Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nude Liner : The Ultimate Good Night Sleep Faker

Only on the very rare occasion do I line my waterline. 

When I was younger, I'd go through a Rimmel Kohl black Eyeliner a month during my 'mosher' phase (I was a Mosher, not an Emo. Of course there's a huge difference

Even then, I had extremely watery eyes, so I'd constantly be topping up my waterline and adding to the growing black eye bogey in the corner of my eye - cute, I know. 

Now, its only on the odd occasion that I bother with eye liner - a night out maybe, but even then, I know I'm in danger of crying and/or beer spills.

The photo below is a perfect example of why I should probably forget about the eye liner on a night out - a friend sprayed Archers & Lemonade onto my face (out of a smuggled in water bottle...classy) which resulted in a lesser drunk friend fixing my makeup for me. Oh dear! 



So watching some old Vivianna Does Makeup videos on Youtube (Go check her out!) she was raving about Rimmels answer to looking wide awake - a nude kohl eyeliner. Armed with some Boots vouchers, I thought I'd give it a go. 

The formula is so smooth and creamy, so glides onto my waterline like a dream. It's an instant pick me up to the entire face - to everyone else, it would appear that I had a full nights sleep and I look alert and awake. To me, I look a little less dead and at first glance, it would be impossible to tell what makeup trick I had used to attain this look. 

Because its nude, it doesn't draw attention to your water line like a white eyeliner would. It creates the illusion of having wide awake eyes without being too obvious. 

It's staying power is also pretty good - for someone with extremely water eyes 'Pretty Good' is about as good as it's going to get! 

The Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in nude is a bargain at £3.99, and the ultimate trick to widen tired eyes!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Birchbox April 2014 Review

Yet again, Birchbox have out done themselves with an amazing April Box. In the previews, I was excited to see the mix of products and I was hoping to get my hands on the alm How 'bout them apples and the Lord & Berry eye liner, and yet again this month, I was lucky to receive exactly what i wanted!

I'm in holiday mode at the moment and the mini samples that I get in Birchboxes are perfect for traveling, and a couple of the products I got in this months box are ideal for me to take away! The thing I love about Birchbox is that they have a great mix of types of products - skincare, haircare and makeup with some known brands and some unknown. Something that pissed me off about Glossybox is that I'd receive a sample of a product only to find out that the full size is £89 for 30ml. I'd pretty much never spend that much, and I think Birchbox take this into account. They provide a nice mix of luxury and high street priced items, so if you wanted to buy the full size, you probably could afford to. But enough about my confirmed love of Birchbox, here's what I got in my box...

Total Box Value = £21.43

I loved (nearly) all the products I received in this months box!

The Tommy Guns shampoo smells delicious and has gone straight into my travel bag - this will last me my holiday and then some I think! A massive sample!

The One Love Organics Skin Saviour Waterless Balm will also be going in my travel bag - you can use this as a cleanser or as a high intensity moisturiser. Ive been using it on my nose over night due to crustiness after a bad cold :( A little of this goes a long way too!

The Lord & Berry eye pencil is soooo cute! Its super black and smooth. I don't use eyeliners too much anymore, but I will definitely be adding this into my routine somewhere! 

The colour club nail polish was a complete disappointment to be honest. I liked how Birchbox gave us the option of choosing which shade we wanted, and I was excited to try a polish I wouldn't have bought myself, but this is just rubbish.  Although is its a one coat wonder, it chipped on multiple nails in less than 24 hours! I've never experienced this in a polish before. A complete let down. It wasn't the easiest to apply either, it was abit streaky.

The product I was most excited about was theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples mini cream and lip tint. I've seen quite a bit about this palette online, and I'm definitely considering buying the full size of this. This sample is soo mini - I was expecting it to be the size of just one of the pans in the palette, but it is more than half the size I expected. But to be honest, I rarely hit the pan with blushers anyway! I've tried this a couple of times on both my cheeks and my lips and a little really does go a long way. It sticks around too, which is brill! I love it!

The lifestyle extra of Propercorn was also nice - although I think ill be giving these to the other half!

Ill also be trying out one of the recipes on the cards they gave out with this months box!

