Thursday, 30 October 2014

6 Make Up Staples | High End

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I post so many product reviews that apart from my monthly favourites and my top 5 series you don't often get to know what products i absolutely love and are must have staples in my make up collection. I've decided to split this into two posts my high end make up staples and my high street make up staples.

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua Foundation
I've tried many foundations and whilst i really like a lot of them, i always comes back to this foundation. It's just so lovely and gives me such an amazing flawless finish. It has a water base so it's very light on the skin but its so easy to build up and layer if you need more coverage. It is a pricey foundation and it retails for £33 but i personally think it is worth every single penny and i will continue to have this in my collection for as long as it is sold.

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
This was a product i didn't even know i needed until i had it. I won this in a giveaway over a year ago and i still love it and use it almost everyday. I mostly use this as a base for my eyeshadow as it evens out the colouring of the lid, it also helps the eyeshadow to stick and to prolong the wear. I sometimes i also wear this on it's own with liner and mascara.

Studio 10 Beauty Face Definer
This palette does actually have a contour, blush and highlight in it but the only thing in this i consider to be a staple is the contour. It's a grey-toned contour so it's the perfect shade for creating shadows and definition because it looks much more natural. I've never been that great at contouring but i find this so much easier to use and i love the results i get from it. I honestly don't think i could be without it.

Urban Decay 'Naked' Palette
If I'm honest, i adore all the Urban Decay Naked Palettes but if i had to pick just one of them it would be the original Naked palette. It has 12 warm toned nude shades with a perfect range for creating both daytime and night time looks and there is a mixture of matte and shimmery shades too. They blend together so easily and last really well too. For me this is the perfect neutral eyeshadow palette staple.

Benefit They're Real Mascara
There are many mascaras that i love but this is the one that i go back to time after time. The length it adds to my lashes unreal and I've not quite achieve the same look with any other. I just love how it makes my lashes look and the brush is perfect for coating and separating the lashes.

Mac Lipstick in Creme Cup
If there is one Mac Lipstick shade i would recommend it would be this one. Creme Cup is the perfect 'pink nude' shade - it's so creamy and moisturising to wear and it's a great all round shade, it works for everyday wear but it's also compliments a bold eye look too.

Those are 6 of my make up staples; there are many products that i love but if it came to it these are the 6 high end products I'd hate to be without.

What are you high end staples?

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Review | Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara

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The more and more products i try from Max Factor the more and more i fall in love with the brand. The latest product I've had the opportunity to try is their newest mascara - Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara*. Max Factor seem to excel themselves when it comes to mascara and they are quite easily becoming my favourite high street options. They are such good quality and they give amazing results and their newest mascara definitely does not let them down.

This mascara adds so much volume to the lashes and it leaves them looking really full and even adds length to the lashes too. It's a bit of an all-rounder; even though it excels itself at adding volume it definitely gives you a little bit of everything else. I did try to get a good photo of my eye to show you the results but i find it quite difficult getting a good photo of the eye - i did use it in my recent FOTD so hopefully that gives you a good idea of what its like.

The brush on this is quite an unusual shape and normally not the type of brush i like to use but this does actually work really well at separating the lashes and achieving the results it does. It does have quite a wet formula though so if you apply too many coats it can lead to clumpy lashes but as long as your careful with the amount you apply, you can still get amazing looking lashes that last and hold all day without flaking or smudging.

I'll be honest and say that i do prefer the Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara (Review Here) but i honestly just fell head over heels with it and very few mascaras give me the results that it did - however, that by no means reflects the quality of this product.

It genuinely is a really great mascara; I've been wearing it almost everyday and I'd happily go out and repurchase it because i love the volume it gives my lashes.

Whats your favourite mascara?

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Review | Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya

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I know that Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butters are old news so you're probably wondering why I'm bothering to write this review but i recently picked up a Revlon Colour Lip Butter in the shade Juicy Papaya from a blog sale and it has become one of my go to everyday lip colours and i just wanted to share it with you.

Juicy Papaya is more of a peach/coral shade so it'd probably be much more suited to the spring/summer months but i just love the subtle hint of colour that it gives to my everyday make up. I've been wearing this on a general day to day basis and even for work because it's quite sheer so it doesn't look too over the top or anything, it's just really nice and subtle.

