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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Mini Beauty Haul

So I went to York 2 weeks ago just for a day trip and I ended up buying a few more things than I intended! I didn't take any pictures of York as I was with a friend and I didn't want to make her wait for me plus my SLR is quite old therefore a lot heavier than the newer ones so I didn't want to lug it around. Anyway here is the stuff I picked up a Boots! Enjoy  :)


 Ok, let's get this first one over and done with. This is a makeup bag by ted Baker (£10). I think it looks awesome and I love it but I know there will be people who think it's hideous, but I like this type a hideous.  :)


 I used to use the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit face wash a few years ago (can't remember why I stopped using it) but I was just stocking up on my other face wash, Neutrogena 2-in-1 wash and mask (right picture) and it was on offer for 2 Neutrogena products for £5 in Boots so I thought i would buy it again and I'm loving it!



I used to curl my hair every day but I've been leaving it natural the past few months because I don't want to damage it as much as I used to but if I do curl my hair, if I'm going out or something, I really wanted to see what this was like. Haven't used it yet but I have high hopes. (cue the Sprinkle Of Glitter singing!)



And finally, after seeing FleurDeForce's video on her hair care routine, I've wanted to get my hands on this ever since, so I have! Only used it 3 times but it smells good and I think my hair is softer but I haven't seen a dramatic difference yet. It does say my hair should be 'Renewed and extremely healthy after 2 weeks of use' on the box so there should be a full review up around then!

That's it! Hope you enjoyed my little haul! :)

Monday, 26 November 2012

MAC Eye Shadow in Orb

As most (if not all) of you know how good MAC eye shadows are and have no doubtfully tried one yourself, this is going to be quite a short review, more to just show you it.  :)


It's a really nice, neutral colour that I out all over the lid and under my brow bone. It lasts all day, applied at about 7:45am and is still on at 3:30pm when school ends, if I haven't rubbed it off!

^Applied to this lid^                                         ^Completely bare lid^
As you can see it makes a huge difference to look look of my lid, I have quite discoloured, veiny lids and it makes them look sooo much nicer! :) 
So yeah, basically, I really like it, you can't tell you're wearing it (on my very pale skin at least) and lasts all day! What's not to like? :)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Creme D'lovely! | MAC Creme D'nude lipstick | Review

Being so pale it's very hard to come across a nude lipstick that actually looks nude on my lips and not too pink or brown. Given the vast range of lipsticks MAC have, I thought they're bound to have one that suites my skin tone and surprise surprise they did and rather fittingly it's called 'Creme D'nude'.

 All hail the almighty MAC! :P


It's the perfect blend of nude and a hint of peachy pink, so you don't look completely washed out but the best quality for me is there isn't a glimpse of brown in sight! It's a cremesheen too so for someone like me who is prone to very dry lips, especially at this time of year, it's lovely and moisturising.



This picture doesn't really do it much justice but it's just to show you what it looks like on the hand as most blog readers and YouTube watchers are used to seeing swatches on the hand. :)


As you can see there is definitely some peachy pink in there and doesn't look brown at all. If I wanted to go more nude than this I usually put concealer underneath it because my lips a naturally very red.
Basically I love this and will definitely be repurchasing it when it runs out, which will probably be soon, I wear it every day! :D

Saturday, 10 November 2012

No7 BB cream- Skin perfection! | Review

I don't know what my skin has against foundations, but all the ones I have tried in the past it just rejects them and makes my face look all patchy/cakey/uneven. The other week I went out to see if I could make my skin happier, I went into Boots to browse the new No7 stuff and a very helpful assistant came and asked me if I wanted any help, I told her that I have very sensitive/ combination skin and I didn't want anything too heavy nor too light. She suggested this to me this.


As you can see, this is No7's BB cream for Normal/oily skin, and before I go off talking about this in great detail I just want to say this, from what I've heard and read about BB creams, most of them aren't what they're cracked up to be, in my opinion, this one goes beyond awesome!


This suites my skin perfectly and is exactly what I wanted. It doesn't make my skin get oily during the day, stays on all day, isn't too light and isn't so heavy you can tell I'm wearing it and it matches my skin perfectly which is hard when you're as pale as me!

 (Believe it or not, my hands are actually paler than my face so it looks darker than it is on my face!)
When I put it on my skin it looks slightly too dark but if I blend it in well it's like my skin but healthier! It gives a lovely healthy glow and looks great.

Overall, this is amazing, and is well worth the £12.95. No7 is sold exclusively at Boots and is available in Normal/oily, normal/dry and dry/very dry and all are available in 2 shades, Fair and medium which, In my opinion, depending on how much you blend it can suite a lot of skin tones (I used Fair).

