31/10/2013

October Favourites

Well, there's another month gone. Only 61 days left of 2013. I'm going to have to start Christmas shopping soon, since there is only about 54 shopping days till Christmas day - that's not very long when you think about all the people you need to buy for: mum, brother, friends, cousins, grandparents. This month I've been trying out quite a few new products and been trying to use up a lot of what I have already - mostly ski care wise, I've gone through quite a few skin care things this month.
My last favourites video was about half an hour long, I didn't even notice how long it was until after I uploaded it - oops. I think from now on I'm going to try and keep my favourites to a maximum of 8 products to stop it being to long.
Skincare wise I've not really been loving anything overly much, so this months post will be prominently make-up, I think I'm going to throw a couple of random favourites in here as well. Since y'know its only kind for me to tell you about the food and fashion things I love.

Real Techniques Blush Brush

Oh geez, can someone tell me how I managed to apply blush before I had this brush? Oh wait thats right, I didn't really manage. This brush is amazing, if your wanting to buy a new brush please let it be this one. You will not regret it. I've not had a bad blush day with this yet, and if I do get slightly over excited with a blush I can easily blend it out with this. Perfect.

Lord and Berry Foundation

This is the only foundation that I've been using this month. And all I can say is WOW! This give me the coverage I'm looking for, whilst still giving me a natural finish. This doesn't specifically say that it is for oily skin, but I find it controls oil so well. It might cling a little to any dry patches, but a good buff into the skin and you should be good to go.

Seventeen Phowarr Paint

If you have any under eye problems, be they big or be they small - I totally recommend this to anyone wanting to look more awake in the mornings or just even brighten up their eyes a bit. Go, buy it, you won't regret it.

Soap and Glory One Heck Of a Blot

Best powder ever. Hands down. The Rimmel stay matte has nothing on this bad boy. Keeps you matte, doesn't look powdery or cakey. Absolute sheer blissful amazingness. My description isn't great, I know, but holey mother this powder is great, best £12 ever spent. Please, go out and buy and try and love it and never look back.

Lord and Berry Magic Brow

This is such a great match for my eyebrows, magic brow is really well named. It makes my brows - that never look good - look pretty damn amazing. Seriously blooming amazing. Lord and Berry isn't spoken of enough - they deserve to be talked and raved about so much more than they do!

Stila In The Light Palette

I love this palette, it is seriously amazing. There is one eye look I've been wearing quite a lot, by quite a lot I mean once a week when I go out with my friends on a night out. I'm trying to find a look that is pretty, simple and quick to do - so I can maybe wear a little eye makeup for university. I'll let you know how I get on.


What have you been loving this month?





30/10/2013

TIGI Split End Mender


Over the past few months I've been trying to take better care of my hair, I have a big problem with split ends and have been trying to reduce this. And recently I've been switching between two products that are meant to try and combat split ends. One by Tresemee and the other by TIGI. These two feel very different, despite the fact that they are supposed to do the same job. I'm probably going to compare the two quite a fair bit - although I will try not to.
After my birthday a couple of months ago I went a little mad buying lots and lots of beauty type items, the TIGI Split End Mender was one of the items I bought during my mad spending spree. I've not really got around to using it, until recently.
To the boring stuff first, I think this costs around £11 to buy, could maybe slightly more or even slightly less. You get quite a lot for the money, a grand 237ml of product packaged in a pink bottle with a green lid.
This genuinely smells amazing, just like your hair smells after you go to the hair dressers. Bliss. The product itself is very liquidy, at least in comparison to the Tresemme one. I do think it not being creamy, makes it slightly easier to work with. I really only tend to use this on wet hair, before I use heat protection or blow dry my hair. You only need a little since it goes such a long way. I don't think this has fixed any split ends - and to be honest with you I didn't expect it to. But I do think the ends of my hair are no where near as dry as they were before, huge bonus as now it doesn't look brittle and straw like.

Have you tried any leave in treatments or split end serums? 

