Monday, 31 December 2012

2013 Beauty Resolutions

Who'd believe it was only a day away to 2013?! This year has gone by so fast and I have to say its been a hard year. With break ups and jobs, holidays and growing up, this year has been one where I've learnt a lot about myself and changed as a person.

I'm not going to write lots of resolutions I won't stick to, my main one is to get in shape but I've also made some beauty resolutions to help me feel better, relax and get myself into some routine... So here they are...

001. Dye my hair a different colour and have a good cut. My hair is so drab and boring, I'm thinking of going along the blonde route again and getting a different hairstyle. In general I need to look after my hair better, invest in quality products and use hair masks once a week.

002. Moisturiser, exfoliate and repeat many many times! I have the driest skin ever and I need to stop being lazy when I get out of the shower and slap on the moisturiser.

003. No technology in the bedroom. I know we're all slaves to our iPhone and iPads but I'm making it my aim to create a more relaxed atmosphere in my room with candles and dull lights. I already have trouble sleeping and being on YouTube till 2am isn't helping.

004. Eat well and drink more water. I think the main factor to my lack lustre skin is lack of water and too much caffeine. I am also starting slimming world and purchasing an exercise bike to get my bikini body for summer!

005. Look after my feet a bit more and by that I mean foot masks, scrubs, regular treatments - the whole shebang! I'm on my feet all day every weekday so I really need to get them in tip top shape! Everyone neglects their feet but they're just the same as hands and need TLC!

So there we have it, my resolutions for 2013. I'm well on my way with relaxing in my bedroom seeing as I'm redecorating and turning it into a very girly sanctuary. Hopefully I can stick to the rest. Watch this space!

What are your 2013 resolutions, beauty or otherwise?
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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Zaggora HotTop and Flares

Hello dolls! A bit of a different post on the blog today, and its all about fitness. Bad time of year and one too many mince pies have left me feeling a bit poop and I've put on some pounds which I'm dying to shift so when the lovely Dinah from Zaggora offered to send me some new gym stuff, I have no excuse to not exercise.

Zaggora HotTop: £50*, Flares: £70*

I'm working full time now so I'm not gym mad, hate it infact but I've found myself doing the odd bit and using my at-home kits to help me get more active.

Onto the clothes... Lets start with the top. First of all, I will say THESE MAKE YOU SWEAT and A LOT. The HotTop is the style of top you see avid runners wearing around town while you guzzle your full fat hot chocolate and pain au chocolate. I opted for the pink for a bit of brightness.
Once I tried it on, I knew it wasn't for me. I'm terribly body conscious and find this style unsuitable for someone who is "bigger", the material is tight and clings to every lump and bump so if you are that way inclined, you'd probably feel the same.

And now the Flares. These are probably my favourite out of the two. They're full length (legs are my concern, I will have Nadine Coyles legs - google if you don't know who I mean) and fit really well. These get so warm and even when trying them on and walking around the house they were getting hot. They're flattering but they're SO LOUD. The material is kind of like wetsuit material so when your legs move, they make such a racket - definitely can't slip in and out of the gym unnoticed in these bad boys.

Now do they work? Zaggora claim that wearing their clothes during exercise will increase body temperate meaning you sweat more and lose more inches. I personally found that they didn't work especially after I exercised and drank more water, the lost inches were just replaced with the water I drank. I didn't find any improvement on cellulite either.

All in all, the clothes are great quality, well made and look very stylish at the gym, so if you're wanting to look smokin', head down to Zaggora.com, but for weight loss? Maybe stick to your yoga pants and M&S tee!

*PR Sample

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

DKNY Rose Gold Watch

Hello you lovely bloggers, I can't believe Christmas has been and gone already! I hope you all had a lovely day and got what you wished for, ate far too much (and drank) and spent time with your loved ones! I've had a great Christmas but its back to work for me and back to reality.

I just wanted to show you one of my favourite Christmas presents I received from my dad. I've been lusting after a watch for so long and I can't tell you how much of a struggle it's been trying to choose which one I wanted until I stepped into Ernest Jones and saw this DKNY beauty.

If you saw my wishlist a while back, you'd have seen that originally I wanted a Michael Kors rose gold one but after trying them on, and my mum calling them "man watches" as well as the fact that EVERY girl this side of the planet has one, I decided to rebel against the trend and opted for the DKNY watch.

The watch is simple, I'm not into the whole 4 clocks in one, I just like to be able to tell the time, I'm not bothered about the date or any other gimmick. It's rose gold, diamanté stones which makes it look girly and a mother of pearl face. It's also a perfect size, not huge but not tiny either. It's perfect and I'm so happy with it.

So there we go, that was just one among many, others were my iPad, an electric toothbrush (weird I know but I asked for it), Cath Kidston bedding and some home made Cath Kidston bits for my room, pjs and money. I was well and truely spoilt this year. So a huge thank you to my family.

I hope you all have a great new year. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you all got for Christmas :)
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

YSL Shocking Mascara

Another make up product from my favourites collection. I'm a big mascara girl, I love long voluminous spider lashes (only the top - obviously) and here is my latest go to lash product... YSL Shocking mascara.

YSL Shocking Mascara: £23

I know I raved about the Revlon Grow Luscious mascara (review here) and said it was the best mascara of all time, don't get my wrong, it's still up there with the best and my lashes look super long and healthy when I wear it but it was missing the volume factor, and this is where YSL Shocking comes in.

I love this mascara A LOT. It's a firm favourite and big in the beauty blogosphere so as you can imagine, money in the bank and in need to curb my spending habit, an order on Feel Unique was made. My morning routine is simply curl my lashes and apply two lashings of this and voila, super long black eyelashes are mine. The longevity of this is amazing, it lasts all day, doesn't smudge under my eyes or flake.

As always YSL pull it out of the bag and produce super sleek packaging which looks beautiful on your dressing table or in your make-up bag. Don't know about you other beauty bloggers but I love a bit of expensive luxurious beauty in my collection!

Have you tried this mascara before?
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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins

I hear the angels sing, and what are they singing? *Ahhhhhh Origins Night-A-Mins*

Origins Night-A-Mins: £33

I've had some mixed opinions on Origins skin care, after the GinZing mishap and my love for Checks & Balances, I've been on the fence about their products... Until now.

Dry skin? Check. Tight feeling? Check. Uneven lack lustre skin tone? Check.

I'll throw my hands up immediately and say I slack in my skin care and one product I was desperate for was a night cream. I searched all over the blogosphere and up popped this baby!

The cream is thick, white and smells citrusy. I find a little goes a long way and the scent is subtle. The only gripe I have with this is that it leaves my skin a bit greasy but in the morning, I'm super moisturised and no grease in sight.

Now onto the samples... I got 4!!! One even a deluxe which I chose as an extra pot of the Origins Night-A-Mins, and 3 mini samples which include the Clear Up charcoal mask, Drink Up mask and Modern Friction face scrub.

The Clear Up mask is great, I slap this on a pesky spot to draw it out or down my t-zone to reduce to look of blackheads. All I all, this is good and I'll be purchasing full size.

The Drink Up mask? It's a bit hit and miss in my opinion, not something I found worked that well. On terms of hydration, I say the No.7 Hydration Mask is better.

And finally the scrub, great formulation and abrasive - what I like in a scrub! I'd purchase full size but the price puts me off! It's a strain on the purse strings but a little goes a long way - all swings and roundabouts!

Overall, my experience with Origins has been a bit mixed but more successful than last time.

Have you tried Origins? Do you like any of their products?
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Nails Inc Baker Street


It's that time again... Bring out the winter nail and instead of sticking to the norm (I.e plums, nudes or greys) I've leaped out of the box and I'm screaming bright!

Nails Inc Baker Street has been doing the rounds on blogs since summer and I've only just got my paws on it, one things for sure, this is an all-rounder. Perfect formulation, stand out colour and great with any outfit.