Friday, 2 November 2012

Vaseline limited edition Pink Bubbly lip balm | Review

Last year, I just missed out on Vaselines LE lip balm as I wasn't aware they did one, but this year when I found out from FleurDeForce's Blog post about it I was so excited to try it! As you may know though, it was released quite a while ago but I've only just got the chance to get it, so I thought I might as well through in my penny's worth and tell you all my thoughts on it.


First off, I love the tin, simple colours that go well together and a great font that suites the Pink Bubbliness of it (does that even make sense? :P )


It says it adds a 'delicate tint' but unfortunately this doesn't show up on my lips because they are already very rosey but it still has a delicate smell which I love.

Basically, this is lovely! An awesome smell and it still protects your lips like the usual Vaseline and it does tint your lips (I tried it on someone with less red lips than mine). It's £3.49, respectively, and is available from Boots (I'm not sure if you can get it anywhere else).

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub | Review

If you read my last blog post you will know I went shopping and bought the Lush lip scrub in bubblegum because I get really dry lips, especially in the winter so I bought this to see if it would help.
 If you suffer from dry lips too you will understand my frustration when you try to wear lipstick but it just highlights the fact that your lips are all dry and horrible. I bought this to see if I could solve this problem and I have to say, I think I have!

It comes in this cute little glass pot and when you open it you get a massive wave of bubblegum loveliness but maybe with a slight whiff of a soap smell? This is the only down side as the bubblegum smell is wonderful.


You are supposed to rub it on your lips until smooth then lick it off but I don't think it tastes as good as it could because of the soapiness, maybe I just got one of those one-off dodgy ones, but the result is still good, nice smooth lips which make my lipstick look lovely!

(how wrinkly do my fingers look?!)
Overall this does what it says on the tin (or pot!) nice smooth lips without  trace of dry skin left. It costs £5.25 ( perhaps a little too much?) and comes in 4 flavors: Bubblegum, Popcorn, Mint Julips and Sweet lips and are available from Lush.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Review- Bourjois Shadow & Light eyeliner

I'd been wanting a white eyeliner for a while and it just so happened that my black one was just about to run out when I spotted another blog post by FleurDeForce on this eyeliner. I actually bought this in July but I've only just got round to writing this.


First off, I love the idea of 2 liners in one, I know it's not new news but I still think it's a great idea, especially when it's colours like a dark brown and a metallic copper, it saves you from having to search for the right match.


  Both liners are well pigmented and last a good amount of time, the white a little bit less than the black but that may be because I rub my eyes a lot.


That's basically it! They're both great liners, have good pigmentation and are available from places like Boots for £5.49. Sorry this was so short, I can't really fault it! :) x

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Review- New Max Factor Eye Brightening Mascara

I have found it difficult to find a mascara that beats my all time favourite, the No7 Exceptional definition mascara, but I hoped this little bad boy could give it a run for it's money. If you haven't heard about it already, this mascaras main selling point is that it's supposed to enhance the colour of your eyes, so I was eager to try it.

 As far as the packaging goes, I'm quite pleased, I like that it's a simple shape, and (you can't see it in the photos, I tried but I couldn't quite get it) the top of it is see through, which is a nice touch.
I chose 'Black Sapphire' as my eyes are blue. The brush is good, it catches each lash and the fact that it's tapered means you can get the outer lashes easier.

 Before
After 
(sorry that the lighting is different, the sun went came out so the second one is natural light.)
No7 exceptional definition mascara, what I want in a mascara.

As you can see, it isn't that dramatic, they aren't very full and you can't even see that it has a slight blueness to it. I think the problem is the wand holds to much mascara so you don't get a chance to try to fan them out, if you wipe the bristles off against the top of the tube and apply 2 light coats you can make it work, but I don't think anyone wants to work that hard to get the lashes they want.
 You can just see the slight blueness in it here.

Overall, it's not as good as I expected, it may appeal to some people who look for different things in a mascara than I do, but in my opinion I won't buy this again. This mascara is available from Boots for £7.99 and comes in 3 colours for blue, green and brown eyes.




Thursday, 23 August 2012

Review- Essie Grow Stronger nail polish | My nail saviour!

I used to bite my nails when I was younger so I never had long nails, and as a result have naturally shorter nails now :( (Not the white bit the actual nail part... does that even make sense?) But when I finally managed to stop myself about 2 years ago I found out that I have the weakest, most brittle nails in the world. I had tried a few nail varnishes that claimed to strengthen nails until I found this little gem.

