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Saturday, 23 May 2015

I heart makeup // Lip Lava

 
Makeup Revolution Lip Lava


I have used a few products from Makeup Revolution but these are the first product I have ever bought from it's sister brand I Heart Makeup. These 5 beautiful vibrant lip lava's cost £2.99 but can be purchased for just £11.96 if you buy all 5 at the same time on the Makeup Revolution website. If you're not very good at counting, that means a free lipstick girls!

Natural light (indoors) From left to right - Forgiven, Unleash, Tremor, Firestorm, Shockwave
Daylight
This is not usually the sort of lip product that would float my boat because of it's initial glossy texture. Normally with glossy lip products, they are quite sheer and I'm more of a bold lip kinda gal! These are described as liquid lipsticks, so unlike a gloss these are very pigmented, especially the lighter shades. The applicator and formula work amazingly together because of the products sticky texture the applicator needs to be quite firm. You get the perfect amount of product too!
What I really love about these products is the colours - they are absolutely beautiful. I feel like I Heart Makeup definitely thought of everyone when they designed the shade range. 
Have you used any I Heart Makeup products? If so, what would you recommend?
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Body Shop // Vitamin E Over Night Serum-in-Oil

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum £13.00

I've tried a few serums but would often forget to use them, which tells me one thing - they wasn't doing very much for my skin.
Before I bought this serum I hadn't heard anything about it so it was a blind buy. What caught my eye was definitely the oil formula (and the pipette). All the serums I've used prior to this were cream or gel in consistency. 

The Body Shop say -
 "Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight."

What I say -
This serum is a skin savior, after the very first use I knew that this was going to become a staple in my skincare routine. I wake up looking but not always feeling like I've had the most amazing 8hrs sleep just like the bottle suggests. Yesterday one of my clients said to me 'Sam, you have amazing skin' and while I've never had terrible skin, I wouldn't say it has ever been described as 'amazing' before. Since using this serum my skin looks brighter, plumper and smoother and it doesn't get tight at the end of the day like it used to.

The best method of application is a couple of drops onto the finger tips then patted into the skin. I tried it straight from the pipette onto the face and I was left looking like someone had chucked chip fat at me, it just wouldn't sink in. 
After I apply the serum I use the Embryolisse lait-crème concentré, they make a very good pair. 
You can also apply this in the morning if you have very dry skin, I have never tried as I worry it will cause my foundation to separate throughout the day. Although The Body Shop assure you it is fine to wear under make up. 

This little bottle of magic is definitely worth it's £13 price tag and although I don't have all skin types, I can't see why it's wouldn't work for everyone.
If you have dehydrated or dry skin that feels a bit merr then I would definiely give this a try. If you have tried this and it didn't work for you, please leave it in the comments so others can see you opinion on it too. 

What's your favourite skin care product?



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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Beauty Wishlist


Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk // £16
Big lips are in at the moment and if like me you, are not blessed with them naturally then this should be on your wishlist too. 
This lip liner is the next best thing to having lip injections, it allows you to over line your lips without looking like you've done so. Minus the pain, expense and the risks.
 
L'oreal Paris La Palette // £14.99
Forever lusting after the newest eye shadow palette on the market. I love that the Drugstore/High street make up brands are now bringing out palettes. I want all of them, even though I only have one pair of eyes and probably not enough days in a lifetime to use every eyeshadow I own. 

Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation // £32
I've been thinking about buying Nars Sheer glow for a couple of years now but I never actually took the plunge and bought it due to the lasting power not being that great. Since this was launched I haven't heard anything but good thing about it. Apparently it leaves you with that beautiful dewy skin so many of us crave. I can not wait to get my paws on it. 
Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes // £10-£25
Pixiwoo really pulled it out the bag with these brushes, they are absolutely beautiful. I love the original brushes and these are supposed to be even better. I'm particularly in awe with the 301 Flat Contour brush.

MAC Russian Red Lipstick // £15.50
A girl can never have too many reds. This lipstick has never really jumped out at me until I was in MAC recently and swatched it. The texture is really buttery unlike Ruby Woo. The shade seems to be any season appropriate too. Perfect red alert!! 

Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Spray Lotion // £7.99
I love all these spray lotions that are on the market at the moment. The vaseline sprays have definitely made moisturising less of a chore. I have the normal pump bottle version of this and I love it. It leaves you with a a very light natural looking tan that can be deepen up with another layer if needed. Like with moisturising I feel tanning with be a bit more on the regular side with the spray.

