Wednesday, 28 May 2014

5 Product Face Tag

Benefit Gimme Brow//Sleek Blush By 3//Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara//Natural Collection Loose Powder//Max Factor Face Finity 3 in 1 Foundation//

This tag has been going about for a while, but it keeps cropping up on my Bloglovin' feed this week so I couldn't resist jumping on the bandwagon! The only thing out if this tag I found difficult to choose was the foundation. Normally I wear a really light coverage like MAC Face and Body or just a dab of concealer to cover my dark circles and spots, but I recently had a reaction to a product and my face is pretty burnt, dry and peeling. 

1. Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation

I spent a good two weeks researching foundations to find a light and a fuller coverage foundation for my kit. As I've just started out I can't afford to be buying 5+ shades of expensive foundations, so I took advantage of Boots latest 3 for 2 and bought this foundation. Of course, I had to try it out to make sure it's good enough for clients, right? The foundation really does give a flawless finish, evening out skin tone without looking cakey. The colour is good for my pale skin, not too yellow and not too pink and as it's 3 in 1 there's no need for concealer.

2. Sleek Blush By 3 in Californ.I.A £9.99

After my make up course I have completely fallen in love with cream blushes. With my cheeks and lips it's been all about coral, so for this look I've opted for the middle shade - The Surf - to give a nice summery glow to my cheeks. It looks a lot more pink at the moment because my skin is so red on my cheeks from the reactions.

3. Natural Collection Loose Powder

As someone with oily skin, I can never survive a day without a nice dusting of powder, especially in this hotter weather. As I've mentioned before, I'm quite easy when it comes to powder and opted for something cheap and cheerful!

4. Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara

If you're familiar with my blog you will already know that I like my lashes to be dark and thick, so I piled on a healthy few layers of mascara to make my sparse lashes look more presentable.

5. Benefit Gimme Brow

I spent so long trying to resist this, but after seeing so many good reviews I couldn't resist. For the first week I really didn't think it was anything special, but after I got used to the wand and my technique improved, I started to see what all the fuss is about. I'm not sure if I'd repurchase this as there are many cheaper alternatives, but for now this does me just dandy.

If you had to choose only 5 items to complete a look, what would you choose? Do you wear a lot more on a daily basis? I use on average 8 or 9 products!


Monday, 26 May 2014

Kinda Sorta No-Poo Method

Recently the Internet has exploded with bloggers raving about the reverse shampooing method, for keeping hair cleaner and more manageable for longer. About a year ago, there was a similar trend called the No-Poo Method, where hair is washed once a week with baking soda solution and conditioned with an apple cider vinegar solution. After researching the method I was pretty much hooked by promises of barely having to wash my hair, better curls and softer locks. The only problem? I wasn't so keen to be scrubbing baking soda into my roots and rinsing it with vinegar.

After a little bit more research I noticed that a lot of websites stated that it was hard chemicals in shampoo such as silicones, parabens and most importantly the foaming agent sulphates that can damage and dry out the hair and scalp, causing the sebaceous glands to work in overdrive to compensate. I decided to buy a gentle shampoo and conditioner without these chemicals to see if I could cut down on washing my hair every day. I also used heat as little as I could on my hair and cut down to just a curl boosting serum as product.

Fast forward a year and my hair is now softer, more manageable and a hell of a lot thicker! I wash my hair twice a week and rinse with water in between. To start with I conditioned whenever I rinsed, but now I only condition when I shampoo! I use The Body Shop Rainforest shampoo and conditioner, which is no longer on the website but as far as I know should be available in store. I usually chose the Shine version for normal hair types, but most recently it was out of stock so I bought the Balance shampoo for oily hair and Moisture conditioner for dry hair. I think the shampoo is too strong and upsetting my hair a bit, so once this bottle is finished I'll be sticking to the Shine version!

The first few weeks were quite hard as my hair obviously still produced a lot of oil and got greasy quite quickly. I had a week off work so I literally stayed in my house and didn't wash my hair for as long as I could physically cope with. After about 6 weeks I noticed my hair settling down and getting less greasy. After 3 months I started to see a difference with my curls, they were a lot less frizzy and starting to get more defined. By 6 months my hair started going in to thick ringlets when first dried and falling out into loose curls. Now, a year later my hair is thicker, doesn't need any styling products added and in much better condition. I've hardly seen any split ends and only need the ends trimmed and layers cut in when they get a bit bushy. I still don't think I could go completely no-poo, but I doubt I will ever go back to shampoos with nasty chemicals in them. When I go on holiday I buy sample sized shampoos which do and my hair is left frizzy and dried out.

Have you tried either of these hair crazes? If so, what do you think? I'm going to give reverse shampooing a go to see if there's a difference, I'm so intrigued!


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Make Up Storage

Ghost, Hodor and Arya watch over my kit for me.