(15ml)

 It is supposed to strengthen your nails when you are wearing it so basically if you wear it for long enough (This is months I'm talking about) your whole nail will be strong and it will stay strong, does that make sense? i feel like it doesn't, I'll try again, basically as you keep re-applying it obviously your nails grow so they get stronger as time goes by and eventually your whole nail will be strong because it has grown with the strengthener, so it is stronger. ( i hope I've explained that well :P )
And this is the result!
   I have the varnish on here, it's very shear but is slightly lighter than my natural nail colour and makes them shinier, the formulation is the perfect viscosity, not too thin but not too gloopy.
Because my nails are naturally short from biting them when I was younger, when they have grown long enough to get a white tip, it takes a while to get my nails past the ends of my fingers, so if I have a coloured nail varnish on, you wouldn't be able to tell that they were long. (Going off on a bit of a tangent there)
Anyway, this is the longest my nails have every been and I am so happy with how they look. It also helps that if you have a small split or crack on your nail, if you coat it in this it won't split, I usually wait until it's long enough to file it down but still have long (for me) nails.

All in all, this is a miracle worker for me, my nails have never been healthier and I am getting fewer and fewer splits every week. You can wear it on it's own or as a base coat and is well worth the £8.99 in my opinion. I bought this from Boots but it is available in other places.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Review- No7 Exceptional definition mascara

I have tried my fair share of mascaras but have always come back to this one. I can't remember how long ago I first bought this but it must of been a few weeks after it was first released so maybe 2 years ago? I have honestly never used a mascara like this before, and because of the shape of the brush I think it would suite any type of lashes.
In the colour 'Black'

First of all, I love the packaging, it's so simple yet sophisticated and doesn't look like they are trying too hard and a nice colour too.
The  wand has 3 elements to it, two different thickness off bristles and a little spiky tip.

 Sorry if these two pictures are a little too bright, I couldn't stop the flash in Macro mode :P
 
As you can see half of the wand has thinner and more bristles than the bottom, I find this the best side for doing your top lashes, it gets every one and fans then out beautifully and if you want that extra winged out look you can use the tip to catch the very corner lashes. I find the other half of the wand better for doing your bottom lashes and I prefer then slightly 'chunkier' than my upper ones, but if you wanted thicker upper lashes you could start with this side then switch to the thinner side to add more mascara to the lashes. Because of the variation of the brush, I think it would suite other lash types as my lashes are quite fine but there are a lot of them but the thicker bristles could be used on thicker lashes and still be just as amazing.

Thinner bristles
 Fatter bristles
 
Put on in a rush with a quick swish through all lashes with the thick side then top lashes combed through with the thinner side and tip used on corner lashes.


 Properly applied with one and a bit coats, applied similarly to the one above.

 Overall, this is all I would want in a mascara, the packaging looks great, it's easy to hold/use, the difference in bristles means that it is multi-useful, it's just amazing at giving the most stunning but natural looking lashes and I think it's well worth the £12.50 and don't forget that Boots regularly do the '£5 off No.7' vouchers so it could be £7.50! You can buy this from Boots in two colours, Black and Brown-black.


Friday, 10 August 2012

My favourite beauty Youtubers!

I am absolutely obsessed with these people, I love watching there videos and although they all do the same things, they bring there own qualities to their channels which make them a delight to watch. So without further or do, (in no particular order) here are my favourite Youtube beauty gurus! :) (The name above their pictures is their Youtube username).


FleurDeForce
(Twitter Picture)
Ok, so first off we have FleurDeForce! She is the first YT beauty guru I found over a year ago and i fell in love with her as soon as i watched the first video I saw. Fleur does makeup and hair tutorials, monthly favourites, hauls etc. She has a vlog channel too and this year she is vlogging every other month and August is the next month! (Yey!) Fleur also blogs and they are linked to her own website where she also has her own line of gorgeous wrap bracelets. She is not a makeup artist but has a lot of experience from youtube as she has had/has jobs and been to events in the field, (as have everyone else I mention bellow). She is 24, English and lives in England with her fiance. She also has a new side channel called BrideDeForce where she is posting videos about her wedding and planning.
Main channel: FleurDeForce
Vlog channel: FleurDeVlog
Bridal Vlog channel: BrideDeForce
Website: FleurDeForce official website
Twitter: FleurDeForce official twitter
Facebook: Fleur De Force official Facebook page
  