Aside from the odd days when I'm not at work, I layer Dr Lewinns Renunail on! This stuff is a saviour and trumps any nail strengthener out there *yes I'm looking at you Opi Nail Envy*. This stuff gives rock hard nails and super strength!

And lastly, the skin saviour (review here), nourished hands are mine. This L'Occitane discovery is the best by far, I've got tubes loitered everywhere.

Now, I'm feeling a pamper session coming on...

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Sunday, 9 December 2012

No.7 Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

If you ladies are regulars, you'll know I strive to remove my dark circles. No matter what I use, those pesky shadows still appear every morning so I will try anything I can get my hands on. Enter the new addition... No.7 Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm.

No.7 Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm: £12.00

On a morning (I know it says night but I need all the help I can get) and evening, I apply this, let it sink in and then follow with my skincare regime. The gel is cooling and I find that a pea size smoothed around the eye is enough. It sinks in quickly and doesn't leave any sticky or greasy residue.

Now, does it work? I have to say I'm not quite sure, I've noticed under my eyes definitely look brighter but the tell-tale shadows are still there and reeking havoc on my clear complexion. I think this is nice to use on a morning as it's cooling and wakes me up. But long-lasting effects? I don't think so... And the quest continues...

Have you tried this before? What eye creams would you recommend?
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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Monthly Favourites: November

December has crept upon us and that means one thing... November Favourites! During November I've not really had much money to spend on myself and invest in new things so I've been shopping my stash and here's the things I've been really enjoying!
No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser: £9.95, No.7 Hydration Mask: £12.50, L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream: £18.50, Real Techniques Contour brush: £21.99 part of Core Collection

001. I won't go into too much detail about this cleanser, I've done a review here. I use this every day and it makes taking off make-up so easy and it's actually enjoyable. I feel like the cleanser is thoroughly cleaning my face. The bottle has last for ages, much longer than my bottle of Liz Earle C+P.

002. I picked the Hydration Mask up in a 3 for 2 and it's quickly become my go-to mask when my skin is dry. With the weather turning bitterly cold and my skin become lack lustre, this hydrates and leaves my skin silky smooth.

003. I also did a review of the L'occitane hand cream here. It's been my saviour. Because it's been so cold and constantly washing my hands, they've just become so dry and sore. On an night before bed, I apply a thick generous layer of this and wake up with nourished hands.

004. The Real Techniques Contour brush has become my favourite for concealer and highlighter. I apply a highlighting concealer under my eyes and on top of my cheekbones and use this brush to blend, it's the perfect size to get under the eyes and into the corners. It's also great for apply concealer around the nose and onto any blemishes.

What are your November favourties?
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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Lately

  • Firstly, thank you all so much for the amazing response to my 'When Does Enough Become Not Enough' post. It was really nice to read all your supportive comments. It was interesting to find out that some of you felt the same about friends and jobs. I've found that after getting it all off my chest, I feel a lot better. Maybe I just needed an outlet and my blog provided that. Thank god for this little thing!

  • After such a positive response and moaning about my part time job, I attended an interview on Friday and I GOT THE JOB! I will be working full time to train as a Dispenser in a pharmacy. I'm so so pleased, I've previously worked in a pharmacy and always wanted to do dispensing so I'm very happy and it's something I feel I can really progress in and get something out of the job. A shop job just wasn't cutting it so you can imagine how happy I am to be starting a new job. I'm starting 2013 with a new job and a more positive outlook. I do love beauty and I'd love a job in it, but there's nothing stopping me in the future. Right now, I feel like I've been given this opportunity and I'm gonna grab it while I can.

  • If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know I featured a post about being unhappy with my weight and wanting to become more healthy. I'll be honest and since writing it, it's been a bit up and down but recently I've found that I've become really put off meat to the point it makes me feel physically sick (the trigger of this was a dodgy Chinese and a spring roll that was seriously off - fortunately I didn't eat it, but when I bit into it, it tasted disgusting and smelt absolutely foul). I've turned to eating vegetarian meals and I'm finding it so easy. I still eat fish because that doesn't make me feel sick like meat does but I can't believe how easy it is to not eat meat and find alternatives. Foods such as Quorn don't interest me, I'd rather eat just vegetables than eat a meat substitute. Fingers crossed I can stick to it, I also think for health and weight benefits, cutting out meat will reduce my calorie intake. I'm not sure what Christmas will bring but maybe I'll be able to stomach some Turkey.

  • Lastly. Blogging has been a bit hit and miss recently. I've been so busy with work and sorting out my new job, and by the time I get home, it's just not good lighting to take photos. Also, recently due to lack of money, I've not had chance to really buy any new beauty products so I've been shopping my stash and using up products I currently have - no doubt there'll be a empties post coming up. Once I get settled into my job and find some inspiration, I'll be back to my blogging self. Don't miss me too much ;)
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Monday, 26 November 2012

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Real Techniques are a brand that I've really grown to love. They're affordable, great quality and come in a really good range. When I lost my Buffing Brush on a drunken night out due to my stupid self combined with a clutch bag, I've been on search for a new one similar so I don't have to buy the Core Collection again.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: £9.99

Now this brush isn't the Buffing brush, personally I think it's a mix between the Stippling and the Buffing brush. It has dense bristles like the Buffing brush and is slightly larger than the Stippling brush. I do like applying my foundation with this brush but find it takes slightly longer to work my foundation into my skin. The Buffing brush is larger so I find that it's quicker to apply my base.

The brush is really cute and compact, great size for travelling and as good quality as the rest. This is really good for getting into little areas such as under the eyes, side of the nose and under the nose. For areas such as cheeks and forehead, it takes more work.

As much as I have enjoyed using this brush and it's great, I don't quite love it as much as the Buffing brush, which means I'll have to buy a new set and find a use for the duplicate brushes I'll have.

The Real Techniques brushes are available online or in Boots stores.

Have you tried Real Techniques?
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

When Does Enough Become Not Enough?

In the end, everything will be ok. If its not, its not the end.

Firstly, please read this with an open mind. Others are in different situations and some maybe the same. I don't appreciate small minded comments. I'm having my opinion and its my blog.

Let's start off with friends. In my life so far, I've been the type of girl who will spare her last fiver for a friend in need. I will always help someone out regardless of what they do for me. I'd give my right arm to arrange activities, make sure their happy and always always do my best to maintain the friendship. I support my friends, ask about their lives, take an interest but its left me wondering where I am. When does enough become not enough? The majority of my close friends leave me feeling like I've been picked up and put down when it suits them. It's become more evident as life goes on that people are self centred and selfish. At the moment I tend to feel like I'm putting in £100 to get back 1p. No matter how much they moan about being bored, have no money, I suggest things to get thrown back in my face. I speak to them about it, I get ignored. I'm no saint, I'm not perfect. I'm honest, sometimes brutal with it and I always speak my mind but I always try be nice. I'm the sort of person who has their emotions written right across my face. If you see me and I'm in a bad mood, you can see it in my face immediately.

And friends aren't all of it. If you have me on twitter (@bethsbeautyblog), you'll have recently seen my depressing tweets. All about a boy. I'd give everything for this boy, right since I first met him. I bent over backwards to make him happy, be as nice as I could. Made every little effort to speak to him until it wasn't good enough. I'm still in contact with him and see him but all that happens is I'm picked up, used and chucked back on the pile. I know what you're all thinking - what an idiot she is. And I am. I know you're all saying, "you can do better, move on". I wish it was that simple. Again, enough now isn't. The sad thing is although I am very independent, I am also dependant. I feel like I need someone there which is why I don't let go, no matter how bad they treat me.

What I'm trying to say is I spend my whole life giving to get nothing in return. People continuously throw things back in my face and it's draining. I almost feel like I need a break, move away somewhere and start new.

