Monday, 27 April 2015

Makeup Bag Essentials

Personally I don't store my makeup in a makeup bag, nor do I have a particularly exciting one; however since its coming up to summer, I'll be going more places and so on, so I will be needed my makeup bag more often. These are some of my absolute essentials, as my makeup bag won't suffice a whole massive makeup look! Hope you enjoy peeking into my makeup bag which by the way is from here

First up base. For foundation I chose to include my Mac Pro Longwear foundation in NC15. I love this foundation, its a great coverage and is pretty quick and easy to apply. Next up, concealer. My absolute cult favourite, Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in Ivory. Another super quick and easy one, one of my favourite concealers, really brightening under the eyes and great for summer time too. Onto bronzer now. My tiny mini Hoola bronzer, aw. I LOVE this way to much, and I'm not sure why I haven't purchased the full size yet. Super good for giving a nice bronzed summer look, with no orange undertones at all. To set stuff in place, powder. As seen on my blog recently, Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. Super mattifying, fallen in love with this powder and will be using this throughout the summer time to keep my face nice and matte!

Onto those eyes, now I don't want anything thats going to take up masses of space in my makeup bag, so I like to take a singular eyeshadow. I picked one of my Maybelline Color Eye Tattoos. This is such a quick eye shadow to throw on and blend with a brush or your finger. A great staple item for your makeup bag. Then eye lash curlers, because where would I be without those?! Then finally my Benefit Roller Lash, I'm so inlove with this beauty, the most amazing mascara I've ever tried. So those are my essentials, I'll be throwing in my makeup bag when I'm out and about this spring/summer! 

What are your makeup bag essentials? 


Friday, 24 April 2015

Brand Focus | No7

I think No7 are an underestimated brand of cosmetics. They're not a super cheap brand to say the least, however they're not up there with those high end products. I own quite a few things from No7, as in Boots they always have deals and offers on their cosmetics and I mean who can say no to £3 off make up?! These are my top 5 favourites from No7 that I own, that I think are worthwhile! I hope you find something new to try out. Also I will be doing more posts focusing on one specific brands and my top 5 favourites, hope you enjoy. 

First off, the product I've had the longest is No7 Essentially Natural Foundation in Callico. This retails for £9.95 which is a very reasonable price. I like how this is a light/medium coverage foundation, so I can wear it on days I don't want my face to feel 'heavy'. However its quite a pink toned foundation, my skin tone is more on the yellowy side of the spectrum. But I do enjoy wearing this foundation as it feels quite weightless on the skin and definitely gives a natural glow! 

The next product is the No7 Lash Impact Mascara. I have previously done a full review on this which you can read here. This retails for £13.50, which personally I think its overpriced for the quality. Out of all 5 products this is my least favourite, but I still think its a reasonably good mascara. I like the wand applicator on this, it really separates the lashes well and gives good length. The only down side to this is that it doesn't hold a curl all day, and leaves quite bad black marks under the eye. I think this would be a good mascara to wear on a night out however, where you'd be wearing it for a shorter period of time.

One I've only been using recently is No7 Naturally Sunkissed Gradual Tan. This retails for £9.95 which is pretty average for a fake tan based product. I am not a fan of fake tan and have never used the stuff, but I'm so pale I really needed something to help give me a natural looking tan, so I opted for this. So far I'd say so good. You use it everyday and the tan gradually appears on your body. I enjoy using this a lot as it gives a natural tan to my skin, which I prefer much more to having a full on tan that probably would look seriously fake on my skin. If you're looking for a gradual tan this is a great one to go for!

I honestly love this next one, No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define. This is an eye shadow stick, and its honestly the most beautiful shade I've ever seen. Its in 'cool mink', which is a silvery, purply matalic shade and its just gorgeous. I've seen bloggers and youtubers saying these are a great cheap dupe for the By Terry Ombre Blackstars', at only £8 you definitely can't go wrong. Its super creamy and has great staying power. Probably one of my favourites from No7, definitely worth a try!

Last but certainly not least, No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow. Again, this is one of my favourites, I love this so much. The shade is beautiful, a shimmer metallic purply brown shade. Its perfect for days where you don't want to much make up, its also very blendable and works well with other neutral shades. I have a mini version I believe, however they retail for £7 each. Pretty reasonable for a well pigmented eyeshadow. I don't know what colour this is in sadly, I want to say 'mink' but I'm not 100% sure. Love this product. 

