Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

I suffer from dry dehydrated skin so you can imagine having oily eyelids is a very strange concept. Anyway, I'm a big eyeshadow lover but I have to make sure it stays in place. Previously I've tried powder, cream and even liner without a primer and it literally slides off my eyelids. I've tried all sorts of primers and after my favourite NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ran out, I decided to branch out and try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Too Faced is a brand who's packaging and products are just swoon worthy and the sleek little packaging for the Shadow Insurance is no exception. The primer is a nude coloured almost gel like consistency which has a slight oily texture about it but once applied to the eyelids it dries matte and and creates a smooth base ready for eyeshadow application. I find with this you only need a tiny amount. When using this I've noticed that an oily residue comes out of the nozzle first before the cream, I don't know if I've got a bad batch or you're supposed to move it around in the tube before using. When I mixed it with the cream it does blend into the primer and doesn't separate - if anyone knows why it does this please let me know below. The longevity of my eyeshadow after applying this is a good 12 hours, I've even worn this on nights out and slept in my make up *hides behind pillow* and it's still in place in the morning.

I can't say I'm really won over with the formula, I definitely prefer the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in terms of formula and application but the colour of the product and packaging of the Too Faced offering is winning me over slightly. I want to try more from the Too Faced range and have my eye on the Love Flush blush and Hangover Face Primer but if there's anything you love, leave me recommendations below.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

You know when you try a beauty product that's hyped and you instantly understand why? Well that's what I experienced with the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. Described as the ultimate beauty essential for those with tired skin, this radiance boosting balm brightens, tightens and moisturises leaving skin feeling rested and refreshed.

As of late, I've had a lot going on and my skin has really suffered with radiance, gone is my glowing complexion and I'm left with skin that's dull and lacklustre. Suitable for all skin types, I apply this 3 ways: 1) as a primer under my make up, 2) as an intensive mask and 3) as a moisturiser to perk up my complexion. I love the way this feels on the skin and once it's applied, it sinks in so quickly and my skin has got back that glow. A little goes a long way with this, only needing a pea sized amount and the secret is to pat it onto the skin instead of typically rubbing in like an ordinary moisturiser, it creates a film on the skin but the balm sinks in and that disappears.

Going for 30 years, winner of multiple awards and a cult beauty product, I can definitely see why. For those girls who love a glow but usually have to fake it, this ones for you...

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Empties Post 006

Hands up, are you someone who feels guilty when you buy new stuff when you already have lots? Me too. So here's my empties and an attempt to make me feel better about purchasing more...
Garnier Simple Essentials Eye Make Up Remover
A 2 in 1 make up remover which is very similar in comparison Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover. 9/10 times I remove my make up when I remove my base make up but for those lazy days or when you're wearing heavy/waterproof make up, this removes it in seconds.
Would I repurchase? No - but only because I've bought a similar one from Garnier.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser
This is without a doubt my favourite cleanser, it's holy grail. The scent is something I once hated but now I love it, it removes make up like a dream and my skin has never felt so good.
Would I repurchase? Yes, yes, and always, yes!

No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser
This is a high street version of the Liz Earle but it's no way near comparable. This is thick, heavy and has a very strange scent. When I use this I don't feel like my skin is properly cleansed as it's too thick so it's difficult to work into the skin and properly remove make up.
Would I repurchase? No, I prefer Liz Earle.

Dr Bronner Lavender Liquid Soap x 2
This is the ultimate soap to wash your make up brushes with, it lathers up well, thoroughly cleans them and leaves the bristles feeling baby soft as well as smelling wonderful.
Would I repurchase? Yes, heads up - TKMaxx do the best offers on this too.

L'Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Instant Clear Purifying Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
My scalp has caused me problems since I can remember and with the combination of oily roots, dying my hair with colour and bleach and then dry ends, I suffer with the odd itchy and flaky scalp. I bought this to see if it would make any difference and it didn't. These types of shampoos don't tend to work and end up stripping colour from my hair so if you're the same, I've tried shampoos from the pharmacy work much better.
Would I repurchase? No, I recommend Selsun.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Kelp Help Deep Conditioning Masque
Recently I've dyed my hair blonde and it was a disaster to say the least (post coming soon), anyway I had to have it corrected and my hair took a lot of bleach leaving the ends dry and damaged so I turned to this to pack some moisture back into my hair and it's saved it. I leave it on shampooed hair for 10 minutes then rinse and my hair feels so soft and smooth. My hair has become prone to frizziness with all the damage but after I use this there isn't a frizzy strand in sight.
Would I repurchase? Yes, this is a great product especially if you're on a budget!

Clarins Multi-Active Night
My holy grail night time moisturiser, as well as packing my skin with hydration, it works wonders on blemishes and imperfections repairing them overnight leaving my skin plumped, hydrated and flawless.
Would I repurchase? I already have.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara
Ever since I used this, I haven't strayed. The formula is so soft on the eyelashes as well as living up to the Double Wear name and not budging. I usually struggle with high street mascara formulas transferring onto my face but ever since using this I no longer have that problem.
Would I repurchase? Yes, although I have the Double Wear volume on the go now.

More beauty products bite the dust but that can only mean more on the way...

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Monthly Favourites: July

July has been a brilliant month, my birthday trip to Barcelona in September is all planned and booked, I've been busy going out and seeing friends. I've got a lot to look forward to and I'm so excited. Here's to another great month and let's get onto the beauty bits...

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
If you're debating purchasing a Beauty Blender then don't bother, I've used both and I prefer this much more. The precision tip makes getting around the eyes effortless as well as the flat edge to blend around the nose and chin, I find it works best damp and teamed with Mac Pro Longwear Concealer it's a match made in heaven.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner in Tiramisu
Basically I want Kylie Jenner lips and seeing the latest photos of her rocking a matte nude lip has got me all over this lip liner. I line my lips and blend it out giving a hint of colour to my lips but with a matte finish. The pencil is a bit chalky for my liking but it fills the gap till I get my hand on Mac Whirl lip liner.

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
The newest foundation from MAC and an addition to their Pro Longwear family, a favourite range of mine. It's a much thicker consistency than the original Pro Longwear foundation, very similar consistency to Studio Sculpt but a better finish. I find when I use this I really need to pack my skin with some hydration beforehand, it's semi matte, medium to high coverage which is buildable and of course lasts all day. Tip: If you're unsure on the colour go get matched, I'm usually NC15-20 but the NC20 comes out more like NC15.