29/10/2013

Starting Off: Make-up Tools

I'm probably still considered a beginner when it comes to make-up brushes and other things like that. Despite this, I'll try my best to talk about my experience with make-up tools.
For both face and eye make-up, you can use either brushes or sponges. For eye make-up, I think there is only really one say to go and that way is brushes. You don't need to spend a fortune on brushes, but I do feel they are 1000x better than the little sponge applicators. I love the Real Techniques brushes, you can get their eye set for around £20 from Boots (or £11 from Iherb), when you think about the price of one MAC brush - which I would love to be able to afford - at around £20, you get 4 for that price from Real Techniques. Does that make sense? I hope so.
 Face make-up wise, I think how you apply is completely down to choice. You can use your fingers, brushes or even sponges. I haven't used sponges for years, so I can't really comment on how they apply - my cousin swears by them - she also hates brushes - and she is a beauty therapist. I love brushes, and I am constantly switching between my Real Techniques Buffing and Expert face brush. For me, I think it gives such a lovely almost airbrushed finish. I mean who doesn't want air brushed skin. I do want to try the new Real Techniques sponge, it looks really good and I've seen lots of good reviews of it.
I don't really know what else to talk about, so I think I'll give a few brushes that I think are a must have.
Firstly, a nice little lip brush - I use my Real Techniques Detailer Brush. For a lovely perfect lip look I feel a lip brush is needed.
 Another brush I think is a huge must have is a good blush brush, and again I really have to recommend the Real Techniques one - applying blush has never been easier since I bought this.
The last and final type of brush I think is a must have is a decent shadow brush. So many eye looks can be made with one good shadow brush, having multiple shadow brushes is good as you can use one of them for the crease. The only crease brush I own is quite big, so it doesn't really fit in the crease area so I do tend to just use a fluffy shadow brush.
The only other make-up tools I would say is worth mentioning is eyelash curlers, tweezers and a sharpener. I don't think you need an eyelash curler, but they are nice to have to make your eyes look wider and you more awake. Again with eyelash curlers you don't have to spend a fortune on buying these, since you can get a good pair for as little at £5. Tweezers again, are really cheap. And are quite good for catching stray eyebrow hairs, or even those pesky eyelash hairs that wont sit right. Sharpener is pretty self explanatory. If you use shadow pencils, lip pencils or eye liner pencils that need to be sharpened then you'll need one of these - I've actually lost mine, but you can pick them up for really cheap.
The final note on make-up tools, please remember to clean your brushes. You wouldn't leave your make-up on your face for over a month with out taking it off once, so why would you leave your make-up brushes un-cleaned for months at a time. I don't wash my brushes every week, I keep thinking my brushes wont last as long if I wash them every week. I try to wash my brushes every two - three weeks, and I think I'm going to buy myself a daily brush cleanser from MAC later on - just for extra cleanliness.

I hope this post wasn't overly boring. What do you use to apply your make-up?







Love Me Beauty Box


A couple of years ago I had bought myself a glossybox subscription, and had it for well over a year before cancelling it. I had wanted to get myself a new subscription to a beauty box for the longest time, and decided to go for Love Me Beauty. The idea of getting to pick what you got in your box before getting it really appealed to me, after having so many boxes that weren't all that good.
So the other day my box arrived, and I'm not sure if I'll be getting another one. I guess I really like the surprise of not knowing  what I'm getting in the boxes - the only surprise is how the products feel. Oh sigh. My box didn't come with a product guide, and I know Love Me Beauty is meant to have one since other peoples posts/ videos. So I'm not sure why I didn't get one. Oh well.


Anyhoo, the box itself is really quite eco friendly, by that I mean unlike some boxes the products are encased in the cardboard packaging and not in another box inside. Inside the box was some orange stuff - the name of it escapes me. And it was all wrapped in pink tissue with a big me sticker to keep it closed.

I think I might have edited this a little to much, look how bright it looks!

BalmBalm Indulgence Bath and Shower oil - I think I'm going to give this to my mum since she adores the smell of patchouli oil - one of the essential oils in the bottle.


Anatomicals help the paw hand cream - I love hand cream, and as it is getting into the colder months my little hands tend to get a little dry and tight feeling. So trying out a new hand cream is always something I will look forward to. I've also wanted to try something from Anatomicals for awhile, and now I get to try this!


