Monday, 31 March 2014

March Favourites

This month seems to have flown by! I don't know if it's the warmer weather, longer sunlight or what. I don't feel like there's anything different I've used that I've thought "WOW! This is great!" so here is a very short March Favourites!

Butterfly Hair Clips

£1 Primark, safe for mauling about in my bag and loosing half the teeth. This is why I don't have nice things!

I've been using these for the best part of 6 months now and it seems stupid that I've never mentioned them! I'm extremely lazy, so I can never be bothered taming my curly locks, never mind trying to repair the years of damage! I use a large clip to pin my fringe back instead of kerbies, or I use two smaller ones to pin my fringe to the sides. I'm very unceremonious in the way of pinning my hair, I literally grab a chunk of hair and wiggle about the clip until it stays in place.

My "Selfies" leave much to be desired..

Another way I use these clips is when I have my hair in a bun, it's a cute addition and keeps all the fly aways in place.

Essie Sunday Funday

Of course all of my nails broke as I decided this would be in my blog! -.-

I've been wearing this pinky coral polish for the past 3 weeks and decided it was worthy of being worn on my tootsies (I'm too lazy to change my toes up once as week!) It's a lovely spring colour and the subtle sparkles make me feel that little bit brighter when the weather is dull.

Essie Mademoiselle

At least at this point only one nail had broken!

I never really wear pale polish as my nails are short and fat, which is only accentuated by paler polishes. But, I went out on a whim and bought both Fuji and Mademoiselle and I've found myself drawn to Mademoiselle quite a lot! It's a delicate nude, like a flattering bridal colour, even on my stubby nails.

The Sims 3

I stupidly decided my week off work was a great time to get The Sims 3 and all of the expansions. So all I've done is design houses, accidentally drowned Sims at my pool party and WooHooed in as many different places as I can (So much maturity!) I don't even like the actual RPG part of it, I just love designing and pimping out houses!

Hopefully I haven't bored anyone to sleep with my mundane favourites! What have you been loving this month?


Monday, 24 March 2014

Latest In Beauty Box #2

After running out of the Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Lotion from my last box (see this post), I saw the Foam Cleanser and Spot Gel on Latest In Beauty and decided it was time for another box! As well as the Dr Nick Lowe goodies I also decided to give the Caudalie Vinosource bundle and the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.

Dr Nick Lowe Foam Face Wash and Spot Treatment (not on anymore, but there's a collection with them in it for £7.50)

I liked the Sebum Control Cleanser, so I figured giving these a try couldn't hurt. My skin seems to have grown immune to my usual spot treatment, so hopefully the gel will help! These products have a nice witch hazel-esque smell, quite sharp and woodeny. (Ok, so I'm terrible at identifying smells, but it's what I THINK witch hazel smells like!) The products leave my skin feeling clean and the spot gel is really soothing on my spots, which are usually quite sore. I've been trying to decide if I want to purchase the full range as a treat, so I'm hoping this will help me decide.

Caudalie Vinosource bundle £3.50

This collection was meant to be one application, but so far I've managed two and still have a little left. The products are lovely and leave the skin feeling unbelievably smooth for hours, but they're a bit out of my price range at the moment! I'd be most likely to go for the Thirst Quenching Serum, it really makes my skin feel soft and pampered. Plus, how cute it the packaging?!

Perricone Foundation £4.00

I think the photo gives away what my problem with this is, the colour is far too dark for my skin. But, I did try it on today as I wasn't leaving the house and I REALLY like the formula. I can't comment on the undertone correction as the colour is too dark, but my skin felt smoothed over and the foundation set in to a non greasy finish. When I touched my face it didn't feel like the foundation would slide off and had blurred any imperfections. I noticed on the website that they have a "fair" version, so once I've gotten through my enormous pile of foundations I will be keeping this in mind.

Have you ever tried the LIB samples before? If so, what did you go for?


Monday, 17 March 2014

Spring Wishlist

It feels like spring still hasn't sprung, but the weather has been warm enough to warrant a change in jackets and with the clocks changing at the end of the month, I decided to make a Spring Wishlist!

Clinique Anti Redness Superprimer £20

I currently use the Clinique Redness Solutions Daily SPF 15, which is great at reducing redness, but it mean I have to wear foundation daily and as I am so pale it can leave me with a green tinge to my face! Once it is used up I  will be going for the primer instead.

MAC Face and Body £21.50

I'm planning to use this in my kit to start me off, so I should probably give this a go myself! I've used this on my course and I really like the texture, its nice and light, making it easy to build up coverage.

MAC Eyeshadow - Plum Dressing £10

Every time I go into the MAC store, I end up swatching plum, picking it up and realising it's the sane colour over and over. If that's not a sign that I need it in my life then I don't know what is!