L'Oreal False Lash Superstar Mascara
The primer is my favourite step purely because of the brush, which is a shaped brush that covers every lash, even those hard to reach lashes in the inner corners. The fibre-rich mascara formula enhances lashes adding volume and length, and although it's a traditional bristle brush, it works wonders at separating lashes. I've used this every day since I've got it and so many people compliment me on how long and full my lashes look. The formula can transfer around the eyes during the day but it's minimal compared to other high street mascaras I've used.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon
I've written a full review of this here but lately with the weather being humid and when I've fancied rocking a smokey eye, I've reached for this as it stays put all day and the beautiful bronze compliments my blue eyes and really makes them pop. The formula is just beautiful, it's soft and creamy as well as being super pigmented.

What beauty products have you been loving in July?

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Shower & Tan

Want to hear my take on the most recently, most hyped about tan? Well here you go...

I was like anyone else and sucked into this method of tanning. I'm the official lazy girl and anything that promotes an ease of tanning without a great deal of effort sells me. I read so many rave reviews on this stating how it was so easy to use and what a natural bronze colour it gave to the skin, I couldn't resist picking it up even though it did sound too good to be true. Well, lets put it this way, it was.

APPLICATION: It's still pretty chilly in England unless you're in direct sunlight so being stood in a cold bathroom with the water turned off, it gets cold. Everyone who's used this has also picked up on the fact that unless you take some waterproof watch into the shower, you have no idea how long 3 minutes is; I took to counting down in my head but got bored half way through. Finally, washing your hands afterwards; what a nightmare! I had to turn off my shower to apply it and then wash the palms of your hands but the water runs down your arms, if that doesn't happen the water seems to lather the tan, hence it being just a big soapy mess.

RESULT: Lets put if this way, if you were after a dark tan or even a hint of colour then avoid this. I'm Casper white, a bit of a novice when it comes to tan and someone who doesn't like that overly false look so I thought this would be perfect but it just didn't touch me at all. The only place I found the tan worked was on the tops of my hands and in 3 brown circles - how odd. I've used it twice in the shower now and twice I've not noticed any difference. If you're after a visible result I would recommend trying out the rest of the St Tropez line but to me this isn't a "fake tan" as such, more like a glorified shower cream. I could see this working best after a holiday to top up/prolong your natural tan if it was left on longer or applied out of the shower (?). I have to say that my skin did feel soft and smooth afterwards, albeit still resembling Casper.

If you're wanting to try this you can pick it up with this months Instyle magazine for the fraction of the price and while that's on offer, I'd suggest buying that to try before parting with £14.50 for the big size.

Do you use fake tan? What brand do you use?

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The LBP (Little Black Primer)

I love flutterings of mascara and I've been loyal to the original Lash Primer since forever so when I saw that Estee Lauder had released a new eyelash primer called the Little Black Primer, I picked it up immediately. A 3 in 1 eye lash primer which does the following:

1) Tint the lashes with the new black formula.
2) Amplify the lashes ready for mascara application.
3) Set the lashes - this is a step that can be used after mascara to turn the lashes waterproof.

So what's my verdict?
Does it do all 3? Yeah it does! The primer can be used on its own to create a subtle tint and definition to the eyes, if you're opting for a natural look then it does just that. The wand is small which means it's good for getting into those small lashes around the eyes separating lashes but the curve in the brush also helps provide a curl. It sets the lashes and almost provides a coating around the eyes which locks your normal mascara in place so it stays waterproof all day.

What I've found is the problem is, it appears to be quite harsh on my lashes, I'm finding each time I use it more lashes are shedding whereas in comparison to the original lash primer it nourished them and helped them grow. Because the formula is also designed to be waterproof, I find it difficult to remove. The past times I've used it I've switched between a cleanser to break it down or a waterproof make up remove but both methods seem to be leaving some eyelashes coated. This really puts me off using it everyday, especially since I've found it harsher on my lashes.

I can't deny that this is good, I've had many comments on how my eyelashes look since using it and it's definitely helped provide volume and definition to my lashes which I love, nothing feels better than someone asking if you're wearing falsies. It's not a product I would choose to use every day because I find the removal difficult but for those ladies wanting some extra definition for events/nights out then pick this up but also invest in a good waterproof eye makeup remover.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Spotty Skin SOS

Imagine my horror at 22, when I've never suffered with bad skin, to have an eruption of spots and whiteheads all over my face. I wouldn't go as far to describe it as anything like acne but my skin was just very, very angry. I've really had to strip my skincare back and buy products that were targeted for my skin concerns.

Ever since I was a young girl, I have always used the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub especially when my skin is being temperamental. This scrub doesn't just cleanse, it works well at removing any dead skin cells, reducing spot size and prepping my skin ready the next steps in my skincare routine. The scrub is grainy so I remove my mascara before cleansing then apply this onto damp skin, once I've worked it into my skin for a good 2 minutes, I lay a hot flannel over my skin to open my pores and help draw out any dirt then flannel off the remaining scrub. If I'm finding that my skin is feeling dry, I use the Emma Hardie Rosehip Seeds added to a cleanser that's creamier such as a oil or balm, so my skin is still being exfoliated but it's packing some moisture back into my skin. I love a manual exfoliator as my skin feels so silky smooth afterwards.

After cleansing my face, I felt I needed a targeted spot treatment and after hearing so many rave reviews, I picked up the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +. It's targeted for those with combination/oily skin but what I liked about it most was it's claims to unblock pores, the whiteheads I'm suffering from is due to my pores being blocked so I've been using this twice a day and it's made a visible difference within a weeks use. The cream is more like a cloudy gel which is really gentle on the skin, I suffer with sensitive skin and it didn't cause any irritation or leave my skin feeling tight. I let the serum sink into my skin and on an evening I apply the Clarins Multi Active Night Youth Recovery Cream which is a anti ageing cream but I find this also works well on healing my skin, because it contains Imudilin (dipeptide) it helps to boost cellular renewal. It's described as 8 hours sleep in a jar and I couldn't agree more. On waking, my skin is hydrated, plump and in conjunction with the LRP serum, it's much calmer and on the way to once again being spot free.

What products do you use? Do you have any certain products targeted for breakouts?


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Monthly Favourites: June

It's really starting to feel like summer isn't it? Of course by this, the sun is shining and it's a lot hotter which means my make up and skincare routine has taken a slight turn, so here's what I've been loving during the month of June...

Estee Lauder Lash Primer
If you're after long fluttery eyelashes then this primer is the one for you. As well as conditioning the lashes and helping them grow, it adds volume and separates lashes ready for mascara. Whenever I use this I get compliments and people asking if I'm wearing falsies (which I love) but I've also noticed how much it's improving the strength and fullness of my lashes.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil
After an overdue eyebrow appointment, they're back in shape and ready to be filled in. I've run out of my trusty Hourglass eyebrow pencil so I've been reaching for this on a daily basis. I much prefer a pencil with a larger nib as my eyebrows are quite thick and with this it's just so effortless. It's not the Hourglass offering by a long stretch but for a high street bargain, it sure does do the job.

Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc
I never feel properly "done" unless I have a good standing base on. Foundation is one step I would choose among any and as of late, this is the only foundation I've been reaching for. It's medium coverage and a thicker formula than most people would choose in the hot weather but I love how this wears, in the morning you've got a fuller coverage when it's cooler and as the day wears on and it wears off, working in with the skins natural oils, it becomes a lighter coverage with a real glow and for me, that just works really well.

Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water
A classic summer essential, I believe if it's hot and you need a refresh then this is something you must carry in your handbag. Like it says on the tin, it's anti-irritating and soothing so when my skin is feeling particularly hot and bothered, I spray a light mist over my skin and leave to dry. It works by refreshing my make up, cooling me down but also great for adding a bit of glow back into your skin if you're making is looking cakey.

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact
With the weather being hotter, it's embarrassing to say I'm literally so white I'm blue so in attempt to bronze myself up, I've been reaching for this bronzer by Clarins. It's much darker than what I'm used to so you have to go easy on it but with a little sculpting on my face and over my neck and chest this gives me a gorgeous sun kissed glow.
How was your June? What products have you been loving?

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Favourite Summer Foundations

Can we say summers here? Well, I'm going to. The weather is hotter and that means my foundation is prone to slip and slide all over my face. Here's a roundup of the bases I've been choosing, one for every occasion.

For every day I want a foundation that's good on coverage but also stays put all day. I've never been a girl to top up my make up half way through the day as I just can't be bothered/don't have time so I always look for a long lasting base. The Mac Pro Longwear Foundation is medium coverage meaning depending on how my skin looks, I can build it to my desired coverage. A little goes a long way and it's super easy to buff into my skin using the Louise Young LY34. If my skin is looking a lot better or it's particularly hot, I opt for the Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow, a foundation that's a skincare makeup hybrid, lighter in coverage than the Mac offering but the lasting powder is very much the same. This foundation gives a slightly dewier finish and depending on the desired coverage, it looks just like skin.

For those lazy days, I choose tinted moisturisers and the only one I've found that really is worth mentioning is Chantecaille Just Skin. This is very much a tinted moisturiser but it has a slightly better coverage so it could also be classed as a light coverage foundation. It's light weight and sits lovely on the skin without making it greasy. The lasting power of this is around 5 hours but set with a powder it usually lasts all day on my dry skin. Downside to this is the price tag, setting you back a massive £58.

Finally, for those summer nights out or events, we all need a high coverage foundation right? Well my pick of the bunch has to be Nars Sheer Glow. With it's medium buildable coverage which provides a flawless and dewy (but not the greasy kind) finish, this foundation lasts all day without needing any fixers. It's a heavier coverage foundation, if you know you're going to be getting hot and sweaty, I'd steer clear. It contains no SPF so it's picture perfect ready and the coverage means you'll be end to spend those summer evenings enjoying yourself rather than worrying about your foundation.

What's your favourite foundation(s) for summer?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream

I love my skincare routine and it's pretty much all Clarins, but one item I've really struggled to find "the one" of is an eye cream. I've tried many in the past ranging from high street to high end, and although I can't comment on if any have improved signs of aging, I purely look for an eye cream that can deliver on hydration.

I have some fine lines under my eyes and that's purely down to being dehydrated. I don't drink enough water and I probably don't get the right amount of sleep, hence adding dark circles into the mix. I've previously tried the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream and that really was a wonder product, is was a thick rich cream which sunk into the eye area quickly and left a perfect base for make up. So after perusing the Bobbi Brown website, I decided to pick up the Extra Eye Repair Cream after reading so many rave reviews.

In comparison to the Hydrating Eye Cream, this is a much thicker consistency - think of Sudocrem, it's slightly creamier but that initial application is stiff and hard to blend. I've used this a couple of times before I got hang of the application and I've found it's a product you've got to warm up in your fingers before applying. If not, it drags the skin around the eyes and will no doubt cause you trouble in the long run. The cream is super hydrating, once it's warmed up and massaged around the eye area, it sinks in quickly and really packs a punch with hydration, even with a thicker consistency it works well under concealer and doesn't cause creasing. I have to say I've noticed a change in the fine lines around my eyes and the skin is much smoother and hydrated.

I can't say if I prefer this over the Hydrating Eye Cream as it's a new consistency to get used to (I HATE Sudocrem) and I am always cautious in case this is dragging around my eyes but in terms of moisturising, it does what it claims. I can't say I've found "the one" yet but stay tuned, I could change my mind...

Do you use an eye cream? Which one do you use?

Sunday, 21 June 2015

La Perla In Rosa EDP

Summer is on it's way and with all my Winter fragrances being heavy, I was dying to get my hands on a scent that was fresh, slightly floral with a hint of sweetness to it and that came in the form of La Perla In Rosa*

The elements of La Perla In Rosa reveal chypre harmony opening with elegant fruits of sweet raspberry and crisp pear, spiced by a pinch of pink pepper. In the heart, beautiful flowers of rose, refreshing cyclamen and flirty floral violet, encapsulate femininity. Lasting notes caress the skin with the warmth of patchouli, amber and sandalwood, alluding sensuality.

To me this is very similar to Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb and Thierry Mugler Angel but without that overbearing sweet sickly scent, this is a perfume that sits better after 30 minutes and although it remains a strong scent it really dulls down and any overpowering scent disappears leaving a beautiful rose fragrance. I've found it lasts all day on my clothes but tends to wear off my skin after 6 hours. I have the Eau De Parfum which is heavier than the Eau De Toilette but seeing as summer is hopefully around the corner, the EDT would be perfect as an everyday summer fragrance. Lets also touch on the packaging, it's sleek, the triangle bottle is classic with the pink nude box and lid. It's also travel friendly and has a secure top so it's not rolling around in your handbag open.

Overall this has been a fragrance I've been using daily and I've had many compliments on it, it's not too overbearing but it's a true feminine scent which is perfect for day or night.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Monthly Favourites: May

This month seems to be flying so before you know it, I'll be writing my June favourites. I hope you've all had a great May, mine has been up and down to be honest, but hey, onwards and upwards and onto the beauty bits I loved last month...

Origins Make A Difference+ Moisturiser
This isn't up there with the Clarins HydraQuench, that stuff is golden but I fancied a switch up in my routine and picked this up at my local CCO. Firstly it smells gorgeous, just like all other Origins products and it's a gel-cream texture meaning it glides over the skin and sinks in so quickly. I've found that in the hot weather it's really helped as it's light in weight compared to the Clarins offering and helps keep my skin hydrated without giving off that "sweaty shine".

Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
I bought this when I discovered Kylie Jenner's lips (like everyone else), I tried it then put it in my stash but recently if I've fancied wearing a lipstick I pick this as it's a nude colour so works well with any outfit, but as it's a darker nude it's more eye-catching.

Anastasia Brow Wiz
I love good brows and at the moment, mine are dying for a threading so when I've wanted to fill in any sparse areas, I've picked this. The fine nib means it's easy to pencil in brows subtly and the formula is pigmented and creamy. I especially like the spoolie on the end of this.

Mac Pro-Longwear Concealer
This has been in my favourites at least 2 times before. It's the bomb. Best concealer ever. High coverage, lasts all day. That is all.

Wilko Stippling Brush
A MAC dupe at a fraction of the cost. I use this for powder, base, bronzer, blusher... It literally does every job but I especially like it for bronzer, it picks up the right amount of my Solar Powder. I need another one because this is very well loved but at £4, you can't argue with that. Washed with the Dr Bronner soap, it keeps its shape and has 0 shedding!

What products have you loved throughout May?

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Cracking the Contour

If you'd have asked me last year how to contour, I would of run a mile and hid in a corner. Never having much of a face shape as a child, having chipmunk cheeks (my brother calls me Theodore for Alvin and the Chipmunks) and lacking the skills, contour was an area I avoided until I developed some cheekbones.

Moving on a year or so later with a slimmer face and some cheekbone definition, I first tried the Bourjois Bronzing Primer, which is a cream bronzer very similar to the Chanel Soleil Tan De and used the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to apply it. With a cream it's easier to contour as there's precision in your application but the colour was just far too orange. It's great if you're tanned, come back off holiday and want to accentuate your tan, but if you're Casper like myself, I wouldn't recommend it.

The cream bronzer was a good start into the world of contour and before purchasing the mother of all contours, I thought I'd try my hand at a high street alternative, enter the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit. For anyone new to contour or simply wanting to try before forking out a fortune, this is a great lower end alternative. It contains a cream coloured powder which is more of a highlight although it doesn't have much highlighting properties, two brown shades, one darker than the other but both slightly red toned. I personally have only got use out of the lighter shade and the highlighting powder as the deep bronze colour is too dark for me but it's definitely a product I'd recommend to those wanting to try their hand at chiseled cheeks.

Now, the mother of all contour, the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. A champagne highlighter and a bronze powder together in the most swoon worthy packaging, CT you did good! This product is so versatile, the bronze can be used simply as a contour to emphasise the cheekbones or jaw, used as a bronzer to create a healthy glow and also added to the eyelids to create some definition. The highlighter can be used subtly to create a soft shimmer on tops of the cheeks or built up to a higher intensity for a really striking highlight. Together they create the most perfect contour to my face and teamed with the tapered Powder & Sculpt Brush, I can use it to both apply the contour and highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones with ease in minimal time. Who knew a chipmunk like me could have cheekbones...

Do you contour your face? What products do you use?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Late April Favourites

A monthly favourites, shock horror it's late. I've been terrible on the blogging front recently, I've joined the gym and I go around 3 times a week so by the time I've been to work all week and then the gym, I'm just exhausted. The gym has to be my lifestyle favourite at the moment, being someones who's "bigger" the gym can seem so daunting and I was literally sick with nerves the first day I went but now I'm in a routine, I know a few people who go there and I'm comfortable with the equipment and what I'm doing. I'm eating well, allowing myself some treats on a weekend and back to the gym during the week. I've almost lost a dress size and after seeing a shirt that was too tight, look big on me, I'm more determined than ever to keep going. Anyway, onto the beauty stuff...

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush
I'm usually a bronzer girl but recently with a contour, I've opted for some blusher on my cheeks to give me some colour. This one from Max Factor is very similar to the Hourglass blushers, it has the same finely milled powder and gives off a hint of colour with a bit of sheen to it. It's a lightweight texture and build-able so I can opt for a flush of colour or a deeper intensity.

Burberry Kisses Lipstick Sample
When the Burberry Kisses were doing the rounds on Twitter, I had no idea what was going on, but an invitation was sent to me and I clicked on, and with that I'm so glad I did. This was a brilliant idea from Burberry, giving users a chance to gift a lipstick to their friends over social media and then being able to spread the love yourself. It's a cute little sample which in my opinion is probably one of the best ways to try a product before you part with £25. I picked the shade Nude Pink and every since this luxury miniature popped through my door, it's been on my lips. The lipstick is creamy, pigmented and totally luxurious, just what I look for in a lippy.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light All Day Glow
Lighter than the original Double Wear, slightly lighter than Double Wear Light and with a hint of glow. It's fast become my go to base. This has a light to medium coverage which can be built up depending on what coverage you prefer and the BB properties in it mean it's not as hard to remove as the higher coverage offerings. Hands up who else has struggled to remove the original Double Wear?

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact*
Every year Clarins release a summer bronzer and every year it's even more beautiful than the last. Never having the chance to try one I was delighted when it popped through the letterbox. The 4 shades of bronze can be used separately or swirled together to create a single deep bronze shade. It's a super pigmented, fine powder and a little goes a long way. This is more orange in tone than other bronzers I've tried so I have to be light handed but dusted over bronzed skin, it's gives a beautiful sun kissed glow. Perfect for those upcoming holidays.

What products are you loving lately? What products featured in your April favourites?

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Shopping My Stash #3

I love buying beauty products so naturally, I have quite a lot. There has been loads of times recently where I've bought new make up and not used up my old. So this weekend I made it my mission to raid my stash, find the things that are nearly half gone or neglected and make it a task to get them used up/show them some love.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation | This is one I've abandoned for a long time, since using the Match Perfection and Lasting Perfection foundations I reach for those instead. The Wake Me Up Foundation doesn't provide great coverage and it's very dewy, so I'll be using this most on weekends and good skin days.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer | I can't tell you why I've neglected this because I absolutely love it, the coverage is great and it stays put all day. If I'm honest, I think it's the packaging that ruins this for me because it's difficult to get out product and as you near the end, it gets even harder.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer | A primer, a highlighter... I just don't know. Ever since I got this I've been using it then neglecting it and I just can't seem to figure out if I like it. Yes it's good if you want a glowing base and it's great for adding into matte foundations for a hint of sheen but is it for me? I'm not sure so, what I do know is that it's been sat in my stash for far too long.

Nars Fairy Kiss & And God Created The Woman Eyeshadow Palettes | I love these so much but the truth is I own too many eyeshadow palettes, especially neutrals. The Fairy Kiss palette is my favourite out of the two especially with that beautfiul green shadow which I'm not sure how to wear in an eye look, I think so experimenting may have to be done...