Another incident in this is job hunting. I've wanted to work in beauty ever since I got my first make up which was a Sabrina The Teenage Witch box where you collected the make up weekly with a magazine. I've applied for every job under the sun, I've spoke to every counter possible, tried to get any experience and everyone wants to knock me down. It really becomes disheartening when you're ignored when you've expressed a strong passion in the industry.
I recently applied for a job at Benefit which was advertised over twitter. After having my number passed onto the area manager and being told she'd ring me, she never did. I contacted her on twitter more than once, contacted other members of staff at the store, contacted head office, emailed head office, still no reply till I sent an annoyed tweet to Benefit. They replied obviously and I was fobbed off with some story about how the area mangers twitter was broken - weird because she'd been on it, obviously seen I'd been trying to contacting her and was tweeting someone else discussing the hours I wanted to apply for. I won't forget that the person at the Benefit official twitter spoke to me like I was a retard. She asked me to email the company, I already had, why would I email to be ignored again. The woman also did this all by DM to protect the companies precious reputation. No matter how much interest I express in this field, I get no where so I'm stuck in a dead end retail job praying it hits 5.30pm and I can go home.

I didn't write this for pity or people to feel sorry for me. I'm a fighter but lately it feels like everything is on top of me and its getting hard to shake. I've done this to remind me that no matter how hard life is, it'll get better.

You've got to take the good with the bad, the happy with the sad.
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Christmas Wants


Ohh a girl can dream can't she? Here, Ladies, is my Christmas wishlist and as you can see, I'm lusting after A LOT. And they're all beauty items except 2, look what blogging has done to me! A couple of years ago it was a make-up set from Boots and a load of Pj's I was asking for. How times have changed.

L'occitane Almond Milk Concentrate - I tried this when I got a sample with a purchase, needless to say I fell in love, it smells beautiful, soaks in quickly and leaves my skin super soft so that was immediately added to the Wishlist.
DR Lewinns Renunail - Something I've already tried and swear by for nail growth - no nail strengthener competes with this.
Nuxe Reve De Miel - This is a blogging favourite and I'm in dire need of something nourishing for my puckers.
Ren Radiance Mask - My skin is so dull and grey, I need a mask to brighten my skin and this mask claims to do just that. I'm already a big Ren lover.
Nars Laguna Bronzer - No explanation necessary. Another bronzer, like I need another...
Real Techniques Core Collection - If you read my blog regularly, you'll know I already own this... So why another, do you ask. Well, after copious amount of alcohol and my clumsy self being rather disorientated (but I blame this on the clutch bag), I lost my beloved Buffing Brush. I've already purchased the Expert Face Brush but it just doesn't compare so I must buy the full set to be reunited with the Buffing Brush again. Sigh.

Now onto the pricier items...
Red Carpet Manicure - Studying as a Beauty Therapist, I'm a great lover of nails and this cheaper alternative to gel nails is perfect so I can't wait to get my hands on this. I'm a big fan of Shellac but it's a fortune to buy your own set so this is a great little starter.
Michael Kors MK5403 Watch - Another blogging cliché but I first fell in love with these when I saw them in Harvey Nichols. I love rose gold and these are absolutely beautiful. Plus I'm in need of a new watch.
Reebok Z9 Cross Trainer - This isn't everyone's idea of a Christmas present but my mission at the moment is to get fit and lose weight and I've had one of these previously and loved it so I'd like another one, I find exercise is the best way to lose weight. It's pricey but the best money spent!
Ugg Mini Classic Boots - Who doesn't have Uggs on their wishlist? I have a pair but they're old and when they get wet water soaks through, not idea if it rains. I love the ankle boots, so cute and really easy to wear. I've tried these on in Office and fell in love.

There we have it, a rather extensive wishlist. I will just be sat in the corner dreaming...

What's on your wishlist this Christmas?
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Monday, 19 November 2012

iPad 2




Apple iPad 2 16GB

Say hello to my favourite piece of technology, EVER! This little wonder makes blogging and general internet life so easy. I have become an iPad convert and I'm not looking back. All the perks of a laptop without the huge heavy weight on my lap. Catching up on blogs and checking my emails has never been so accessible.

I know the iPad is pointless to some people - if you have an iPhone, why do you want an iPad? I was the same and this was my thoughts but I can tell you, it's just a dream. I can carry this with me in my handbag or have it on the side at home and with a simple swipe of your finger, the net is at your fingertips. My laptop and desktop feels prehistoric since this has been introduced into my life. The warmth of my bed and the accessibility of the iPad makes late mornings and blogging so easy, plus I feel super swish blogging from my iPad ;). NOTE: One thing my iPad doesn't like is captcha and word verification.

And if you're ogling the cute iPad case, my mum makes them and an online store is opening soon. If this interests you, let me know in the comments. She also makes iPhone, kindle cases and notebook cases.

Now, maybe I should get out of bed... Just 5 more minutes...
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

China Glaze All That Glitters Christmas Collection

How festive are these?! Soon as the cold comes in and the Christmas lights go up, glitter nail polish screams "apply me" - and who am I to ignore it? I picked these up from eBay (I can't recommend the seller enough, super fast postage) and they've been my go-to polish of this season.



China Glaze All That Glitters set: around £16

China Glaze are a brand I've always loved. Their polishes are very good quality and last a long time. I've had other colours for over a year and they haven't gone gloopy like many other polishes do.

These little bottles come in 9.6ml so you get just enough to last you a long time, they're bigger than usual mini size. My favourites so far are Glitter All The Way which is a gorgeous glitter, really similar to the OPI and Technic ones floating around the blogosphere but with finer glitter, then Champagne Kisses which is a gorgeous gold fine glitter, I team this with a black on my ring finger. Finally, to me the true festive glitter of this bunch is Pure Joy, a deep red glitter - I'll no doubt pair this with a tacky Christmas jumper on Christmas day.

Now, all I have to do is track down a tacky jumper... I hear Primark calling me.
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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Glasses by Firmoo

As a previous glasses wearer and now a contact lens wearer, I am always interested in glasses and latest styles that have been released. So when Firmoo emailed me to try out their glasses range, I was very interested.

Here's what Firmoo have to say about their website:
"The old opinion that glasses are only necessities for people with vision problems has already gone. Glasses are increasingly becoming a fad and must-have accessories for celebs and fashionistas. Everyday we can spot millions of non prescription glasses wearers and we are constantly fascinated by many noted film stars’ signature non prescription glasses.They instantly upgrade your look of modern,sexy, vintage or geek by wearing different styles of frames. Any hot glasses/sunglasses /goggles frames you want can be found on Firmoo, and all are available for both prescription lenses and non-prescription lenses. Are you desperate to have a new look? Now here is the chance, Firmoo has launched a First Pair Free Program to people worldwide. You will absolutely fall in love with the excellent quality, affordable prices, fashionable designs, fast delivery and the good service after trying them with paying shipping only! You even can get a refund/exchange if you are not satisfied with them. It's totally Risk free, so why not have a try?"

I was given the choice of glasses or sunglasses so I opted for a pair of sunglasses, and although tis not the season, these will come in great for next summer.




Firmoo Sunglasses*

As you can see, these are very similar style to the RayBan Wayfarer - which are my most lusted after pair of sunglasses so to have a similar style is great. I know this style will look great with a tan and I'll definitely be sporting them next year.

The delivery from Firmoo was very quick, the glasses came bubble wrapped in a case and also included a soft case. The biggest bonus is that they included spare screws and some kind of tool (I suppose it's for fixing them). Ever broken a pair of sunglasses and not been able to fix them? I have. So it's a great little feature and means you're not throwing away a good pair of glasses. The glasses are made very well and seem strong so I hope they don't break.

As they said before, Firmoo offer a free first pair programme where you only pay for shipping, if this is something you're interested in, click here. I think this is a great idea, shipping is so quick and available worldwide. For glasses you simply put in your prescription and voila, glasses suited to you!