Amie eye make-up remover - This smells kind of fresh and like cucumbers. Its not a scent that I particularly like, but I don't hate it either. I've got quite a few eye make-up removers, so I wasn't blown away getting this since I've been trying to use up the ones I have already. This is quite good at removing eye make -up, but it struggles slightly with removing mascara, so if you wear waterproof mascara this might not be best to remove that.


Weleda Nourishing Shampoo - I have crazy oily hair, so I probably won't use this since it is for normal hair. I'll probably end up giving this to my mum or my brother since they both have normal to dry hair, its sad that I wont be using this because the smell is blooming amazing - really fresh and almost citrusy. I might give it a try, but I'll be wary of using it on a day that I have classes, since I don't want to look like I have greasy hair.


Lord & Berry Smudgeproof eye liner - I love Lord & Berry, and these eye liners haven't disappointed. I did a little swatch of this the day it came and it would not budge from the back of my hand. I had to really scrub my hand to get it off. This seems like a brilliant little eye liner. One thing I'm a bit unsure about is does this twist up or do I need to sharpen it? It looks like I have to sharpen it, but y'know I just want to double check before I go and possibly ruin it.

Have you got Love Me Beauty before, or do you have another subscription you love?

27/10/2013

Spending ban update 2

Hello to everyone. I currently have around 22 days - depending on when this goes up - left of my spending ban. Since my last update, I've not bought an overly huge amount of stuff. From what I can remember I have only bought one dress, for going out in, and 2 nail polishes. I have however spend over £100 on going out drinking. Woops, definitely not doing that for awhile.
In fact, I bought myself a couple of tops from H&M as well, but I justify it by the fact that I was wearing the same clothing over and over.
I have spent a lot of money recently on food, not having time for food in the morning ends up with me spending money in Sainsburys before class. I'm going to try and make myself a sandwich before I go out so that I have something if I feel hungry before lunch. That way I'll save around £12 a week, thats over £40 a month! Just for a mid morning snack?! Over £50 if I add in the odd Starbucks.
I'm not going to buy anything for myself until after my spending ban finishes on the 19th of November. This might be quite hard since I start work on the 4th, and I'll be getting my first pay shortly after I start. eeek.

Spending Bans are hard, who knew.

Maybelline BB Cream


If I'm being honest, I didn't expect much from this when I first got it. I had tried other BB creams before and they were just to dark. For what ever reason some companies decide to bring out one colour of BB cream. One colour fits all. I've wanted to love BB creams but the offerings were kind of crappy.
That was until I tried this. When this came out, it instantly caught my eye. For oily skin it said. I found myself instantly needing to buy it. And I did.  The colour range isn't great, but at least they have a couple of options for you to choose from. The one I have is light, and its a pretty good match for my skin. Maybe a teeny tiny bit to dark but what ever, its hardly different enough for you to notice it.
This has basically become my day to day foundation. Yes it is a BB cream, but I think that its got the coverage of a really good foundation. It has an SPF of 15, so your getting a little sun protection in there to.
The packaging is cute, young and fresh? Does that even make sense? I don't know, but it does look fresh - if you get what I mean.
I do love this and would recommend this to anyone, even if you have dry skin this could possibly work for you!
What is your favourite BB cream? 



25/10/2013

Re-Gen Cream


I've used Re-Gen cream for a couple of years now, and I think that kind of gives me a good idea of how well this works.
Let me first say a little about what Re-Gen cream is and what its for. Basically Re-gen is a cream that is meant to help prevent and provide treatment for things like stretch marks, scars, dry skin and blemishes. I'm not 100% sure where sells this, but I know that ASDA does - if not any more then they used to. I also think that it costs around £5. I went for this over bio oil - which I have used in the past - because it was slightly cheaper.
I'll tell you a little bit about why I started using it. When I was 11 I had my appendix removed, and I was left with quite a scar. Unfortunately the scar was quite big and noticeable. I had tried loads of different things that claimed to reduce the appearance of scars, nothing really did. That was until I tried this.
I found that my scar was less red and was softer after just a couple of weeks of using Re-Gen cream. It is still noticeable 7 years on, but not nearly as much as before I started using this. I've used this for dry skin and stretch marks on my legs - never for blemishes though...
The cream is white and is really thick. It doesn't smell like anything in particular, it just smells creamy. The tub is 125ml and it lasts forever! This tub lasts a seriously long time, a little bit goes a long way. It absorbs quickly into the skin and I think it really does work.