There are so many topics I love reading on blogs, but make up storage is pretty high up in my favourites. As I recently trained in make-up artistry, my kit has been slowly building up to the point that the set bags I had been keeping them in were getting too full to hold it all. My manager recently sent me a photo of some storage drawers she had seen in Staples (the term "storage porn" comes to mind.) A few days after my mum mentioned she was going to go to Staples, so I sent her the photo and asked her to pick one up for me. At £24.99 it's a little bit pricey in my opinion, but I have no concept of price for storage so maybe i'm wrong!

At first I had everything laid out throughout the drawers, with separate drawers for eyes, lips, face/base, and extras, but I saw white tub sets for £7.99 from lakeland and bought two sets to help group my kit. I'm already considering buying another drawer set quite soon, as even though my kit is small it's starting to overflow in a few drawers!

In the top drawer I still keep all of my base products. The largest tub holds my foundations, but I decant them into 10ml dropper bottles to make it easier and lighter to take with me. In the long thin tub I keep concealers and dropper bottles. The small tubs hold dropper bottles and loose powder. The space around the tubs hold primers and bb cream/tinted moisturises.

The second drawer holds my eyeshadow, blusher and lipstick palettes. I also stacked up eyebrow boxes, blushers contour kits to keep them nice and tidy. The three small boxes have cream blushers and loose pigments tucked into them. This time the long thin tub holds all my eye products; mascara, pencil liners, gel liners and liquid liners.

Most of my lip products are lipsticks, which I melted into a palette. I keep my lip pencils, lip balm, gloss and extra lipsticks in this drawers thin tub. I used another large tub to keep all my tools; tweezers, eyelash curlers, a mirror, mascara wands, a powder puff etc. I also have a pack of individual eyelashes, a pack of cotton buds, hand sanitiser, a spray bottle of water and a bottle of 99% alcohol.

The last drawer is crammed with skincare, with wipes, cleanser, toner and moisturiser. I also have a small back of tissues and a larger of 99% alcohol for cleaning brushes between models at shows.

So there we have it, my storage for my start make up kit! I've only bought the basics and my kit grows every month, so it won't be long before I start buying drawers for each category! Where do you store your make up? All my own products are just shoved in a drawer XD


Monday, 19 May 2014

Summer Hol Haul: Missguided, Boohoo, ASOS and more!

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm going on holiday next month! Myself and my boyfriend are spending a week in Corfu, giving me a good excuse to splash out and buy a butt load of new clothing. With the Mayday weekend discounts appearing on many websites I managed to get up to 20% off my purchases!

First up is ASOS, where I bought a dress, two cropped tops and a swimsuit. 

My favourite purchase was the citrus slice crop top. It's super cute and mega summery, perfect for a hot vacation! I'll probably team this up with denim shorts for a fun daytime look. 

I love spearmint green, so I couldn't resist buying a spearmint crop top to wear during the day.  

Last year when I visited Tenerife only had one dress, which was a little bit too fancy to wear during the day. This meant wearing shorts almost every day, which still got quite got stuffy and hot. So I added the white cross back dress to my cart to keep me cool on long hot days. 

The hardest clothing for me to find is swimwear, as I have larger boobs and therefore need a little more support. I was unsure of this swimsuit, but it stood out so much I just had to try it. I'm going to use a little broach to keep the middle pinned and save myself from any embarrassing situations. This is definitely one to wear for lounging around the pool, not for boat trips or water sports!

I've never been a fan of jumpsuits as I always thought they'd look dumpy, but I bit the bullet and bought a tailored fit jumpsuit from Missguided. It's a really nice floaty material, but I apparently have more upper body than leg, as it's quite tight on my shoulders. 

One morning I went into work early and saw an email from BooHoo with 20%, so I couldn't resist! I immediately looked at the summer wear and picked up a kimono, with green and black colouring and a chain pattern.

I also bought a pair of white tartan leggings, which are probably my favourite purchase. I was scared they'd make my thighs and hips look even larger, but the material is firm and holds everything in place. The black bandeau top is also from BooHoo, an essential in every girls wardrobe!

I also chose a pair of disco pants, but I've had to send them back as there was a hole in the leg, boo(hoo)!

I also purchased two more bikini's, one from River Island and one from Fig Leafs. The River Island set has a cropped top and high-waisted shorts with a bright geometric pattern. The other is a simple black and white bra and pants set, perfect for walks along the beach and boat trips.

Are you planning a summer holiday? Or have you maybe treated yourself to summer clothing?


Monday, 12 May 2014

What's in my Make Up bag?

A couple of weeks ago I did the "What's In My Bag?" tag, so to continue on, here are the contents of my everyday make up bag. I usually also use an eyeshadow palette and have a little bag for my brushes, but it's pretty boring so I didn't include it! I travel between my boyfriends house and my parents, so I need everything I'd wear to work.

For primer, I use both MAC Oil Control Lotion and Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base. I put the lotion on, do my eyeshadow, apply a light layer of Redness Solutions then do my liner and mascara whilst it settles into my skin. I use The Body Shop Liquid Liner(*) and a mixture of Max Factor False Lash Effect and Benefit They're Real mascara. I also use a E.L.F eyelid primer to take away redness and prime my lids for long laster eyeshadow.

