22/12/2012

Girls Day out Glasgow - Benefit make-up review

I am very very truly sorry for my lack of posts. I wish I had an excuse but I don't.
A few weeks ago my mum and I went to 'The Girls Day Out' in Glasgow. I was seriously overwhelmed as to how busy it was. Despite the overwhelming amounts of people - which certainly didn't help my anxiety - I felt like I was in heaven. Everywhere you looked there was some type of beauty treatment,  jewellery stall or big brand make-up company.
This is the type of place to go if your a beauty, fashion or just general all things girly lover. Oh, you must not forget if you go to make sure and bring LOTS of pennies with you because you will end up spending a hell of a lot.
The first place I dragged my mum to was the Benefit make-up counter. I had my make-up done  by one of their artists, and then somehow managed to convince my mum to buy what they had just plastered all over my face. The beautiful make-up didn't help with my baby faced looks, as people still thought I looked about 13/14 - which isn't what you want to hear when your almost 18!
I'm not one to splash out on make-up, I usually just stick to stuff that doesn't cost much more than £10, so spending £60 on a few things was a whole other experience for me.
As part of the event Benefit were doing 10% off and a free gift bag worth £30 - or something like that.
The products I bought were:


Hello Flawless Foundation
I have to say going from using foundations by Maybelline and Rimmel to this I could certainly see and feel the difference on my skin. I'm not saying that their foundations aren't good but Benefit definitely had one up on them. I suppose, you get what you pay for and for £10 more it is worth it. It has some rather mad claims, they sound a little ridiculous. "Helps to protect against environmental stresses" "Helps to boost cellular respiration for a 'plumping up' effect." I can't say I've noticed that while wear my skin has been better protected from the environmental stresses or that my face looks plump. However, my face does look brighter and healthier. One of the biggest things about this foundation is that any dry skin I have is concealed by this - instead of being highlighted by the foundation catching on the edges of my skin. It contains SPF 25 which is a huge plus as when those summer months come back around I'll be able to get away with wearing my foundation without needing to worry about my face burning, cause that's already been covered. 
At £24.50 it is a little pricey but I feel its worth it, plus you don't need to use much and the design of the bottle means you wont be wasting any of it.

Hervana Blusher
I'm not sure how much I can say about a blusher. I've never been a huge fan of blush, down to the fact I can never find a colour I like. This is a nice colour its not in your face and the pink is pale enough for everyday use, you could also put of a few layers of it if you really wanted a darker colour. Blusher doesn't get me excited and it probably never will and for £23.50, I feel like its a bit of a rip off. Buy a cheaper blusher and save your self some pennies. Sure its nice and yes it lasts but for a blush its a bit over priced.

Peek-a-brighteyes
This is a nice little kit: it contains eye brightener, 3 eye shadows( a base colour, contour shadow and a highlight), a concealer brush and a contour brush. For £24.50 it is a good price, it comes with a step by step guide to making the smokey eye look. I am hopeless with make-up so I tend to do my own thing instead of following the guidelines since I know it wont turn out the way its meant to. However, for the price it is a rather small kit. You could spend £10 more and get the Urban Decay Naked Palette, where you can get 12 colours, a lip gloss and a double sided eye brush. After Christmas I will be picking myself up a Naked 2 palette since I have heard brilliant things about it.

They're real! Mascara
This is only a miniature, as it was a part of my free gift. It's the no.1 selling mascara, not sure why though. I personally don't like it. The brush is stiff and plastic and horrible, it clumps on my eyes and doesn't do much for my lashes.  If your willing to spend £18.50 on a mascara go pick up the YVES Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara for £16.90. This mascara is my baby and if you go online to buy this you get it for an amazing £8.45! It is a much better mascara in my opinion, it makes my lashes look thick, long and healthy. What more do you want in a mascara?