What did you think of this months box?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's on my nails Wednesday - #womnw Series - Primark Bunny Nails!

So, you will probably know by now that I am in love with Primark false nails! For £1 you really can't go wrong - they are decent quality with a really good strength of glue, which lasts me at least a week. And their design range... It's pretty amazing! This time I opted for some bunnies, but I also picked up another box of kitty nails for me - and some for a friend! As well as an aztec print - I might wear these on my jollies! 

I actually decided to put these on 'upside down' - the design was intended to be at the end of the nail. but I decided to flip them and have the design at the cuticle like I'd seen on the Company / Primark Instagram account. 

As always with false nails, I file these down to my regular nail length, as I feel it makes a massive difference in the life of my mani, but I also don't like the feeling of having extra long false nails on either.

I think the design is just adorable - although I probably should have worn these last week!

What do you think about Primark false nails?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

At home lip scrub

I love having a good pamper session, and scrubbing my lips was always a favourite part of that routine. That's was until every time I used my Lush Lip Scrub the day after I'd have a cold sore - I'd obviously contaminated it with the infection, and I had no other option but to bin it. 

I hadn't been by a Lush store since, so lip scrubbing hasn't been in my routine for a long time now.
I found that I had abit of spare time on Saturday, so grabbed the chance at a mini pamper session. Then I thought to myself, I'm always seeing people making treatments at home from products in their cupboard, I wonder if I could make my own lip scrub! 

So I gave it a go. I looked up some recipes online, but each had different ingredients, some I just didn't have in, so I improvised. 

What I used :
  • 1tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Coconut oil
  • 1 generous squirt of Honey.

I tried this out at first with Demerara sugar, because I thought the bigger chunks of sugar might offer more exfoliation, but it just didn't work. I went into more of a mush than a scrub, so I scrapped that and went for regular caster sugar. 

Now, some of you might not like this, so don't do it if you don't! But I re-purposed the coconut oil hair shine that I have from The Body Shop and added it into the mix. This is essentially just solid coconut oil, I used this because I didn't have anything else in, and it worked really well! I softened this up abit in the he microwave and mixed this in with the sugar, making sure it was evenly distributed. I added a little more to make sure every bit of sugar was coated - it wasn't wet, just stuck together! I then added a nice squirt of honey to add abit more moisture and bind everything together! 

The coconut oil and honey work well to add moisture to the mix and make the whole lip scrubbing a little more gentle.

I immediately gave it a go and loved the results! My lips were lovely and smooth, and didn't feel dry at all. 

I wouldn't advised that you eat this the way that you can with the Lush Scrubs - just because, I don't like the idea do eating my dead skin! But that's up to you I suppose! 

This made wayyyyy more than I needed, I could have filled 3 of the little containers, but this was all I had to hand! 

Have you ever made any at home beauty products? Let me know what I should try out! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Have you discovered - Powder


This weeks topic is powder, which to be honest isn't a step I always do, even though I should.

I have quite oily skin, and find that my makeup doesn't last as long as I'd hope,so finding a good powder can really help solve this problem. 

The reason I often skip this step is because I don't like a super matte look - I like the dewy look and in the past I've found that powders can completely take away that radiance.

But with my skin suddenly changing to an oil slick, skipping the powder step is not an option. 
I've never really fallen in love with a particular powder, so I was in the market to try something new, and this was the only thing that caught my eye.


In the pan, this powder is actually a lot lighter than in the picture - white almost, but on the sponge it does look rather orange. It really isn't, on the skin it's completely translucent. I don't find it at all chalky, it's really finely milled, so sinks into the skin really easily rather than sitting on the skin and caking.

I only really use this on my t-zone, focusing more on my chin, and to set my under eye makeup. 
It works well at setting makeup, and controlling oil, but I do have to top up throughout the day, but with my level of oiliness at the moment, I really can't fault it. 

I'm not completely converted to using powder, but for oil control, I love this! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's on my nails Wednesday Week 3

      Black and Gold Inverted French Manicure Nail Art
I'm really enjoying this series, it's forcing me to look after my nails and to be abit more experimental with my nails, which otherwise I wouldn't be. 

This week, I've gone back to my favorite combo of black and gold, not really seasonal appropriate, but to be fair, the suns gone back in & the scarves have come back out! 

