Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Current Hair Styling Picks

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I've actually scheduled this post because by the time you are reading this i should hopefully be sat in the pub with some of my lovely friends having some birthday drinks - yes, i turned the grand old age of 23 today - it scares me a great deal how quick birthdays come by; i may have turned 23 but i still feel about 18/19! Anyways...

Haircare is not something i often post about but i am trying to include it a lot more into my blog; as I've been going out a lot more lately (yay, i have a social life) I've been styling my hair a lot and using a lot more styling products so i thought I'd share with you the four hair styling products I've been reaching for the most.

Percy & Reed No Fuss Flawlessness Dry Conditioner
This product is the perfect partner to Dry Shampoo; where that freshens up and adds texture to your hair this adds some softness and shine into the hair. I don't think its an essential must have product to have but i have been enjoying using this as it gives a nice shine to my hair which is turn makes it looks quite healthy.

L'Oreal Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray
This product is a bit hit and miss which probably seems quite odd seeing as I've featured it in this post - in terms of volumising the hair it doesn't really do as much as I'd expect it too, it does give a bit of lift but it's very minimal - it does make me wonder if I'm using it wrong? However this is a really great product to use to add texture into the hair, whenever i have my hair down or even in a half up do i use this and it gives a bit of life to the hair and stops it from look really flat or lank. I really like that you can't feel the product in your hair, being a texture spray i half expected it to leave my hair feeling quite matted but that is not the case at all.
Paul Mitchell ExpessDry Dry Wash
This is possibly my favourite product out of the four - i use dry shampoo's all the time and everyone tends to leave my hair with white patches which is an absolutely pain, however this dry wash doesn't transfer any colour over so i can spray to my hearts content without worrying that it'll turn white. It's great for freshening up the hair and adding a bit of texture too, I'm pretty much in love with this product and I'm genuinely considering buying the full size of it.

OSiS+ Session Finish Extreme Hold Hairspray*
I've always been a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to hairspray and don't really splash out on it as i always believed they do the same job however this has changed my opinion completely. This is only a sample sized one but it comes in the cutest little case and its the perfect handbag size, I've taken this out on days out, nights out etc... and its just so handy to have. It holds my hair really well and i love that it doesn't leave my hair feeling gross or sticky, even if i spray too much it still feels like normal hair. This is another one that I'm considering buying the full size of!

What products have you been using to style your hair?

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Wishlist | 2014 High End Beauty Wishlist

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This probably should have been posted at the start of the year but i didn't really have the idea to do it back then - it's my 2014 High End beauty wishlist; i don't know about you but i have a selection of make up product i really want but just never really get round to buying so i thought I'd show you some of those items and then towards the end of the year ill do another post seeing how many of those items i ended up purchasing. As i am still on a 'kind of make up ban' buying these is an exception because these are products that i really want and I'm still going to stop myself from buying other products that aren't necessary.

Nars 'Laguna' Bronzer
This is such a cult beauty item and it's been on my wishlist for a while, even more so since my little bronzer phase took place. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say a negative thing about Laguna the only thing that i think has prevented me from buying it is the price because it is very expensive.

Benefit Gimme Brow
Again, I'm always hearing really good things about it and i use the Maybelline Brow Drama which is a very similar product but you get less of a colour payoff with the Maybelline one so i want to try the Benefit one to see how it differs.

Mac Russian Red Lipstick
I love a red lip and i really like this shade of red by Mac - it's quite a deep red and although i don't really need another red lipstick but I'm finding myself really drawn to this shade. I'm also quite drawn to Lady Danger too so i may get one or the other, or i may go crazy and try and get both!

Nars 'Sin' Blush
This is another product that has been on my wishlist for quite some time but I've never gotten round to buying it. I love the look of this blush as its quite an unusual shade, it looks like its almost purple but i think it'll give a really beautiful colour to the cheeks and i really want to try it.

Mac Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
I have 3 spaces in my Mac quad palette so i want to get some more of their eyeshadows to fill it up and i also want to try and create the perfect quad for me. Naked Lunch is the perfect base/all over the lid shade and i think this would be great to wear alone with a bold lip or paired with some other shades like Satin Taupe to create a really intense eye. Its one of those shades that just an all round great shade.

Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector
I don't really know why I'm drawn to this product or what is making me want it - possibly because I've read a lot of review on it quite recently so I've added it to my wishlist anyway! I want a really quick and easy base for summer that will give me light coverage without feeling heavy so maybe it could be this?

Anastasia Brow Wiz
Another cult product that I'm slowly falling for the hype of. Ive found myself more interested in filling in and grooming my bows and everyone is always raving about this and how amazing is it so i want to try it too!

Nars Creamy Concealer
I'm finding it really difficult to find a concealer that I'm completely happy with - i do have some that work but I'm still always wanting more from them. I really want to try this Nars concealer mostly because Essiebutton herself said it was really good but Ive also read many others that really rate it so maybe this could be the one.

Mac Eyeshadow in All That Glitters
Another shade i want to add to my quad; this is another well known shade from Mac. It's a shimmery pink shade which again is quite a versatile colour that could be worn alone or paired with others to be more intense and it would also be a good inner corner highlight so i feel this would be a good staple shade to have in my quad.

Nars Tinted Moisturiser
It seems kind of daft having both this and the benefit one in my wishlist but I've also read a few reviews on this too and it sounds really good - one review i read went as far as to says it was the perfect base product for her so that has obviously made me want it. Ive only tried one Nars product so that why i have a quite a few featured on my wishlist.

So that is what is on my 2014 beauty wishlist - it's definitely going to be interesting to see whether by the end of the year i have bought any of them.

What beauty products are on your wishlist?

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Tag | Blogger Firsts Beauty Edition

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I'm struggling for posts a little bit at the moment because I'm finding it difficult to get photos at the moment as I'm mid decorating so as you can imagine my room is all out of place and my things are just everywhere and not only that I've found myself being a little busy bee lately - who have thought it, ey? Anyways, i didn't want to neglect my blog completely so I've got a little beauty tag for you! It's the Blogger Firsts Beauty Edition tag that was created by Jess from Dungarees and Donuts!

The first brand you found out about due to blogging? 
I watched youtube and read blogs for a few years before i started my blog so i was familiar with a lot of brands when i came to start my own blog but years ago when i first discovered youtube and blogs i had no idea about brands like Mac and Benefit etc..

The first youtube tutorial you watched and attempted? 
I watch loads of tutorials on youtube but i very rarely recreate them, the only one i did try to recreate was by Alixx from I Covet Thee and it was a video on how she liked to wear the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

The first high end item you bought? 
I can't remember the exact first one i think it may have been Mac Lipstick in Snob!

The first product you regret buying? 
It was the Barry M Lipstick in 101 Marshmellow; id seen a youtube rave about it and for some reason i found myself going out and purchasing it. It's the palest pink shade so much so that it almost borders on being white and as you can imagine it made me look ill and it was just a very unflattering shade so i don't know what possessed me to go and pick it up.

The first product you repurchased? 
I constantly repurchased the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner and I've repurchased Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and also, Hydraluron!

The first product you reviewed on your blog? 
The very first review i did was a part of a 30 day challenge that i decided to do and it was of the Barry M Wink Eyeliner - it's quite a terrible review, with a bad photo and very brief so i hadn't reviewed it so well. It's interesting to see how different my posts are now from then and it makes me feel so good that i know it's improved a lot.

The first product you bought due to a blogger review?
I believe it was both Mac Studio Fix Foundation and also Mac Creme Blush in Ladyblush

Do you still use any of your first blogger make-up purchases? 
Yes i do, probably not as much as i did when i first got them because my collection has grown a little out of control since then but i still use some.

I'm not going to tag anyone specific to do this, but if you'd like to then feel free to do so!
What are some of your blogger firsts?

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

My Make Up Bag Essentials

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Most of us girls like to carry a make up bag around with us for touch ups throughout the day and generally so we can be prepared for any situations that may arise; normally I'm one of these girls however the unthinkable happened to me on Tuesday - i didn't bother taking my make up bag with me to work and at the end of my shift i ended up going out for tea very last minute, so not only did i feel horrid being in the clothes id worn all day - might i add i went for a more comfy casual look too - my make up had pretty much slipped off my face, eyeliner had gathered under my eyes and my blemishes were poking through and i looked absolutely terrible. Safe to say i will not be making that mistake again; however it did give me an idea for this post! I don't know about you but in my make up bag as well as putting in the products that I'm wearing that day, i have a selection of products that remain in there regardless; products that are not only essential but that can also spruce up a look at a moments notice.

