Friday, 27 September 2013

Disappointing Products #2

Hi guys! Sorry for my slight absence these past couple of weeks. Sometimes life catches up to you and you need to take a break, know what I mean?
But fear not as I'm back! I decided that instead of doing a 'This Month I love...' I'd do a Disappointing Products post again as the last one (here) seemed to go down well with you guys.
Now I must admit that not everything in the post was paid for by myself, but my views and opinions are still my own.


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

HAUL: Space NK inc. GWP

Space NK recently had one of their gift with purchase offers that I believe are just too good to miss. A lot of the stuff that I bought have been on my wish list for a while including the by Terry powder and the two Stila eyeliners.
Their offer was that if you spent £150 you got a gift bag with contents worth £260 (or something like that) so in my eyes I couldn't really pass if off.

You'd think that spending £150 was really expensive, and I would too if I haven't had just received my student loan. But like I said, most of the things I'd had on my wish list for a while so that justifies things right? ;)

So what did I purchase from Space NK? 
I bought: Bumble and Bumble thickening Creme Contour, Nars lipstick in Red Lizard, Michael Van Clarke 3''' more inches, Stila One Step, by Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-powder and two Stila Stay All Day eyeliners in dark brown and black.

1/ By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-powder (£41 here): this single product was the one I was most looking forward to as I've wanted it for the longest. It's a colourless powder that minimise wrinkles, fine lines and pores leaving a matte finish. I apply it with a small brush around my eyes and nose. You may think that £41 is a lot for just a powder but you literally only need the smallest amount so this product could easily last a good few years.

2/ Stila Stay All Day eyeliner in Black and Dark Brown (£13 each here): I love these eyeliners as they're so easy to use meaning you don't need the steadiest hand to achieve a perfect line. I wouldn't say that they are waterproof as such, however they do last all day and dry almost instantly.

3/ Bumble and Bumble thickening creme contour (£21.50 here): this is like a texturising paste that I apply to the ends of my hair to add a little bit of texture. I also apply it to the mid-sections when I have my hair curled or waved as it adds loads of volume and keeps the style for longer.

4/ Nars lipstick in Red Lizard (£18.50 here): although it doesn't look it in the picture, I assure you it is a dark red. It's the most perfect shade for autumn I think, and being a fan of red lipsticks I just knew I had to have it. It leaves a satin finish, and lasts as long as my MAC lipsticks do.

5/ Michael Van Clarke 3''' more inches (£29 here): I am always on a mission to grow my hair and I won't stop until I have it the length that I'm after. I decided to pick up this pre wash treatment as I usually just stick to oils and masks to help my hair growth. I haven't used this yet but hopefully it will do the price tag some justice and actually give me 3 more inches.

6/ Stila One Step Correct (£24 here): this is actually a repurchase. I've been buying this for about two years now and I don't know why I don't rave about it. It corrects everything in an instant as works great as a primer under make up too. If you have redness, sallow undertones or dull skin then this beauty will fix it all as well as minimising pores, lines and even controlling oil!

And this is the contents of the gift bag. As you can see there is a wide selection of products that I am very eager to try. 
I love GWP, it feels like Christmas!

So what was inside?

[l-r] Laura Mercier foundation primer, Zelens Anti Age cream, RéVive peel, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Rococo Nail varnish in 'Lady Lavender', Nude Treatment Oil, Rodical moisturiser, Algenist Firming and Lifting Cream, RéVive cream

[l-r] Brighton body lotion, Phyto hair conditioner, Sarah Chapman Chin and Jaw lift, Nuxe Youth and Radiance fluid, Eve Lom moisturiser, Wei treatment pad, REN Neroli and Grapefruit body cream, Malin + Goetz face moisturiser, Diptyque scented candle, REN t-zone balancing day fluid, Caudalié radiance serum, Marula oil, Chantecaille lipgloss in fig and finally This Work deep sleep pillow spray.

Expect some reviews in the following months of some of these products. 

