Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Fashion | Primark Cut Out Boots

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Okay, so I'm definitely not the most fashionable person but i do really want to start introducing fashion into my blog so i thought I'd start off easy and show you one of my latest buys.

I saw these in Primark and fell in love and at £18 there was no way i was leaving without them. They had these suede cut out boots and another pair which where patent leather?(not real leather of course)and i almost left with both pairs but the Suede ones just won me over.

Cut out shoes are really on trend at the moment and i love them. I think they're such girly yet edgy shoes and they really give outfits that really grungy look. These shoes are really comfortable and i just love how they look paired with my jeans or with a dress. I'm hoping to start doing some OOTDs so i sure you'll be seeing more of these.

What do you think of my first official fashion post?

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Love Me Beauty | July

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I unsubscribed from Love Me Beauty a little while ago as at the time it was an extra expense i didn't need and i was getting a little tired of constantly getting the same kind of stuff and my drawer(s) was starting to bulge so i decided to stop. However, when i saw the options for this months box there was no way i was missing out! I opted for Edition two.

Lashem | 2ml Sample
This is a lash enchancing serum that claims to nourish and condition the lashes whilst the formula works with your lashes to give you fuller, longer lashes within two weeks. This is a very bold claim and I'm not so sure if i trust lash serums as everyone I've tried has never worked so we shall see if this changes my mind.

Ofra Eyeshadow in Bliss | Full Size
I'm not normally a big fan of single eyeshadows mostly because i tend to reach more for my palettes rather than single eyeshadows but I'm looking forward to trying it out because it's a really beautiful colour and i think it would make a really lovely base colour - i think would look really nice both on it's own and also with another colour in the crease (I'm thinking Mac's Satin Taupe) so I'm looking forward to give this a try.

Ofra Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood | Full Size
This is actually the product that swayed me towards picking edition 2. I love liquid lipsticks and i thought that this was a really lovely pink shade. It says it's creamy and soft in texture, moisturising on the lips and contains Anti oxidants and Vitamin E with colour that lasts perfectly for up to 5 hours - I'm very intrigued to test this out and see how it applies and whether it really lasts for up to 5 hours.

So Susan Flutter Mascara | Full Size
I technically do not need another mascara as i have quite a selection waiting to be used/tested but i can't wait to try this out as it sounds really good - it's formulated with hyaluronic spheres to help you achieve the darkest, curviest lashes and the extra stiff bristles are designed to achieve voluminous, multi dimensional lashes in just one coat. Definitely some big claims, but i really hope that this product is as good as it sounds.

So Susan Dual Brow Powder | Full Size
I don't own many brow products so i always welcome new additions to my collection. I'm a little unsure as to whether the shade of this is going to suit my brows as it looks a little scary in the pan but I'm definitely going to give it a try and see how it goes - I've not used powder on my brows in a while so I'm looking forward to going back to it and trying it out.

The Teashed 4am Tea | Full Size
I always find it really strange to get things like teabags in a beauty box; because it technically it has nothing to do with beauty. However, i do really like that they've give a full pack and not just one odd one like they usually do. This is a white tea that is low in caffeine so you can drink it at a stupid time (such as 4am) and you can still sleep as normal. It actually helps you sleep and it also supposed to be good for your skin too.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion | Full Size
I don't actually know why this is in my beauty box - i don't know whether it's meant to be an extra gift or whether it's an error of some kind as it isn't mention on the little info sheet you get either. I did have a little google of the product and it sounds lovely so I'm looking forward to trying it out.

I'm really impressed with the range of products for this month's Love Me Beauty and i can not wait to get testing them - i will definitely be doing reviews on the products at some point so keep an eye out for those!

What do you think of this month's Love Me Beauty?

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Monday, 21 July 2014

The British Tag

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I've seen this tag floating around on youtube and i thought it was a really cute tag and of course I'm British so i felt i just had to do it.

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?
Not actually as many as you'd think. On average, i have about 1 a day - usually more in the winter time though. I don't have sugar either.

2. Favourite part of your roast?
This is a tough one - i really like the meat whether its beef or chicken but i also really like the veg and yorkshire pudding. Can i have three?

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
I don't think you can beat a good old Milk Chocolate Digestive tbh - all though i am quite partial to a hobnob.

