Monday, 18 August 2014

The £3 Beauty Blender?!

So I was browsing my local Wilkinson's in the beauty aisle as per usual.  I was admiring the new brushes they have on display when I came across this little white sponge, reminiscent of the £20 Official Beauty Blender everyone raves about.  

You can probably imagine I was a tad surprised when I actually found it was pretty decent considering the £3 price tag.  You dampen the sponge as you would a normal Beauty Blender and apply it in dabbing motions to buff it into the skin.  My foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix in Light Vanilla) went on beautifully.  Each time I've used it I do see how well my foundation goes on and looks flawless.  I'm eager to try it with some other foundations to see if it has the same finish (stay tuned!).  It does that have annoying stained look after you use it though.  I have tried to wash it but alas, it's stained.  But still, £3 and does the trick! 

So, if you are on a serious budget like me, and don't have loads to spend on a sponge, then I really do recommend this as a dupe for the Beauty Blender. It does smell a bit weird at first, and if you're used to a brush you may find it a bit strange using it.  But after a while and you've mastered the technique, flawless, even foundation is all yours.  Did I mention it blends concealor out like a dream too?  

I'll leave you with this short, but sweet post.  Recently moved and have no internet so writing posts whenever I can in Costa with tea for company. 

Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Drug Store Skin Care Favourites!


1. Nivea Daily Essentials Two in One Cleanser and Toner- £1.79 Boots  
2. The Body Shop Sumptious Camomile Cleansing Butter- £12.00 The Body Shop
3. Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Oil-Free Daily Scrub- £3.99 Boots
4. Simple Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask- £3.99 Boots 
5. Skin Therapy Eye Makeup Remover- £2.00 Wilkinsons 
6. Skin Therapy Tea Tree Oil Spot Treatment- £2.00 Wilkinsons
7. E45 Dermatological Dry Skin Cream- £3.39 Superdrug
8. Vaseline- £2.29 Superdrug 
9. Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream- £1.24 Superdrug
10. Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser- £2.66 Superdrug 

Thanks for reading! xxx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

I am a Beauty Sinner!

Extremely late to this tag, but hey-ho, it's a bit of fun!  

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive? 
For my inexpensive I would have to say... my MUA lipsticks.. they are £1 and are actually really good considering how cheap they are! Now, expensive, oh gosh, I don't do expensive... but I would have to my Body Shop single eye shadow and palettes.  I got these for free (my aunt works at head office, so I'm always getting bits for nothing, swiissh).  I actually do really love them though! I do all my eye make up looks with Body Shop eye shadows and they are beautiful. Oh they blend like a dream! 

2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? 
Hmmm, I would have to say lipglosses!  Some of them are so sticky and gloopy, I find myself reaching for a make up wipe within 20 seconds to rid myself of it.  I have a Model Co lip whatever in Strip Tease (freebie in a mag, luckily) and uuuugggh! What is going on? I just can't even describe it, feels like you've smeared honey all over your lips.  The colour is the most amazing nude and I do really like it, I just cannot deal with the stickiness. But still I will try to make them work for the sake of glossy lips, but I'm afraid lipsticks and tinted balms win this one.  

3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products? 
I always have to remind myself not to eat the Nivea Vanilla and Macadamia Lip Butter because once that goes on my lips, oooh my, it's like smelling a cupcake... and being told you can't eat it.  Evil. 

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness? 
If I'm seriously rushed for time, I ditch the foundation and the eye liner all together and go super natural.  Some days only call for a bit of concealer and mascara.  Oh and brows, cos you know, the joys of being naturally uber blonde.

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
Only one?  Cos I would have to say concealer, brows and mascara.  Still can only have one?  Brows then!  I can't not have my brows done.  I am currently using a Beauty UK Brow Kit in medium, giving it a go and I really like it!  It was only about the £3 mark.  Perfect! 

6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex? 
Strange, but I dig forearms.  Especially with a good tattoo there.  Hmmm. Ok, slightly weird, but you really cannot beat a good smile, can you ladies?

7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?
I'd seriously be happy with anything! I'm really not fussy and love trying out new things and comparing them to what I already have (just in case a trip to the shops is required!) Maybe more eye shadow.. ok, ok, I have enough to fill a make up counter, but, please can I have some more? Or actually some proper body paints; I keep seeing MadeULook's videos on Youtube and being so inspired, then remembering I have none of the materials and no money to buy them *tear*.

I'd love to see anyone else's tag of this! 

Thanks for reading! xxx

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Poundland Makeup Gems Part 1

With my purse strings getting just that little bit tighter, I have decided to branch out and finally see if the make up I can get at Poundland is worth it.

Ok so I wasn't actually looking to buy anything when I went into the store.  I was looking around the "beauty section" to see what I could find, if anything.  To my absolute surprise, I found a few Rimmel things.  Some of them I guessed had to be a line that had come out a few years ago, there was nail varnish, eye liners, blushes, lip products.  There was a lot of Chit Chat stuff mixed in with the Rimmel stuff, which I wasn't too sure about, so left it.  