I've been addicted to looking at nail designs on Pinterest lately, and I saw something really similar to this, so I thought I'd give it a try. I really like designs that focus on the cuticle, inverted French nails I think they're called? I'm definitely going to be trying out some more designs like this, maybe with a softer, rounder touch. 
        Leighton Denny Maneater Polish, Ciate Sand Dune Polish Nail Art

To get this look, I used a Ciate mini in Sand Dune (RRP £9). I don't have much of this left, and it's one of my favourite golds, so I used this sparingly, only where I knew it would appear under the black. It's got a gorgeous metallic shimmer to it, and you can get this easily with one coat, but I like to build the colour up with two. 

The black I used was the Leighton Denny Polish I got in a Birchbox, in the shade of Maneater. I adore this black. It is so glossy, opaque in one coat, and really long lasting.  It's exactly what I've been looking for! I did the design freehand because I couldn't be bothered faffing to be honest, but I don't think it looks all that bad. It was easily achieved in one coat, but doing my right hand was hard! 

What do you think of the design? 

Have you tried these polishes? 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Hand & Nail Care

Since I've been taking part in the What's on my Nails Wednesday series, I've put much more of an effort into caring for my hands and nails because I don't want you guys having to look at a bad mani once a week. 

I generally give my nails a good once over at least once a week, starting with clipping, filing and buffing. I like to keep my nails petty short and straight - I find that having them this way keeps my polish looking fresh for so much longer!

I'll then use the Sally Hansen Instant Cutical Remover on my cuticles - they are always dry and in bad condition, and this works well to remove the straggly bits. I'll push back what's left behind. 

 No matter what I'm doing with my nails that week, I'll always follow with a protective base for my nails. I've been using this since I used the Primark false nails a couple of months ago, they wear a right pain to get off and left my nails in a state! My base of choice is the Sally Hansen Nail Protex with vitamins. This brought my nails back to good condition in no time, and I'd like to keep them that way. 

The next step is what I think is the most important. - hand cream. I use this on a daily basis, and it makes so much of a difference. On my pamper evenings, I do slather this on and shove on some gloves to let it really sink in - the other half thinks I look like a magician with them on! 

I have so many different bottles of hand cream, with my Origins and L'Occtaine being my favourite at the moment. I'll have to thank my bestest for getting me a L'Occtaine set for my birthday! 

What steps do you have in your routine? Any tips for me? 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Have you discovered - Concealer

Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch Concealer £3.99 

I didn't have a post for last week, because I've recently posted about my favourite foundation, which you can read here. 

Since I've done a couple of mammoth Boots hauls recently, I've been trying out quite a few new products, and this concealer is one of them. At first, I thought this was rubbish. It had been compared as just as good or even better as it's high end versions like the YSL Touché Éclat, but it really didn't blow me away for the first week or two. I bought it to combat my undereye area, and this barely gave any coverage, but at the time I had some serious dark circles. I was expecting miracles, and thinking back, all I needed was a good couple of nights sleep. 

Now my eye bags are back to my normal baggyness rather than super baggy, it's doing a great job. 

It has salmon undertones, great for countering the blue tinge I always have under my eyes. It's really creamy too, and blends really well. The coverage is quite light, so I don't find any cakeyness or find it settling into fine lines. It does brighten the area too, but I can't compare it to YSL because I've never used it. 

The only thing I don't like about it is the click twitter dispenser - this packaging feels really flimsy and cheap, but I suppose for £3.99 I can't complain too much.

Overall, I wouldn't expect miracles from this, but as an everyday concealer for the average eyebags, I don't think I'm going to reach for anything else!

Have you tried this? What did you think? 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What's on my nails Wednesday! Week 2

This is the second week of Paige's nail series, and this week I've decided to channel spring with a bubblegum pink colour. 

As far as I know, this is once of Avons newer shades for the spring, this shade is wandering rose. 

I picked this up from my Avon rep a few weeks ago, it was 4 for £12 on offer, but still, the full price isn't too bad. 

Pink isn't a shade I reach for, because I'm so pale, I feel like it can wash me out abit, but I don't get that with this. 