SprinkleofGlitter
(Twitter picture)
This is Louise, A.K.A Sprinkle of Glitter. The one thing I must say about her is that she is absolutely hilarious! She has one channel called Sprinkle of Glitter, she is not a professional makeup artist either and this is why she prefers not to do makeup tutorials, she does more hauls, reviews and vlogs, but she does have a lot of experience in the makeup field from previous and current jobs and events. She is a Glossybox ambassador and has a great blog. She is 26, English, and lives in England with her husband and their adorable little girl, Darcy (also known as baby Glitter). Louise also has an online shop with another youtuber/ blogger called Zoe (the one bellow this), the shop is called Louella, a combination of their names, they sell amazing quality makeup brush sets.
Youtube channel: SprinkleofGlitter
Blog: Sprinkle of Glitter
Shop: Louella
Twitter: SprinkleofGlitter official twitter
Facebook: Sprinkle of Glitter official Facebook page


Zoella280390
(Facebook picture)
 As I just mentioned, this is Zoe, her Youtube name is Zoella280390, (the numbers are her birthday) and if you haven't worked it out she is 22. She has her main Youtube channel and also has a blog. Her and Louise are very good friends and are often in each others videos, and if they are, you are guaranteed a good laugh, they do a lot of tags and challenges and Zoe always puts bloopers at the end of her videos which I always love. Like I've said, her and Louise opened an online shop a few months ago called Louella. She has such a nice personality and is absolutely stunning. :)
Youtube channel: Zoella280390
 Blog: Zoella
Shop: Louella
Twitter: ZoezeeBo official twitter
Facebook: Zoella official Facebook page


 Pixiwoo
(Samantha/Sam Chapman)

(Nicola/Nic Haste (Chapman) )
(Twitter pictures)
These girls are absolutely incredible, they are both in their 30's and are sisters from Norwich, England (which is where they live) and have been makeup artists for way over a decade and have over half a million subscribers. They mainly do makeup tutorials based on celebrity looks, sometimes from recent events, a celebrities look generally, or sometimes they will just make up a look. The picture of Sam above is actually one of the looks she did recently of Amy Childs. They are both super tall and beautiful, have children and have 2 younger brothers, John and Jim who both have Youtube channels too. 
Johns' is with one of his work friends, Leon Bustin, and their channel is called The Lean Machines, their videos are about fitness and health as they are both fitness instructors/ trainers at their local gym.
 Main channel: Pixiwoo
Vlog/side channel: Pixiwoomadness
Website/blog: Pixiwoo official website and blog
Sam's Twitter: Sams official Twitter
Nic's Twitter: Nics official Twitter
Facebook: Pixiwoo official Facebook page
John and Leon's channel: The Lean Machines

 J1mmyB0bba
(Google search picture, I couldn't find a better one as his Twitter picture is a self portrait)
So this is Jim Chapman, in this photo he does not look his best as he is very handsome and tall (he's 6ft 3"). I included him in this post because even though his videos are about men's 'beauty' (so things like hair products/ tutorials, shaving products, facial products and men's fashion etc) but also sometimes does videos about relationships/dating, movies and other random things like that sometimes with his girlfriend Tanya who also has a Youtube channel (the one bellow this). He honestly seems like the nicest, funniest, most genuine person in the world and I wish I could meet him one day, as I do with all of these people. He's 24, lives in Norwich, England, with Tanya and also has a vlog channel and a new gaming channel.
Main channel: J1mmmyb0bba
Vlog channel: Vlogswithjim
Game channel: Gameswithjim


Pixi2woo
(Twitter picture)
If you haven't guessed, this is Tanya Burr, she is a professional makeup artist and predominantly does tutorials on a certain look or celebrity like Sam and Nic's videos. They are actually the two people who got her into Youtube, that's why their names are similar because they made it for her, Tanya met them through Jim when she was training to be  makeup artist. She also has a vlog channel called 'Tanya's vlogs and hauls' which is pretty self explanatory, she has just turned 24 and, like I've said, lives in Norwich with Jim.
 Main channel: Pixi2woo
Vlog channel: tanyasvlogsandhauls


LisaEldridgedotcom
(Twitter picture)

I found Lisa's channel when I was searching videos using the Vichy dermabland foundation and I loved how lovely she was! She has such a calming voice and seems so nice and genuine. She is a professional makeup artist and does either looks based on a celebrity, trend or sometimes does a look on a model based on her skin tone/ eye colour etc. I absolutely love her and her videos. :)
Main channel: Lisaeldridgedotcom

So there you go, my favourite beauty Youtubers. If you haven't noticed they are all English, this is because I find it annoying if you are watching (for example) an American Youtuber and they use products or brands that you cannot get in the UK. All of these people (excluding Lisa) are physically good friends and talk on a regular basis and are sometimes in each others videos or vlogs. 
I hope you enjoyed this blog and have a great day! :) x
p.s. I just realised how many times I said 'Absolutely' :P