Dandelion Ultra plush Lip Gloss
WOW, a lip gloss that isn't sticky, smells amazing and is a lovely colour. This ticks all the boxes for me, I was given the full size as part of my free gift. This is a nude pink colour and I love it. It smells sweet and refreshing. Its not overly expensive at £13.50 its not much more than other brand lip glosses. Brands such as Maybelline and Rimmel charge around £9 for something that usually is sticky and not worth the money you spent on it - yes ok occasionally you will find something you love that's cheap and brilliant but pay a bit more and you're lips will be in heaven.

Some of what I bought I will most definitely be repurchasing and others will be one of those products that I will just use with out actually enjoying them overly much. 

Thank you for reading this, I will hopefully have a glossy box review up soon. :) 



p.s. If anyone has youtube and would like to follow me please be my guest as when I get to 100 subscribers I will be doing a giveaway. Might even pop in a lip gloss from Benefit? ;)


01/09/2012

Dixi previews

Hello fellow jewellery lovers,
I have some rather exciting news coming from Shop Dixi. On September 2nd - this Sunday - the new items are an extension of their "warrior" collection.

Dixi are a seller of jewellery who aim to provide original fashion at affordable prices, they are a UK based store and they sell the most adorable things.

So I have some preview pictures, and I have to say I think I'll be buying some of this lovely collection.


As you can see the collection is a mixture of both clothing and accessories. Along with this preview, Dixi are giving everyone the chance to get free shipping for any UK order £15 or over using "UPDATEMEFS

Thank you for reading and I hope you like Dixi just as much as I do.


14/08/2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Hello followers, I apologise for not posting in awhile.

Recently I realised I had quite a few points on my boots card, so I felt it was only right to go and spend them.
One of the things I picked up was the new lip stains from Revlon. I was so happy when these were brought  out, I had my eye on the Clinique's Chubby Stick but wasn't wanting to pay £16 to buy one. Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain seemed perfect, the introductory price is £5.99 but will go up to £7.99 full price.
From what I've seen of Clinique's Chubby Stick, it seems to be very very similar to Revlon's. The only thing is - you're paying for the expensive name.
Revlon's lip stain is so lovely, it goes on brilliantly, it smells lovely and minty, the colour is fab and best of all it lasts for hours!!!
I got it in colour 045, Romantic. Red lips are to die for in my opinion, there were a few other dark colours but I decided to go  for the red.





The swatch in the picture looks a bit paler than what it does on, but it is a good enough representation of the colour.

Thank you for reading, if you like my blog please feel free to have a look at my youtube channel. :) 




Oh, I was just wanting to know what you guys though of changing the name of my blog, it would be changed to "Everything Sparkles When You Shine"



30/07/2012

Stila cosmetics

The bargains of all bargains has been found. Poundland has Stila!


I bought two Stila SPF 30, tinted moisturisers - they are oil free which is fab because my skin would not be happy taking on more oil along with a Stila illuminating powder - SPF 12 in shade 70 Watts. This was just a refill but still an amazing deal. The illuminating powder costs £18 pounds to buy, a saving of £17 - cha ching!! I couldn't find the price for the moisturiser, but I think it costs around £20 to buy.

Poundland, my new favourite place. 



26/07/2012

First Youtube Video | Lush Haul


Hello, so I finally decided to do my first ever youtube video.
Watching it back I think I should be locked away, my voice sounds alien and I don't look at the camera a whole lot.
But oh well, beginners mistakes.

So the video is a "Mini Lush Haul".







Products Mentioned:


  • Melting Marshmallow
  • You've been Mangoed
  • Woosh Shower Jelly
  • Tea Tree Toner Tab
  • Blackberry Bath Bomb
  • Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar

Hope you enjoy, and I'm sorry that it cut off at the end. The "hopefully, maybe " video was a Glossybox video. 

Thanks for reading/watching :) 



Glossybox, July

This is my 3rd Glossybox, and i feel that it is the best one I have received.
This box is meant to be about Rocking the Festival Look. I think its a bit odd for them to have this box now, as I think most festivals are at the start of the month, maybe they should have made this box the one for June and Junes box for this month.

