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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