I currently use a mixture of Dainty Doll and MAC Face and Body when I need more coverage, or MAC Face and Body on it's own for everyday wear. I then use MAC Mineralize Concealer under my eyes and the Studio Finish on any blemishes. I set with the E.L.F Mineral Booster, which I have mixed feelings about. It seems to leave my face very powdery feeling, has anyone else tried it?

Next I use the E.L.F Eyebrow Kit to fill in my eyebrows and thicken them using Benefit's Gimmie Brow. I apply Sleek bronzer and highlighter on my cheeks and set  my make up with MUA's Pro Base Fixing Mist.

So there we have it, my everyday make up bag! Do you keep a make up bag with you at all times, or just in the morning?


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

My New Piercing

 A bit of a different post today, but it's something I haven't seen often on blogs so I figured it might interest a few people!

I decided a couple of weeks ago I wanted a nose hoop - completely out of the blue! I've always thought they looked cute on other people, but it's not until the past few months I've had a craving for a new piercing.

I got my ears pierced when I was 12, but I haven't worn earrings in years as any metal I tried irritated my ears, leaving them red and sore. On my 16th birthday I got my lip pierced, which I had for about 2 years before I got fed up of constantly taking it out for work and putting it back in 4 hours later. Although I miss having a lip ring, I've never wanted to get it again.

The process..
I went to the same person who did my lip ring, as he's probably the most well known piercer in my city and I trust him not to mess it up. I didn't have to book in or anything (I'm not sure what it's like anywhere else, I'm presuming that's the norm?) After filling out a short form with health questions and a disclaimer (on an iPad, how fancy!) I had a bit of banter and discussion with the piercer and receptionist before going through to a rather spacious piercing room.

I was explained what to expect, shown the hoop that would be used and got my nose cleaned and sterilised. The piercer was lovely and had great banter, making light hearted jokes which put me at ease. He warned me that my eyes would water and I might bleed as I'm a vegetarian and have thinner blood, got my nose marked and off we went. He even wiped away the tears from my watering eyes after, what a decent bloke!

The best way I can think to describe the pain is like getting an injection with a hot needle. I was told to take a deep breathe as it was done and my eyes immediately started watering. The pain went away almost immediately until I got the piercing put in. I don't know about anyone else but it always seems just as sore?! For the most part the experience was just uncomfortable, as the nose isn't exactly as flimsy as ear or a lip. It felt sort of like I was about to get a massive booger pulled from my nose, yuck! 

The aftermath..
I've had the piercing for two weeks now and have been cleaning it with salt water every morning and night. Its been pretty annoying as I never realised how often I touch my nose! The worst is showering, as I instinctively go to wipe water off my nose. On the third day it bled quite a bit, I must of knocked it in my sleep. After that it was tender for a few days and got a bit crusty. I did get a little bit of what I think was pus, but it was only for one day and after I cleaned it, it never came back. I slowly started to get used to it and now I only touch it when cleaning it and if I need to adjust the hoop.

Sorry if this is a post you haven't enjoyed, but as I said it's something I haven't seen often! If you have an questions feel free to ask :)


Monday, 5 May 2014

April Favourites

Most of my money has been spent on items for my make up kit this month, so I'm trying to go back to basics and use up all of the products I have lying about my house before I buy more. The next month or so will probably be full of some old favourites and bargains, as well as some non beauty favourites!

MUA Undressed & Undressed Too Palettes

I've had this for about two months now and only just started wearing them in the past few weeks. I first bought them after hearing all the hype that they were a dupe of the Naked Palettes, but they sat in my make up drawer, untouched, as I have plenty of brown eyeshadows as it is. As soon as I put on the shimmery browns from the Undressed Too palette, I could see exactly what the fuss was about! The pigmentation reminds me of a cream eyeshadow, it's so shimmery and almost looks wet! The copper colours are especially nice, like molten gold. They blend and mix well, not to mention lasting all day without creasing!

The Complete Guide To Everything Podcast

I've been listening to TCGTE for a good year and a bit now and I have a creepy emotional attachment to the podcast. It honestly feels like I'm listening to two of my friends talking once a week. I never really thought about podcasts before, but when I started to get bored of listening to music all the time at the gym I decided to try something new. I'm not entirely sure how I found Tim and Tom, but after listening to one episode I was hooked. Ok, so a majority of the episode is usually spent bickering and going off on tangents rather than talking about the subject at hand. But I spend a lot of that time holding in giggles so as not to look crazy as the gym and I have genuinely learned so much over the year and a half!

Monsters by Isla J Bick

I love the Ashes triology by Isla J Bick and am now onto the last book, Monsters. I'm a bit rusty with reading but it's something I want to get back into, so hopefully there will be more books in future favourites! I love books that are based around the theory of some sort of apocalypse and this one is so unique that I just cannot put it down. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing a little bit of a different kind of favourites today and didn't find it too boring! What non beauty items have you been loving this month?

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