Sunday, 27 April 2014

Lipstick As Lip Stains?


I love the look of tints on the lips and sometimes it can be frustrating to have various lip products for different things, so why not use your existing lipsticks as lip stains?

As much as a bold lip can look fabulous, it's sometimes a faff to keep maintaining throughout the day! Personally i think the 'just bitten' lip stain looks beautiful and gives the face an almost effortless appearance.

Heavily swatched

I like applying these lipsticks in a variety of ways:
  • Apply the colour onto the lips (as you would a normal lipstick) and then blot with tissue.
  • Using your fingers, dab the colour onto the lips from the bullet.
  • Lightly dab the lipstick onto the lips and blend in with your fingers.

For those girlies who suffer from dry lips, i like using the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm on top of the colour.

Blended

My current favourite has to be the Milani Flamingo Rose, but all these shades are perfect for Spring/Summer and i love how it can be just reapplied without the need of a mirror! Using lipsticks as a lip stain, is pretty easy going.

Do you use lipsticks as a lip stain? Which ones are they?

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel Review


The Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel has been one of my recent discoveries and it's become a firm favourite.

So what is it? This is a simple acid peel, that refines the pores and softens the look of lines. It contains a combination of different acids, inlcuding, lactic, glycolic and multifruit acids. All these combined help to dissolve dead skin cells, allowing other products to penetrate deeper into the skin.


Over the last 7-8 months i have noticed a lot of congestion (bumps under the skin) around my chin area and when i went to have a facial done before Christmas, the therapist couldn't figure out what they were because they weren't extracting like normal blackheads. I thought it was just some blackheads, that needed professional products and extraction.

I was stumped and thought it was best to find some products that could aide in getting rid of the bumps! I was recommend the Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel by an assistant in Sephora and i never ended up purchasing it, until i saw it on 3 for 2 on Look Fantastic.


The product comes in a jar and is a clear, thick gel. A lot of people have commented on the smell of this and i can tell you it doesn't exactly smell of lemons, but i don't find the smell very offensive! It comes with a little face brush, which you use to apply the product to your face. It should be left on the skin for 10-20 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water.

When i first applied this to the skin, it did tingle a lot! It wasn't uncomfortable, but i could really feel the acid working on the skin.....almost like something prickling my skin! I started using this only once a week, to see how my skin would react, but it can be used up to 3 times a week.

The results were impressive! I have been using this before bed and can see not only an immediate improvement to the skin, but my face looks radiant and even in the morning. The bumps around my chin have very slowly started to disappear and the texture of my skin is much more smoother. It has also kept my ugly blemishes at bay!

My thoughts? It is my new skin saviour! I can't tell you how quickly my skin has improved over the last few weeks and it's something i will be carrying on using. If you suffer from congestion, or dark spots due to scarring, then i would definitely recommend this product.

Have you tried any Ole Henriksen products? 

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

I Just Don't Get It | Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee Coral Oasis


When i was in New York in January, i ended up buying the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Coral Oasis.

With the weather being gorgeous recently, i thought it was the perfect opportunity to whack out this baby, but boy was i lost!


When i swatched it in Sephora, it came out a gorgeous satsuma shade, and it seemed that you could build it up for more colour. I also loved the texture of it, blending beautifully on my hand but it did not translate like that on my face!

I used my EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (review here) as normal and then proceeded to apply the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee. I started applying with my fingers, in the same way that i normally apply any cream product to my cheeks.

As soon as i started tapping this onto my cheeks, it was going very patchy and i don't just mean a tiny bit patchy! There were parts of my cheeks where there was no product at all and was lifting up the foundation. I found the product really hard to blend and it just didn't sit well on top of liquid foundation, which got me thinking how it would be on top of powder! The gel formula is very thick and didn't apply well to the cheeks.

If anyone could help a sister out, i would appreciate any help! I am so gutted that i can't seem to make this product work and really wanted to love it, but i have been left quite disappointed. Has this happened to anyone else before?

Have you used the Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee? Thoughts? Ideas?

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Friday, 18 April 2014

FOTN | London Night Out


Last weekend i went out for my cousins birthday and i tried filming a GRWM video, however it came out pants! Let's just say it was hard to film in another location with not very good lighting and was an epic fail! If you guys do want to see a full on tutorial, please let me know and i will try and get one filmed! I wanted to share with you the makeup i wore for that evening, and i apologize for the lighting!


