Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hair Inspiration: 6 Ombre Looks

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love ombre hair and I've wanted it for the longest time. I've been way too afraid because of the damage it would do to my hair though! I have bleached my hair twice before but it was only small parts (let's not talk about the blonde streaks I had when i was 14) and I didn't really notice much damage to it but that was only small parts and I didn't bleach it that many times. It also wasn't exactly blonde any of those times, but more of an orange. So ombre has scared me! But there are so many celebrities I see with it and every time I see pictures of them I'm filled with a need to ombre my own hair.

Two of my favourites and Kylie Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens. They show that ombre hair can look good whatever your length. Kylie's looks so good and I am forever envious of her hair, makeup, clothing, life, everything! The volume and texture of her hair always looks perfect. She's cut her hair even shorter lately and has dyed those blonde tips a greeny-blue colour, something I've been wanting to try too but perhaps with purple or pink. Vanessa Hudgens is the person I'd go into the salon and say 'do this to my hair, please'. I doubt it would turn out that way, but I can hope! I like how high up it starts and how light it is. I think I'd have to invest in a silver shampoo if I wanted to replicate this look. The picture is from Coachella, where she always seems to look amazing, and ever since I saw it I've wanted her hair.

Lea Michelle and Drew Barrymore both pull it off amazingly as well. Lea always seems to have amazing shine to her hair and has more glamorous locks and she's opted for a more subtle look. I think that the subtle look is amazing as well and is perfect if you're looking for something more natural. Drew's are quite different since her hair is much lighter at the bottom. The messiness of her hair looks like she's fresh out of the ocean which I adore and she pulls it off so well.

Hilary Duff and Ashlee Simpson have also had ombre hair in the past. I love Hilary's look because it's a really gradual and natural change, similar to Lea's, except hers looks a little less orangey which I think is why I prefer it. Plus, her curls are a lot less uniform than lea's which I like more. I chose Ashlee's because of her very dark roots and light tips. I feel like if I decided to ombre my hair it would end up looking more like hers than Vanessa's just because I'd be too afraid to bleach it 83 times.

So which look do you like best? And do you have any tips for bleaching / ombreing (that's definitely not a word) hair? Is it a bad idea on very dark brown hair?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NOTD: Ciate Caviar Manicure

Hey guys! With exams coming up, I've had to spend time revising. Or, more likely, procrastinating. So I decided to try Ciate's Caviar Pearls in 'Frost Yourself'. Also on the topic of exams, if you follow me on twitter, you'll know that I'm looking for some people to guest post on my blog. I may not have the time in the months of May and June to post as much but I'd like my blog to remain active. So if you'd like to help me out and get your blog noticed by a few more people, drop me an email and I'll get back to you!

I got these two colours in the advent calendar they had out at Christmas which is still available on Fragrance Direct, but you can also buy other Caviar sets on the Ciate website. You may or may not know that I am a lover of Ciate nail polishes. They do some amazing shades and the nail polishes dry reasonably quickly and don't tend to chip that easily. Plus, they have a load of really cool sets like the velvet manicure and corrupted neon set. 

I chose to wear this blue colour originally because I thought it was quite Spring appropriate but since I was bored, I decided to try out the Caviar Pearls as well. I was surprised at them since I thought after one use half the pot would be gone but there are actually a lot more pearls in that pot than you might think. And they also move a lot further and faster than you might think. I'd say there are more of them on my carpet than on my nails. So definitely have something underneath your hand because you have to tip it onto your nail and obviously a lot don't go onto your nail. you then tip the remainder off the paper and into the funnel to make it easier for you to get them back in the pot. Maybe make some kind of walls around your paper to stop them from flying everywhere out of books or something because I'm telling you, they literally go everywhere. I also didn't read the instructions for how you're supposed to use these, so I'm just guessing that you should apply a topcoat, which i did. I used a Ciate topcoat, unsurprisingly.

So I really like how these look and I think it makes what was just a normal colour into something really interesting and that isn't often seen on people's nails. I'm not actually going anywhere so nobody is going to see all the effort I went to, but who cares? I can stare at my nails constantly now and be happy.