What I did find, however, was pretty amazing.  I found a Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic (clever, Rimmel, clever), a Rimmel blush in Bronze, and some Allura false lashes.

Firstly, you can just imagine how excited and frantic (yes frantic) over the Apocalips... they are brand new out, with a RRP of £5.99 and I got mine for £1.  I have this on my lips today. It is one of the most beautiful colours I have ever seen.  Not to mention the formula is top notch.  And the pigmentation.  OK, it's all good.  It glides onto the lips like a dream and stays put.  I have had a couple of "face touching too much" incidents and smeared it all over my face.  I found although, it is a lip lacquer, it also works really well as a tint by applying a small amount of colour and blotting with a tissue.  The colour pay off is still amazing, and I don't get it all over my face- bonus!  

The blush, I also have on today, it went on nicely, and gave my skin a subtle bronzed glow.  Perfect for my natural make up days when I need a boost.

The lashes, I have yet to try, I don't have my Duo lash glue on me.  I generally buy cheaper sets of lashes for looks for my instagram/portfolio.  I never keep them on for more than 10 minutes. I'm not really fussed with lashes if they are just for messing about with.  I like the look of them, a sort of criss-cross, fanned out shape.  And you get two pairs in the little box, sweet!

As I dropped these goodies into the basket, my mother turned to me and said those horrific 6 words no make up looney wants to hear... "Don't you have enough make up?"

Nope, is the short answer that!

So, don't be afraid of Poundland make up, some of it is surplus stock and in good quality.  They all come in little bags with the ingredients list on them.  I have seen a few articles, A Thrifty Mrs has a good blog post about her Poundland make up finds here, which is actually really interesting.  I'm jealous of the goodies she found, and I am on the hunt for more.  I will scour all the bargain stores for any more and let you know what I find.

I am quite excited if I'm honest.  Being a bargain hunter and looking after the pennies never hurts, does it?

Thanks for reading! xxx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

All About Self Love, Confidence, Acceptance and Being Yourself

Can we just talk about this picture for a sec?  Because there is just so much truth in it.  Body bashing is something we need to have a nice sit down and a cuppa tea and chat about. I go on a few social media sites and see a lot of this going on.  I've experienced it in real life myself.  I've been called fat by a few people in the past.  I've gotten depressed about it and desperately tried to changed myself- for them.  Wait, what?! Change myself to make someone ELSE happy? That doesn't make sense now does it? I'm not perfect, but who is?

I have taken a lot of time and thinking to come to the conclusion, that my body may not be perfect the way it is right now, and yes I could change it, but I'm embracing it.  I have an addictive/obsessive personality and when it comes to health and fitness I tend to go way overboard.  I'm talking calorie counting everything, exercising 4 times a week for at least 2-3 hours at a time and spending every waking moment obsessively researching about it.  That in itself is not healthy.  It is not sustainable in the long term as I was absolutely shattered after a 10 hour day at work then nearly killing myself at the gym. I don't go to the gym any more as I can't afford it, boo.

What I'm trying to get at, is that do not let idiots tell you how YOUR body should be or look like.  It's yours. If anyone tries to tell you you're too fat or too skinny, tell them to jog right on.  No one is perfect and someone pointing out your flaws is just an excuse to cover up theirs.  When my ex used to point out my weight issue, I just used to think to myself "we'll you're no prized pig yourself!".

I really want to encourage anyone who is having some self esteem issues to look at themselves in the mirror.  Point out what you like first.  Even if it is something small like "I have really great fingernails" or "My legs look great in these jeans".  Then work on the things you don't like and end it with a positive, for example "My stomach isn't flat but it looks amazing in this top". Slowly change your way of thinking.  It isn't easy but do it everyday and you will start feeling a heck of a lot better about yourself.  Also, always a great idea to make sure you're not surrounded by "putdowners" (people who put others down).  I cut all the people in my life who made me feel negative about myself and embraced those who made me feel good.

Also dress for your body shape.  Accentuate your best bits.  Legs your best bit?  Skinny jeans, skirts, anything that shows them off to the rest of the world! Even if you cannot think of a single thing that you like, hold your head up high and work what you got. Confidence comes with time and age.  It's hard to be confident when you don't feel like it.  Some say "fake it until you make it", which could work but I wouldn't know how to act confident as I don't have a GCSE in Drama.  Once you change your negative thinking into positive and surround yourself with loving people, it'll happen.

Also, I get a lot of people stereotyping me because  I have a few (OK, a lot) of piercings.  I find that the older generation tend to treat me differently.  Like I'm some sort of thug.  Far from it.  The main thing I hate is "Ughh why did you do that to your face?!"  Well, complete stranger, hate to tell you, but I did it for myself, because I liked it.  Sorry I didn't come by to make sure it was OK with you first!  A few of my friends with tattoos etc, also get this a lot.  I don't understand the need to point out something on someone else saying how you don't like it.  If you don't like it, fine, don't be rude to someone who does. They love it, obviously, otherwise they wouldn't have it.  