A New Bag

I got my current handbag from my friend Jenyth for my 21st and use it every day. It's now starting to get worn out and the strap stitching is coming away from the side. Before that I had a large shoulder bag from Ebay. It was a lot bigger than I had expected, but would have been fine if the strap hadn't been awful and broken within a week. I asked for a new strap but the same thing happened again and I don't have the patience for a bag that I have to carry by handles.

Purple Iphone 5 Glass

I probably won't get this as it's expensive and a bit risky, but I saw a girl with a pink iphone and now I want a purple iphone for myself! I looked up how it's done and I did see stickers but I feel that they would come off easily, or I'd end up picking it off.

I can't wait for summer time to do my summer wishlist, it will definitely consist of shorts and crop tops! But for now I am happy to save up and treat myself to one or two of these. What are your wishlist items for spring?


Monday, 10 March 2014

How To: Simple Smoky Eye

One thing I always struggled with up until working in the beauty industry was the smoky eye. I always ended up looking more like I'd been punched in the face than having that sultry, desirable look. So, here are a few tips to make it easy to create the smoky eye! Obviously there are many different ways and techniques, but this is the way I find easiest, so feel free to adapt as much as you want to give you the best results.

A few quick tips...

- I use a flat eyeshadow brush to pat on the colour and a fluffy brush - MAC 217 - to blend. For the crease, I use the tip of the flat brush to draw the outline and the fluffy brush with a bit of colour on it to blend out.
-I've learnt to work the colour into the back of my hand, as that way the colour is worked into the bristles rather than sitting on the tips and causing falling particles. I work the colour into the back of my hand about three times before applying it to my eye.
-I've chosen a step by step that includes only two colours to keep it nice and simple, but you can use three or four colours if you like.
-To create a look that makes the eye "pop" it's best to use different textures. I like to use a matte colour as a base and add something with a shimmer into the crease. (I notice however, that the shimmer has fallen all over my eyelid in these photos)
- I prefer to do my eyes before my base, as if I mess up,its easy just to take it off and only have to re-apply my eye make up.

Step One

Apply a primer to make the colour last longer and avoid creasing. I use E.L.F Mineral Primer as its cheap and works really well. You can apply a neutral colour for a base as well if you wish.

Step Two

Apply your base colour all over the lid. This will help you to see the crease line. (I have a deep set eye so my crease is easy to see and this makes an obvious shadow already.) I'm using a medium taupe brown which is a little darker than I'd usually go for, as I needed it to show up into the photo.

Step Three

Using a darker colour, create a line moving upwards and outwards from the outside corner of the eye. This shows you how far out to take the colour. Add colour onto the crease with the tip of the eyeliner brush and pat colour onto the outer corner of the lid. Use the fluffy brush with a little bit of shadow to blend out.

Once you're happy with the shape, add eyeliner, mascara - if you wish- and off you go!

This was no doubt the hardest photo to take out of the lot!

I've tried to keep this as simple as possible, but if there are any questions or something I haven't explained clearly feel free to ask!


Monday, 3 March 2014

February Favourites

This month has been a blur of struggling with money and travelling down to Glasgow once a week for my Make Up Course. Taking away one of my days off a week has really made my week go by quicker! This month my favourites are a bit of a strange mix, but they've made this month seem easier! 

Garnier Micellar Water

After reading so many reviews on the Garnier and L'Oreal Micellar Water being dupes of Bioderma, I couldn't resist giving them a try. I saw that Savers was selling Garnier for £2.99 so picked it up. I'm not sure about claims of 200 uses, but a small amount goes a long way and apart from mascara which needs a little work, it takes off make up with ease.

My New Boots

Don't you just hate when your favourite boots turn on you and start giving you blisters? I don't normally buy much off of eBay, but I really wanted buckle ankle boots to replace my old pair and as I mentioned I don't have a lot of money this month. I looked online and found this pair, which look similar to a pair I saw in Topshop. They're extremely comfy and I've had many compliments on them, which is always a bonus!

Ecosse Sweet Pea Candle

I've mentioned Ecosse candles before, but I absolutely love them! Sweet Pea is my favourite scent so when I feel tired and want to wind down, its the fragrance I go for! Plus, the wooden wick gives a soft crackling which is extremely comforting.

Microfibre Blanket (sorry no photo, it's pretty boring haha)

In get up at half 5 to catch the early bus to Glasgow, so obviously I'm still tired. I am now an expert at sleeping curled up over the two bus seats- don't worry, it's always quiet enough that I'm not hogging a seat! My mum spotted a microfibre blanket in John Lewis and bought me it for my journeys since the heating isn't normally on on the bus. It keeps me nice and cosy, plus, my mum bought it in my favourite colour- purple!

What are your favourite items this month? Have you been trying any new products? 

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