The box contained:

Elizabeth Arden Visable Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15 -
This is OIL FREE - yes, something that my skin will love. I'm not really sure what else I can say about this, I'm looking forward to trying this. However I don't think I'll buy this, the full size lotion is £32, a little ut my price range I think.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lip Frosting -
I think the size you get in this box is the full size which would cost £10 to buy, a little pricey for lip care. The packaging is very cute and it smells amazing. Apparently you can use this on your cheeks as well, but I imagine it being a little sticky.

Monu Golden Glow -
This is classed as a "face and body bronzer", I'm not quite sure of it yet. Maybe it's the colour, or maybe its the smell or maybe even a mix of both. I'll try it but I don't think it'll be getting bought - the price of £23 doesn't do much for my liking it.

Clynol Salon Exclusive Enrich Colour Shampoo -
I don't have coloured hair, and don't particularly like getting new hair products. The shampoo smells nice, a full size bottle costs £9.35. Shampoo that costs almost £10 doesn't quite catch me.

HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette -
This is the holy grail of the box, this is the full sized version and costs £19.95 to buy. This makes up for the lack of HD brows tweezers in last months box. My palette is in "Vamp" I am thrilled that this was in my box.

I would say I can't wait for next months box, but I unsubscribed so I could let my bank fill up again. If next months box is super then I shall be getting it again. 


Thanks for reading :) 





23/07/2012

MAC lipstick

Recently I've been wanting to buy a MAC lipstick, but couldn't justify paying £14 for one lipstick. So like all good bargain hunters I set out on a quest for the wondrous land of eBay.  I won two limited edition lipsticks, one Lady Gaga which I snapped up at an amazing £6.50. The colour is sheer plum, and I adore it! It did come without the box, but I saved £7.50 by buying it from the brilliant eBay.

 Swatched it looks like this, it looks a little orange. I would say it has orange under tones but after a while of wearing it, it begins to look more pinky.
I adore darker lip colours, nothing makes me happier than a dark colour.

My other lipstick hasn't arrived yet and I hold very little hope on it ever arriving.
I am hoping to start making youtube videos, and this will probably appear in it. Along with other lovely things from ASOS and Lush.

I look forward to making videos, and hopefully my lovely followers would be interested in watching them.

Thank you again for looking at my blog and if you do click the follow button, thank you 1000x more.


19/06/2012

Glossybox, June Edition

I have to say when this lovely little box came to my door this morning I was amazed - after all they were only sent out yesterday!
This months box is all about channelling your "sexy summer style" and just in time, Glasgow is beginning to heat up again. And so in celebration of this box, I decided to take my pictures outside.




 This months Glossybox contained:

Glossybox Beauty Brush -This is a very cute little extra, I'm not an expert brush user but I have been trying to gather a nice little collection of brushes recently and this will make a fine addition to my growing collection.

YVES Rocher France Mini Mascara "ultra-volume Sexy Pulp" - This is a very cute little mascara, the little bristles seem to be quite good and the mascara is supposed to give "generous curves and gives 12 hour wear". I love mascara and hopefully I'll fall in love with this one.

BM beauty Summer Warmth Bronzer -I'm not a huge fan of bronzer, never really have been but if this lovely and affordable ( £8 for the full size ) makes me happy then I think that this might find its way onto my shelf.

Agent Provocateur Three Mini Samples - These little glass bottles (yes glass) with little spray tops, spell lovely! Very sweet and flowery, perfect for summer. The full sized bottle is £39, which is a good price for a 50ml bottle.

Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream Stick - This is meant to cover all skin flaws be they big or be they small. This will be interesting to try out, there are a few different shades so matching it with my skin shouldn't be hard - or at least that's the theory.