People modify themselves differently, whether it is dressing a certain way, piercings, tattoos, makeup.  Being an  individual should be embraced.  I remember at school someone telling me I'd "look soooo much better with blonde highlights".  Again, no, it's not OK to tell someone how they should look to please you.  Giving friendly advice is nice, but this was a bit of a dig. Let me tell you something, you don't have to please anyone with how you look.  Dress for you.  Wear what you want, and do what you want with your body (except you know, completely wrecking it).  Some people don't like my stretched ears, good for them.  Some people don't like the pink in my fringe, again, I did it for me.  Doing things for yourself is the best thing ever.  Doing something different to make you feel good is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Even once you have achieved optimum self-loving, there will be bad days.  Everyone has bad days.  It doesn't mean that you have failed, it just means that you need to step back and breathe.  Some days your favourite shirt won't fit right and your nail may break, but for every bad day you have, you'll have a thousand more good days.

Individuality and self acceptance is dying ever so slowly out.  Everyone is so negative towards each other and it really makes me sad.  Once people learn to love themselves for who they are, they can learn to love others for who they are.  There is nothing worse than sly digs, bitching and outright publicly hating about someone because they aren't how you want them to look or dress.  

I would love to know any thoughts about this post.... 

This post was inspired by two lovely people- Nicole Greenleaf  (watch her Confidence and Bullying video here) and Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust , who both speak about body bashing, confidence and self acceptance.  I think these two people really helped me and inspire me to be a better person, whether it is to embrace what I got or embrace others.  

Thanks for reading xxx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Bond Girl

To me, this look reminds me of a Bond Girl. Sultry, smokey and classic, that's what I think of when I think "Bond Girl". 

I really do love this look. Smokey eyes with a red lip compliments each other so well. I kept the inner corner of the eye light so the eyes don't look drowned out in black and grey. Great if you have smaller eyes to keep the inner lid clean and deepen the crease.

How I achieved this look:  

I patted a pale pink eyeshadow on my lid and up to my brow. I then carved in my crease with a fluffy blending brush.

I kept adding colour with this brush so I could control the amount of shadow going onto my lid.

I used a larger blending brush with my pale sand colour highlight shade on to blend it to my brow bone. Do not go higher than your natural crease! This can make the eyes look heavy, sleepy and eck!

I filled in my brows slightly darker than usual using a medium brown brow powder. This helps balance out the darkness of the shadow on your face. 

Add some fluttery lashes, mascara and black gel liner to blend in the lash band and the eyes are complete! 

I kept the lip line clean and sharp with precise application using a small lip brush. 

I used a dark red lip stick in the outer corners of the lip and blended a bright red into the middle. This gives the lips a "3D" effect and some depth. 

I kept my skin pale using my normal foundation/concealor routine and very little contouring.

I didn't want to take away from the lips and the eyes by making the cheeks busy with colour. 

I finished by curling my hair in every different directions with my SHE Hair Straighteners. With my shoulder length hair, these are perfect for creating curls and they hold! 
(Wanna know a secret? SHE hair is actually GHD... Same company, same quality, half the price. You can bet I was pleased as punch with that bargain.)

I set the style with a bit of firm holding hairspray. 

And voila! Done! 

This look is more for an evening, not quite daytime office appropriate (who has time in the mornings anyway?!) but you could totally rock this on a Friday night at a party.  The best part it is that it's super simple to do and only uses a handful of products to create! 

Hope you enjoyed this post! 

Thanks for reading! Xxx

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

5 Ways to Beat Hay Fever

Hay fever is rife this time of year and most people suffer terribly with it. From streaming eyes, itchy eyes, runny nose, dry throat, hay fever is miserable.

Here are some ways to beat the pollen and stay happy and healthy this summer.

1. Shower in the morning and night: Wash all the pollen out of your hair and face for less suffering during the day and at night.

2.  Dry clothes inside on high pollen days: When hung outside, pollen can get trapped inside the fabric, causing you more discomfort.

3. Eye drops: Itchy eye drops or dry eye drops will help you not want to scratch your eyeballs out. Potters
AllerClear Eye Drops (£2.99 Boots) helps relieve irritation from dust, pollen and air pollution.  Also safe for contact lens wearers, which is an added bonus. Also, avoid eye make up if it is really bad.  Panda eyes are not a good look.

4.  Allergy Medicines:  Over the counter hay fever tablets can work well enough, but if you still suffer after taking a one-a-day tablet, then ask your pharmacist or doctor to see what they can recommend for you. They may also be able to check which type of pollen affects you and help you from there.

5. Sunglasses:  A good pair of big sunnies will help protect your eyes when the pollen count is high.  

I hope these little tips will help if you've been suffering for a long time! 

Thanks for reading! xxx
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