Have you tried any of these? 
Whats on you wishlist at the moment? 
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Monday, 2 March 2015

Nails In A Rush

Barry M  Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint - £3.99
I don't know about you but waiting for nail varnish to dry feels like a lifetime - I always end up needing a wee or something equally as unavoidable happens and they end up smudged. 
So naturally when I  heard about the new Barry M nail polishes I could wait to get my hands on some. 
The new Barry M's Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint is exactly what it says on the tin. 
After 2 coats you have a perfectly opaque nail that dries in minutes. There are 9 beautiful pastel shades (I'm wearing Eat My Dust) ready for the Spring. Fingers crossed they bring out some darker shades. 
Have yo tried any of these varnish? What are you favourite nail polishes? 
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Forever a Rebel

MAC Rebel // £15.50

Let's be honest we all love a MAC lipstick - they are expensive enough that you feel like you're getting a right treat but cheap enough that you don't feel a massive dent in your bank account. I have officially found my favourite MAC lipstick.
MAC's Rebel glides on like a dream with it's perfect pigmentation and leaves you with the most perfect of vampy pouts. It can be sheered out for a berry kissed lip or layered for a deep bold lip. I love the satin finish because it doesn't dry my lips out. 
If you find MAC lipsticks to expensive then I actually found a pretty good dupe for Rebel that cost just £1 Makeup Revolution's Rebel with Cause - it's not as good only because it doesn't apply as seamlessly and requires a bit more effort but definitely worth a buy. 

See almost identical!!
Top // MAC - Rebel
Bottom // Makeup Revolution - Rebel with Cause
What's your favourite MAC lipstick? 
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Foundation // Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude in Ivory

I didn't have a clue about this foundation the first time it caught my eye in the aisles of Superdrug. Half an hour of internet searching later and I realised that most of the UK blogging world was oblivious too. That was a good few weeks ago now.
Maybelline describe this as an ultra thin, fluid-touch formula that evens and perfects skin with complete natural looking coverage. 

When I tried this out initially I was really disappointed - it was cakey and clung to even the slightest of dry patches despite it's thin consistency. 
I tried it out again obviously because you can't just let these things go to waste but this time I exfoliated, used a thick moisturiser and primed. Well I was very pleasantly surprised. The finish was beautiful, it lasted all night and felt lovely on the skin. You know when you touch your face and it feels like velvet?!
This is definitely not a foundation that you can chuck on in a hurry if you don't have perfect skin to begin with but I think it's worth the hard labour.
The finish has a slightly powdery feel about it with a light to medium coverage - I wouldn't attempt to try get this to a full coverage as it would almost definitely cake up on my skin.
If you have extremely dry skin or acne I would avoid this foundation like the plague. 

The bottle is very fancy and looks more expensive than it is but the little dropper is a bit of a pain in the back side (I found myself just wiping it on the back of my hand) and you only get 20mls worth of product, 10mls less than the average foundation. I would say the bottle was the reason I purchased it - I'm a sucker for packaging so well done for the packaging Maybelline.
This is what it looks like on the skin - 
Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude  only £5.99 at the moment.
Would I be in a rush to go out and buy this again, probably not but that could  change and I will be sure to let you if I do change my mind. Maybelline normally isn't friendly when it comes to pale skin, this foundation although not a perfect match is actually a decent colour when blended out a bit down the neck - maybe Light Porcelain would have been a better match.
The foundation has lasting power for sure as I don't need to touch up at all so that's a plus point. Overall this foundation is good but I can think of 5 foundations off the top of my head from the drugstore/high-street that I would prefer to buy before this.

Have you tried this? If so, what were your thoughts?
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Monday, 16 February 2015

Tanning Tips


PREP 
Before applying your fake tan you have to prep the skin - this will stop your tan from getting patchy and scaly
The day before applying your fake tan
Take a shower or bath
While bathing/showering, exfoliate paying extra special attention to elbows, knees, hands and wrist. 
Now it's time to shave, I like to do this the day before because tan tends to stick in my pores if I tan immediately after shaving. 
Once you're done in the shower apply a thick moisturiser.
The day of tanning
Take a shower or bath 
Have another little exfoliate just to make sure all the dead skin is definitely gone. 
When you've done, moisturise your feet, ankles, hands, wrist, knees and elbows with a light moisturiser. 
Give yourself about an hour for your pores to close and the mosturiser to sink in. 

APPLICATION
Grab yourself a tanning mitt or a pair of plastic gloves.
I like to start applying my tan from the feet upwards, normally I apply a little product to my shin and gently rub it gently in to skin to just above and below the ankle. Whatever is left on the mitt I use on my feet and knees as this is where the tan tends to grab so you don't want to over do it with the product - do add some product if you need to.
I then do the rest of my legs and move onto my upper body - now the only tricky part really is your back. If you have someone to help you then great. I used to do a lot of stretching and bending my arms in weird ways to try get my back but I recently invested in a little contraption that you will see in the picture above that made the job a whole lot easier. 
Arms are the same as the legs really  - be careful with the amount of product you use on the hands & elbows and you should be fine. 
I tend to stop just below my neck and even this out with foundation as I don't like to tan my face and my neck tends to go patchy. If you would like to tan your face then go for it - just make sure you use a tan suitable for the skin on your face.