I really like the formula of lip butters - they are probably my favourite type of lip products because they combine the moisture and creamy formula of a lip balm but it still gives the pigmentation of a lipstick so it's a great 2-in-1 products. I also think lip butters are a good option for the winter time because they're so moisturising on the lips too.

Also, lip butters are also a great option for anyone who is worried about wearing a bold lip because they always have a sheer application so they are really subtle but still give a similar effect to a lipstick so its a good way to ease into wearing a bold lip.

What's your current everyday go to lip product?

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Review | Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk

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This is a product that i picked up recently from a blog sale; i didn't actually realise that Topshop had released bronzers so i when i saw this being sold i decided to pick it up and give it a try. As i picked it up in a blog sale, it has already been used slightly hence why the Topshop indentation has started to fade but despite that there is still a good amount of product left.

I adore Topshop packaging and this is no different; it has they usual edgy sketched design that runs through all the products but this also has mirrored casing which i really like, i think it's so pretty and so different from the usual black and white packaging they have.

I've been using this bronzer almost every single day; normally i only use bronzers to contour and add a little definition to my face but I've been loving wearing this to add some colour into my face. It is a matte bronzer though, so it could easily be used to contour with. The pigmentation is that excellent on this which i know would be an issue for some people but i actually quite like that because the application is quite subtle and looks really natural, you could definitely build up the colour though if you wanted more of a heavier application.

Mohawk is more of a brown-toned bronzer which i much prefer as it's a lot more natural looking whereas orange toned bronzers can sometimes leave you quite muddy looking which is one of the reasons i only tend to contour with bronzer rather than using it bronze up the face but with this it's so much easier to do.

This is fast becoming a favourite in my make up bag and i don't quite know how i missed when these were released or that they existed as i don't think they've been mentioned all that much on blogs or youtube either. This bronzer is still for sale on the Topshop website but it has different packaging to mine so whether its been change i don't know.

Have you tried the Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk?

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Autumn FOTD #1 | Daytime Edition

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It's been ages since I've done a Face of the day or a make up look type post, mostly because i found the way i was writing them was getting a little repetitive and boring to write and i can only imagine that was the same for you guys to read so i wanna try something different - if you have any suggestions on which format you prefer then do let me know because i do really enjoy doing fotd posts.

I thought i would show you how i like to do my make up during the Autumn season. I'm going to do two separate posts; one that's showing you how i wear my make up for nights outs and this post which is more of my everyday make up with two lip alternatives.

Studio 10 Beauty Age Defy Skin Perfector*
This is a concealer palette that has a primer, two concealers and two colour correctors. As i wasn't actually going out anywhere today i just used one of the concealers but on normal day i would use one of the colour correctors and then go back in with a concealer. They are quite creamy products so they are really easy to blend out.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in Ivory | Full Review Here
This is quite a full coverage foundation which is very different to what I'd normally wear but its blends out really nicely and gives a really lovely flawless finish whilst sister looking really natural. I applied this with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent | Full Review Here
I always use a powder to set my foundation and concealer in place. There isn't anything fancy to this powder except its really affordable and it does the job. I prefer it to be Translucent because it doesn't add any colour or coverage to the make up you've already applied.

Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk
I like to use this bronzer to add some colour into my complexion. It's a matte bronzer that has more of a brown tone to it, it's not overly pigmented but its definitely buildable and i prefer the subtly of it because i like it to look natural on.

Nars Blush in Sin | Full Review Here
I flipping love this blush - It's a beautiful purple toned pink and it's honestly the most perfect shade for autumn and it's so different to any blush that i own. It's so lovely on and it's definitely one of my favourite blushes i own.

Soap & Glory Brow Archery | Full Review Here
I prefer to use the pencil side of this; i do like the felt tip side but for some reason i find myself using the pencil side more. It's really easy to use and so natural look as well. I don't go to over the top or spend a great deal of time on my brows as they are covered by my fringe but i just like to cover in any sparse areas and make sure they look neat.

Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown | Full Review Here
This has pretty much ran out now but i like using this to brush over my brush and when there was product inside it was great for setting them in place. I definitely need to pick up another one.

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly* | Full Review Here
This is a make up must have for me - I've been using it ever since i got it, it's just the perfect eye base as it evens out the base, it helps eyeshadow stick to the lid and therefore last longer and it helps the colour pop too. Not only that but you can also wear this alone as a simple nude base.