Did you take up this offer too? What do you like the look of?

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

New Buy: RT Blush Brush

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99 | buy here

Ever since I bought the RT Core Collection I've been dying to get my hands on more of the brushes, but I couldn't justify why I would need them. For a long time I convinced myself that I'm only going to buy a new Real Techniques brush if and when I needed one. 

For contouring, I used the Contour Brush from the Core Collection as I didn't know any better (the brush clearly states contour...) but the more I used it the more I didn't like it's purpose. The brush head on the Contour Brush is small, and to some that might be a great size, but I needed a brush that was bigger but something that still enabled me to contour properly.
And so I started watching a few girls on YouTube using the Blush Brush. Some were using it for it's purpose, and others weren't. One method was to use it for contouring, and the results that it gave were so incredible that I popped the RT Blush Brush onto my wish list pronto. 

I'll admit that I didn't buy it straight away, and I was always taking a peak in Boots umm-ing and ahh-ing at the brush. I just didn't want to part with my money on a brush that I didn't really need. I mean, the Contour Brush was working fine, I just wanted bigger.

In the end I bought it, and I'm so glad that I did. It works wonders for applying contour powder (I use the Daniel Sandler Sculpt and Slim), but I can also see it being great for applying bronzer too. One sweep is all it takes to apply and the brush is great for blending product in too.

As with all Real Technique brushes, the bristles are really soft and don't scratch your skin. I'm really glad I bought this and I'm definitely not going to hesitate when purchasing more RT brushes!

Do you own any Real Techniques brushes?

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

REVIEW: REN T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid

REN T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid 50ml £26 | buy here

I bought this about a month ago and have been using it as a primer underneath my make up. I prefer a light primer, which also keeps my make up in place and controls oil. This is the product that does this.
I have a few products from the REN T-Zone range and have loved them all so when I saw this in Space.NK it was no guess that I'd love this too. At £26 it is a bit pricey for what I'm using it for, but it really does help with controlling my oily t-zone, and it is better than anything I've ever used before.
It can be worn under make up as a primer, or if I'm just in the house without any plans I'll pop this on without anything else. 

My skin is left matte, yet clear and healthy looking. It also contains anti-oxidents that help to protect against ageing and inflammation. It reduces shine and outbreaks (great for spot prone skin too) and doesn't leave a horrible sticky residue. It soaks into the skin fairly quickly and has a neutral smell which isn't overpowering. 

Combining this with the Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel, my skin has never felt so good. 
I would recommend this to anyone who has combination skin, maybe as a treat to yourself or pop it on your wish list for christmas (not long now...)
Have you tried REN Skincare before? 
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Monday, 9 September 2013

Mani Monday: back to school

Hello! Finally a Mani Monday ey? This week I thought I'd do a back to school type tutorial as it's that time of the year when the schools re open after summer. My son has already gone back to school, and I'm going to university next week. 
This tutorial isn't very difficult and neither does it take a long time, so I hope that you enjoy it :)

Start off by painting three nails yellow, but cutting two off before the tip. 

Paint the other two nails a white and a black, and use the light pink colour to fill in the rest of the yellow nails. 

using the black nail pen, draw some detail onto the yellow nails. I drew a pencil tip for the thumb, the rubber end of the pencil for the middle nail (just had tiny 'HB' letters) and a ruler for the pinky.

Using a silver draw a thin line on the middle nail to separate the yellow and the pink. This is to represent the metal that holds the rubber to the pencil. 
On the white nail, draw some light blue lines across, and one red line downwards. This is the 'paper' or note book nail.

Next, take a black nail art pen and draw a 'A+' on the paper nail, and using a white nail art pen draw a sum (for example 4+4) onto the black nail - this is to represent the blackboard.

Add a clear top coat and there you have it!
If you have a better imagination than me then you could draw so many different things to represent going back to school, like a school bag or a packed lunch. 
I hope you like it!