I really recommend this, if you have a scar, stretch marks or dry skin.
Do you have any creams you've found that work?

22/10/2013

Starting Off: Lips


Possibly my favourite make-up part. Lipstick. I know there is more to lip products than just lipstick, but come on guys lets be honest - Lipstick is the best part. I only own one lipgloss, so I'll probably not talk much about that.
Lip product wise there is so many options, from lip balm to lip stains. The possibilities for colours are near endless. If you have a colour in mind, a brand is bound to have a colour for you. Price wise as well there is something for all budgets, be you only wanting to spend a few pounds or having the ability to spend 20. I own two "high end" lipsticks, and the rest that I have are all under £10 - they could even be under £7/8. 
I personally love MAC lipsticks - I may only own one real one but I find them to be amazing - they are on the pricier side, but they are so worth it. I have So Chaud, it is crazy pigmented and lasts a good 7 hours before I need to reapply - I went out with my friends one night and it lasted from when I put it on at 9pm till when I came in. It was also still visible on my lips the next day when I woke up!!
Lipstick wise, all brands sell them. I really love Maybellines choice of colours and the different types they have - Revlon also have amazing ones.

Along with getting them in stick form, they come in stain, balm, gloss, tint and a few more I believe. I think for beginners the pencil looking lip products are really good. I know Bourjois has some out - I've not actually tried them yet but loads of people rave about them - and Revlon have one as well. The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Oh my oh my. These things are just phenomenal! They last a long time, smell lovely and come in quite a few different colours. They aren't maybe as pigmented as I'd like them to be but the colour pay off is pretty good. 
I'm beginning to run out of things to say - I honestly never thought that would happen.
Lipliner wise, I wouldn't say it is a must have - I would put it down to personal preference. I personally don't use it, I don't even own a lip liner. Some love them, others just find it an unnecessary step. 
One thing I would say is you really should prep the lips. Using a lip scrub once or twice a week before you apply lipstick, and then using a really good lip balm to moisturise your lips. Doing this helps your lipstick last so much longer than it usually would, and of course it makes it look so much nicer.
My final note shall be about how you can apply it, I think their are two options you can use. Firstly, being straight from the stick ( is it also called a bullet?), fairly easy - if you want a more exact finish then you could use the second option. That is using a little brush. I use my Real Techniques Detailer Brush to apply lipstick, I find it gives such a better finish than applying straight onto the lips.

So yeah, I hope this post has been of help to someone or been kind of interesting?


21/10/2013

Monday Skin Treats

Most people will pamper themselves and their skin on a Sunday - preparing for the week ahead. Not me though, nope. I don't have classes on a Monday, so for me its kind of like an extension of the weekend. I see it as giving my body the chance to calm down and relax before the week ahead, so that means I try to give myself a good soak, scrub and moisturise!


Something I love doing - but don't do nearly often enough - is steam my face. Sounds random but trust me, as a first step in a facial pamper it is brilliant! Fill a bowl up with hot water, add either herbs/flowers/ essential oils or a pre made toner tab - the ones I use are from Lush - get your self a towel and steam away from 10 to 15 minutes. I think this makes cleansing or putting a mask on so much more effective as it opens your pores, meaning impurities are drawn out with so much ease. I think there are two or three options from lush toner tab wise, but the ones I use are the Tea Tree ones. They just leave your face feeling so soft and clean, even though you haven't done anything.


My next step would probably be to run myself a nice bath, with either bubble bath or one of the many bath products I have. This time I've gone for one of my Bomb Cosmetics ones, Fresh Berry. Now that my cold has gone, the smell of this is amazing! Before I could hardly smell a thing, now though, mmmmm yummy berry goodness.

When in the bath, I'd probably give myself a "double cleanse". I'd usually first start off with my Botanics Balm Cleanser, then move on to another facial wash - I find that the balm cleanser leaves a little oil layer on my skin that just needs a little help to move off. I tend to also use facial cloths when doing this, I suppose it kind of acts like a soft facial exfoliant? I haven't gone out and bought myself a new facial scrub, so that is the only way I tend to get any scrub on my wee face.

