Friday, 27 March 2015

Mini Boots Haul Feat. Maybelline, L'Oreal and Rimmel

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It's been a heck of a long time since i did a haul post, I've been trying hard not to splurge on products as often as i once was because i own more than enough to be able to justify constantly buying news products. However, Boots have their 3 for 2 offer on at the moment and I've had a gift card for Boots burning a hole in my purse for about 4 months so i decided to treat myself to a couple new products.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review | INIKA Face in a Box Starter Kit: Nuture

INIKA Face in a Box Starter Kit: Nuture

INIKA Face in a Box Starter Kit: Nuture

Mineral Make Up is something I've never really ventured in to, it's definitely something I've been curious to try but i didn't really know which brand i should start off with and I'm generally a little sceptical about how a loose powder can compare to the coverage of my trusty liquid foundations. Finally able to ease my curiosity, I've spent the past few weeks testing out the INIKA Face In a Box: Nuture* - the perfect starter kit for novices like myself who don't really know where to start with mineral make up. You might want to get a drink as this is going to be a bit of a long one.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Current Go To Red Lip | Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Red Essential

Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil Red Essential

Red lip products are definitely one of my biggest vices when it comes to make up, despite owning more than enough i can never seem to resist getting one more. I have the perfect excuse for this one though, it was a Christmas present and i didn't actually choose the shade - i mentioned to my sister i was interested in trying the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil and told her the two shades i was interested in most and this turned up under the Christmas tree, what can i say she knows me well

Thursday, 12 March 2015

My Mac Eyeshadow Quad

Mac Eyeshadow Quad: Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery

Mac Eyeshadow Quad: Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery
Mac Eyeshadow Quad: Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery
Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery
I've had an empty Mac quad for almost a year, i won it in a lovely giveaway along with the shade Satin Taupe. I've been wanting to create my own perfect little palette that would have any shade i needed to create the perfect eye look whether it be neutral or bold.

I can't tell you how long i agonised over what colours to include in my mac quad; i wanted three colours to compliment Satin Taupe and it took me a heck of a long time to make my decision, i spent a lot of time researching shades and swatches to try and figure out which i liked the most and which would be best. It was not an easy decision and one of the shades i ended up purchasing on a it of a whim but i feel like it paid off - i can not tell you how exciting it was putting all the shades together into the palette. My palette consists of the shades Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery.

Naked Lunch is a shade I've coveted for a heck of a long time. Naked Lunch is a light champagne colour, it's a very versatile shade that can be used as a wash of colour over the lid, as a high light or used as a base colour to compliment other shades too - it's one of those shades that goes with everything and it has a frost finish too so it has a slight shimmer to it.

Patina is the shade i never knew i needed but now i don't think i could ever be without. It's a light taupe shade with a gold shimmer and in some lights i also think it as a slight green tone to it. It's a really gorgeous eyeshadow and like Naked Lunch i love wearing this all over the lid alone as well as pairing it with other shades too. This is also a frost finish.

Satin Taupe is an eyeshadow i absolutely love and have owned for ages. It's a taupe shade with a silver shimmer running through it and it is absolutely gorgeous. I love wearing this as a crease colour, it's so pretty and it compliments lighter colours really well to create a lovely subtle smokey eye.

Mystery is the one eyeshadow that i bought on a bit of a whim. I wanted a darker shade to compliment the rest of the shades in the palette but i wanted a shade that i could work with that wouldn't be too dark so i settle on Mystery. It's a cool muted brown eyeshadow with a slight plummy tone to it and its the perfect shade to go in the crease or outer corner to really define the eye look. It's a satin finish which means it has very subtle sheen or demi-matte appearance - in the pan it does looks like it's a matte shade.

Mac have an enormous range of shades and finishes so you can't really go wrong for choice and they are such good quality too - they last well, blend together well and are so pigmented. They aren't cheap - the single eyeshadow are £13 each and the pan eyeshadows are £10 each which is part of the reason it took me so long to decide which to get because i wanted eyeshadow I'm going to make use of.

I'm really happy with the choices I've made and i absolutely love the quad I've made. I think i choose well with the shades as they work well together and there are so many different looks you can create with it ranging from natural day looks to bold sultry eyes. The palette itself is really great, it's a handy compact size so it won't take up a lot of room and will be perfect to take on holiday or travelling. I also love that i can take the eyeshadows out easily and swap them with different colours if i wanted too.

At some point in the future I'd love to get one of the bigger palettes so i have a whole range of shades - not that i need anymore but I'd love to know what your favourite Mac Eyeshadow shades are?
Natalie xx
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Review | Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

I feel like i don't talk about hair products enough on my blog; which is quite odd because i actually love hair products and love trying all the different type of products out there. Redken is a brand that I've never tried out before as their products are on the pricey side but thanks to TheHut.com, you can get them just a little bit cheaper. I've been putting two of their products to the test for the past week and I'd thought I'd share my thoughts.

Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

First up, is the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender and Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo*- I'm the ultimate lazy girl when it comes to my hair; i hate washing it, i just think it's such a chore to do so i like to keep washing it to a minimum if possible so dry shampoo is one of my favourite products and a big part of hair routine. I'm always willing to give new dry shampoos a try and even though I'll use pretty much any that's available, i do think I'm quite hard to please. I've tried a heck of a lot of different dry shampoos and out of the ones I've tried there is only one that has ever truly blown me away that is until now.

Redken's offering is pretty damn good; it has a fresh fragrant scent to it, it doesn't leave the hair feeling crusty and it really does freshen up the hair and prolong it. I reapply this each day so i can't vouch for it extending the hair for two days but its definitely one of the best dry shampoos I've used in terms of keeping the hair looking fresh, the oil absorbing properties really help prevent it from looking too greasy and it's also really great for adding texture and volume into the hair too.

It is quite pricey for a dry shampoo (£12.60) but i do really like it, so i could possible be swayed into buying it because it's definitely one of the best ones I've ever tried and you can tell that you're paying for a good quality product.


Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

The second product I've been trying out is the Redken Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spray* - i think this is one of those products that is quite a novelty to have, i don't think it's a necessity to any routine but its a nice product to use if you do have it. It's basically a spray you use on your hair after you've used heat, so after straightening or curling your hair you spray this all over and it protects and repairs the hair whilst adding a shiny and smooth finish. It's almost like a heat protectant but you use it after instead of before.

I don't think I'd ever go out of my way to buy time and time again but it is nice knowing there is an extra source of protection from heat for my hair because i do use heat a lot. It doesn't leave your hair sticky or anything like that but i imagine if you go a little over board with spraying, that could be an issue and it doesn't have much of scent to it either. Honestly, i don't I'd be willing to go out and pay the price (£12.60) for this product because whilst it is a nice product, it's not nice enough for the price.

Have you tried Redken before? Any recommendations?

Natalie xx
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Top 5 | Perfumes

Top 5 | Perfumes

I've never really been one to treat myself to a perfumes, usually i get them as presents either for my birthday or at Christmas time as i love perfume but id rather spend my money on make up or other things. Although, if you have a B&M near you, definitely check out their perfume cabinet as they have some pretty good bargains when it comes to perfume! Anyways, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite perfumes with you in today's post.

Disclaimer: I'm not that great at describing scents, so please bear with me.

Christina Aguilera's Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera's Christina Aguilera
I've actually gone through about three bottles of this perfume as i just love it. It has a really lovely floral scent to it enriched with vanilla - id say it has quite a sweet yet musky tone to it, it's not like your typical floral scents. I love the bottle of this; the lace detailed is so pretty and apparently it's supposed to reflect Christina Aguilera's style of emphasising sexuality. I absolutely love this perfume and it smells amazing.

One Direction's Our Moment

One Direction's Our Moment
I quite like One Direction but i genuinely had no intention of every wanting to buy their perfume, that was until i decided to smell it in store on a whim and found that it was actually really nice. This is the one perfume i get the most compliments on and usually the one people find themselves a bit embarrassed at having liked it so much, especially any lads. The bottle is nice but I'm not a fan of the fabric lid, it doesn't really serve much purpose as the spray isn't really covered up by anything. The scent however is really nice, it is quite a typical 'celebrity scent' but I'd honestly say put any opinions of the band aside and go smell it - it's has a fresh fruity/floral scent to it.

Rihanna's Nude

Rihanna's Nude
This is another perfume that i receive quite a few compliments on; it's described as having 'daring and sophisticated qualities, expressing the wearer's true self and confidence'. Not quite sure about that one, but the scent is really nice - it's quite a womanly, almost provocative scent (i feel that's a weird way to describe it) with mostly fruity notes but also hints of floral too, it's quite a darker scent compared to the usual fresh fruity type of scents but it is really lovely and is currently my go to perfume for nights out.

Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice

Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice
As you can see with this one, there is barely a drop left. I won't let myself use anymore because I'm so sad it's run out, it's quite possible my all time favourite perfume and i need to get my hands on a new one. It's described as being sexy, musky yet comforting whilst enlivening the senses - the floriental (floral oriental) notes gives it that warm, musky scent. It's such a nice scent and this is the one perfume that really makes me feel like a grown woman - if that makes sense, it's such an empowering scent. I also really love the bottle, it did originally come with a bracelet but i lost mine ages ago when i moved out for uni.