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | I have the palette version of this and that's also neglected. I'm a bronzer girl through and through but seeing as we're now into Spring, I'm trying to soften my make up look and I'll be reaching for this beautiful peachy blush.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base | Very much the same to the L'Oreal Lumi Magique, so I have two of these that do the same thing. I don't like the smell of this but the hint of glow is much more stuble than the L'Oreal offering. I know I've not got much left to use of this so I'll be adding it to my foundations or using it as a highlighter to finish it off.

Do you shop your stash? Any recommendations for new make up purchases? Because once you get rid of the old, you have to bring in some new ;)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Emma Bridgewater Red Letter Day

A while ago I received a Red Letter Day voucher and after going through all the spa days and London tours, I decided on the Emma Bridgewater pottery tour, afternoon tea and decorating class which I thought was right up my street. The Emma Bridgewater potteries are based in Stoke-on-Trent so it was around a 120 mile drive from where I live but it was well worth the trip. To start, we had a tour at 11.30am around the potteries, showing the making of Emma Bridgewater products from start to finish.
The clay is created in a slip and then poured into the moulds and then the excess is tipped out before leaving to dry for around 2 hours. Once the pot is set, it's becomes a lot lighter in colour. Before the items are fired, the pot is rubbed over with sponges and water and edged with a knife to create a seamless finish. Being a fan of the Emma Bridgewater pottery and especially her designs, I was really intrigued to find out that the pottery is actually stamped with sponges which have been cut out with each pattern. For certain patterns like the Rose and Bee, the workers have to follow instructions as to where to sponge the pattern on but for Emma's more iconic design like the Pink Hearts or Polka Dot, they can place the pattern where they like so none of her pottery is identical. Each worker writes their initial on the bottom of each item so they can identify their work. Once the pottery has been painted, it's goes to be glazed. The glaze has a colourant added to it so it's easy to identify that the whole item has been covered. The purple colouring burns off in the kiln. We finished our tour and headed to the quaint little cafe for a delicious afternoon tea all served in the Emma Bridgewater pottery, the scone with clotted cream and jam was my personal favourite.
Later on in the afternoon we had chance to decorate our own item of pottery, I chose a dinner plate and decorated it with a simple heart design (you may have seen this on my instagram @BethBlogsBeauty) to go with the Pink Hearts half pint mug I purchased from the gift shop. The plate will be glazed and fired and then sent to me in the post so I have a keepsake from the day out, which is a lovely touch. I took my mum along with my for this Red Letter Day and we both really enjoyed it, if you're into your homeware or are at all crafty/arty then I highly recommend this trip, it's a great day out.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Body Care By Ameliorate

Ever since I was little, I've had this terrible goose-bumpy texture on the tops of my arms (known as Keratosis Pilaris) which I've not been able to remove, I've tried all the body creams, exfoliators and gloves under the sun and nothing will shift it. As I've got older it's actually got worse and it now is on the tops of my legs, not badly but it's still there and being a girl, I dream of soft, supple and smooth limbs. The only way to improve this I've found so far is sun exposure and obviously living in not-so-sunny England, I don't get that everyday, so when I was approached by a PR company and asked if I'd like to try Ameliorate, a body care range designed for those with Keratosis Pilaris, I jumped at the chance. Could this be the end of my bumpy limbs?
AMELIORATE Skin Smoothing body reviewAMELIORATE Skin Smoothing Body Mitt
I've been using the range since I got it and I have to say I'm really impressed. In the shower I use the Skin Smoothing Shower Cream* to wash my body and then I apply extra to the Skin Smoothing Body Mitt* and exfoliate my arms and my legs. The shower cream is scentless but lathers up enough to properly clean your body. I particularly like the mitt as it's unlike any exfoliating glove I've tried before, the glove is a thin, lightweight material which is abrasive but not too harsh like traditional exfoliating gloves. I work the shower cream into a lather on the mitt and exfoliate my body ready for moisturiser when I get out.

When I have dried off, I apply a 50p size amount of the Skin Smoothing Body Lotion* to the tops of my arms and then around double this for the tops of my legs. Like the shower gel, the lotion is scentless and very gentle on the skin. I've found the lotion to be thick and luxurious, and when I apply this and it's quickly absorbed into the skin leaving my arms soft and hydrated. The real test is how this leaves my body after a long period of time, in the past I've tried moisturisers and they've improved the texture of my skin but haven't left long lasting results. I can say that using the combination of the mitt, shower cream and body lotion I've found the appearance of my skin to be dramatically improved, I'm not cured yet by all means but it the texture is definitely a lot softer and they don't look as bumpy.

Have you got Keratosis Pilaris? What body care do you use? Let me know below :)


Sunday, 19 April 2015

What I Love Lately

I didn't get round to posting my monthly favourites, Easter has been crazy busy in work and I've had so much on that blogging has taken a bit of back seat. Anyway I'm here with a "What I Love Lately" post, in the future if I ever don't find time to write a monthly favourites post I will probably do this instead... Now, lets get to the good stuff...

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
I received this in the Time4Sleep package which I wrote about here, and ever since I got it I've been using it every night. I love the scent of Lavender, especially to help calm me and help sleep. It's a dream and I drift off into a deep and calming sleep, waking up in the morning fresh and well rested.

By Terry Touche Veloutee
I hate myself for buying this. 1) It's expensive. 2) It's so good. If you're after a light weight concealer with a decent amount of coverage without caking then this is "The One". I'm not mad about the packaging because with this you can't see how much product is left but I can overlook that slight problem and appreciate the product inside. I haven't used any other concealer for over a month now and I can't see myself ever doing so, this is my "holy grail" concealer now. Big claim.

Nars Sheer Glow
Now this is the wrong shade for me which I've recently learnt but after purchasing the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and being bitterly disappointed with it, I went back to my trusty sheer glow and it really has to be my favourite foundation. The coverage is brilliant as well as giving a glow, now it's been hotter I do have to powder my face but it lasts all day and my complexion looks flawless. Seeing it's nearly all gone, I'll be repurchasing it in the correct shade.

Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water
I work in air conditioning and during the day my skin gets tight and sometimes my foundation can become quite dry, so a quick spritz of this will add some moisture back into my skin. It's also great for cooling down when you're feeling hot, I've been taking this to the gym with me and use a couple of sprays to calm down my beetroot face. It's pricey for water in a canister but it's one I've been reaching for daily.

Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum
Speaking of dry skin, I've been mixing up my serums and this one in particular is one I've really been enjoying. I take two pumps massaged into my skin morning and evening and after applying there is a visible difference in the appearance of my skin but also the texture. If you're on a budget and wanting a serum to add into your routine, I highly recommend this. I've been choosing this over my Clarins HydraQuench serum and I've seen better results.