MAINTAINING & REMOVAL
Mositurising daily will stop your skin from going patchy and allow your tan to fade away naturally. 
If you would like to get rid of your tan completely to reapply it's not going to be easy.
 Apply some body oil the day before you want to remove your tan. This should start to break down the tan.
The day that you would like to remove your tan, try to soak in the bath for about half an hour or shower for a little longer.
After the half an hour, get yourself a body scrub and start exfoliating. Your tan should start coming away. If it doesn't then you may have to wait till the next day and try again - it normally doesn't come off if there's a bit of a build up but that would only happen if you kept applying tan on top og tan. 
It is best to try get rid of all your old tan before applying a fresh coat because it gives you the best colour and looks more natural. 
I hope this helped anyone that's new to tanning. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I'll get back to you.  If you yourself have any tips for me I would love to hear them.
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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Budget Beauty // Collection Lip Definer in Nude Pink





Nude lippies are everywhere at the moment so it's a surprise this little beauty is almost none existent in the blogging world. Maybelline's Eastend Snob is all over the shop but this one's been completely overlooked. and I can't understand why?!
It's creamy, non-drying, easy to apply, pigmented and only cost £2.79.
Personally I love to wear this on it's own as an all over lip colour but it is also good for if you want to wear it under a lipstick to help with staying power or if you want a bit of an ombre lip. Oh and it's fab for over lining too. The colour definitely compliments pale skin and that's probably why I have such a soft spot for it - most nudes make pale people look ridiculous and that's just not fair. Us pasty's need to be involved too. This isn't really a nude pink, it seems more like a nude orangey brown shade. Honest;y
What's your favourite nude lip product?
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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hair // Tips and Tricks

I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for keeping hair healthy. 

Image taken from Pinterest
Combing Your Hair When Conditioning It
So to some of you, this may just be the norm but working in a salon it has become apparent to me that not a lot of people actually comb their hair through when conditioning. If you just slap on some conditioner, rub it in, leave it a few minutes and rinse then your hair is not getting the full benefit. Next time you condition, grab yourself a tangle teaser or comb and gently comb it through. Doing this enables the condition to be distributed everywhere, rather then a little bit here and a lot there. 

Don't Brush Your Hair When It's Wet
Your hair is at it's weakest when wet so brushing it will cause breakage. Nobody wants that! The best thing to do is let it dry first, If you can't wait until it's dry then use a wide tooth comb and maybe spray some leave in conditioner or serum and be very gentle. I know this tip sort of contradicts the first one but the fact the conditioner is in the hair makes a big difference so combing isn't going to cause damage.

Get It Trimmed Regularly
You should be getting your hair cut every 3-6 months to keep it healthy and every 6-8 weeks to maintain a style. While cutting your hair may not make it grow quicker it may help your hair to grow longer in the long run. If you don't cut your hair for long periods of time, you end up with split hair making the hair thin and weak at the ends meaning it snaps off. Once the hair is split unless you have it cut off it's just going to continue to travel up your hair. Honestly just a little trim regularly will make a massive difference.

Use Coconut Oil
So as hair is made up of dead cells once it is damaged it's damaged - there's no coming back from it. 
That doesn't mean you can't treat it with oils to prevent further damage. Using oil's on your hair will make it feel amazing too. I like to treat my hair once every 2 weeks to some oil-loving and have found that my hair is a lot stronger for it. 
I used to smoother my hair in coconut oil before applying bleach to prevent damage too - it did take a little longer to lift as the oil acts as a bit of a barrier but it's worth it. 

Avoid Hairbands With Metal Cuffs
So you know them evil little elastic bands that have a metal clasp, do not use them! Please!! They are awful for your hair. To cut a long story short, that little piece metal cuts your hair. Most ponytail lovers that use these end up with split ends right in the middle of their head. You can find hair friendly elastic bands in most supermarkets now. I usually get a pack of thin bands (they are stuck together with glue I believe) for a pound from Primark. 

Don't Over Wash It 
A lot of people wash their hair everyday, this is just not really necessary unless you have extremely greasy hair. I think every other day is good but if you can leave it longer then do. It's good to let your hair have some time with it's natural oils. 