Oh, if you're interested my make up bag is originally from Next but i picked it up from a charity shop as its the perfect size; it doesn't take up loads of space but its big enough to fit in everything i need - i also really like that its like a PVC/plastic type material as its really easy to clean.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple
I've mentioned this product so many times so this being an essential won't surprise you; it's one of my all time favourite lip products and i love everything about it from the formula, the shade and the finish. As it's a lip butter its really moisturising on the lips and It's such an easy shade to wear and its the perfect way to dress up any make up look for both day and night. So i like to keep this in my make up bag at all times because its such a versatile lip product and i just love it.

MaxFactor Excess Intensity Eyeliner in Charcoal*
I find eyeliner one of the easiest ways to dress up your make up as it instantly makes it more intense; i mainly only pencil eyeliner in the tightline as it's a great way to make your lashes appear fuller but it also gives your make up a really edgy look to it. Having an black eyeliner in my make up bag means i can instantly transform my make up from the very natural look i wear for work to something more intense, whether it be tightlining or just general applying it close to the lash line and smudging it out to give a more intense smokey eye look. I always feel much more dressed up when I'm wearing eyeliner so this is definitely an essential for me. This eyeliner is really great quality as its really creamy so it just glides along the skin and it's excellent at staying in place, i find it barely smudges on me.

Mac Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe
This is the only eyeshadow i actually take with me in my make up bag; it's such a gorgeous shade and i love using this to give a wash of colour over the lid and paired with the eyeliner it can create a really gorgeous edgy eye look without requiring too much effort or going too overboard. Satin Taupe is also a really great crease colour; i don't always wear eyeshadow during the day but if i do its usually a really light neutral shade (such as UD Sin or Rimmel Punchy Taupe) so Satin taupe would work really well with in the crease with those to transform the make up too. Mac have such good quality eyeshadows; they're long lasting and have really good payoff too.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
This is my current go to concealer; i use this everyday for both under the eyes and for blemishes so this is definitely something i like to take with me in my make up bag. At the moment my chin has gained some constant residents and they are not very attractive to look at so i like to have my concealer with me for frequent touch ups. I really like this concealer so much so I've almost used it all up; it gives a really good coverage and i love that it works for both under eyes and my blemishes. As it's a part of the wake me up line you'd think the brightening properties wouldn't work well with blemishes and highlight them rather than covering but this doesn't do that, it works well at covering them. This paired with my RT Contour Brush is my little dream team at the moment.

Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown
Ideally, for an evening or when I'm wanting a more 'dressed up' make up look i prefer to fill in my eyebrows with my HD Brow Kit but the Maybelline Brow Drama is a great quick fix to groom the brows and neaten them up. In terms of adding colour and filling them in this isn't a great option as the payoff is quite minimal. However, for grooming and setting brows this is brilliant as it really does last all day. It's really quick and easy to use so its great way to tidy up your brows on the go.

Benefit Get Even Face Powder
I always think powder is quite a boring product; i don't ever go crazy for powders and its probably one of the only products that i use from start to finish. However, i always carry a powder with me so i can remove any shine that appears in the day and to set my make up in place. Also, as i reapply my concealer frequently i like to use my powder to set that in place.

What are your make up bag essentials?

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review | Nair Brazillian Spa Clay Shower Power Cream

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I've used Nair for years and I've tried many of their hair removers, it's a product I've always gone back to as it's easy to use and really bank balance friendly. I was excited when i saw this Nair Braziallian Spa Clay Shower Power Cream* in my goody bag from the North West Bloggers Event, because it works exactly the same as the usual hair removers do except this claims to have a more natural blend of ingredients to make your skin all glowing and incredibly smooth, and it's also one of those hair removers that you use in the shower rather than having to wait around before rinsing off.

You should technically do patch tests with products like that but I'm too lazy so i just risk it and i applied this to my legs (i think you can use this on multiple areas but i only used it on my legs) and i actually waited for a little bit (about 5-7mins) before getting in the shower because i don't care what it says; a running shower is going to remove the product so i wanted to give it a bit of time to work before getting in the shower. It does give you a little spatula thing to apply the product and to remove it but i also didn't bother with that otherwise you'd have been there all day.

