Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mid-week beauty favourite - L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara.

 
 Every week I seem to have a product that I pick up constantly, so I thought I would start a new feature on my blog: Mid-week Beauty Favourite. This week's favourite is the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara.
A mascara raved about by many, but is it really worth the hype it is given? Yes, yes, and yes is my answer. I love this mascara.
It has a wand with comb-like bristles which are just perfect for applying mascara to your lashes. It means no more clumping, and the false lash formula ensures you can add volume to your lashes. The result is defined, voluminous lashes that really are noticeable.
 
But does the effect last? Another yes from this mascara - I can go from 8am in the morning, and come 6pm in the evening they still look as good as new. They're isn't even signs of smudging. I do tend to add an extra coat if I'm going out for the evening, but this is only to increase the volume intensity, not because it is needed.
 
This is definitely a mascara I recommend, and one I will be repurchasing after I've worked my way through my mass collection of mascaras.
Have you tried this mascara yet? What is your personal favourite mascara?
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

The wedding.

 
Pizza oven!!
 
Leading on from my last post of a what's on my face wedding edition, here are the pictures from the day. 

The wedding started off in a lovely church that was very decorative, with the reception held at an enormous country house 45 minutes away. I couldn't believe how big it was, but I think my favourite part of the house besides the lush beds had to be the pizza oven hidden at the back of the garden. The pizza's were amazing and I could easily have eaten 10. There was also a hammock hidden amongst the garden which we discovered the morning after, hence the no pictures.

This was my first wedding I have attended and I really enjoyed it. Have you been to many weddings? What part do you enjoy the most?
 
 
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

What's on my face? WOMF #3 - wedding makeup.

 
So, the reason I've been slow with my posts for a week was because I attended a wedding, the first wedding I've ever been to I'd like to add haha. I thought I'd share with you the makeup I went for on the actual day.
 
I started my applying my trusty No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer primer to ensure everything lasted all day. I then opted for the Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation as my base, a foundation with no SPF. I then went in with my Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer; I used this on my under-eyes, nose area and chin. I also used a bit of The Body Shop Lightening Touch on top under my eyes to brighten up the area. To set my base all in place I went in with the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot (yes, I somehow forgot to photograph this product, oops). 

To create my perfect eyebrows I have been a bit addicted to the Benefit Brow Zings lately so this was my obvious choice, followed by the Collection Color Lash Mascara in clear to set everything in place.
 
For my eyes I went for the Urban Decay Primer potion to prime my lids, and ensure the eyeshadow lasted all day and night. I went for my two new Collection Eyeshadow Pencils in the shades Vintage Blush and Hot Chocolate. I used vintage blush as my main lid colour, and hot chocolate in the crease and along the lash line. I then blended them together.

To contour I used the NARS Laguna Bronzer under my cheek bones, in the three-shape and along the sides of my nose. I also used the NARS Orgasm Blusher to add some colour to my cheeks. Lastly, I popped a bit of NARS Devotee Highlighter on the tops of my cheeks, middle of my nose, and bottom of my forehead.

To finish off the look I used two lip products; the L'Oreal Infallible lips in shade Timeless Rose, and the Maybelline Color Elixir in Blush Essence. I used the L'Oreal to create a lasting colour, and topped it with the Maybelline to create a more glossy finish.

And, that was my final makeup look for the wedding. Have you tried any of these products? What would your makeup be when attending a wedding?
 
 
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

My first giveaway... 150 bloglovin followers!

 
I think this has been the longest I've taken to publish another post but I still seem to be getting traffic to my blog so thank you. I am still alive, just been a tad busy but have some great ideas ready to resume my regular posting. 

I have also recently reached a milestone of 150 followers on bloglovin! I can't quite believe that many people want to read about my thoughts and opinions so as a thank you to you I thought I would run my first giveaway. The product up for grabs is two of the Maybelline Color Elixirs in the shades Blush Essence and Petal Blush. I will be reviewing these over the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out.

Unfortunately the giveaway is only available to UK followers. Their are two mandatory entries, and some optional ones. It is a rafflecopter giveaway and will be running for the period of one month. Other than that, happy entering.


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Friday, 29 August 2014

Boots and Superdrug Haul.

 
 So after behaving all month and not really purchasing anything I randomly received an extra £30, and what better way to spend it than treat myself... or that's what I'm telling myself anyway.
 
 
First up I decided I would make the most of the Soap & Glory 342 offer going on. I picked up two of my all time favourites; the Clean, Girls Body Wash and Flake Away. 
 
I love the scent of this particular body wash, I think it has to be my favourite from Soap & Glory - it is scented with their famous Mist You Madly's. I also find this particular body wash leaves my skin fairly moisturised after showering, before I've even applied any moisturiser. As to Flake Away this is a body scrub that is just so effective at getting rid of any dead skin cells, and is always a savior if my eczema decides to play up. It is a salt-based scrub, and the one I always go back to.
 