It glides on really easily, and I found that once coat was enough, but I always do two coats, not sure why. 

If I had to pick something bad about it, it would be that it isn't all that shiney. To be fair, it doesn't claim to be gel like, but I think because I'm so used to that shine quality at the moment, I felt that this was lacking abit. 

I've only had it on for a couple of days, so I can't really comment too much on the chip resistance, but I did try another shade in this a few weeks ago, and by day 3 it was completely peeling and chipped. This one seems to be holding up well, maybe that was just that particular shade rather than the formula of the Nailware Pro range. 

Overall, a nice pick me up shade for spring! I've been so used to funky nail art recently that I think a one wash colour is quite full on me, so maybe you'll see something a little more exciting next week! 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April goals

For the first part of the year, I feel like I've let myself down. I set myself so many goals at the start of the year, and I feel like I'm still yet to start trying to reach them, 3, almost 4 months into the year. 

I think that because they are goals that I've only really told myself, that it makes them much easier to break. I've got some killer negotiation skills, and I'm always justifying to myself why I can do the things that I'm not supposed to. 

SO, now I don't only have myself to answer to, but I have you guys.
A new month, new season has given me some new motivation, and I aim to do the below ow to the best of my abilities. 

I will do as much as I can to lose a healthy amount of weight. since last January, I've lost 22lbs, but since this January, I've not lost an ounce. I know I'm capable of doing it, I've just gotten into bad habits.

I will blog at least 3 times a week. When I first started blogging, I'd take a day a week to write all my posts and take all my photos and I'd be set for the week. I'm not so organised at the moment, so I aim to go back to my old blogging ways, but add new posts to the mix! 

I will join in at least 1 #bblogger twitter chat a week. I've only done this a couple of times, but when I have I've really enjoyed it, found some great blogs to follow, products to use and spoke to so many lovely ladies! 

I will complete a 30 day squat challenge. I have tried to do one of harness once, I got pretty far along, and could see a change in my legs, then for whatever reason, I stopped. Biggest mistake ever! If you want to join in with my challenge, follow me on twitter and use the hashtag #bloggersquat to tell new your progress! I think ill do my first 50 after this post! 

I will be better with my money. I like to think that I'm smart with my money, but I'm really not. I never really splurge on clothes or makeup, I just spend £30 quid in Tesco when I only went in for bread. No more wasteful spending.

I will treat myself. I always feel hard done by, because I never get nice new things. But it's me that decides that. If my above goal does well, the money I save can be spent on the occasional treat. I am in dire need for a new wardrobe!

Cheer up. I've been miserable for a long time now, and I know that it just brings down the people around me. I do have a lot of things to make me down, but at the end of the day, they are out of my control, but what is in my control is my outlook on life, and I'm ready to live. 

Have you set any new goals for April? 

Leave your links, I'll love to read them!

Avon Clear Skin Instant Spot Treatment

I've been having abit of a 'mare with my skin recently, and getting it back to some sort of normality is becoming quite a lot of effort.

I think because I've been eating so much crap recently (I'm looking at you, Ben, Jerry!) and my water intake isn't what it used to be, my skin has gone into shock. It's basically telling me to get my diet back on track, and I'm really trying to, but weaning myself off the chocolate may take a little longer than planned...

Anyway, I've had some right stonkers for breakouts the past few weeks. I mean BIG spots. The kind that even though you shouldn't, you love to pop. Don't pretend you don't do it! They needed some drastic action, pronto, and this spot treatment is all I had in my drawers, so I gave it a go.

Overall, I was happy with it. I've never used a spot treatment that had completely wiped out a spot overnight, so I wasn't expecting miracles, but this did do a pretty good job. The next day the spot didn't seem as nasty or red, and the day after their wasn't really much left, apart from some skin discolouration and dry skin. I think that's the only problem I have with this. While it does do a good job of drying out nasty spots, it has also dried up the skin around it, and I'm now having trouble tying to balance out the moisture in my face. 

I can't quite remember how much it was, but I don't think I would have spent much more than £5 on a treatment like this, because my breakouts are normally few and far between. 

I'd recommend it, but a good moisturiser after is a must! 

Have you got a hoily grail spot treatment?

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