It applies really easy as its a squeezy tube so i literally applied it like i would a moisturiser spreading it all over the leg but in stead of rubbing it into the skin i just spread out a thick even layer of the cream. I think waiting longer beforehand was the right decision because as soon as i stepped into the shower i could see the water starting to remove bits of the cream. I tried to wait for a further 5 minutes before washing it off fully as i wanted to give it as much time as possible to work - i did eyeball the timing a little bit but it was enough time for it to work as when I'd washed it off my legs were hair free and they also felt incredibly smooth.

Like all Nair products this has a bit of a nasty scent but it really works so i can look past that; its so easy to use and the results have been really good - i used this Wednesday afternoon and to this day  they are still quite smooth and there has been very minimal hair that's had grown back which makes me really happy as it really annoys me how quick it can grow back sometimes.

This product definitely has its flaws; the scent, its not quite 'shower' proof and it's also a lot more expensive than the usual hair removers, this retails for about £6.99 - however, regardless of these I'm really happy with the results and i will definitely get this again!

Have you tried Nair Brazillian Spa Clay?

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Review | Lush 'Brightside' Bubble Bar

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I mentioned the Lush 'Brightside' Bubble Bar* in my last monthly favourites and it seemed only fitting i gave it a full post of its own. I love the Bubble Bars from Lush and whenever I'm in there i always make sure i pick up one, i usually stick to my favourite one 'The Comforter' but after receiving 'Brightside' in my goody bag from North West Bloggers Event i think i may have a new favourite. Unfortunately, this is limited edition and has only been released as part of the Easter range; i guess on the bright side (no pun intended) it'll make it that more enjoyable to have everytime its released - assuming they'll release the same ones each year!

'Brightside' has ingredients such as Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oils to help give it a really fruity and zesty scent which smells incredible might i add, it literally filled up the entire room but it wasn't overpowering it was just really pleasant. If you love fruity scents; especially oranges then you will seriously love this, it smells good enough to eat - although, i wouldn't recommend that!

It creates bubbles really easily and it leaves your bath water a really nice orange shade; it's such a nice bubble bar, it's really relaxing and refreshing and i find it leaves my skin feeling super soft. I honestly can't recommend this enough, it's such a nice bubble bar and i wish i had a Lush really close by so i could pick up a few more before they disappear.

I like to split my bubble bars up so i can get as many uses out of them as possible; as this one is quite big (about the same size as the comforter) i can usually get about 4-6 baths out of it so even though it is on the more pricey side of £4.50 you definitely get your monies worth.

Have you tried Lush 'Brightside' Bubble Bar?

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Annabelle's Wigs | 3 Styles

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Bit of a different kind of post for you today; not too long ago Annabelle's Wig put a tweet out seeking bloggers who were interested in wigs and hair pieces, I'm quite fascinated with hair pieces and wigs especially since get my hair cut shorter so this definitely interested me. They very kindly sent me a 3/4 Hair Piece* - they wanted bloggers to create three different hair styles using their hair pieces.

I'm actually super impressed with this wig; the colour match is perfect, i was a bit sceptical as to how well they would match it as they only used a photo for reference but they choose so well and it blends into my natural colour perfectly. The wig attaches to the hair really easily; i don't know the technical name for it but it has like a 'comb' style thing at the top and bottom and these slide into your hair holding the wig in place. Looking at them you wouldn't think they would hold all that well, but i found it felt really secure in my hair.

It's such a gorgeous hair piece and i love the loose waved style to it; i genuinely wish this was my own hair because it makes my hair look like it has really good volume at the roots and i love how it looks. Wearing this has really made me miss having my long hair as this hair piece is really long, it comes to about my chest area. - Ive included a picture of my own hair as well as some of me wearing the wig so you can see the difference.

I'm sorry the lighting and photos aren't amazing - i really wanted to do them outside so they'd look better and just more creative but weather and time just haven't been on my side so i hope these are okay!