Products Used:
Face:
Tarte Clean Slate 12 Hr Perfecting Primer
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC44)
Revlon Photoready Skinlights Illuminator (Bare Light)
Make Up Forever (12)
YSL Touche Eclat (No.3)
Lorac Tantalizer
MAC Blush (Peaches)
Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder (Candlelight)

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Lorac Pro Palette (Cream, Espresso, Black, Champagne)
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow (Vintage Black Gold)
Illamsqua Precision Gel Liner
Urban Decay 27/7 Pencil (Perversion)
L'Oreal False Lash Flutter
House of Lashes (Feline)

Brows:
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade (Ebony)
Anastasia Brow Wiz (Ebony)
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel (Espresso)

Lips:
MAC Prep + Prime Lips
*Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (Liar)

Dress from Amy Childs (Gemma Black Style)

I hope you all liked the look!
xXx

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Everyday Work/College/Uni Makeup


Evening everyone! I am so happy it is the end of the week and looking forward to the four day weekend!! Wooooo hooo!! 

I wanted to share a tutorial with you and it is my everyday work makeup. This has been requested quite a lot and it's a very quick and easy makeup to do in the morning. I hope you all enjoy it and have a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend! xXx



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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Thank you

I wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who responded to my personal post. I didn't expect so much response through my blog, as well as on Twitter and Facebook! All the comments and advice was so sweet!!
 
In the post i did mention about enjoying being single and I'm not sure if it got misunderstood. It seemed from a few of the comments, that people had the impression that i was worried about getting married because i wanted to make the most out of the freedom that i have. It honestly isn't the case! I think marriage should be with the RIGHT person, and to enjoy the time that you have, because there's a lot more responsibilities that come with marriage.
 
Again, thank you for everything! xXx

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Only Mascara For Me | Makeup Forever Smoky Lash


In the last twelve months or so i have only really used three mascaras, one was the Benefit They're Real and the other two were from L'Oreal. When i was at IMATS back in June, i purchased the Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara and started using it around autumn time (as i wanted to finish off the other mascaras).

Makeup Forever doesn't get as much hype here in the UK, as it does over in the US, but i had heard good things about the mascara, so thought it was about time to give it a go.


This mascara is one of the best ones i have ever tried because it does absolutely everything that i want it to! It makes my lashes appear thicker, longer and holds the curl, as my lashes are normally quite straight. I normally apply one or two coats, and the brush seems to define and separate the lashes, without any clumping or flaking!


It has a typical brush, however the bristles are densely packed together, leaving enough space in between the bristles for it to coat the lashes, as well as separate them. The other thing that i noticed was that the formula wasn't runny unlike new mascaras. A lot of people say mascaras work better as they get older because the formula is thicker, and i found the MUFE Smoky Lash already had a nice thick formula!


Overall, i love this mascara and have already repurchased another one. I think you guys can tell from the picture above why i am hooked onto this mascara! Yes, it is pretty expensive for a mascara at £18.50, but personally i think it's one of the best out of the higher range mascaras. It can be difficult to get hold of here in the UK, as you can only pick it up from Guru Makeup Emporium and Precious About Makeup but it is one i would highly recommend if you are looking for a high end mascara.

Have you tried the MUFE Smoky Lash?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Beauty Haul | Space NK | Look Fantastic | Boots



Morning, morning! I wanted to share with you some beauty products that i have purchased over the last few weeks or so. A lot of it is skin care, but there's a few makeup bits in there too! 

Watch the video here



I hope you all enjoyed my haul! Is there anything you have picked up recently?
Enjoy your weekend guys and i will speak to you all soon!
xXx

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Friday, 11 April 2014

The Face Acids


I have been a teeny, tiny bit obsessed with using acids on my skin. I have quite congested skin and need a product that sloughs away the dead skin cells, and de-clog pores without having to use a manual exfoliator. Here are a few that i have been using for a while, and wanted to share my thoughts. Just a quick note that i tend to use all these products before bed.

Mario Badesco Glycolic Gel

I have only been using this the last month or so, and i have to say I'm pretty impressed. It is a mixture of AHA's and glycolic acid, making it the perfect product for cell turnover. I apply this to my skin once it has been cleansed, and it instantly absorbs into my face. When i wake up in the morning, my congestion seems reduced. This is fab for the pimples that are under the skin, or any nasty blackheads. Again, i only use this when i can see congestion forming or when my skin is starting to look a bit dull.

Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel

This is like a treatment mask and is made up of 20% AHA's including lactic, glycolic and fruit acids. It comes with a little face brush and you apply the gel onto clean skin, leaving it on for about 10 minutes. My face does tingle at first and can feel a bit uncomfortable on sensitive skin. After removal, my skin appears much more smoother and any dryness has pretty much vanished. I love seeing the results in the morning, after using the Lemon Strip Flash Peel. It is one that i would use about once a week when my skin becomes congested and uneven.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

One of my favourite night treatments! It contains 5% glycolic acid and gently exfoliates the skin whilst you sleep. It is meant to be used every other night and this really does make a difference to the skin (full review here). It gets rid of those tiny bumps under the skin, whilst evening it out, making it appear much more radiant.