After my face is pretty much the cleanest thing ever, I go in with a mask. I love a good mask, and I personally don't think you can ever have to many! I only have three just now, but I have my eye on a few that in the very near future I see my small collection getting quite a fair bit bigger. One I've been loving using recently though is a Superdrug own brand one, I'm not 100% if this is the name but it says Mud Therapy - so I'm going to guess that's the name. I love when this dries you can see the all the little pores on your face.
 If I'm feeling extra lovely for my face, I'll use some facial pore strips. One for my nose and one for my chin.
Of course my legs and arms need a little bit of loving too. So here comes Soap and Glory's Breakfast Scrub. Oh you little tub of heaven, if you want a really good scrub then this is for you, the scrub isn't so harsh that your skin feels raw afterwards.
The next, and probably final step would be to moisturise!! Facial wise, I'm just trying to use up what I currently have and the one I'm using now is the Simple clear skin oil balancing moisturiser. It isn't anything special, I'm finding now though that it doesn't give me quite as much hydration and moisture as I'd like - maybe I need to invest in some Hydraluron? The moisturiser I've been using for my body is one by Aveeno, I've had it for so long and I basically just want to finish it off. I'm sort of fed up of having things lying around that I never really use, and most of that stuff is skin care - bodily and facially.

How do you pamper yourself at the weekend?

 

Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

For awhile I've been thinking about trying to take better care of my skin, and not just using cheap crappy lotions. Boots Botanics range seemed like just the prefect thing, its affordable and it doesn't seem to be full of chemicals. I had wanted to try the Emma Hardie one but that was a little out of my price range. This seemed like the next best thing.
I got this as a present from my cousins for my birthday and was extremely happy. I've been eyeing this up for quite awhile, and now I didn't need to go out and buy it myself. I'm lazy, what can I say.
This feels extremely luxurious, and when you follow the directions its like your getting a little facial.
It is a little tricky to use since it is a hard balm. When I first used this I didn't claw away at it, so it took quite awhile to get it on my face. Silly me.
This makes your face feel really really clean, without leaving your face feeling tight. The muslin cloth is lovely to use and feels really soft on the skin. I've found that in the past some muslin cloths can be a bit scratchy - especially the ones that come free with the product. But not this one. Nope, this one is soft and quite big as well.
This hasn't broken out my skin, no spots have been seen since using this. I did find though that I needed to rinse my face since it left a bit of a oily layer on my skin. I use this as a second cleanse, I was never the type to wash my face twice, and to be honest I thought the whole idea of a double cleanse was silly. But after actually doing it I have to say I love it. Double cleansing is fab. This product is lovely, it smells really natural and a tiny bit citrusy. It costs £8.99 for quite a large tub of cleanser.

I love this to bits and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new cleanser.

20/10/2013

Life post - A bit about me?

I wasn't sure what to name this, hence the relay plain and boring name. I've never really done a "life" type post, but thought I would do one now - a sort of update/ look into my life. My life has been quite busy recently, and I'm sort of amazed that I've kept up with posts and such like.

On the 24th of September I went into my first year of University, for anyone that's interested I'm studying Forensic Investigation. So far I'm really enjoying the course - but not the back pain that comes from carrying my books every day. I've been going to classes for almost a month, its exciting and new - when you go to university, if you're not already there, you will have so much fun and meet so many people. I think during the summer I'll do a few posts for the run up to University starting, to help the new first year students, I found the ones that I read really helpful so maybe someone would find my ones helpful?

My Biology book is so bloody heavy!
In my first few weeks at University I signed up for quite a few things - sports clubs, more specifically dance, the fashion society and the gym. Oh and most recently I've joined the Cheerleader club hahaha. Oh god, this could be funny. Hopefully my joining the fashion society will help me with my complete lack of fashion know how, I honestly wonder sometimes how I manage to leave the house looking semi decent - I do however though, wear the same things over and over. So yeah, hopefully I'll get some style advice from the fashion students and then maybe do some outfit posts. I was going to do an outfit a day for a month, but then I thought that I would be showing the same two or three outfits multiple times. I'm hoping as well to become healthier, so when I get into actually exercising and eating better I could maybe do a post about it if you'd like? Let me know, cause if even just one person wants to see it I will definitely do that.
So far no one I've made friends with on my course knows about my blog or my YouTube, at least I don't think they do...? I'm not really sure how to bring it up with them, so for now I'll leave telling them about it.