I'm back and I'm sorry I've neglected this little space. Tell me what you've been loving and leave your recommendations below, payday is next week girls ;)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A Calmer Night Time

My night time routine isn't anything spectacular, I find that from evening to evening I follow the same simple steps that prepare me for bed but also help get the most out of my skincare. Time4Sleep kindly sent me a sleeping package to help with my night time routine and since using them, I've found my nightly routine to be so much more relaxing...

Step 1: Cleanse
I wash my make up off my face and then either shower or have a bath, I love going to bed feeling super clean, while I'm in the bath I will light a candle and the BeeFayre Candle in Lavender and Geranium* is so relaxing and smells absolutely beautiful.

Step 2: Skincare
I like to load up my skin with oils and serums as well as a rich night time moisturiser, my skin is very dry and dehydrated at the moment but I've found that as well as using my trusty Clarins Double Serum, I've been slathering on this Six Rever Redensifying Night Cream*, a brand I've never heard of but the packaging instantly had me sold - an egg shape just in time for easter, how fitting - but this helps regenerate and repair the skin and in the morning my skin is soft and plump.

Step 3: Relax
This is one step I really struggle with, typically I'm busy at work all day then I come home to sit down and my mind is still whizzing around a 100 miles an hour so learning to relax is quite difficult for me. With the help of the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Talk* duo I've found that a spritz of the spray on my pillow before sleeping and the roller ball applied to my pressure points, the beautiful scent of Lavender just totally relaxes me and makes me calm. I've recently downloaded a Calm app to help clear my head and do some mediation before to relax, then I turn off my phone and read a book, this Dream Dictionary* is so interesting and it's great to find out why I'm dreaming about certain things.

Step 4: Sleep
I slip on the eye mask (isn't it beautiful?) and turn off all lights, settling down to sleep. Since doing these steps on an evening my skin is looking more radiant and calm as well as having a clearer head, suffering throughout the day with tension headaches can leave my head feeling clogged so it's great to wake up on a morning with a relaxed, calm head and ready to face the day.

Hope you enjoyed this post, what are your pre bedtime steps?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Yves Rocher with Mother BBB

Yves Rocher approached me asking if I'd like to try their new Serum Vegetal range targeted for wrinkles and skin firming, I accepted but I thought being 22, how much can someone write about when it comes to wrinkles and firming of the skin? I understand with prevention comes cure but I passed the opportunity to my mother, Sue, who is in her 50's and wanting to reduce visible wrinkles and add some firmness back into the skin.

Sue received the Wrinkles and Firmness Set which included the Plumping Day Care* and Plumping Night Care Serums*. She has been using this every morning and evening after cleansing for around 2 weeks and here's what she thought...

"After using the day and night cream for around 2 weeks, I can say that my skin is definitely well moisturised and my skin feels a lot softer than it did previously. As for any wrinkles, I've not noticed any difference in appearance or reducing the look of wrinkles but personally, I do not feel like I've been using the creams long enough to see an immediate difference. The cream isn't greasy and sinks into the skin quickly, the night cream takes a little longer to sink into the skin but that's because it's a richer consistency. The day cream is a great base for everyday under foundation and makes application of foundation a lot easier. The creams smell lovely but don't have any nasty chemicals in that irritate my skin. I will continue to use the day and night cream to see if there is any difference after continuous use but at the moment I can't see any visible difference."

Bit of a different style post but I really hope you enjoyed reading it from someone else's point of view. Let me know if you've tried any skincare from Yves Rocher and if you have any recommendations for myself or mum.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

By Terry Lovin'

By Terry are a brand I've heard so much about and always wanted to try, so when it came to the Very Exclusive launch, the brand was available on there and me being me, I couldn't just pass them by could I?

I picked up two of the Ombre Blackstars, one in the shade Bronze Moon and the other in Misty Rock. These have been all over Youtube and the bloggersphere and like the magpie I am, I was immediately drawn to the luxury gold packaging and the promise of long wearing eyeshadow. I am not blessed in my eyeshadow abilities, to be honest I'm a bit of a novice and that added to oily eyelids (about the only area of me that is oily), eyeshadow can usually look like one big mess.

Bronze Moon really is a unique shade (pictured below), in certain lights it looks quite brown but in the sunlight it can also look quite metallic giving off a slightly copper toned shadow, I've found this as a great base to build up a darker bronze smokey eye or worn all over the lid and blended out for a wash of colour.

Misty Rock is a pinky purple shade which is unlike anything I've ever owned, the silver shimmer running through it gives the colour an extra dimension almost giving your eyes that wet look and again depending on how you want the look, you can really build up the colour or just apply a light layer for a subtle hint of colour. I've found having blue eyes this shade really compliments my eye colour and it's great to wear a different colour.

Lets just take a moment to appreciate the packaging, it's totally luxury as well as being so handy to drop into your handbag or make up bag if you're wanting to travel. It's highly unlikely you'll need to touch these up as when they've dried they do not budge and stay in place all day. The formula is creamy and pigmented so you'll never have to carry around multiple eyeshadows again.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo

Washing my hair is my least favourite task, it takes so long and lets not even talk about drying. I've had some problems with my scalp and hair at the moment, as well as being blessed with the typically oily hair that I can make last around 2 days, I'm also fighting the battle of having an itchy scalp, do oiliness and an itchy scalp go hand in hand? Probably. I recently picked up the Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo in hope it would cure my hair woes.

Does this work? Well yes it does. I love traditional shampoos that lather up and make me feel like I'm really cleaning my hair and as well as doing this, it cleanses the scalp, removes any dirt and leaves my head feeling soothed which is a big bonus as having an itchy flaky scalp can cause it to be quite irritated. The only downside to this shampoo is that it does leave your hair squeaky clean, I'm not really one to use conditioner because my hair is oily enough but when I use this shampoo I find my ends really need a boost of moisture.

At £22, this is pricey but if you're like me and have exhausted all your options like Head and Shoulders and even some other high end shampoos, then I can't recommend this enough.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Monthly Favourites: February

February was the month I raided my stash and dug out some neglected items and rediscovered my love for them, as well as having a splurge or two on some new beauty items...