Origins Brighter By Nature Pads

These are easy convenient wipes, and saves you faffing around with cotton pads. They are pre-soaked pads with salicylic acid and help even out the skin tone (full review here). There are 40 pads in the tub, which makes it a pretty expensive treatment. Out of all the 'acid' products, i would have to say this is my least favourite, because i find that other products give better results to my skin.

I don't tend to use these all in one go, but i just go with what my skin tells me and select a product accordingly. My favourite has to be the Alpha-H Liquid Gold for an overnight treatment and then to for more instant results, i would use the Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel. I would always use a suncream on my face to protect my skin, as the acids can make the skin sensitive. 

What are you favourite acid products?

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

March 2014 Favourites


I can't believe we are already in April and thought i would share with you what products i have been loving in March, in case you missed it on my channel. Last month was mainly focused on skin and body care, with a few bits of makeup thrown in!



Products Mentioned

Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Scrub
Kiel's Creme De Corps
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sun Cream
*Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Energizing Spray
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
*EX1 Foundation Invisiwear Liquid Foundation F400 (review here)
Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner (review here)
*Chantecaille 24 Hour Liner
MAC Blush Ripe For Love
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Natural Beauty
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues

I hope you all enjoyed my March favourites! What was your favourite products last month? xXx

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Kim Kardashian Vogue Cover Makeup




Products Used:
Face:
*EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (F400)
YSL Touche Eclat (No.3)
Make-Up Forever Extreme Camouflage Cream  (12)
Artist of Makeup Contour Stick (Dark)
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Natural Collection Eyeshadow (Crushed Walnut)
Bobbi Brown Blush (Nectar)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Opal)

Eyes:
MUA Pro Base Eye Primer
*Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow Stick (Bark)
MUA Undress Me Too Palette (Naked, Lavish, Dreamy, Devotion, Corrupt)
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner (Perversion)
Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner
L'Oreal False Lash Flutter
*Lets Go Lashes (Flirt)

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz (Ebony)
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel (Espresso)

Lips:
Tom Ford Lip Color Shine (Nubile)
*Urban DecayRevolution Lipstick (Liar)

I hope you all enjoyed the tutorial!
xXx

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Spring Blush Picks


I have been really enjoying the weather recently and it's got me thinking about my Spring makeup bag, especially my choices of blush. I find that the perfect Spring blush can brighten up the face, so i thought i would share my picks!

Illamasqua Excite

This is one of my favourite Illamasqua blushes! Excite is a coral blush with a strong hint of orange and is packed with a lot of colour. I tend to use this when i have a bit more colour to my face, but it gives olive skin tones a beautiful glow.

Jordana Redwood

A light hand would be needed for this blush and the vibrancy of the red would look stunning on fairer skin tones, as well as warmer skin tones too. It is very pigmented and has the tiniest hint of gold shimmer. This blush gives the skin an instant pick me up.

Milani Corallina

A shimmery pinky, coral blush with gold flecks running through. It is a bit more shimmering than Nars Orgasm, and it's a shade i would prefer to wear in the evening due to the shimmer. Corallina does give the skin a healthy highlighted glow.

MAC Peaches

For those girls who want some colour but not too much, MAC Peaches is perfect. It is a soft, warm coral that compliments all skin tones. I love that it's a matte blusher, so it teams well with many highlighters.


Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Natural Beauty

This has been my go-to blush over the last few weeks and has become a firm favourite (full review here). It gives me skin a healthy Spring flush and lasts on my skin all day!

*Clarins Multi-Blush Clementine

Clementine isn't quite a powder blush, nor a cream blush....it's more of a hybrid of both. It has the ease of blending like a cream blush, but sets on the skin like a powder. It is a deeper coral with a red undertone, instantly brightening up the face.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush Acid & Trip

I adore these Watercolour blushes! My favourite out of the two is Trip, which is a neon orange. These are super easy to blend, and are perfect for oily skinned girls, as they pretty much set on the skin (full review here). Acid is a bright pink, complimenting lighter skin tones beautifully, but these can be mixed with other Watercolour blushes.


These are the blushes that will be rotating in my makeup bag for a while. The different textures and finishes will give me a bit more flexibility and allow me to play around with different looks for work or when going out in the evening.

What are your Spring picks?

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush 'Natural Beauty' Review


Morning everyone!!! I know i haven't been around for the last few weeks but I'm back now!! Many of us here in the UK are excited for the launch of Tarte Cosmetics and i thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with you a blusher that i have been enjoying using recently. Looking at the picture above....don't you just adore the embossing on the blush?!