11/06/2012

E.L.F :)

Recently I went shopping with my mum and as I said in my previous post I managed to find some nice things.
Once I got home I took a wander to eyeslipsface.co.uk and spent £20 on make-up and brushes - I got a free goody bag worth £9.50. (wooo!) Personally i think that £20 for 7 pieces plus postage isn't that bad, i don't often splurge on make-up so i see this as being a treat.
My order arrived a few days ago, and I have to say so far I love it!
I got a foundation brush and a face brush - they are so soft!!! Eye shadow applicators - give a much better finish than fingers- A matte lip colour in Natural - its a pretty colour but its not what I'm used to, I tend to go for darker colours, All Over Cover Stick in Ivory, Studio Zit Eraser and make-up mist and set spray.





 Everything I bought was between £1.50 and £3.75, which is amazing for high quality make-up! The goody bag that came with it contained an E.L.F Beauty Book- this is essentially every colour you would need for the "natural eye look", it comes with step by step instructions on how and where to put your eye make-up, a Nail polish in Light Red and a All over Cover stick in Toasted. I have to say there is nothing light about this red, it is an amazing deep red colour, the cover stick is to dark for my face, but it would be good for blush or maybe even bronzer.

I will definitely be buying more from E.L.F, as soon as I get more money.

Have you tried any E.L.F products or plan on buying any? 
Leave a little comment below :) 


08/06/2012

To YouTube or not to YouTube?

I am wondering if it would be a good idea for me to upload videos on youtube about the stuff I post here - soo please comment if you think that you-tubing would be a good idea for me :)

please comment and tell me what you think?

Decoupage bunny :)

Awhile ago I decided to try my hand at making animals from paper. After searching on google I found a site that told you how to make a rabbit, he sat in my bedroom looking a little bare- although he did look very cute. A trip to hobby craft later and ready with PVA glue and decoupage paper I started giving it some colour. So here my little bunny is now - all colourful and lovely. All that's left is to give him some googley eyes, a fluffy tail and a little bow round his neck. :)


So all in all I think it looks pretty cool, all lovely and blue and flowery.

04/06/2012

Hello Blog world :)!


Summer is almost upon us, so my lovely mum took me out shopping. I gathered a few really nice things from Primark, New look, Boots and Topshop.


Upon another blog of which says going to Primark early is so much better and a hell of a lot more fun, I thought my mum and I could go to Braehead - our biggest local shopping centre - early. I have always hated the crowds, the huge lines at the checkouts, not to mention that all the clothes are thrown everywhere.
I was so happy when we arrived shortly after opening time to a clean, calm and quiet Primark. You're able to stroll around without feeling rushed into buying anything.


I managed to find a few nice things, some of the stuff I had picked up was nice but on me it just didn't suit. In the end i bought a sleeveless collared shirt with metal tips for £12, a Disney Thumper the Rabbit top for £6 and  a pair of lace shorts for £10.
I had been looking for a nice shirt for awhile and was so chuffed when I found this. I have to say I was a little worried that it wouldn't look right when I tried it on as many of this type of shirt that I have tried doesn't suit me and my small height and larger than most peoples chest.
I usually walk out of Primark feeling like it was a waste of time and a drain on my energy, not this time though, i walked out feeling happy at my buys and ready for the next shop.


After a bite to eat we moved on to New look, I don't usually shop here - I'm more of a online shopper - Very.co.uk ect. -  but we went in had a nosey around, my mum picked things up for me that I never usually would have. After trying things on, we managed to whittle out the good, the bad and the ones that sadly didn't fit. I walked out with a pair of Kelly Brook's shorts from the new range for £22.99, a light purple Blazer for £24.99 and a sleeveless bird print shirt for £19.99. I used my Young Scot Card to secure a discount of £6.80 - not much but its better than nothing. 
I was disappointed that their "Ethel Floral Bustier Top" didn't fit round the chest. I really feel that they should make these in sizes for those whom have a larger bust, it was so pretty and was really flattering - I'd advise anyone to go try it on and if it fits buy it!! I'm so jealous of you who can fit into them. 