4. Favourite quintessentially British pass time?
I don't know - i guess i love a good pub lunch? I go to pub quizzes a lot does that count as a British Pass Time?

5. Favourite word?
Err, i quite like codswallop but i don't really use it that much.

6. Cockney rhyming slang?
"Here, just don't jimmy-riddle in the back of me jam jar." If you have ever watching Winning London with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in, you will recognise this. Its what always comes in my head when i think of cockney haha

7. Favourite sweet?
Flying saucers - they are the best.

8. What would your pub be called?
Hmm, The Queen of Hearts? - i don't know, i just really like Alice in Wonderland :)

9. No.1 British person?
Hmm, i feel like i should say the Queen or something but i don't actually know who to day - the only person who is springing to my mind is Kate Middleton

10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
Shop would have to be Boots and Superdrug, i love them both and i love shopping in there as it usually means I'm buying make up. Restaurant I'd probably say Wetherspoon, i know it's nothing fancy but i eat/drink there a lot.

11. What British song pops into your head?
It has to be Wannabe by Spice Girls or pretty much any Spice Girls songs.

12. Marmite
I've actually never tried it - am i missing out?

I'm not going to tag anyone specific so feel free to do it, if you'd like to!
Will you be doing the British Tag?

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Introducing | Wilko Make Up Brushes

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I don't know what's going on with Wilkinsons at the moment but they really are at the top of their game. I popped into my local store to discover that not only have we finally got an Essence Stand (Yay! Not that i need anymore) but they have also released some incredible new products including a fab range of make up brushes!

They have a wide range of brushes available and they are such amazing prices and they are fantastic quality too.

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Wilko 'Build Your Look' Powder Brush | £4
When it comes to applying powder I've always stuck with my trusty Elf Studio Powder Brush but i fancied a change and oh my, this is incredible. It's made with 100% synthetic hair with softer and more finer bristles that has a more softer feel and trust me, it is insanely soft - i literally could sit and brush my face all day.

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Wilko 'Build Your Look' Foundation Brush | £4
I've not actually used this yet but the shape does remind me a lot of the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush except it's a lot slimmer and a little more pointed - it also has a 100% synthetic hairs too. I'm seriously excited to try this out and seeing how this applies my foundation.

The design of both of these two brushes remind me a lot of the Real Techniques brushes except these are even cheaper - i definitely need to pick up some more of the range.

Wilko's also have another range of brushes that are slightly cheaper than the others and they all have really cute patterned packaging on them, some are as cheap as £1.

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Wilko 'Powder Me Up' Retractable Kabuki Brush | £3
I always like to carry my powder in my handbag and with it i always take my Essence Kabuki Brush which i love as its such a handy size, however I'm a little paranoid about it being loose in my bag as its gonna get mucky and pick up bacteria. So i picked up this retractable one because it's perfect for staying in my handbag, it's really compact and the lid keeps the brush covered - it's also a seriously cute case! The kabuki brush itself is made from 100% synthetic hair and it is so soft too!

I'm seriously impressed with Wilkinsons at the moment - i think this brush range is brilliant. I love that they've released such a great quality range and that prices are accessible for everyone as they are so affordable.

Will you be picking up any of the Wilko brushes?

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Review | Quickmax Eyelash Growth Enhancer

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I, like many other females dream of having naturally long and luscious lashes so when i was given the opportunity to test out the Stylelux Quickmax Eyelash Growth Enhancer* i pretty much jumped at the change.

You apply this each night after your evening skincare; you apply it exactly like you would an eyeliner which i found kind of strange, it does apply clear so its not like you're applying make up but it just felt wrong applying an eyeliner especially when I'd literally just taken off my make up.

It claims that it'll give you fast results within 7 days - i personally didn't notice any difference in the length of my lashes after those 7 days which is a little disappointing but the fine print does say to allow up 4-6 weeks as each persons growth cycle is different. I do understand that it'll work differently on different people but i just think it's rather misleading to boast that results are visible within 7 days when realistically you have to allow up to 4-6 weeks.