Do you wear glasses? Is this something that would interest you?

*PR sample
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Monday, 12 November 2012

The Beauty Blogger Tag

I love doing tags so when I saw Sophia from Tattoo TeaLady had created a beauty blogger tag, I knew I had to do it. This tag is all about me as a beauty blogger, what I love about being a beauty blogger and what products I love. Here we go...

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I first started blogging when I found other bloggers doing it, I wanted to put my stamp on it and write what I thought about beauty. I first started blogging in June 2011 and not looked back since. I've found that blogging has become my hobby and I really enjoy it. It's nice to do something productive with my time and beauty is something I'm passionate about.

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
I first fell in love with Anna's from Vivianna Does Make-up. I love her posts and her Youtube videos were the first I subscribed too. She's my number 1 top influencer now and everything she has I need, haha.

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product you bought and was it worth the hype?
In blogging and outside, I'd heard about the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, celebrities like Cheryl Cole use it and bloggers rave about it. I don't think it's worth the hype personally, I don't like the smell and I was disappointed when it came as Vaseline like formula instead of an actual cream.

What are your favourite five things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?
I wouldn't say I have five specific things but I love being part of the beauty community, I have friends who are interested in beauty but they don't really understand it as much as beauty bloggers. The blogging world seems to justify my spending habit and I love sharing what I think about products with my readers. Another favourite is taking part in the #bbloggers chat and meeting new people with the same interests, it's great to meet new people. Blogging has become a hobby of mine and whenever I'm bored at home, I grab a cuppa, turn on my laptop and blog.

What have you learnt from being a beauty blogger?
Through being a beauty blogger, I've learnt to shop around in what I buy. A cleanser may be £40 but there could be one from Boots which is £5 and better. I always read reviews and try samples before I purchase a product to make sure. It's good to ask around and ask other bloggers what they think to get a second opinion.

Have you changed anything since being a beauty blogger?
I've learnt how to apply my make-up properly and new techniques such as contouring and highlighting - I was alien to this before I started blogging. Being a beauty blogger has changed the way I look at make-up, it's something I enjoy more than a necessity. I find fun in make-up instead of just monotonously apply it everyday like I used to.

What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out?
Write about what you love and write what you would want to read yourself. Do it because you love it, not to get free stuff. Be friendly and get to know people, you soon make friends.

Name your top five brands!
Nars, MAC, L'oreal, Estee Lauder and Bumble & Bumble.

Recommend your top five favourite beauty products!
1 - I'd recommend a good hot cloth cleanser, they've changed the way I take my make-up off. The Liz Earle one is very popular, I currently use a No.7 one.
2 - Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is a great serum to use on an evening and it's really improved my skintone. Pricey though.
3 - Topshop has a great range of lipsticks which are inexpensive and come in a great range of shades and finishes. My personal favourite Whimsical.
4 - L'occitane Shea Butter hand cream is amazing, it soaks in so quickly and leaves hands so soft. I recommend their foot cream too.
5 - Lastly, if you're feeling a bit pale, try the Xen-Tan lotion, lasts all week and gives a natural olive tan.

Tag other beauty bloggers to do this tag!
I tag all you beauty bloggers to do this tag! Remember to let Sophia know because it's her tag! Leave me your link below, I'd love to read it!
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Friday, 9 November 2012

L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

My mother always says "you can tell the age of a woman just by looking at her hands", and as a girl who neglects her hands, I certainly gave myself a kick up the backside before the bitter cold approaches and before it's too late.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream: £8

I handle money a lot of the time so washing my hands is a regular occurrence and there's nothing like harsh soap for making my hands dry. Which is why I look to the L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream *cue angels singing 'ahhhhhh'*. With it's multi award winning formula and 20% Shea Butter, this stuff screams hydration - and they're not wrong!

Never in my life have I enjoyed applying hand cream until now! I pop a 10p size blob on the back of my hand, rub it in working it in between my fingers and on my cuticles (which are screaming out for hydration) - leave for a few minutes and it's fully sunk into the skin and my hands are hydrated and super soft, baby soft in fact. The main reason for the thumbs up is how quickly this absorbs into the skin, there's nothing worse than greasy hands for hours on end. This has a lovely smell which is subtle and lingers on the skin even after it's absorbed. Another thumbs up!

I can't believe I've not tried this before now. I picked up my tube with last months Marie Claire but I guarantee when it runs out, I'll be getting another tube. I'm new to L'occitane but I'm really forming a love for their products, they never disappoint. I have incredibly dry skin on my body so I think I'll pick up the Almond Shower Oil and Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion next - bye bye wages!

Have you tried anything from L'occitane? What's your favourite product from them?
Send your recommendations!
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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser

Alas... Another cleanser. My collection seems to be getting a bit out of hand but when I saw the 3 for 2 in Boots, I had to snap this up after my trusty Origins Foaming Cleanser ran out and I think this has become a new skincare favourite.
No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser: £9.95

I'll put it out there - I don't understand the Liz Earle hype. Don't get me wrong, I liked the stuff, the concept is great and the muslins are soooo soft but I found it ran out quickly, it's expensive once you've ordered online and paid for postage, and I wasn't keen on the smell, it reminded me of Vichs Vapourub. So when I saw No.7 had their own version of this, I convinced myself to give hot cloth cleansers another go and I'm so glad I did.

Now that the cold weather seems to be settling in for winter, my skin craves something thick and creamy to remove my slap and this cleanser delivers. Big time. On an evening, I put 2 pumps of this onto my hands and massage it into my face and eyes (yes it's that gentle) while my muslin descends into boiling hot water. After I've made myself well and truly panda-eyed, I start removing. The muslin is a slightly more harsh than the Liz Earle one but I like this for exfoliation - I feel like I'm really removing the make-up. Note: This cleanser works wonders for the likes of Double Wear too! The end result? My eye make-up comes off a dream and I'm left with my skin thoroughly cleansed, soft and make-up free.

I can't fault this product, I know this will be a permanent product in my skincare routine now. I'm really impressed with the Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin range at the moment plus they're so affordable. I've already picked some more things up from the range!

Have you tried the Boots No.7 range? Do you like any of their products?
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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Lotion

I know my bronzed self is in hibernation but a little bit of her can't help but peek out to banish her Casper skin! Enter the Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe...




Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe: £29

This is without a doubt, the best fake tan I have ever come across - bold statement, I know. I've had numerous mishaps with fake tan: orange arms, missed patches, brown elbows, tan dripping down the legs when it's raining but with this? NONE.

My pre-tanning ritual includes a harsh exfoliation, I have severe dry skin over my arms and back as well as my legs so I grab my Soap & Glory Exfoliation Mitts and take to my pins with a moisturising shower gel - lather, rinse & no repeat - I'm red raw. I towel myself off and grab my nearest moisturiser sitting on my dressing table, in this case it's the Aveeno Shea Butter Body Lotion. I usually do this routine 2 nights before I want to show off the tan!

Now onto the tan, in the second evening, I apply the lotion all over my body. I find that applying moisturiser then tan on the same evening can cause the tan to crumble on my skin. The tan is a thick green/brown lotion which is easily applied over the body using a fake tan mitt. There isn't much of a colour guide with this but its so easy to apply - even a tanning novice could master this!
Now onto the colour, this gives the most beautiful olive tone to the skin which for a Casper like myself is a godsend. The colour isn't too dark, it doesn't have any orange tone and looks 100% natural - It was almost like I was back in September after Corfu *sigh*.
The best part of this, like there isn't enough already, is the lasting power this stuff has - I applied it before a night out, left it to develop, rinsed and within the following week, I still had an olive glow!

Now if this hasn't all put you off... The price might. I bought this from Harvey Nichols and it did set me back a whopping £29 for 236ml but I can see this going a long way as I only apply this to my top half and found a good pump of this covers each arm and my chest. If you're wanting to try this but can't justifty the price, Feel Unique sell this for £21.50 here with free delivery.