Moving on, I only got one thing from boots - 17 eye liner pen in Soft Jet, it cost me £3.99 and goes on so perfectly. The final shop of the day was Topshop, I went in with a list of things I wanted to try on, alas they only had a few of the things I was looking for. I got a nail varnish in "Razzmatazz" for £6 (its such a pretty + sparkly colour) and a pair of pink lacy socks for £3.50.


All in all I thought it to be a pretty successful shopping trip, got some nice clothes and spent some quality time with my mum :) 


Sleeveless collared shirt - Primark
Lace shorts - Primark 

Bird print top - New look



Kelly Brook shorts - New Look

Purple Blazer - New Look

Topshop nail polish in Razzmatazz 

pink socks - Topshop

17 eye pen - Boots
  


I hope you've enjoyed, have you found any nice things from shops recently? 


Glossybox, May Edition

I've been hearing about Glossybox for awhile now so decided to get a subscription, its £10 a month + £2.95 for postage.
My first glossybox was for May, which happened to be their anniversary box. As a special gift there was a balloon and a compact mirror, along with 5 other reasonable sized samples.
I have to say that for my first box I am really pleased with the box as a whole. There is nothing I could fault about it: the contents were fab, the design was sleek and elegant and the wrapping ( i guess thats what you could call it?) were sweet.
When the box arrived, I was already impressed. The box was sweet - and I hadn't even opened it yet.
 Once the packaging was removed, revealing the sleek white glossy box. Smooth to the touch and elegant.

The packaging is so cute, the birthday themed paper tied together with a bow. 


The box contained:

A Pink Balloon - This is a cute little extra that Glossybox has included, it has currently found a place on top of my computer screen :)


A Glossybox Compact Mirror - I have to say I was so happy when this came in the box, I've been looking for a nice little compact mirror for my bag for awhile now, this was a little god send. I salute you Glossybox

Noble Isle Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel - This smells heavenly, Noble Isle is inspired by the natural and cultural riches of the British Isles. It's British, smells heavenly - what more can you ask from a bath wash?

Lolita Lempicka, Eau de Parfum & Si Lolita - I have to say I had never heard of this perfume before, and I always love to try out some new stuff. I love the name and the packaging - I wish I could say that I love these perfumes, but sadly I only liked Si Lolita, I'm not sure how to describe it, I think there is a spicy smell to it, but it smells amazing and very girly. I don't know why I didn't lie Eau de Parfum, I'll have another try with it, maybe I can grow to love it? I don't think I'll be buying the full size unless I can find it cheaper, I feel £60 is a little pricey for a perfume, especially when there are really nice perfumes available for cheaper.

Apivita Express Beauty Masks - I've never heard of this brand but I love face masks. They are not pricey, in fact I think for a good mask £3.50 is a good price. They claim to be 90% natural, and anything natural must be good.

Osmo Berber Oil Hair treatment - Recently I've been trying to be a little nicer to my  hair, trying creams and sprays ect. This oil claims it will return your hair to pristine condition, it contains Argon oil to help restore dry & damaged hair, i have a fair few split ends and I can't wait to try this out.

Eldora False Eyelashes - I have to say I have never worn false eyelashes before and I'm not sure if I will try these out, maybe if I get some contact lenses then I will but without contacts all they would do is get crushed against my glasses. Despite this, they are really nice looking and look like they would give you a nice full lash look that you could probably get away with wearing daily.


So what do you think of the birthday box? 


02/06/2012

Blogging Birth

Earlier this week I decided that I wanted to start a blog. So here I am typing up my first post, hoping that I actually continue the blog after today.

Hopefully this can become my hobby.

I feel as if i should tell you what to expect from my blog, it shall be on pretty much anything - but shall central in on fashion and beauty ( you know the drill what I buy, opinions on products ect. ect.) there shall be the occasional post on things I have crafted and maybe even a movie or something I've seen on TV.

I hope you enjoy my blog and take as much pleasure from reading it as I shall take from writing it.