Even after the 4 week i still don't see any difference in my lashes - which is disappointing especially when this product retails for £24.99, it's a lot of money to spend on a product that doesn't give the results it promises. It does recommend using a hot towel prior to use as it's been proven to enhance the effect of Quickmax so I'm wondering whether that's why i haven't seen any results or maybe it's just my lashes being stubborn?

So far, I'm disappointed in this product as its not exactly cheap and for the price is it, id expect it to do something but i am going to keep trying it out to see if hitting the 6 weeks marks makes a difference and i may also try the hot cloth tip it mentions to see if that helps.

Have you tried the Quickmax Eyelash Growth Enhancer, did it give you long lashes?

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Make Up Revolution

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I'm sure most of you have heard all about Make Up Revolution by now, it has taken the blogging world by storm. Ive been wanting to try their products out for a while and have spent ages browsing their site, planning to make an order but there are so many different items that i want to try i actually found it quite overwhelming and left every time without making an order.

In my frustration i turned to twitter seeking recommendations but was greeted by a lovely DM from Make Up Revolution offering to send me a few products - which was so sweet, i also love the fact that they actually took the time to look at my blog and see which product they think i would like.

So what did they send?

Make Up Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquer in Keep Trying For You*
Anyone who has read my blog will know that I'm a big lover of a red lip - despite owning numerous amounts of red lip products it's still always the shade I'm most drawn to, so i was definitely not disappointed to see this little beauty. It is the most beautiful true red shade and i am so excited to try it - this is a long lasting lip lacquer, that applies liquid and dries matte. I'm a big fan of lip lacquer so I'm looking forward to trying this out and seeing how it compares to others.

Make Up Revolution Focus & Fix Eye Primer*
This could not have come at a better time as i recently ran out of my last eye primer. I swear by eye primers and i hate not using them as i always notice the difference that they make to my eyeshadow. So I'm glad to finally have one back in my collection.

Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 2*
Technically, i don't need anymore palettes but when does that ever stop anybody? I love neutral eyeshadow, just look at my collection and you'll see practically every palette i have is neutral based. This one is no exception and it's gorgeous - it looks like the perfect dupe for the UD Naked 2 palette. These are super affordable palettes so I'm very intrigued to see what its like.

Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Romantic Smoked*
This is such a beautiful eyeshadow palette- I'm really looking forward to trying this out as the range of shades is actually different to most palettes i own. I can see how it's got its name 'Romantic Smoked' as it has a gorgeous array of browns, purples and plums. I think this will be gorgeous palette to use in the autumn time.

I Heart Make Up Make Up Geek Palette*
I Heart Make Up is the sister brand to Make Up Revolution - i actually thought this was just a range that Make Up Revolution had released. They have a variety of different palettes each with '32 shades' in, this has a lot different shades in ranging from neutral to really bright so it's very versatile and there is shades to every ones needs. I'm unsure how much use ill get out of the brighter shades but i am hoping to introduce more colour into my make up so having this palette may definitely help me with that.

I'm very grateful to Make Up Revolution for sending me this lovely package and I'm very excited to try all these products out. I will definitely be doing reviewing these on my blog and I'm hoping to do some make up looks with some of the products too so keep an eye out for those!

Have you tried Make Up Revolution? What products do you recommend?

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Review | Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer

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A couple of weeks ago i was super lucky and won a twitter giveaway, the prize being a bundle of Studio 10 goodies from Cult Beauty! One of those lovely items was this Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer* I'm really enjoying contouring at the moment so this was a welcome addition to my collection!

The packaging for this palette is just gorgeous - it's so sleek and compact - the expensive price tag is definitely reflected in the packaging. It also has a nice large mirror too, which i really like as you can actually see in it - instead of those dinky sized mirrors some products have. Even the box it comes in is really pretty and luxurious - I'm actually struggling to bring myself to get rid of the box or even take the product out of it. It comes with a contour, blush and highlighter. I love products like this that are compacted and have multiple products in one - it's so handy especially if you like to carry a make up bag with you or if you are someone who travels a lot, it's a real space saver.

My favourite part of this has definitely got to be the contour; it's a light almost grey toned colour which makes it the perfect contour colour to create shadows and add definition to the face. I really like this, it's just the perfect contour and it looks so subtle and natural. A lot of bronzers or contours I've used tend to have more of an orange tone to it - the grey tone definitely makes all the difference. It blends out really nicely and it works really well to give definition to the face.