I also start my first ever proper job at the start of November, I am really excited for it. It's only a Christmas temp, but its in Boots so it is guaranteed  to be brilliant! I'm quite a shy and quite person naturally so it's going to be hard for me to come out my shell during work, but I think it will be 100% worth it.

As I'm typing this, I don't really know where I'm going with this. But anyway. Maybe I'll mention a little about my blog? Yeah lets do that now. So currently, I am so close to my first "mile stone", by the time this goes up I may have already met it, but when I reach 50 followers on either platform - GFC and Bloglovin' - I will be so happy and over the moon. I was thinking of maybe doing a small giveaway, of one or two of my favourite products? It would, for now, only be for the UK. If I wait till he next little goal, then I would probably make it international, I'm not really sure. I would love any feedback anyone has for my blog, all comments are happily accepted - even if they are bad, they won't be as happily accepted though. haha.

Before I start rambling about so many stupid and random things I'll finish this post up here, if you'd like to have updates and posts like this more often please let me know :) 

19/10/2013

Bomb Cosmetics Haul


Last month I was reading Jasmine's blog and one of the posts I was reading was a Bomb Cosmetics haul. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to get anything from Bomb Cosmetics, but then I noticed that she said "UK bath company".  I had never heard of this company before this, I seem to live in my own little bubble.
I looked around the website quite a few times before I decided that I definitely was going to buy a few things. Postage was free when you spent £25 or more, and for me that was no problem. I was technically on my spending ban when I bought this stuff - but I justify it by the fact that I had quite a bit of money from my gran, and she did tell me to have fun spending it. So, yeah.. I did have fun spending this little part of it.
I put my order in on the 3rd of October, and the box arrived today - the 5th. I was really impressed at how quickly it all came! It makes me so much more likely in the future to use them again!


The items all came in a big hot pink box, with Bomb Cosmetics you know it makes scents on the front and sides of the box. When I opened it up all the little multicoloured squishy things almost fell out, the back of the box opens up - ooops. The inside of the box looks really reeally pretty, all the squishy things make it look really bright and interesting. Cute Cute Cute. It felt like Christmas opening this up and digging through to try and find all the little things that were hidden inside. 


 The first thing I came across was this gift box, I think this was a free gift for when you spent £30 or more. The wrapping is really cool, the paper looks kind of retro? The bow is a really cute detail as well. I think the set is called Funkadelic, at least it says that on the tag. The box contains 5 different products, Paper Tiger Bath Creamer, Pure Therapy Soap, Sun Seduction Bath Creamer, Free Spirit Soap and Hypnobath Bath Blaster. 


 I really wish my nose wasn't blocked up so that I could tell you how these smell. But from what I can get they smell pretty darn good. The little card that came with these has a little about the scent of these, Paper Tiger Bath Creamer (the small white ball with green and red stripes) has cocoa and shea butter to moisturise the skin, whilst the ginger and sweet orange oils sharpen your senses. Pure Therapy Soap (the multicoloured striped soap) has lemon grass and bergamot essential oils. Sun Seduction Bath Creamer (greenish ball with red dots) has tropical coconut and pomegranate scents. Free Spirit Soap (swirly soap bar) this one doesn't really have a scent description as such but says it has uplifting scents and rejuvenating pure essential oils. Hypnobath Bath Blaster ( the big ball with a glittery pink swirl) is described as having a fine delicate fragrance and pure bergamont and clary sage essential oils.


It was like a little treasure hunt looking for the rest of the items. Some of the bath bombs were wrapped up in pink tissue paper, others were just in some plastic wrapper. 



This is everything I bought, I've not used any of them yet so I'm not sure what they are like in a bath. They smell amazing (from what I can gather) so I hope that they are just as good in a bath as they are in the packets. For the price you pay these are so worth it!

Have you tried any Bomb Cosmetics items? What do you recommend?