Have you tried Xen-Tan? Do you like any of their products?
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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Monthly Favourites: October

Here we go again, another month has gone. Soon we'll all be sat round our tables tucking into a fat turkey and eating one too many Quality Street. And as its got colder, I've been loving onesies and fluffy socks as well as these beauty favourites...

Primark turban: £1.50, Topshop nail varnish in Gypsy Night: £6, Lush Mask of Magnaminty: £4.95/125g, Mac Peachykeen: £17.50, L'oreal Lumi Magique highlighting concealer: £8.49

001. The Primark hair turban is a key item in my bathing ritual. Wash my locks, tip my head upside down and put this on. It doesn't budge or fall off like a towel and dries my hair quicker. I wanted it in pink originally but had to settle with blue... Girl can't have it all.

002. 2 coats of this polish gives a gorgeous black manicure with a hint of green and gold glitter. My staple party polish!

003. Cleansing? Check. Exfoliating? Check. Helps spots? Check. This face mask works wonders on my (recent) problematic skin. I got this little sample of Mask of Magnaminty when picking up the Brazened Honey mask and I'll be snapping it up full size.

004. I've put my bronzed self into hibernation - sigh. But to make this transition to winter a little easier I sweep MAC Peachykeen on my cheekbones which is a lovely flush of deep pinky goodness with a peach undertone.

005. Late nights and early mornings, my dark circles are becoming more prominent so to brighten me up, I apply the L'oreal Lumi Magique highlighting concealer and voila, dark circles be gone!

What are your October favourites?
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

In My Make Up Bag

On my dressing table is my beloved Cath Kidston make up bag which holds all my daily make-up. Oh how I wish I had a full glam team and Kim Kardashian's make up artist but alas I must make do as a one girl band and here's the make up I chop and change between on a daily basis.

Eyes: L'oreal Telescopic. Revlon Grow Luscious. Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Nude. UD Primer Potion. MUA Undressed Palette. Eyelash curler. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme.

Lips: Topshop Brighton Rock. Topshop Whimsical. Topshop Secret Admirer. MAC Please Me. Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake.

Face: MAC Studio Fix. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer. L'oreal Lumi Magique. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (Sample). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Nars Orgasm. MAC Style blush. MAC Peachykeen blush. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle.

What's in your make-up bag?
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Sunday, 28 October 2012

I Love Drugstore Make-up Tag

Hey dolls! I've been lacking some blogging inspiration so when I saw this tag on Linsay's blog I thought I'd give it a go. I'm into drugstore make-up and always looking to find a bargain especially if I want to ease my spending habit but it's too far away from pay-day. So here goes, here's the I Love Drugstore Make-up tag...

1. What is your favourite drugstore make-up brand?
My favourite brand at the moment has to be L'oreal. I find that I buy a lot of products from there and they are always good quality. It can be a bit expensive but I tend to buy their products when an offer is on. My latest buy is the Lumi Magique highlighting concealer and it's amazing for brightening up those dark circles.

2. What are your favourite face, cheek and lip products?
Face: Rimmel Stay Matte powder - it's light weight, sets my make-up and doesn't cake.
Cheek: I don't have a cheek product, I use high end blushers or bronzers. Send me your suggestions!
Lip: Revlon lip butters - these are amazing, come in a wide range of colours and are so moisturising. I use Strawberry Shortcake and it gives a great pop of pink.

3. Least favourite product?
Any mascara by Rimmel, I hate their mascaras, hate the consistency, hate the brushes. No no no!

4. What is the best make-up bargain?
The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is the best drugstore product I've purchased in a long time. It lasts all day, covers horrid spots and even works for dark circles - and at £3.99, it's a real bargain!

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
I don't have a specific product but I think a lot of drugstore skincare gets overlooked. I am currently using a L'oreal moisturiser and it's very moisturising and does everything it says on the tin, it was £6 in Asda but if it was by a brand like Elemis, it would be £40. High end doesn't always mean better.

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
Although I love it, L'oreal (notice a pattern?!) Telescopic Mascara is so overpriced. It retails for £10.99 but I love it so I'm willing to pay for it. If only I could find their brush on a mascara that's around £7.99.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!
The best dupe I've ever come across is the MUA Undressed eyeshadow palette which is the double of Urban Decay Naked palette. If anyone is considering the UD palette, try the MUA one first. The eyeshadows are almost exact and just as pigmented. The best part? It's only £4 whereas UD Naked is £36.

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?
The Balmi lip balms (or EOS in USA), they look far too gimmicky, they're expensive and just a scented lip balm that isn't moisturising. No thank you!

So there we have it. When it comes to make-up, I tend to stick to brands I know and love and whenever I go to buy a new product, I always read up and try out samples first. I tag all of you to do this and leave me a comment below with your link so I can read it and maybe I'll find some new products I haven't tried before!
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Bright Eyes

I know that when I've had a late night, early morning or mixture of the both, my eyes are the first to suffer and dark circles are the first to show up. So when I wake on a morning, I turn to these trusty products to help me out!

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer: 3.99, L'oreal Lumi Magique highlighting concealer: £8.49, L'oreal Carbon Black Telescopic msacara: 10.99, Rimmel Scandaleyes kohl pencil: £3.99, Eyelash curler: around £2

After I've applied my base, I use the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover any blemishes, I have a tiny bit of discolouration on my cheek and this is great for heavier coverage so I use this to create a flawless base. Once that is done, I move onto the eyes, I use the L'oreal Lumi Magique highlighting concealer under the eyes - it has light reflecting properties so perfect for banishing those cruddy dark circles and I just blend it in using my ring finger.

Now for the eyes, I try to open them up as much as possible. I curl my eyelashes first with a non-brand eyelash curler I've had for ages, I do actually need another one. I then apply the L'oreal Carbon Black Telescopic Mascara, I tend to apply more to the top lashes and only a little to the bottom to really open my eyes. The eyelash curlers are the staple item for my eyes, otherwise my eyelashes look so short and stumpy. When the mascara has dried, I run the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Pencil in Nude along my water line, this is brilliant for opening up the eyes and my saviour for early mornings. The pencil lasts all day, I've applied this just on my waterline without mascara on lazy days and in the evening it's still there! All in all, a great product.

What are your favourite eye products?
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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Say hello to my favourite make-up tool. Taken from the Real Techniques Core Collection, the Buffing Brush has completely changed the way I apply my make-up and I love it!

Real Techniques Core Collection: £21.99

I love pairing this up with my MAC Studio Fix Foundation to create a flawless base. I find that I don't need half as much foundation as I did previously - I pop two pumps onto the back of my hand and find this covers my face perfectly. It's so easy to blend foundation in and literally only takes a minute, it's great for early mornings and when I'm in a rush.

The bristles on the Buffing Brush is super soft and so smooth on the skin. The brushes are made from taklon and they're so easy to clean! I simply run these under hot water, use a shampoo/brush cleaner to clean and leave to dry naturally and within the next day, they're ready to be used again.

I love the Real Techniques brushes and have a few already, the Blush brush is another favourite of mine. I really like how they're colour coded, I think this is really handy especially in a cluttered brush case! I'll definitely be buying more, next on my list is the Expert Face Brush and the Eyes set.

Have you tried any Real Techniques brushes before?
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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A Little Personal

This is a different post from my beauty regulars but it's something I think I need to voice. It's about my weight and about my body confidence.
Firstly I'm going to say that I've written this for me, it's an expression really, it's to help me and I don't appreciate any type of hate so if you have it, please click the X in the corner. I'm writing this because I know some people out there may feel the same. I'm not writing this for any kind of attention, any sympathy or pity. It's purely me just having my say on my blog.