The blush is a cream blush which I'm still a little undecided about - in the pan it's quite a bright pink and i didn't quite expect it be the shade it was when i first tried it but it is a beautiful colour nonetheless. I actually prefer powder to cream ones but this is actually really lovely and it blends outs really easily and gives a nice flush of colour to the cheeks - although, a little bit really does go a long way as this is a very pigmented blush.

The highlighter is also a cream product which i really like as i tend to find cream highlighters just blend and look more natural on the skin and it adds a healthy subtle glow that helps the contour to stand out. I was also quite surprised as i tend to go for pink toned highlighters as i feel they suit me much better but I've actually been enjoying using the golden toned highlighter. It's a perfect tone for summer and it really adds to that bronzed/glow-y look that's always popular in the summer.

I'm absolutely loving this product and it's become a go to in my daily routine. It retails for £30 (link here) which is a little on the pricier side but if you are into contouring this is definitely worth checking out.

Have you tried the Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer?

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Interrogation Beauty Tag

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It's been ages since i last did a tag and i hadn't seen this one before until i came across is on Georgie's Blog - I've posted a heck of a lot of reviews lately as well so i think it'd be a nice break for you as well!

1. What is the one product you’d grab if your house was on fire ?
This is a really tough one - id want to grab either my UD Naked Palettes, my Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation or my Nars Sin Blush. I can't pick just the one.

2. Which beauty blogger would you want to do your makeover?
I'd love for the Pixiwoo sisters to do my make up, as i think they're amazing.

3. What celeb do people think you look like?
I don't know - a lot of people say i remind them of Sarah Millican. I think it's because I'm quite sarcastic and have a similar sense of humour or just because i wear glasses, either way I'm not quite sure if i should be insulted or not?!

4. What beauty product do you save for date night?
I don't have a specific product that i save but i guess I'd just try to make more of an effort generally with make up.

5. Which of your guy friends take longer than you to get ready?
Err, i actually don't know.

6. If you could create your own miracle beauty product, what would it be?
This is a tough one - i guess something that instantly removes spots. Theres loads of spot treatments out there but none of them work quickly or instantly and it'd be amazing to have something that the minute you notice a spot you can zap it and it'll be gone.

7. What’s your best beauty tip?
Always remove your make up - it's a boring task, but your skin will be grateful.

8. What beauty products do you love to splurge on?
Foundation - i feel like its one of the most important aspects of my routine so i do like to treat myself to the more expensive ones.

9. Which beauty bloggers would you bring on a shopping spree?
Id love to go shopping with Zoella, Velvet Gh0st and Essiebutton

10. What is your signature scent?
I switch my scent up a lot but my all time favourite perfume is Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice.

11. I am on an endless quest for the perfect ....
Concealer. I'm just never fully satisfied with them ever. All recommendations are welcome!

12. How many beauty products does it take to get you ready?
It depends on what make up look I'm going for. I think the least amount I've worn has been about 6?

13. What lipstick/lip gloss is in your purse right now?
I have Mac Creme Cup Lipstick and  L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Colour Riche Liquid Lipstick in Rose Melody. I also have a few lip balms in there as well.

14. Who is your celebrity beauty icon?
This is a really hard question as i don't really know who to choose - i always love Cheryl Cole and Lucy Hale's Make up, so those?

15. Name the beauty brand you’d most love to be a spokesperson for?
Benefit, i think they're a brilliant brand and i love their products alot.

16. What’s your current nail polish?
I'm not wearing any at the moment, but i did recently wear Topshop's Flamingo Coral

17. Fave mascara right now?
I really love using the Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara - I've had a for a while now but I'm still loving it and i hate the idea of having to get rid of it soon :(

18. The last thing you bought at Boots?
I can't remember for sure but i think it was Soap and Glory products. I bought two of their body washes for me and a set of travel products for my friend's birthday

19. I try never to be seen without wearing... 
Mascara - i feel really bald if i don't wear mascara. 

20. What’s one beauty product you’d always recommend?
The UD Naked Palettes or Indeed Hydraluron Moisture Booster.

I tag:
Beauty By Alice
Water Painted Dreams
Birds Words
Let's Talk Beauty

& anyone else who would like to do the tag!

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