Natural Beauty reminds me of MAC's Frankly Scarlet, but much more softer and pinkier. It is a blush that will suit pretty much all skin tones. I know that a red blush may seem daunting, however it gives the skin a very natural flush (depending on how much you put on!).


For me, i am finding this blush a great transitioning colour from winter into spring, as it's a mixture of a pink and red. Natural Beauty has been ideal to wear at this time of year, because it is perfect shade for the sunny, crisp mornings of spring. I have been impressed on how long this stays put on my oily skin, i don't need to reapply it throughout the day unlike other blushes.


I adore the packaging of all Tarte products, but the compacts for the blushers really stand out. For someone who has tons of blushers, the packaging reflects the colour of the blushers, so it's much easier to find what you're looking for!


I have been using a MAC 187 Stipling Brush, as it applies the right amount of product to my cheeks without looking heavy or too much and have been receiving endless amounts of compliments! I love how this appears on my skin and gives a healthy look to the face.

I hope you're all enjoying your Sunday and i will speak to you beautiful people soon! xXx

What is your favourite Tarte blush?

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

My At-Home Facial


I love getting facials, however where i live, facials cost between £40-£60! I think it's a nice treat every so often, but i don't think i could justify spending that every month. For a while now, i have been giving myself an at-home facial and it's a great way to pamper yourself with your existing products and without breaking the bank!

Setting the scene

Make sure you have all your products that you want to use. I would suggest lighting some candles, have some relaxing music playing in the background. Have a comfy couch or bed nearby, so you can truly relax.


Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse

Remove all your eye makeup. I like using the Elemis White Flower Eye & Lip Makeup Remover* (review here) because it is very gentle and removes all traces of eye makeup.

Next, use a cleansing oil as your first cleanser. My favourite has to be the MAC Cleanse Off Oil, as this pretty much removes everything from my face. For my second cleanser, i love using the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Cleanser (review here).

Exfoliate

Using an exfoliator is extremely important as it removes dead skin cells and prevents blocked pores, which leads to blackheads and then form into dreaded spots! I would recommend using an exfoliator that is for your skin type and my current one is the MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. 

Give your skin a bit of steam

This is where i head into the bath or a shower, but if you don't want to do that you can fill up your wash basin with hot water. I like to add a few drops of essential oil and depending on my mood, it would either be lavender for relaxation, or eucalyptus oil for decongesting.

Cover your head with a towel, close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths. The steam helps open your up pores and will also allow for deep cleansing.



Mask Time

Depending on my skin concern, i use different masks. My top 3 masks are Ren Radiance Renewal Masque (review here), The Body Shop Tea Tree Mask and GlamGlow Supermud Mask Clearing Treatment (review here).

Some masks are great for drawing out impurities and others are radiance boosting masks. I normally try to leave my masks on for about 10 minutes, however, i always manage to leave them on longer, as i get sidetracked!

Tone

Toning is really important, as it will close up any pores that are still left open. My day to day toner is the Clinique Clarifying Lotion No. 2 (review here) and if i am going through a blemish phase, then i resort to using The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner.


Serum

Serums are a great way to help give your skin a targeted treatment. I normally give myself a facial in the evening, so i would just finish off using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

Moisturizer

When i give myself a facial during the day then i would make sure i use a good, hydrating moisturiser. My favourite one has to be the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (review here). My go-to night time moisturizer is the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Night Cream (review here).

It's all about the eyes

The eye area is just as important as the face, if not more! My all time favourite eye cream is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It feels extremely light under the eye area and instantly hydrates.

I love giving my skin a facial every so often, because our faces always need a pamper! I hope you found this post helpful and would love to hear how you pamper your skin at home!

xXx

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Elemis 8-piece Top To Toe Collection QVC Exclusive


Many of you know my love for Elemis products and i have to share the *8 piece Top To Toe Collection which is exclusive to QVC.

This set includes full sized items, as well as products that are perfect for travelling, giving you the perfect skin for spring/summer. It also comes with a handy mini tote bag!

Products included:
  • Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 300ml
  • Tan Accelerator 125ml
  • Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm 15ml
  • Skin Nourishing Body Scrub 50ml
  • Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 30ml
  • Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
  • Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 20g
  • Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Caps 14
  • Navy Tote Bag

This exclusive set is worth over £173, however you can pick it up for only £57 at QVC! It will be available on Sunday 13th April through their channel, as well as online (www.qvcuk.com).

Sky Digital 640 | Freeview 16 | Virgin 740 | Freesat 800

Will you be picking up a set?

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