The last Soap & Glory product I picked up was their The Daily Soothe Bath Float in the same scent as the body wash. I have never used this before, but I can see this being a favourite quite quickly.
 
 
 Next on my little haul I decided to pick up the MUA Hall of Fame eyeshadow palette. Weirdly I have never purchased one of MUA's palettes, so I thought it was about time when I spotted this one. It includes 12 of the most popular shades featured across all of MUA's palettes. I love the look of the shades and can't wait to get trying them, especially Rose Ash, the first shade in the top row.
 
I also decided to pick up a couple of Collection's eyeshadow pencils after wanting a pinky coloured eyeshadow pencil for a while now, and seeing them featured by quite a few bloggers. From simply swatching these I have already discovered how long lasting they are. They didn't seem to disappear, and stayed on my hand for a good 7-8 hours before I removed them with makeup remover. I picked up the shades Vintage Blush and Hot Chocolate.
 
 
 
Okay, this is a naughty one... I have been trying to work my way through some of my current bases before I was allowed to purchase another foundation. Oops, however to be fair I have used up one and I had a £2 off voucher with my Boots card. 
 
This is the Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation - I picked this up due to the word "luminizer." I'm always looking for products that brighten up my face so this sounds perfect. I love the swirly design, and remember loving a Max Foundation years a go. I can't wait to give it ago.
 
Next up are my final two products; two I don't know about you but I feel like I have been waiting forever for them to hit the UK: the Maybelline Color Elixir's. They are described as being non-sticky lipglosses with a stronger colour than you're average lipgloss. I believe they are also supposed to be longer lasting. I found them on 2 for £10 in Superdrug so of course I picked up two. The colours I went for are Petal Blush and Blush Essence. So far, I am really enjoying them but I am sure I will be writing a review shortly.
 
From L-R: Collection eyeshadow pencil in Hot Chocolate, Collection eyeshadow pencil in Vintage Blush, Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Blush and Maybelline Color Elixir in Blush Essence
 
So this is my haul of the month, what do you think? Have you tried any of these products I've picked up?
 
 
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Bleach London hair crayon review.

 
Bleach London's hair crayon is a form of hair chalk designed to add a bit of colour to the hair in one quick easy step. The colour is semi-permanent, and one which washes out. All you have to do is simply colour your hair in!

I found the process so easy to do, even if it's not perfectly straight it isn't really noticeable. I loved how easy this was to apply, but I did find I needed to sharpen the pencil a fair few times to cover the amount of hair I wanted.

As to the colour I purchased the shade 'bruised violet' and found it to be a vibrant fuschia-purple. When it is first applied the colour is intense, and sets instantly. I didn't happen to have hairspray on me at the time but the colour stuck to my hair with ease. It also didn't stain any of my clothes or bed sheets, so defintely a winner there.

The picture below shows my initial result from using the hair crayon; please excuse the photography (I didn't have my camera to hand, so used my iPhone front camera for this one).


As to lasting time, the colour doesn't fade until you wash your hair. After one wash I found the colour to stay but fade into a pale pinky colour. I actually quite liked the effect it left. After washing a second time, the colour was completely gone leaving me with my natural hair colour.

So, what do I think? I love how quick and easy these Bleach London hair crayons are to use, but wasn't so impressed with how quick the pencil weared down and needed sharpening again. I would definitely consider picking up a few more colours though, they are only £4.00 after all.

Have you tried any hair chalks before? How did you find them?
 
 
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bank holiday happenings.

Cheesy garlic bread.
The best spaghetti meatballs I've ever tasted.
Turtle Bay cocktails, Southampton.
The two beauty purchases.
  Seen as a lot of change is happening in my life currently, I have decided to start adding a few more lifestyle posts, rather than the random one every now and then. Rest ashore, it is still going to remain mainly a beauty blog, just with a bit extra on occasion.
 
These photos are from my bank holiday weekend and I just had to share the amazing restaurant we visited in celebration of my new job.
 
La Tavernetta is an Italian restaurant, and my god was the food amazing. This was our first visit so we didn't know what to expect. I went for a cheesy garlic bread, but how amazing does it look for simply garlic bread? We also weirdly went for the same main meal; Spaghetti and Meatballs. It was lush, and massive ... if you're ever in Southampton it is definitely worth checking out.
 
After we headed to Turtle Bay for their 241 cocktails. I had two Passion Rum Punchs, and my boyfriend had two Beachcomber Zombies (which contains Absinthe).
 
I also needed a new toner so picked up the M&S instant radiance skin tonic after reading an amazing review. Spontaneously I picked up one of Bleach London's hair crayons in the shade Bruised Violet. I'll be reviewing the crayon for you all on Thursday.
 
What did you get up to this bank holiday weekend? What do you think of hair chalk/crayons?
 
 
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