Always Comb Knots Out From The Bottom Up
So I think this is a really important one. When combing or brushing your hair you should always start from the bottom and work your way up the hair. If you have knots and then just start brushing from the top it's likely to make the knots 10x worst as you'll just be brushes at the knots at the top into the knots at the bottom. This could lend to your hair getting matted too. 
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Budget Beauty // ELF Studio Prism Eye shadow Palette in Naked

ELF Studio Prism Eye Shadow Palette in Nude 


Nude shadows are my favourite to decorate my eyes. They're complimentary to all eye colours , go with almost any outfit and you can create something natural or dramatic. When I saw this palette I just knew it had to be added to my collection.
The palette contains 6 beautiful shimmery shadow, that all apart from the lightest shade could be worn as a one colour only eye, this is always good for when you don't have much time.
 The texture is buttery, easily blend-able and just all round fabulous. I'm not saying these are the best eye shadows I have ever used but they certainly give some of my more expensive ones a run for their money. This cost £10 full price, not bad for such a good quality palette (ELF do often have deals on such as 15% to 25% off, so look out for an offer)
The packaging isn't particularly attractive but it is light and compact so great if you're someone who needs to carry make up around with them. 
There are two other palettes in the range, Sunset and Smoke that I probably wouldn't get much use out of but are still really pretty if you're into bolder eyes. 
What's you favourite budget eye shadow palette? 
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A New way of Life // Fitness

To be truly happy you have to be confident within yourself and I think body confidence is a big part of that. We can all fake it but wouldn't it be nice to actually feel it. 
My mission this year is to get body confident. 
I plan to do this by completely changing my lifestyle. Here is how I intend to do it - 
Gym at least 4/5 times a week 
Get strong and fit 
Start running
Drink at least 2L of water a day
No skipping meals
Only 1 takeway a month
No fizzy drink
Eat well
 The plan has been in place for a week and so far so good. I'm hoping to lose a few kg's and will be posting some before and after snaps monthly as I love seeing these pictures on other blogs.
While I am trying to lose weight I will be calorie counting using my fitness pal. 
I'm really excited to see what this new lifestyle will bring, I already feel like I have more energy. 
Please leave links to any blog posts you may have regarding your fitness and healthy eating as I would love to have a little read and also if you have any tips and tricks. 
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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Blog Design // Trisarahtops Smiles


So the blogs had a make over. What do you think?
 I found the lovely Sarah over at Trisarahtops Smiles on twitter  and I can't express how glad I am that I did!
 As I am a complete doughnut when it comes to anything like this, I was a little nervous to contact her but she put me at ease straight away. Sarah asked me to fill out a form so she could get an idea of the sort of thing I was looking for. I found this quite good for me as well because I knew I wanted my blog re-vamped but didn't really know where to start. So the form gets you thinking. 
All her designs are custom made to you and Sarah makes it very easy to tell her if you would like something changed.

It took a week in total from the day I contacted her to finish the design and install the blog.  I thought I would be waiting a month at least considering she doesn't charge very much at all considering her talent. I'm so happy with the new design and honestly can't thank Sarah enough.

Sarah is currently charging £20 for a Full Customer Blog Design, What a bargain?
Please check out Sarah's Website here, if you are interested.

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Top 5 Beauty Product of 2014




Makeup Revolution Blush in Sugar
This blush is just perfection. It cost a pound, it's pigmented, it's the perfect colour for any occasion and it blends into the skin seamlessly. I have more blusher than is necessary for 1 person to have in a lifetime but I always gravitate towards this one. Makeup Revolutions cream blushers are also among some of my favorites so you shouold definitely check them out.   


Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light  
This little beauty has been keeping my dark circles hidden for the best part of this year. I did have a problem getting my hands on the shade light for a while and heard some rumors about it being discontinued but then it just reappeared in my local Superdrug and all was well again. It's light but pigmented, doesn't crease in the fine lines and stays put all day. What more could a girl ask for from her concealer?   

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist  
Last year I was more of a red lipped kinda girl. This year I've been all about the nudes and this has been my go to lippy for months now. Perfect for my pale skin it doesn't wash me out and make me look corpsey, like so many another nudes I have collecting dust in my lipstick draw. It's buttery, doesn't dry up and crack like so many other velvet/matte lip products. 

Maybelline Rocket Mascara 
With mascara I usually just pick up whatever is on offer, they just don't really excite me like other makeup products. This mascara is hands down the best I have ever used and I just can't find anything bad to say about it.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
They have the name of this sponge down to a T, it works like a dream. I have dry skin so a lot of foundations tend to cake up on me (L'oreal True Match and Revlon Color stay I am looking at you). I use this sponge wet and that it helps to put a bit of moisture back in to the foundation. What I also love about this sponge is you can get anything from a sheer to full coverage. A lot of people think the sponge soaks up loads of the product but I haven't really found this to be a problem for me. It has saved me quite a bit of money because it has allowed me to use products that were collecting dust in my draw and for that I am grateful. (I thought I'd buy a new one for this post as nobody wants to see a grubby one)

Please leave your links below with your top products of 2014.

Sam xxx