Have you tried anything from No7?


Monday, 20 April 2015

Perfect Pink For Spring

I'm really late to the party here with the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes. I just like seeing whether a hype is really worth it, and seeing so many people raving about them I decided I'd go out and give one a go; after all they're so pretty! 

I got the shade 'seductive pink' which is a really typical rosy pink to just flush your cheeks! What I also love about this is its almost got some highlight in, which is a bonus. I think this is the perfect pink to have on your cheeks for the spring time. It makes your skin look glowy, with a small little flush to your cheeks. I love the marble effect on these blushers too, and they have great pigmentation. I think anyone could pull of this blush colour. If you haven't already checked these bad boys out, I'd recommend you do as they're super good quality with beautiful packaging. I shall be wearing this well on into the summer!

Have you tried the creme puff blushes yet?


Friday, 17 April 2015

Colab Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo Review

Being someone who used to wash their hair every day, dry shampoo wasn't a thing I needed. However, realising washing your hair everyday wasn't that great I decided to stop and let my hair have a break. Along with this, I decided to take the plunge and cut my hair short. I'd tried the Batiste dry shampoos before just to give them a go, even though I washed my hair everyday. I found them to be okay, quite chalky and with no volumizing factor at all. So anyway, I'd heard so much about Colab dry shampoo and wanted to try. I picked up the extreme volume dry shampoo in 'New York', which smells lush.

At first I didn't get on with this at all, as I found it to have a sticky consistency in my hair. I kept trying it however, and slowly fell inlove with it. When it says 'extreme volume', its definitely not lying. This keeps my hair held in place basically all day, as well as leaving it feeling cleaner. Its definitely not your usual dry shampoo, as it doesn't leave weird white marks on your hair once you've sprayed it on. However my favourite thing about this has to be the smell. It smells absolutely amazing, and leaves your hair smelling amazing also. I mean who doesn't want that?! The quality of this product is awesome for the price too. I think this was around the £4 mark in Superdrug, which really you can't go wrong with. Well done to Ruth for creating such a good dry shampoo! Love it.

Have you tried Colab dry shampoo?


Monday, 13 April 2015

Where To Spend & Where To Save

Don't get me wrong, I'm no expert on where you should splash out the cash and where you shouldn't. However, I feel I have enough to go on to realise where to save the money and where to go all out. The drugstores have so much to offer these days, so this is where I think you could save yourself a few pounds here and there!

Where to spend 
From experiences, one of the main things I'd spend on is eyeshadows. There are some good drugstore eyeshadows, however they usually lack pigmentation and lasting power. I have the Naked 3 palette, which I adore and the eyeshadows are amazing. Much better compared to my old MUA palette. I think some people would disagree with me here, but I'd spend on a mascara. I know there is a huge range of mascaras in the drugstore, but I have never found one I completely love. I love Benefit mascaras as they stay strong all day, and don't leave you with annoying black marks under your eyes! Lastly primers. I'm not a massive expert on the topic of 'primers', but comparing the high end and drugstores, I'd say high end ones just get it better. Of course one of the most popular is Benefit Porefessionals, which is amazing.

Where to save
The majority of my makeup collection is drugstore based, so I have a rough idea of what really works. My first one would have to be eyeliners. Whether its just a simple kohl eyeliner or liquid liner, there is such a huge variety available in the drugstore. My favourite kohl eyeliner is actually from Avon, and it works perfectly well for me, and at a very cheap price you can't go wrong. Secondly I'd say concealers. I've only ever used drugstore concealers, and they've always worked so well for me. My two favourites being Rimmel Wake Me Up and Collection Lasting Perfection. Finally, a good powder/bronzer. I'd say powder is definitely something you don't need to splash out on, but maybe bronzer is the exception for a splash out.

Where do you save your money and splash it out?


Friday, 10 April 2015

5 Ways To Manage Troubled Skin

I am definitely a person who struggles with their skin, that is why I am always looking for new ways to help and improve it where I can. I'm not a skincare expert, nowhere near, so these are just a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way with trying to help out my troublesome skin.

1. Drink plenty of water - You've probably heard this tip a million and one times, but I think its something that genuinely works. Keeping your skin hydrated is important, and by drinking water you're ensuring your skin has enough moisture to help keep it as clear as possible.