Vera Wang's Love Struck

Vera Wang's Love Struck
Firstly, i love the bottle of this - it is a little big which isn't ideal for taking out with you in your handbag but it's one of those bottles that looks great on display. It's described as being sparkling addictive floral scent combined with notes of musk and vanilla to create a passionate and elegant scent. I had no idea that this perfume was designed to capture the feeling of a woman stuck by love and is actually inspired by a modern day twist Romeo & Juliet. It's quite interesting discovering the back story of perfumes and what has inspired them but this truly is a lovely floral scent,

My descriptions are genuinely terrible but all i can suggest is that you take me work and go to your nearest perfume counter and smell them all, they really are lovely scents. I love them all and I'm forever switching between them - I've gained a new found love perfume lately and there are so many others i really want to try out.

What's your favourite perfume? Any recommendations?
Natalie xx
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Monday, 9 March 2015

Why I Started Blogging...

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I've been blogging for over three years now and it has been a heck of a journey. Everyone has their own reasons for starting their blog whether it be a creative outlet, a resource for getting free stuff or like me, you simple have a big passion for all things beauty and you want to share it with everyone.

About 5 or 6 years ago, i remember stumbling onto the beauty community on youtube - i had no idea such a thing existed until a friend told me she always looked to youtube tutorials for everything, especially things beauty related. It was only out of sheer curiosity that i decided to check them out and i stumbled upon Panacea81 aka Lauren Luke and i must have spent hours and hours watching through her videos.

From there i discovered many other youtubers - Fleurdeforce, Gem's Maquillage, Miss Glamorazzi, Bubzbeauty and Michelle Phan. I spent a lot of my spare time watching them, i've learned so much about make up, its uses and all the different ways to apply things. I was so fascinated with this world and community they were involved in that i wanted desperately to be a part of it and it was thanks to my discovery of youtube that i discovered high end brands like Mac and my make up collection started to grow - within the space of 6 months, my silver box of make up grew into small 3 drawer stand. I never did make my youtube debut like I'd wanted as sitting in front of a camera and filming is not something that comes easy to me and still isn't, I've tried filming a few times but i get so embarrassed and delete it; like is my voice seriously that squeaky?!

From youtube, i then discovered the blogs that youtubers ran alongside their channel and at this point i didn't realise so many existed but i felt like blogging was something that i could get on board with and share as much of myself as i was comfortable with without putting myself completely on show. So i started a blog; in fact over the space of two years i made two beauty blogs and failed - i tried to keep them up but i was impatient and was naive enough to expect a response overnight, so i gave up on them before they even had a chance to begin. At this point i kind of gave up with the idea of me ever being involved in this community and instead spent my time reading other blogs and watching way too many youtube videos.

It was only when i moved out for uni and found myself quiet miserable that  i wanted something to do in my spare time that was completely separate to my course - so 'youralmostalice' was born; i didn't take it too serious at first, in fact in the first month of me starting it, i only did a handful of (terrible) posts and it was only when i discovered that a girl on my uni course was also a blogger that i found myself really inspired and putting more effort into my blog. From there, i discovered the #bbloggers twitter feed and i found a whole community of people who like me are obsessed with beauty and want to share their thoughts and opinions and it's amazing to see that community grow more and more each day.

Compared to a lot of other bloggers, the growth of my blog has been quite slow - it's been a long process and I'm still always looking at ways i can improve my blog but i can honestly say i am so proud of what I've achieved. I'm close to reaching 900 followers on bloglovin', i receive lovely comments on my post and to receive emails off brands wanting to work with my blog, honestly blows my mind.

The reason i started blogging and why i keep blogging is because i love sharing my thoughts and opinions on make up products - even if, no-one is reading or no-one is all that interested in what i have to say, it is my own little space where i can say what i like without much judgement. It's a place where i have entire control on it and i honestly couldn't imagine not blogging. I find it incredible that three years have gone by since i started my blog but i genuinely hope i keep blogging for many years to come.

Why did you start blogging?
Natalie xx
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Sunday, 8 March 2015

This Week I #3

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Smashed my face powder again, Blogger Mail and Selfie.
I've been in a really crappy mood this week and i can't quite put my finger on why, i think it might be a combination of things that are starting to just really get to me. I've been thinking about my future ablot lately and i think that's one of the main things that's really been getting to me, i know i want things to change and i have an idea of what it is that i want but i just don't know how to go about making the changes and the fear of not being able to do that is making me feel quite anxious and stressed.

I like the job i have now but it's not the one i want to be in forever; i have an idea of what it is that i want to do but it requires doing some courses which I'm more than happy to do but it complicates things because at the moment i can't afford them and i don't know if i can get any help financially. Also, half of the courses I've been looking at are during the week which means i wont be able to work and there's no way i could live without my wage so I'm in a bit of vicious circle. Any advice you have would be much appreciated?

How has your week been?
Natalie xx
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