill. 

2. Turn off any distractions
Ignore your phone, laptop, Facebook, Twitter, and TV for an hour or so to collect your thoughts. I often do some knitting or read a book just to relax, just to concentrate on one thing at a time - our minds are always too bogged down with multi-tasking that its nice to give it a break once in a while. You know how your phone will run slow if it's got loads of apps open at the same time? Your mind will too. 

3. Light a candle
There's nothing more relaxing than a lovely smell and a flickering light. I'm lucky enough to have gotten a large Yankee Candle for Christmas. I burn it each night for an hour or so to get me off to sleep. They are expensive, but so worth it. They sell the smaller, tester candles in Asda for £1.

4. Have a good pamper session
I love to have a pamper session at least once a week with a hair mask, face mask, foot mask, the lot! Even if you don't have time for an at home spa day, giving yourself a nice manicure once a week will definitely improve your overall well being.

5. Meditate
I bet there were more than a few eyebrows raised when reading that, but this really did help me through a time of struggle! No 'umming' and 'ahhing' needed, I used an App called Headspace which is so ridiculously good. I was skeptical at first, but 10 minutes of meditation a day really did help to clear my mind and let all my anxiety and worry drift away!

So there you have it, 5 simple tips to bring abit of peace and quiet to you life. 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The PORE-fessional

If you regularly read my blog, youll know that I got alot of Benefit products for Christmas as well as purchasing a few products since then too - so my blog may seem a little Benefit heavy for a while! 

I've pretty much been using this everyday since Christmas, and I love it! I have noticed that towards the end of the day my skin can feel a little bit greasy and I'm not too sure if that is down to this or that my office is too hot, but compared to how my makeup was before I started using this, I'm not going to complain too much! 

By the end of the day I would pretty much have nothing left on my face, but now with the Porefessional, my makeup sticks around for pretty much the entire day! 

I don't really have too much of a problem with large pores, but even still, it smooths out your skin to create a flawless base for your foundation. 

You could wear it alone if you really wanted, but if i were going for a no makeup look, I'd just wear no makeup! The slight colour to is will even out your skin tone, but I've never gone it alone to give you an accurate verdict. 

All in all I'm in love! But because I'm tight, I'm not too sure if I'll repurchase this straight away as it is quite expensive, and I want to try the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser which is suppose to be alot like this! I might do a comparison soon if I pick it up!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Poundland Bargain : Revlon Chroma Charmeleon Nail Effects

Whenever I'm near a pound shop, i just have to pop in because more often than not I'll find a little beauty gem for £1!! 

Brands like Rimmel, Sally Hansen and Revlon are always in there and the thing that caught my eye this time around was this nail polish from Revlon. I'm well into my nails at the moment and i have nothing even remotely like this in my collection. 

I will admit, it did take 3 coats to get a decent colour pay off, which isnt too bad, I'm just really impatient when it comes to drying my nails - but to be fair, it did dry super quickly. 

The shade I have is Amethyst, a gorgeous deep purple shade which in the light changes to an emerald green! This isn't something I would ever normally wear, but I absolutely love it. Ive been wearing it for a few days now, I've had no wear or chips, and I haven't used a top coat either! 

This range is currently in Boots for £6.99 & I got it for a quid! Bargain! 

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Brand look : Models Own

Unintentionally, Models Own seems to be  taking over my nail polish stash. Being reasonably priced, and with a massive range of colours and collections, they really do have something for everyone. 

I've really gotten into glitter top coats, and models own has an amazing offering! I bought Hot Stuff as I thought it paired perfectly with Strawberry Tart and it really does! 

Strawberry Tart and Apple Pie are two beautiful pastel colours from their scented collection and all of the other colours in the collection are just as gorgeous, but these two were my favourites.  I bought these purely for the colours, not really taking into account the fact that theses polished were scented at all, I thought it was abit if a gimmic. 

To my surprise, they smell amazing! It makes a lovely change from filling my bedroom with the awful chemically smell that comes with normal nail polish. I was surprised at how long the scent stuck around for too, but I wouldn't advise walking around sniffing your finger nails, because people will think you're weird (I know this from experience). 

There are so many more colours and glitters I want to get from Models Own, a number being from the upcoming autumn collection. I'm not a massive fan of the Artstix though, the formula just didn't work for me. You can see my review of these here. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dry conditioning spray?!

I picked this up after seeing a positive review of it online, but it really took some looking for. Batiste are well known for their dry shampoo spray, which I do use from time to time but I much prefer texturising sprays, but I'd never heard of a Dry Conditioner before. For the sake of a couple of quid I thought I'd give it a whirl... 

It is packaged just like their dry shampoo,  which is why it took me a while to find. 

It claims : 'A quick burst smoothes fly-aways and helps to nourish hair, giving a non-greasy shine. Hair feels gorgeously smooth and manageable.' And to be fair, it does just that. I use this from mid lenthgs to the ends of my hair, and my hair feels smooth, looks glossy and just feels healthier...

It's not a holy grail, I don't use it everyday, but it's not bad to have around. 
It is much nicer to use than a lot of my other 'shine sprays' which can often leave your hair feeling greasy, because this definitely doesn't. 

You can get this In the shops for around £4. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

They're real, honest...

I did a mini review on this on what I think was my first post - what's in my bag. But since then my opinion has completely changed. 

I got my first tube of this in my advent calender in 2012, a mini, and I wasn't blown away by the results. It was ok, but at the time I was in love with my L'Oreal Voluminous, that nothing could compare.  I didn't really see what all the fuss was about, until I got this full size version for Christmas! 

I got alot of benefit products for Christmas, and have got some since so you might be seeing a lot of benefit on the blog in the next few weeks! 

I don't know why having a full size of this Magee a difference, but seriously, this product is amazing! My lashes are super long and full with virtually no clumping or smudging, no flaking during the day and is definitely waterproof. (Watching Corrie recently has been enough to test it's waterproof claims :,( ) 

Sorry for the creepy death stare... But you can see the massive difference it makes to my lashes! They are super full and long, but still look completely natural.  They really do add a hint of glamour to an entire look, and I don't have a good relationship with eyelash glue, so I'm so glad I've re-tried and fell in love with this mascara! 

I think the main difference between the mini and full size is the brush - that's maybe who I didn't love the mini the first time around. The brush is plastic, with a sphere shape at the end for you to really get into the corners of your eyes, separate lashes and grab on to the tiniest of lashes with precision.

I seriously don't think I'll try another mascara again - but it does come at a price of £19.50! 

Have you tried this mascara? 

Did you have the same problem with the mini? I've recently got another mini in a kit so I'll give it another try! 
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