2. A face mask never hurt anyone - I  find facemasks so good, not really in the long term but in the short term. They help to clear away any dead skin cells lingering around on your face, and also they help to smooth out your skin. I definitely feel better after using one.

3. Antioxidants - I suppose you can count tea tree as an antioxidant, its proven to be a very good thing to put on your skin to help out with spots. It helps to keep spots at bay, or for them to get increasingly worse. This will help manage any troublesome spots.

4. Facial Wash - There are products available now, where you can cleanse your face without having to use a facial wash and water. Personally I don't think these will work as effectively. (Please correct me if I'm wrong), but a good old facial wash/scrub always seems to keep my skin under control.

5. Stop touching your face - Sounds like a funny one I know, but one of the main things that causes spots (obviously) is dirt. By touching your face, you're spreading unwanted dirt onto your face, causing you to have a break out or the odd spot here and there.

What are your tips to help manage troubled skin?


Monday, 6 April 2015

Mini Feelunique Haul

Feelunique have had a few sales and reductions lately, and there were some things I just couldn't resist! I'm really pleased with all the products I picked up, and wanted to share them with you all.

So the first thing I spotted whilst browsing my way through the skincare section, was La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Soothing Moisturiser. I've been searching for a new moisturiser for months now, I find it hard to find a moisturiser that I think will help my very indecisive skin. My skin can go from super oily, to having dry patches over night, so I needed something that would help control that. Anyway, I saw this and it claims to help oily skin weakened by drying products. This sold it for me. I'm still trying and testing this, but so far so good! Next, the new Benefit Roller Lash. This had 10% off, so who could say no? I had the sample of this, which was running out and its honestly the best mascara I've ever tried, so it just had to be popped in my basket. Lastly, I was shopping around in the nail varnish section for some summer shades and came across super cheap Topshop Nail Polishes. I picked up two shades that were lacking in my collection, and those were Arabesque (left), which is a beauty nude shade and Venus Fly Trap (right), and very pistachio green colour which I love and will work so well in summer. 

Have you purchased anything from feelunique lately?


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Chocolate And Creme Egg Brownies

Happy Easter everyone! Hopefully you've received lots of eggs, and chocolatey goodness today. I have a special Easter post today, which is a super chocolatey recipe of chocolate and creme egg brownies! I'm pretty sure everybody loves brownies, so here is a little Easter twist on them.

You will need:
-100g unsalted butter (softened)
-200g good-quality dark chocolate
-250g caster sugar
-4 eggs, beaten
-1tsp vanilla essence
-60g plain flour
-60g cocoa powder 
-6 mini creme eggs, halved

Step 1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius / 350 degrees fahrenheit / gas 4. Grease and line a 15cm sq brownie tin.

Step 2) Break up the chocolate into a glass bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. Take off the heat and leave to cool in the bowl. 

Step 3) Meanwhile, in a food mixer beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Gradually add the eggs beating after each addition. Also mix in vanilla essence. 

Step 4) Spoon the cooled, melted chocolatee onto the mixture, then blend in throughly. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and gently stir in. When completely combined spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly. 

Step 5) Bake in the oven for 15 minutes then add the mini creme egg halves, cut side up. Return to the oven for 5 minutes or until creme eggs have started to melt, and the brownies feel firm to the touch but still a bit fudgy. 

Then you'll have your super yummy chocolate creme egg brownies. This recipe is originally from Good Housekeeping Magazine, not my own. Enjoy baking!


Friday, 3 April 2015

The Best Drugstore Powder

Theres probably no surprise seeing this, yes its the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. Before this I'd been using the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which I did love and had used forever! But I wanted a change and try something new, so I opted for this. I'd seen so many good reviews on this and many people raving in posts and videos. Its a bit more pricey than some other pressed powders in the drugstore, but for the quality its worth it.

Being a person to suffer with quite oily skin, this really helps me out a lot. The thing I also really like about this is the smell, it actually smells lovely for a powder. The only thing, it claims to stay matte for 10 hours, but for someone with oily skin I don't think it really stays matte for 10 hours. Natural oils come through, or the powder rubs off etc. But you can always top up of course. So all in all, I've really been enjoying this powder and it helps to keep my skin mattified!

Have you tried the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder?

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