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Twisted Side Braid
This is one of my personal favourite hairstyles and one id wore a lot myself when i had long hair - it's really quick and easy but it's something a little different from a typical braid. I love the twist at the back because it looks like you've spent a little more time on it than you actually have. To get this hairstyle; starting on one side i take two pieces of hair and twist them (like a rope braid) and add pieces of hair as you move along - its up to you how big the sections are depending on how neat or messy you want it to look - once you've reached the other side of your head and then just braid the hair as normal. I like to add a couple of bobby pins to the twists just to secure them in place and that's it done!

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Braided Half Up Do

This is another really easy hairstyle to do; i love half up do's they are such simple yet classic styles and the braids at the back just add a little something extra to this style. To get this hairstyle; create a braid on either side of your hair - how much you braid and placement is entirely your choice - i then tug on the braid to make it a little bigger, taking one of the braids bring it back and place it against the back of your head and pin it in place and do the same with the other braid. You want them to almost lay side by side but when pinning them in place try to use the other braid to hide the hair ties on the braids and if possible the bobby pins and it's as simple as that.

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Milkmaid Braids

Milkmaid braids are really on trend at the moment which is the main reason i decided to do this style - it's a really cute and easy style. Split your hair down the middle and create two braids, i like to try and start the braids in an upward motion just so it'll be easier when placing it against the head. Then take the braids and do exactly the same as what you did in the last hairstyle except this time the braids are placed on top of the head rather than at the back. Use the braids to hide the hair ties and bobby pins and that it done. It's a super easy hairstyle to do and i really like that mine turned out quite messy due to the thickness of the wig and also the layers but i think it adds a really nice edgy look to it.

Those are my three hairstyles; I've gone for really quick and easy styles that you can do with your hair if you're in a hurry or if like you me you want a style that you can do quickly but still look like you made some effort.

What are your favourite quick and easy hairstyles to wear?

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Make Up | Favourite Spring Lip Products

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L-R: Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch | Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo in 803 | Tanya Burr Eye Candy Lipgloss in Picnic in the Park | Barry M Lipgloss in Toffee | Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart | Sonia Kashuk Tinted Lip Balm in Hint of Red
The other week i showed you some of the products I've introduced into my 'everyday' stash now that the season has changed (post here) i did mention one or two of these lip products but i thought id share with you some of my favourite lip products for the spring time.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch | Review Here
I fell in love with this lip product and i wore it a lot last summer - Orange is not really a colour i can pull off but the sheer application of this gives it almost a hint of coral and makes it much more of a wearable shade for me. I think its the perfect shade for summer; It's really nice to wear and it's quite long lasting too. Definitely going to be a favourite of mine this summer.

Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo in 803 | Review Here
This is the perfect everyday pink nude shade; some days i can't decide what lip colour to wear and this is the ideal 'goes with everything' kind of shade. It's very sheer and the formula reminds me a lot of the lip butters. This is a great option for work as it adds a pop of colour to the lips but its still very natural.

Tanya Burr Eye Candy Lipgloss in Picnic in the Park | Review Here
These lipglosses have really great colour payoff and 'picnic in the park' is a lovely bright pink shade - i think this would be lovely on an evening time with a really natural eye and some bronzer. The formula of these lipglosses aren't perfect but i just love the colour payoff of them. They aren't the most long lasting but they do leave a hint of colour on the lips.

Barry M Lip Gloss in Toffee | Review Here
This is my all time favourite lip gloss and this is a product i wear throughout most seasons. It's a gorgeous nude shade with a hint of shimmer and it looks really lovely paired with either an natural eye look or even a more bold option. It's a really nice creamy formulation and feels really nice to wear.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart | Review Here
The formulation of lip butters is one of my favourites; they're so moisturising and feel really nice to wear. This is quite a bright pink but i actually like to tone the shade down so it wears much lighter. This is a great option for a more bolder lip and one that I've already been wearing a lot lately.

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Lip Balm in Hint of Red | Review Here
The line up wouldn't be complete without some kind of red shade now would it? This is also applies very sheer so it's a more wearable red - this is a perfect kind of shade for people who aren't quite confident enough to wear bold red lips. The formula of this emulates that of a lip butter in that it's very moisturising on the lips and also very creamy, its not super long lasting but its a really lovely lip product.

and those are some of my favourite lip products for spring. As you can tell I've gone for quite light shades and mostly products that have a creamy formula with a sheer application as that's my personal favourite kind of lip product.

What are some of your favourite lip products for spring?

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