What do you think? Will you be trying this design?

If there's any designs you would like me to try then don't hesitate to contact me :)
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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Leeds Festival 2013

Friday morning vs Saturday afternoon...

Hey guys! So a few of you know that I recently went to Leeds Festival so I thought I'd do a little post for you.
It was my first ever festival which I was both excited and nervous about. I was excited because I had never been to one before and it would be a great experience, as well as being able to see some great bands (and Eminem). I was nervous about it because I had heard stories of what goes on at festivals and I didn't want to be a girl in the tabloids the next day (festival toilets anyone?)

I had a great time, despite the rain and mud, but I'm not sure I would go to such a big festival like Leeds any time soon. Maybe a smaller one?

I went with my boyfriend Mike and my friend Jade and her boyfriend Ste. We arrived on the Thursday and set up in Brown camp. Brown camp is the furthest camp from the areana and also a family friendly camp, so it's usually less quieter and friendlier than the other camps. 
The first night was horrible. There was a thunder storm and our small two man tent was drowned, including our sleeping bag, so we ended up sleeping in our friends 'spare room' in her tent meaning we had to sleep on the cold floor. It's safe to say that I've never been colder or more misrable in my life that night.
Despite the rain, the next morning was so sunny and hot that I managed to sunbathe and catch a tan, while Mike and Ste got sunburnt.
After Friday though, the mud and rain kicked in and it was horrible trying to get up hills and not fall trying to get to the various arenas.

When I got home early Monday I had the longest shower I have ever had, and slept like a baby that night in my own bed.
Being at a festival really makes you appreciate the simple things, like hot running water and even the need for a blanket.

I managed to put together a little video of my time there although it's not as long as 4 days... and I'm sorry for the amount of Eminem.

p.s if you want to see a toilet, skip to the end... or not

Have you ever been to a festival?
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Friday, 6 September 2013

Autumn: looking forward to...


I have never been one to like hot weather as I feel like I'm just melting, an I can't stand the sweaty stickyness of it all. I also don't like really cold temperatures where I'm in so much pain from being frozen to death.

Autumn is my favourite season as it's a good balance of the two. Nights start to get longer and darker quicker, the leaves on the trees begin to turn orange and brown, and the animals set up homes for the coming winter.

What I look forward to though are the baggy jumpers and skinny jeans combo, darker lipsticks and nails, burning candles and snuggling up on the sofa watching movies. 
Halloween and the return of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte at Starbucks, bonfire night and fireworks.
New stationary and the start of new school/college/university terms, writing on the first page of a brand new notebook and hoping you don't make a mistake.
Wearing Ugg boots and warm coats. Kicking up the leaves as I walk my little one to school. 
The X Factor countdown to Christmas, new season tv shows, having tomato soup and watching the soaps.
Monochrome outfits (although I do that anytime of the year), checkered shirts and army print jackets. 
Having curly hair (the rain won't keep my hair straight), changing up my skin care routine, having long relaxing bubbly baths.

What are you looking forward to in autumn?

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

September Wishlist


Monday, 2 September 2013

OOTD: Yellow Bag and Converse

Top: Primark
Skirt: Primark
Necklace: Topshop
Bag*: La Moda
Shoes: Converse @ Office
Rings: River Island, Topshop
My son headed off to school today looking all grown up in his school uniform which has left me with nothing but house work to do until he finishes as I'm not back at university for another two weeks. 
I've been meaning to do an outfit post with this bag for ages as I've been using it practically every day through summer. I think that it's a great colour which adds a variety to my usual monochrome wardrobe. It's really spacious inside too, with a divider in the middle where you can slot your iPad in to. 
 I also felt like I was having a good hair day so I thought I'd capture the moment. I won't be having many 'good hair days' once the rain kicks in properly as my hair is naturally wavy, and my fringe will turn into a mini afro do. 
Are you looking forward to anything?

This post contains products that I did not purchase myself, however all views and opinions are my own. 
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