Topshop Lipstick in Naturist
A lippy with a hint of brown, hint of nude and a hint of purple... When I saw this on the internet I immediately put it in the Kylie Jenner category and it was in my basket before I knew it, but when I received it I was surprised how much purple was in this lipstick. After continuous wear I have to say I'm really loving it and it's a very unusual shade. I find that I wear this with minimal make up, a light bronze smokey eye and the lipstick finishes the look. With all Topshop lipsticks the quality is brilliant, the range is affordable and they come in a range of finishes.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base
Good skin in a tube, what more can you ask for? As the weather is starting to improve and my skin is looking a little dull, I add this to my foundation and instantly I have a more radiant and glowing complexion. For good skin days I even add this to some tinted moisturiser and prepare my skin for those summer bases that'll be hopefully heading our way soon, fingers crossed!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
The Hourglass palette is a love I've rediscovered and if you read my previous post you'll know how much I love it. Glowing skin that looks airbrushed and foundation that's set without any cakey powder in sight. With 3 powders pretty much covering every aspect from powder, highlight and bronzer, this has been one I've been reaching for daily.

Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
I found my eyelashes to be quite thin lately so to build them back up and add more volume when applying mascara, I've been using this and it doubles the length and volume of my lashes. I can also say it's helped strengthen them as well as helping them grow, this works wonders under the Estee Lauder Double Wear mascara too.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique
I don't know how many times I've written about this, good under eyes in a bottle. A dupe for the YSL touché éclat and my favourite under eye product. If you're on a budget and looking to banish those dark circles, I can't recommend this enough.

What have you been loving during February? Ps sorry it's late, but better late than never :)

Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Best and Worst of Hourglass

The Best
Ambient Lighting Palette
These took the beauty world by storm, creating a flawless complexion with a swipe of some powder and you have glowing skin with a photo perfect finish. My Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette was the first base product I bought from the brand and it quickly cemented my love for them. The palette contains 3 shades, 1 being limited edition and each shade gives a different finish depending on what you're after, I use Radiant Light in summer to give my skin some colour and Dim Light is mostly used for as a finishing powder to fix my foundation in place, and Incandescent Light for a subtle highlight. For £56, it's not cheap but it's certainly worth the money, and seeing as it's no longer limited edition only, you've got time to save those pennies.

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
After having so much love for the powder palette, I couldn't resist the blusher offering. I already have a single blusher in my collection which is well loved and when I saw this set with 3 shades I haven't tried, this was ordered quicker than you can say Space NK. The blushers are a blush and powder hybrid so they have some of the finishing powders mixed in with the colour, so not only do they give a pop of colour but they add a shimmer to the cheeks. Lightweight, long lasting and a gorgeous range of colours, what more do you want?!

Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
A spoolie on one end, a waxy pencil on the other... That's all I ask for in an eyebrow pencil. This is the perfect colour match for my eyebrows, it's long lasting and the angled nib means filling them in is just effortless. I'm super lazy with my eyebrows but I love them filled in so this really kills two birds with one stone. It's a bit hard to work with at first, the nib is much bigger in comparison to the Anastasia Brow Whiz but if you're like me and have big brows, you'll prefer this one.

The Worst
Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Whatever shade you pick this up in, it's a nightmare to apply. The colour is so opaque which means once you've applied it, when you go over certain areas that have worn over time, it just crumbles and looks cakey. The matte finish is very drying as well as the result being a thick crumbly lipstick. Thankfully they have their lipstick version of this meaning I can pick up this gorgeous shade Muse as a traditional lippy.

Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
In my opinion, the most overhyped beauty product I've ever come across without the formula to back it up. In the pan it looks beautiful, the colours and the way it transitions into each other is gorgeous but the formula? It's well pigmented but thats as far as it goes, when I swiped this over my eyelid the fall out was unreal, I found most of it went around my eye instead of on my eyelid. When you use the brush to pick up the product, most ends up falling out of the brush or palette meaning it's very rare you get your desired finish without looking like a panda. Let's also just take a moment to cover the amount of product you get, I've bought a Make Up Revolution eyeshadow palette with more product than that for £6! I really didn't research enough into this and just dived straight in after falling in love with the palette but now £56 lighter, I really wish I had.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Quick Hydration

Cold mornings make my skin so dehyrated. Do any of you ladies ever wake up with tight, dry and rough skin that's in desperate need of a moisture boost? Me too. Well here are 3 wonder products I use to pack in some hydration every morning...

Eyes - Clinique All About Eyes Rich
This eye cream is a dream, I'm currently onto my second tub of this and I can't imagine using anything else. This is thicker in consistency that the original All About Eyes and using a 5p amount rubbed between my ring fingers, I dab this around my eyebrow bone and orbital bone and leave to sink in. I can't say its worked wonders for my fine lines or preventing ageing because I'm only 22 but appearance of dark circles are visibly reduced and my eye area is looking much brighter.

Serum - Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase
The Clarins HydraQuench Serum really is something special, it's clear liquid and when shook it turns into a cloudy oily liquid. I use two pumps to cover my whole face and although it does feel quite oily on application, my skin drinks it up and I've no shine in sight. I apply this every morning under my moisturiser and find that during the day, my skin stays hydrated.

Moisturiser - Clarins HydraQuench Cream
I really could write a whole blog post on why I love this cream, for my it's certainly holy grail and a product I couldn't not have in my stash now. If you have dehydrated skin or even skin that's a little bit dry, pick this up and it will change your life. Every morning I use this and my skin has never looked better. Gone are the days of dry, dull skin and now I've got new skin that's plumped, full of colour and thoroughly packed with moisture. A almond size amount massaged into the skin is enough to pack in a full days worth of hydration and it works as a perfect base under make up. Although it is very moisturising you're not left with the tacky, slippy residue, your skin will drink this up ready for you to apply your make up.

Dry skin girls, go forward and use these products... You can thank me later.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Valentine's with Yves Rocher

Being a single girl, when it rolls round to valentines, I just think of myself. I have a girly date planned with my friends which includes a showing of the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie and then some dinner and no doubt copious amounts of wine. Whether you're single or loved up with your other half on valentines, I always think it's important to make sure you feel good about yourself too... So when a little pre Valentine's Day gift popped through my letterbox, I couldn't want to have a spritz and boast to everyone about how in love I am with my new Quelques Notes d'Amour Eau de Parfum* from Yves Rocher.

Guys if you're reading this and you know you're lovely ladies likes perfume, this might be worth noting down not just for valentines but also for any occasion coming up where you wanna show you're partner some love. And ladies, if you're single, this one is for you.

A sweet but not overly baring fragrance which has a hint of floral undertones and sinks into the skin leaving the most intoxicating scent which lasts all day. The perfume is very fitting for valentines and they have created a fragrance for "a woman in love is swept up her feet, overcome with emotions and desires that only love is capable of inspiring..." Fitting huh? The packaging of this is cute, compact and wrapped up your partner would never know its perfume!

Whether you're single or loved up, I hope you all have a wonderful day and let me know what you're up to below. Happy Valentines, Love Beth x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Brushes by Wilko?