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Sahara
I didn't expect to use this half as much as i have - but i like wearing this on it's own all over the lid for just general day to day use, especially for work as it's a really natural beige colour with a bit of shimmer so it's nothing over the top but it just adds a little something to the eyes.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black
This is the one felt tip liner i go back to time and time again; it's really affordable and it works - it lasts, it applies black and the felt tip makes it really easy to use and control the application with. If I'm working i just simply line my eyes with it, but any other time i like to add a flick at the end.

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara*
This is their latest mascara which I'm currently in the process of testing out - so far so good. It adds length and volume, it lasts well and doesn't smudge.

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Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya
This is the lip colour I've been reaching for lately; for both work and for days when i just want something really subtle to finish my make up look off. It's a lovely peach/coral toned shade which is probably a little out of season but i really like it and it's so subtle whilst still adding a little something.

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Collection Work the Colour Lip Butter in Perfect Plum | Full Review Here
On the days i want a little more colour on my lips I've been reaching for this - as it's a lip butter it's quite sheer and not quite as bold as a lipstick but you still get a really good colour pay off with it.

What products have you been using lately?

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Winter Reading List

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I had a completely different post planned for today that i was really excited to do but thanks to the miserable weather we've had lately i was unable to get the photos taken on my day off yesterday which is so annoying. Despite how much i love Autumn/Winter, i dislike how much of struggle it can become for lighting. Thankfully, i had a couple of photos saved for some other posts i was planning to do over the next few weeks rather than not posting at all.

If you read my Recently Read #2 post i did the other day, you'll know that i seem to have the reading bug at the moment which I'm so happy about. I don't know why but it seems that if i pre-pick out a few of the next books i want to read i seem to work through the pile a lot quicker so i thought I'd share with you what books i plan to read over Autumn/Winter.

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Evermore by Alyson Noel (Immortals #1)
"Sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom is the sole survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Exiled to sunny California. Ever is haunted by her little sister and by the ability to see people's auras, hear their thoughts and know their entire life story by touching them. She wants to hide from the world, but when a stunningly handsome guy arrives at school, she can't seem to keep away. Falling in love with Damen is dangerous - he's not what he seems. But if Damen is her destiny, how can Ever walk away?"

The Moon & More by Sarah Dessen
"Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realising her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby? Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?"

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About a Girl by Lindsay Kelk
"After accidentally answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, why shouldn’t she try out being Vanessa? With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble – she isn’t a photographer, she isn’t Vanessa, and the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…"

What a Girl Wants by Lindsay Kelk
"Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan. Now she's the girl with a choice. Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick? For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants."

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It Felt Like a Kiss by Sara Manning
"Ellie manages a swank Mayfair gallery, but it’s her life that’s a real work of art. Great job, really good hair, loyal friends, loving family. It’s only her succession of lame duck boyfriends that ruin the picture. Oh, and the world-famous rock-star father she’s never met, who won’t even acknowledge her existence. Then Ellie’s perfect life is smashed to pieces when her secret is sold to the highest bidder and her name, face (and pictures of her bottom) are splashed across the tabloids. Suddenly everyone thinks she’s a gold-digging, sex-crazy, fame whore.

Enter David Gold. Charming and handsome David Gold. On paper he’s even more perfect than Ellie, if only he wasn’t her father’s ruthlessly ambitious lawyer whose job is to manage the crisis – and her. He certainly doesn’t think that Ellie’s the innocent party and she doesn’t trust him at all. So why is it that every time they’re alone together, damage limitation is the last thing on their minds?

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon
Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia.
Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends.
But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business…

I've decided just to include the book description that is on goodreads just because it'll be easier than me trying to explain what the book is about. I'm looking forward to trying all these books and if you'd like to follow my progress with these books feel free to add me on Goodreads, i will also be doing a post reviewing all the books once I've finished them too!

What books are on your To Read List?

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

How I Blog #4 | Promoting my Posts

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In my last post (here) i asked if you would be interested in a 'how i blog' post on how i promote my posts and a few of you seemed interested. I'll be honest and say promoting posts isn't one of my strong points but these are just a few of the steps i like to take in promoting my posts.

I like to post a tweet about my posts (feel free to follow my twitter here); it's the most easiest ad one of the most successful ways to get your posts out there. Adding the relevant hashtags to the tweets are a great way of getting your tweet out to the right audience of people - for example, i use #bbloggers and sometimes #lbloggers but there are many out there to cater all the different topics.