So here we go... Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with my weight - when I was young, I was a healthy child but found at the age of 10 onwards my weight became an issue. I was a big kid, I was bullied and it's something that's stuck with me ever since. Being bullied about your weight is something that sticks with you forever, I've been self conscious about the way I look ever since.
Eventually I thought enough was enough, I invested in an exercise bike, lost a lot of weight (the healthy way) and found that my body was shrinking in size. Looking back now, I never realised how much weight I lost and how much better I looked. I found that my skin was clear, I was smaller in size and my health was obviously significantly better - but at the time, I never ever thought I was small and constantly felt like I had more to lose.

At the moment, right here and now, I am 100% unhappy with the way I look. I've put on a lot of weight and I do think it's contributing towards my unhappiness. My weight started to increase again when I found out my parents were separating - it was a hard time which I struggled with and found that this was the main trigger. My parents moved apart, I moved into a smaller house and had to get rid of my exercise bike. I had a tough time, there had been times where I'd go out and get drunk, end up at friends house parties upset and I was so down that I use to skip meals so my weight was up and down. But ever since that time, my weight has been increasing.

Another factor that contributed to my weight increase was taking the contraceptive pill which I've been on ever since the age of 19 which is just over a year. The drug in the contraceptive injection (which I've also had) and the pill doesn't agree with my body and does make my weight increase. I've found that during my time of taking this, my weight has increased and each time I've been weighed at the doctors during my consultation, she's told me I have gained weight. The drug in the contraceptive pill that I take makes me feel constantly hungry and never full so I snack more and eat more aswell as making my emotions sky high and rock bottom sometimes, often leaving me depressed - a horrible concoction for weight gain.

I never thought anything of my weight until recently and it took harsh reality and Topshop's mirror to show me exactly how I look now and how unhappy I am. I'm sure everyone can relate that they've put on weight and then only realised when they've gone to try on a top and it doesn't fit and today was a real slap in the face. So tonight when I came home, I felt pretty crappy, I tipped my contraceptive pill down the sink and tomorrow marks the start of a happier Beth, with some exercise, a healthy diet and no pills encouraging weight gain, and hopefully in the near future I can get back to the happy girl I used to be.
All that matters to me is feeling good about myself and being healthy, I don't want to live a life where my health is at risk or contributing to diseases when I'm older.

My goal is to lose a stone by christmas as my first goal and hopefully progress from there. I'm not going to set myself a drastic goal weight - I'm going to take it day by day and work towards small goals in order to reach an overall goal weight.

Sorry about the long personal post, this won't be a regular thing, I may update on twitter but this was just something I felt like I needed to do and thank you to those of you who read it!
xxx
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Monday, 15 October 2012

An Introduction to Lush

Lush has been a brand I've never really been into. I always walk past their shops and the heavy scent puts me off and immediately makes me think it's all artificial but when I had a spare few hours I decided to take the plunge, go in and speak to an advisor.
To me, lush seems reasonably priced. I went in with the intention of getting some information about face masks and came out with a purchase and a little tester.

Lush Brazened Honey: £5.95/75g, Mask of Magnaminty: £4.95/125g

When I look for skincare I'm always looking for something to unclog my pores and brighten my skin - after telling the advisor this, she recommended the Brazened Honey mask to brighten and Mask Of Magnaminty for my problem areas.

The Brazened Honey mask is a fresh face mask that has to be kept in the fridge, it roughly lasts around a month and comes in a little pot which the advisor said would get 7-8 applications out of it. The mask is a thick grainy texture which dries on the skin and once the 5-10 minutes has passed, I exfoliate my skin using the grains in the scrub and wash off.
I notice after I've used this my skin does seem brighter and smoother. I apply the mask to my cheeks and forehead while the Mask Of Magnaminty is on my nose and chin. The only thing I dislike about the Brazened Honey mask is the scent, it's not overpowering or off putting, it's just something I'm not too keen on.

The advisor kindly gave me a little sample of Mask Of Magnaminty after telling about problem blackheads. Unlike the other mask, this has a strong minty scent which I like. To maximise effects of this mask, I cleanse my face beforehand with hot water to open pores then apply this mask to problem areas, which are my nose and chin. I leave this on when the other mask is on and again, it dries hard. It's tingly which really makes me feel like it's working. I'm looking to clear blackheads and I think so far so good, this seems to be reducing them in size but I'm not sure about removing them, I think I need something more industrial for that.
I've also noticed that blemishes have appeared on my nose and chin but I think that's a good sign that it's working - fingers crossed!

Do you like Lush? Have you tried any of their face masks/skincare products?
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Friday, 12 October 2012

REN Centifolia Gel Cleanser

Here's my foot into the REN pool so far. I've read rave reviews about their masks and serums and when I try a brand, I like to try the basics first - like cleansers, so I picked up the Rosa Centifolia Gel Cleanser.
REN Rosa Centifolia Gel Cleanser: £17.00

I've always been a creamy foaming cleanser kinda girl so trying a gel cleanser is a bit of an alien concept to me but I must say that I love it. I find these types of cleansers perfect for a morning, they're refreshing and remove any excess dirt and oil. I still tend to opt for my foaming cleanser on an evening or if I'm wearing heavier make up.

Firstly the packaging gets a big thumbs up from me, it's simple, easy to read and is a perfect size to fit in my bathroom cabinet. The pump dispenser is also really handy for the right amount of product without wasting any and it's a lot more hygienic in my opinion. I think there's nothing worse than dirty lids on tubes and when you get to the end you have to squeeze like mad to get the little bit out at the bottom.

What I really like about this product is it's so gentle, I find that I can massage this onto my skin and eyes and it removes mascara easily without any irritation. REN products don't contain parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances and some other ingredients. The cleanser has a subtle rose scent which is 100% natural.

When I apply this, I use 2-3 pumps of the cleanser depending on my make-up and it turns into a light foam, I dip my hands into hot water and foam up again then wash off with hot water. If I am wearing a heavier foundation such as Double Wear, it does take the foundation off well but I run some cotton wool pads with toner over my face just to make sure I remove all traces of make-up - like I said, I prefer it as a morning cleanser.

Overall, I am really impressed with my first purchase from REN and I will be looking into trying their moisturisers and masks in the future. I have my eye on the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask - let me know if you've tried it and find it any good!

Have you tried REN before?
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Seche Vite Top Coat

I've been painting my nails for as long as I can remember and I'm always searching for a new top coat, nail strengthener and different brands of polishes, so when I first stepped onto the blogosphere and saw that Seche Vite was a holy grail top coat, I dipped my foot into the Seche pool.
Seche Vite top coat: £3.45/0.125oz

This is smaller than the bottle that many people have but personally I find that nail polishes gloop when I buy bigger bottles, especially top coats so I decided to purchase the smaller size to try the product and also avoid the gloopy stage.

My first impressions of this product weren't that high actually. I didn't notice that much glossyness after a days wear of Seche Vite but after trying this with another polish, my opinion has changed and I'm convinced it was the coloured varnish.

What I love about this product is how fast your nails dry, it doesn't leave a tacky layer on the nail where you have to sit for a good hour and wait to dry, after around 15 minutes they're dry and you can run your finger over your newly painted nails with ease. On my little travel bottle, the brush is a perfect nail and you can cover the nails in 2 strokes. But the main deal breaker to this top coat has to be how shiny my nails are and how long lasting the polish is - I teamed this with my newly purcashed Essie polishes (which I didn't rate because they chipped easily) but after using Seche Vite on top, the polish life has dramatically increased!

I can safely say I'm an Seche Vite convert!

Have you tried Seche Vite? What's your favourite top coat?
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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Giveaway Prizes

Linsay from Pandoras Basket held a giveaway to celebrate her blog reaching 300+ followers - Well done! Head over there and check out her blog, it's great!

But my prize that I so luckily won was the choice of a MAC lipstick and cream or powder blush. You can imagine how much better I felt when I woke up hungover after my birthday weekend and found I was the winner so that Sunday I dedicated my morning to picking my prizes. And here's what I was sent...