When I was in my local Wilkinsons picking up the essential toiletries, I spotted their offering to make up brushes. Now this isn't the first time I've seen them, I simply walked past last time abandoning the idea of them and assuming because they're cheap they'll be rubbish but they've recently released a premium make up brush collection which is in a very similar style to Real Techniques, with a black and gold finish and the super soft bristles. On this particular visit, I made a beeline for the brushes and picked up three from the collection, which was the Stippling Brush (£4), the Smokey Eye Duo Brush (£3) and the Eyeshadow Smudger (£3).

Firstly lets touch on the Stippling Brush. The packaging of this states is mainly for liquid foundation use to blend into the skin to crease a seamless finish but after being so desperate for a decent powder brush, I've opted to use it for that instead. The duo fibre bristles mean the brush doesn't pick up a huge amount of product and I can dust the powder over my face to get the right amount of coverage. The bristles are soft and slide over the skin effortlessly. I've noticed the odd hair fall out but nothing major like cheap make up brushes. My Louise Young brush sheds like crazy and that was 5 times the price so in terms of it's quality, it knocks the socks of Louise Young.

Now onto my two favourite brushes... I am an eyeshadow novice and I think anyone who knows me knows I just avoid it so when I used these the other day to create a pink smokey eye, I was really impressed. I used the Eyeshadow Smudger to pick up my base colour and cover my lid with the eyeshadow, this brush is quite dense to be used as a standard eyeshadow brush but the slightly rounded tip means it's super easy to get into the socket and blend out the eyeshadow. Then I used the Smokey Eye Duo Brush to add a darker shade of pink and blend out as well as lining my lash line with a black eyeshadow using the liner end of the brush. The brushes are super soft and dense, they really pick up a lot of product and the quality would compare well against a Mac eyeshadow brush.

Overall I'm so impressed with these make up brushes! I've been dying to try the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection but I have to say these have reduced my urge to try them and their quality compares almost exactly to the original Real Techniques brushes and for such a reasonable price and fantastic quality, I'll be picking up more!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Bumble & Bumble Disappointment

When I purchased one of Bumble & Bumble's best selling products, I expected great things. I wanted the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer to make my hair soft, shiny and reverse any damage those pesky straighteners and hair dryers caused. This spray says it protects against UV damage and breakage, helps reduce frizz and tame flyaways. Can I say it does that? Well I just don't know.

I use this every time I wash my hair, spraying it all over from root to tip before blow drying, the spray is a white liquid in the bottle which is really light weight and doesn't make your hair crusty (you know what I mean girls, like hairspray). After blow drying, my hair looks sleek, soft and shiny but it's still frizzy and I've still got a lot of damage. I've watched the condition of my hair before and after using this for around a month and I really can't see any difference. That aside, the day after I've washed my hair and used this, it's just so greasy! The low down on my hair is that it's fairly oily, I can last around 3 days without any product before it needs washing but after I use this, it makes my roots so oily and by the second day my hair is begging to be washed. It's quite a costly product retailing for £19 in Boots and various Bumble & Bumble stockists, and I'm just so disappointed. I've noticed no difference and it's a lot of money to pay for something to aid oiliness. Sorry Bumble & Bumble, this time you've just not done it for me.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

My Go-to Night Time Moisturiser

Getting to the grand age of 22, it's about time I started thinking about anti ageing. Now I'm not talking about Botox, stupid facials and paying the odds for some serum that claims to give you a new face, I'm simply talking about putting a few steps into place to start the anti ageing process, and my first step is an evening moisturiser.

I picked up the Clarins Multi Active Night Youth Recovery Cream after reading its description online, it's described as 8 hours sleep in a jar, helps retain radiance and improves skin elasticity as well as being tailored to your skin type. I picked up the normal to dry cream so as well as promising all those skin benefits, it also improves skin dehydration.

How do I rate this? Well with every Clarins product I've tried so far I'm really impressed. As for the anti ageing effect I can't say it's really made a difference, we'll see when I'm 40 but it's a great place to start. I've found the cream really balances out any dehydration and it really packs it's punch during my sleep so the next morning I wake up to smooth, supple skin that feels plumper and well hydrated. The cream is thick in consistency and I find I only need about a 50p size amount to cover my face and neck and although it's thick, it sinks into the skin completely within minutes.

If you're like me and want to combat the first signs of ageing as well as adding some hydration on an evening, pick up this gem from Clarins and you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Falling Out of Love with Blogging

As I sit here, I have around 5 posts in my head I want to post, but the words do not come. I've taken a break from my blog many times but always returned to blogging after I've missed it, but this time it's been different. I lost my grandfather in early December and it's the first family death I've had to experience, it's been the hardest time for myself and my family and because of this, blogging really has taken a back seat. My life will always come before this blog because at the end of the day, this little space of mine I've created really is just a hobby to me.

Lately I've missed blogging, I've craved blogging. Taking as many photos as I can and trying to draft up new posts but as of late, the photos end up half edited and the posts only written and never finished. The thought of physically sitting down writing down a beauty review makes my insides ache and I dread it. I feel like I'm a tiny fish in a huge pond, the blogging world has so much talent, amazing writers and photographers which I constantly compare myself to and beat myself up about the content I provide. I purchased a lovely new blog design hoping to seek some motivation to create new content, I upgraded my camera last year to produce better photographs and I got myself a Macbook Pro so I have the ease of blogging whenever I want without fighting for the family laptop. As a result of all this, I've fallen out of love with my blog. The words I write never seem any good, the photos always seem too blurry. I am my biggest critic, I am constantly comparing, always trying to improve and reach a certain standard. This seems a bit too much pressure for someone who only has around 760 followers. My blog is not about the followers, my passion is beauty writing but the pressure of having to think of new content as well as feeling guilty for neglecting my blog really makes my head hurt.

I'm not saying I'm giving up my blog or I'm not posting in the future but my posts will be few and far between until I fall back in love with my blog. I'll be going back to basics, blogging about what I love and creating content I want to read. The blogging community is brilliant and it's full of lovely girls and that's my favourite part about this, I've met some lovely people who have such a strong mutual interest and that would be a horrible thing to give up. I also want to venture into new areas of blogging, my love for beauty is still strong but I admire lifestyle bloggers and those who document their restaurant trips, holidays as well as their beautiful photos which is another aspect I'm wanting to improve on, photography can be so beautiful and it really inspires me.

Stay tuned with Beth Blogs Beauty in 2015, I'm hoping for a bigger and better year with more positivity and I'm hoping to be out of this rut soon. To all you followers new and old, thanks for sticking by me xxx
© Beth Blogs Beauty | All rights reserved.
Blog Design Handcrafted by pipdig