Also, if I'm featuring a product from a particular brand i mention them in the tweet, a lot of the time they retweet the tweet which then exposes the link to their followers. Not only that but keeping up interaction with brands or featuring them often can sometimes lead to them wanting to work with you in the future.

Continuing on from my last point - i don't really have time to post out tweets every time my posts go live so i like to schedule a tweet after I've scheduled a post so that i know it's done and ready to post. The website i use it Hootsuite, i find it really easy to use and to navigate but there are other websites like this too, if hootsuite doesn't quite take your fancy.

I don't actually use this for promoting posts but i do want to get into the habit of doing so because i love instagram in general and it's another great way to get posts out there (also using hashtags) and it also reaches a different set of followers too. (Feel free to follow my instagram here)

This is the one I've only been doing in the recent months; i have a board on pinterest for my blog that i pin all the photos onto and i link those to the relevant posts. People love to spend hours browsing on pinterest and if the photos are eye catching enough chances are people are going to click through to the blog.

This may sound like a strange one but i use my own blog to promote my posts. If i mention a product in my post that I've already reviewed i link it - chances are if someones interested in that product they're possible going to want to know more about it so in a way its possible to promote your own posts through your own blog.

Groups on Facebook/Linked In
I'm fairly new to this one but they're a lot of groups available for bloggers for example, The Beauty Blogger Bunch, the Blogger Program or Bloggers Helping Bloggers - the groups are their to post your link into, not all groups will like it but most of them are their for that purpose of helping each other promote their blogs and posts.

I like to comment on other people's blogs - not only does that makes the other blogger feel good and appreciated but at the end of my comment i leave a link to my blog in the signature so that should the blogger or their readers wish to check it out, the option is there. I always make sure that my comment is genuine and that I've not posted it for the sake of leaving a link and i definitely do NOT do follow for follows.

How Much is Enough?
How much a person chooses to promote their blog is their own personal preference - i personally keep it quite minimal mostly because i don't want to spam non-bbloggers that follow my account but its also because i get quite irritated myself when people post the exact same thing a million times over. Ive actually unfollowed someone on twitter because they kept post the same tweet constantly and i just found it highly irritating. So it is a personal choice how much you want to promote your blog but do be aware of how much.

So that is how i like to promote my logs and my posts. As I've mentioned i am no expert and I'm still learning what are the best ways but at the moments these are what i find are working.

How do you like to promote your posts?

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review | Honeycomb Natural Sponge & Giveaway

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When it comes to sponges i tend to look the other way because despite being an really cheap option they are usually quite rough, not very durable and generally just very shoddy quality but i was recently given the opportunity to try out a Honeycomb Natural Sponge* which is supposed to be one of the most luxury and long lasting sponges available and also one of the most expensive which at £24.00 is definitely a hefty price tag for a sponge.

Sponges have been around for millions of years apparently it's earliest documentation was by Greek Poet Homer 8th Century BC and they have been in commercial trading since 19th Century - so definitely a very long time. The natural sponges are collected from the ocean floor but are cut off above the roots allowing them to regrow, and they have a vigourous 10 stage cleaning process so that all stones, algae and marine debris are removed.

When i first got this it immediately reminded me of Sea anemone (i have severe difficulty trying to say that out loud) and the exterior was quite rough feeling but it the perfect texture for exfoliating - i love to exfoliate my legs after shaving and this was amazing for that, it left them feeling so smooth and once I'd continued with my usual routine of moisturising my legs honestly felt incredible.

Not only does it prove to be an excellent exfoliator but once immersed in water it absorbs the water and becomes really soft and gentle - it's quite a drastic contrast and not one i expected. It's so gentle to use and wash the skin with and when used with my body wash it lathered up really lovely.

I'll be honest but the thought of paying £24.00 for a sponge does make my eyes water but this is definitely a lot more high quality and much more durable and long lasting so it's much more luxurious than your typical sponge - the lovely people at The Sponge Market have offered 15% off all orders with the discount code 'ALICE' until the end of November if you are interested in trying some of their products out (they have many other types of sponges too) they are available for the public to buy.

Onto the giveaway; The Sponge Market have very kindly offered to give away one of the Honeycomb Natural Sponge (the same one i have) to one of you lovely viewers - so if you'd like to win all you have to do is follow the rafflecopter below and be sure to answer the question too - the answer can be found on this web page here and I've also mentioned the answer in this blog post too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

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