The prizes came in the coolest polka dot postage bag and each item was individually packaged. Along with the MAC products came some little minis - which I will definitely be using, the Dove deodrant is perfect for the handbag and I love the St Ives scrub and also can't wait to try the Radox shower smoothie. And as a sweet treat, a pack of chupa chups - girl after my own heart?

The lipstick I chose was Please Me which is a dark pink creamy matte lipstick with the tiniest hint of red, and the blush is in Peachykeen - again this looks very dark in the pan but it comes out on the face as a gorgeous sheen of pink with a hint of golden shimmer as you can see from the photo.

I definitely think these colours I've chosen are winter shades which is perfect as the days draw in and it gets colder. I really should get myself out of all the bronzer and embrace it being cold and being pale and these items are perfect for that.

A massive thank you to Linsay and everyone head over to her blog and also follow her on Twitter @smooshkissxx.
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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Monthly Favourites: September


Garnier deodrant: £3, Bumble & Bumble Deeep mask: £21.50, The Body Shop Hemp hand cream: £10.00, Chanel Chance: £50.00, Topshop Whimsical lipstick: £8.00

001. I know deodorant is a bit of weird thing to blog about, everyone uses it but this stuff is amazing. I was a Sure girl for ages but I've found that it just doesn't work anymore. I find this lasts all day and (sounds gross) but I could still smell it on me late at night, it really does keep me dry for 24 hours at least.

002. I wrote a review about this mask (here) and I love it, when my hair feels dry and in need of moisture, I wash my hair and run it through the ends - 20 minutes later, my hair is silky smooth.

003. The Body Shop Hemp hand cream is an absolute saviour and now it's turning to winter and colder, I want to prevent any dryness and this hand cream is so moisturising and really nourishes the skin.

004. Chanel fragrances are my favourite. I'm such a lover of Coco Mademoiselle and Chance. I picked up a 50ml bottle of Chance at the airport on the way back from my holiday and it's been my staple fragrance since!

005. I got this Topshop lipstick in Whimsical when I picked up my boots so it's a new September favourite but it's a beautiful creamy matte coral lipstick that is so easy to wear.

What are your September favourites?
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Friday, 28 September 2012

Topshop Amelie Boots

Say Hello to my winter boot! Yesterday was my 20th birthday and with my birthday money I totted along to Topshop and treated myself to the Topshop Amelie boots.

Topshop Amelie boots: £75.00

I've been lusting after these boots since they were first released on the website and after the series of torrential rain and flooding, my studded loafers just wouldn't suffice and often found myself with a wet foot and soggy shoe.

These are gorgeous, of course Topshop isn't bargain prices but £80 for a pair of strong sturdy boots which are also leather is a pretty good price to me. The added bonus is that they're studded like everything else in my wardrobe at the moment. I can see these becoming my favourite shoes and I'm looking forward to pairing these with jeans and chunky knits - come at me winter!

I may have also made another cheeky Topshop boot order which I shall reveal when they're delivered - how naughty of me. Oh well, I have the excuse that it was my birthday ;)

Do you like Topshop footwear? What's your favourite pair of shoes?
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Essie Me Up

Essie polishes in Ballet Slippers, Muchi Muchi, Tour De Finance, Tarte Deco, Power Clutch: £1.99 each

Say Hello to my new collection of Essie polishes! I've become an Essie convert over the past month and when I saw that the polishes were on offer on Fragrance Direct, I had to make an order.

Tarte Deco wasn't included in the order because I got that from the defusion line in a local Boots. I was pleasantly surprised when I received my order and saw that 3/4 brushes in the polishes were the new brush.

I've swatched all of these polishes and really like them, the only niggle I do have is that Muchi Muchi and Ballet Slippers are a tad sheer for my liking but I thought I could pair them with my new Nars polish and they're great for french manicure so I'm sure I will get my use out of them.

Tour De Finance was the one I was most excited about, it's a gorgeous hot pink on the nail and is really eye-catching. I've been wearing this on my toes.

And finally is Power Clutch, a gorgeous grey which will be my staple winter polish!

Have you tried any Essie polishes? What's your favourite shade?


P.S I've also signed up to Bloglovin, I'm new to it so follow me on there too :)
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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Bumble & Bumble Deeep Mask

As I write this, I am currently laid in bed with a horrible cold and the worst stomach infection ever. I've had to call in sick to work so decided to get up to date with some posts. I'm going to start doing a Currently Loving post maybe every 2-3 weeks or maybe more frequently depending on the products and after thoroughly using them.

First to start this off is the Bumble & Bumble Deeep mask. B&B are not a brand I'd heard of until I came across Anna in her blog posts and Youtube videos raving about their products so after my holiday and my trip to Space NK, I decided to make a purchase and seeing as my hair was in a horrible state, a mask was definitely what the doctor had ordered!

Bumble & Bumble Deeep mask: £21.50

I have to say, what I like most about this product is the packaging, it's a simple long tube with a twist end and you simply twist the end and squeeze the product out, then twist to lock again. I love the packaging of all B&B products and this looks so sleek sitting in the shower.

You get 150ml in the tube, I find that even though I have long hair, I don't need that much so this will go a long way. I squeeze a 50p size amount in to my hands and run it through the ends. I brush it through and leave for 20 minutes then rinse. I have used this as a overnight treatment and found that it worked just as well so if you're hair is extra dry and needing TLC, definitely try it overnight. I usually use this mask once a week and only through the ends of my hair because my roots can get quite oily.
The mask smells absolutely amazing and to me, smells just like holidays - you can imagine how much it depressed me when I smelt this after coming home from holiday, but it really is a gorgeous scent and leaves your hair smelling lovely.

B&B have other masks in their range but the sales assistant recommended this one for my hair as it was very dry. I wish I'd bought this before I went on holiday because it's perfect for "sun worshippers"! Oh well, there's always next year!

Bumble & Bumble Deeep mask is available online and in Space NK.

Have you tried any Bumble & Bumble products?
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Saturday, 15 September 2012

A Touch of Gold

I know you're all going to be reading this and saying "SUMMER?!" and I agree but I just wanted to show you guys what's been on my nails during the summer!



Models Own Golden Peach: £5.00, Nars Arabesque: £14.00

When I came home, I ventured into my local Space NK and was instantly drawn to the Nars stand. I believe it was a investment but also a cheer-up purchase, I've just come off holiday remember? Minor seasonal effected disorder going on. So off I took out my card and purchased a Nars nail polish in shade Arabesque. The polish is a gorgeous pink glitter which I've noticed can look gold or silver on the nail depending on which polish it's worn with or on it's own.

The polish is quite sheer even with two coats so I've decided to wear it on top of another colour such as Models Own Golden Peach. These two colours created a rose gold colour in some lights (not in the photo - it looks too orange and excuse the awful dry cuticles) but I think this is a gorgeous combo for summer because they're bright colours.
The polish lasts quite well, my top coat at the moment is a Rimmel one which I really like and It's currently been on my nails for around 3 days without chipping. Saying that, it's really easy to remove for a glitter polish. The polish is a bit pricey, but I was down so I splurged - always a bad time for me to go shopping, and can be found at any Nars stand or online.

I'm doing absolutely everything I can to make sure my nails don't snap. I was currently using the Renunail but I've run out and heard amazing things about Nail Evny. Should I invest?
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Thursday, 13 September 2012

How Much Is Your Face Worth?

I've seen this post floating around on many blogs and thought I'd join in. This is the make-up I tend to reach for on a day-to-day basis, it's still very bronzy because I refuse to come to terms that summer is over. During winter my make-up is usually slightly heavier and I'll add a blush.

MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC15 with pump: £24.00
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer: £4.19
YSL Touche Eclat in shade 01: £25.00
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent: £3.99
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer: £28.00
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle: £21.50
Revlon Grow Luscious mascara: £9.99
Topshop Lipstick in Secret Admirer: £8.00

Total: £124.67

I am quite shocked at how much my make-up is altogether. I have bought these items over a period of time and not all at once which makes the price seem justifiable but it's even more scary when I have a box of additional make-up I use and chop and change from which would increase the total price - ouch!

Have you done this? How much is your face worth?
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Monday, 10 September 2012

Two Steps to Clearer Skin

Before my holiday, I randomly suffered with really bad skin. I will stress how this is an alien thing to me and I always pride myself on having clear skin. I couldn't pin point the culprit, I had recently bought a moisturiser from Boots which was a Nivea Pure & Simple and I'm sure I had a reaction to it. Me and Nivea products really don't seem to get on, I remember using the original Nivea cream in the blue tub and that sent me in a rash. So when I get bad skin, I go back to two trusty skincare products that help get my skin back to how it should be!
Neutrogena Spot Stress Facial Scrub: £4.79, Oil Free Moisturiser: £4.60

Aswell as using the Neutrogena Spot Stress facial scrub and the Oil Free Moisturiser, I applied Sudocrem to help clear any blemishes out. Now I don't have anything like the Clean and Clear spot gel or Origins Super Spot Remover so I opted for a cheap alternative. My regime was firstly, I cleansed my face using the scrub and very hot water to work it into the pores and unclog them and then apply the Sudocrem to the area where I have the blemishes for about 20 minutes just using a mask brush then washed off using a muslin cloth. After that, I apply the Oil Free Moisturiser. The moisturiser is really light and leaves a cooling feeling after I've applied it and I've found that especially for summer this has left my skin nicely hydrated.

I've definitely found a difference in my skin after using the Neutrogena products and also including the Sudocrem. I've noticed that blemishes are less red, decreased in size and aren't as painful.

What are your skincare regimes for blemishes?
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Monday, 3 September 2012

Monthly Favourites: August

Hello there! I'm back albeit with a tan and serious Kavos depression, but here I am and it's time to get back into the swing of blogging. To kick it off, I have my August favourites, which aren't really from all of August but the ones I chose when I was away and for a week solid, so this is a special holiday edition favourites!
Garnier Holiday Skin moisturiser: £5.29, Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser: £4.60, Breo watch: £10.00, Essie Tarte Deco: £7.99, Mac blusher in Style: £17.50

001. Well the first is a bit of an obvious for me, I'm a big tan lover as soon as I hit the sun and during the first few days of my holiday when I was ghost, I applied this for a boost and it gave me a gorgeous golden tan. I'm currently using it now I'm home as well to maintain my tan. It'a really moisturising and has a lovely smell as well and you don't wake up in the morning smelling like a wotsit.

002. I have separate post about this moisturiser but before my holiday, I had such problem skin and whatever I put on my skin wasn't helping so I reverted back to two trusty products that always help balance my skin out. This leaves my skin nicely moisturised without being heavy and has a cooling sensation after application which I like. I won't ramble too much because there's a post to come!

003. Not a beauty favourite but I couldn't of lived without this watch while away. The Breo watches are waterproof and I wore this all throughout my holiday, it went in the shower, in the pool (2.8 metres too) and even washing up and still survived. It did have a bit of a mental episode where I thought it was broken but it came back to life. Plus side, I picked it up in my local Home Bargains last year for £3.99 when they usually retail for over £10!

004. Everyone who's a beauty lover has heard of Essie Tarte Deco doing the rounds on beauty blogs. I bought mine from a larger Boots away from home and I'm so glad I did, this is my first Essie polish but I will be investing in more. The colour looks like a coral in the bottle but turns into a bright creamy orange on the nail. I literally painted my nails with this the day before I was away and it lasted at least 5 days before it started to chip - amazing! And it's a perfect colour to wear with a tan.

005. There's a story behind this product to why I have it. Me and my friend ventured to Leeds to do some holiday shopping and after searching high and low and coming out with nothing, I ventured into Harvey Nichols to find happiness and relief my frustration. Of course I did and ended up with 3 items from MAC and my holiday clothes budget signifcantly smaller. I picked up this blush in Style which is a frost blush. It's a coral/peach blush with golden in it and found that this on my cheeks with some bronzer gave me a healthy glow. Thankfully, I did find clothes in the end.

I already have September favourites lined up and I can't wait to share them with you. What are your August favourites?
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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Holiday Make-up

As you know, I'm going on holiday - next Friday, eeek! I've finally figured which make-up I'll be taking with me.
I've opted for light weight and simple make-up. Firstly after I've cleansed and moisturised, I'll apply No.7 Dual Protection tinted moisturiser in Fair with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush which gives good coverage but it's still light. The moisturiser dries matt which is the main thing I love about this product, I think being in a hot country and getting sweaty and then adding a dewy moisturiser would just be a disaster. I then apply Estee Lauder's Double Wear concealer in shade 02 Light Medium to any redness and blemishes, I don't use the gloss on the other end, it smells like strawberry Calpol, it's sickening and then some YSL Touche Ecalt in shade 1 under my eyes to banish any dark circles.

For highlight, I apply my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, it's such a beautiful highlighter, I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones, cupids bow, down the nose and on the temples then add my Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer to my cheekbones, temples and dust it down my neck. My Real Techniques Blush brush is great for applying bronzer, the brush is tapered so it's good for contouring.

To finish it off, if I'm feeling like eyeshadow, I use my Urban Decay primer and Naked Palette with my Jemma Kidd brushes, my most use shades are Virgin for all over the lid up to the eyebrow, Half Baked sweeped all over the lid and Smog in the crease to create a bronze smokey eye and to complete I apply my Revlon Grow Luscious mascara which is my favourite mascara at the moment.

And there we have it! This will most likely be my last post before I go away but keep your eyes peeled for a special holiday favourites post when I come back and maybe a post including my holiday photos.
Hope you're all well!
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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

In every girls make-up bag (especially mine) the staple item is mascara. If I was stuck on a desert island and I was only allowed one make-up item, it would be mascara.

Little info.. I've always used L'oreal Telescopic mascara in Carbon Black, it was my go-to mascara for years, I like that it lengthened my lashes and separated them and give my lashes that false lash effect which is advertised on every television advert and make-up stand. And I'll say this, raise your hand if you pick at your lashes (*raises hand* who doesn't? I'm being good at the moment though) but I found that the L'oreal Telescopic made my eyelashes a lot weaker and they even fell out when removing my make-up. I found the mascara coated them and weakened them and this wasn't doing anything for me anymore. I have previously tried the Benefit They're Real mascara but it's a horrendous story and it turns out, I was allergic to it.

Now let me introduce you to the best mascara and my new holy grail product...

Revlon Grow Lucious mascara: £10.99

As you can see, the applicator is actually a brush, I was so used to a comb, it was hard to get used to at first but after a few applications, I finally got the hang of it and don't even have any trouble applying it to the littler lashes in the corner of my eyes.
The product is buildable, you can apply a bit just to wake you up day-to-day or intensify the volume by applying more for a look more suitable for the evening, it all depends on your personal preference. The photo shows an day-to-day application. The mascara dries very quickly and doesn't smudge. There has been times where I've had a little bit of product run off on my bottom lashes but that's because it's been warm and I've got long bottom lashes, this usually happens with every mascara I've used.

This photo was taken before I wrote the review and I can say I've definitely seen a difference to my lashes, the thickness, length and strength of my lashes has dramatically improved since using this and I find that when I apply it, the mascara does set and coat my lashes like the L'oreal Telescopic, The Grow Luscious mascara definitely has the same consistency of a high end mascara. I've also had this product around a month and it's still going strong, no signs of it drying out yet!

The Grow Luscious mascara is also available in different colours and comes in a waterproof formula which I'll be trying out when I go on holiday. Now I've used this mascara, I definitely won't be turning back.
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