End of Ciate appreciation post. Sometimes I feel like it sounds like they sponsor me or something, I talk about them so much. They don't, promise. Let me know your opinions of the Caviar Pearls! Also remember to drop me an email if you're interested in guest posting on my blog during May / June!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Four Favourite Eyeliners

I've tried a fair few eyeliners in my time in an attempt to find the perfect one for effortless application and a great finish that never rubs off. I don't think that eyeliner actually exists or if it does, I haven't found it, but I have found a few that come pretty close.

My most used eyeliner is the L'Oreal Super Liner in 'Intense Black'. It's a felt tip liner with quite a long, thin tip. I find the shape of it quite useful to do flicks and it's also possible to get a very thin line with it. I find it works best if you press it against the skin bit by bit rather than actually dragging it across the skin when applying it. It's very black and doesn't smudge or anything and I find that it's still on at the end of the day.

For so many years I used the Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in '001 Black' because it is just so easy to apply. The actual applicator it comes with is quite thick but it's still easy to get a thin line. If you hold it at a different angle, it's also easy to get a thick line so doing flicks is super easy. Unless you want that perfect sort of flick with a tiny point at the end, then this might not be for you. The only problem with this is that it's not quite as black as the L'Oreal Super Liner and if you go over a spot you've already done it can just end up wiping the product off which is annoying. It is waterproof, however, which the L'Oreal eyeliner is not which is a benefit of this product if you're expecting to be wearing it for a long time or if you're planning on crying eg if you're watching the last Harry Potter movie </3

A more recent discovery for me is the Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner. This is a pencil liner but it is absolutely amazing. Such a dark colour and so smooth. It glides on so easily because it's so soft and creamy. A bonus of this is that it's waterproof. I like to use this if I want a more smudgey line or if I'm just feeling lazy and don't want the perfect line. I expect it would also be great on the waterline but I don't use anything on my waterline due to eye problems (probably shouldn't wear eye makeup at all). It's a twist up pencil but I actually can't seem to twist it. Hopefully I'll manage it soon because it's going to run down after a few more uses.

Thirdly is something a little different which is the Kat Von D eyeliner (the name rubbed off so I don't know the actual name) in 'Black Metal Love'. This is a slightly more greyish black with bits of silver glitter in it. It's a very smooth, creamy pencil as well. I've found that with some glitter pencil they can really scratch the eye if they're quite hard but this one doesn't at all and applies just like something without glitter since the glitter pieces are so fine. It's easy to smudge but doesn't rub off through the day (or night) which is great. The only bad thing about this is that it isn't a perfect black colour and it's hard to get a thin line with it just because of the way it sharpens. That could just be mine though!

Left to right: L'Oreal Super Liner, Kat Von D eyeliner, Too Faced Perfect Eyes, Rimmel Waterproof Gel Eyeliner.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite eyeliners are so I can go out and try them!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FOTD: 'No Makeup' Makeup

With Summer coming up, for some reason that makes me feel like I should wear less makeup. I don't even know why I feel that way, but I do. So I decided to go for the 'no makeup' makeup look and I quite like it. I think it would be perfect for school or somewhere where you don't want to look like you're wearing a lot of makeup. Usually I like to wear a lot of makeup so this was quite a different look for me.

I started with my Maybelline Baby Skin primer all over my face and followed it up with the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream for oily skin.  I've always hated this BB Cream but I think the problem was that I wasn't applying enough. When applied just like a foundation and buffed in with a Real Techniques expert face brush I find that it can look just as nice as my normal foundations. I then followed it up with Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 'fair' under my eyes and on any blemishes and buffed it in with the same brush. Next I used an Elizabeth Arden Ceramide blush in 'honey'. This is just a dark cream blusher which I used to contour my cheeks ever so slightly. Somehow during all of this I managed to locate a Natural Collection bronzer in 'Sunshine'. I literally think this was the first bronzer I ever bought and it's not that bad considering! It has quite big bits of glitter in it and doesn't exactly give a glow but more of a sparkle but I quite like the colour of it. I used this as a blusher and on any parts of my face that the sun would hit for an all over glow. Moving onto the eyes I used my MUA Matte palette and all over my lid I used 'Butter', a yellow colour, and 'Fade', a light brown, in the crease with 'Unwrap', a white, on the brow bone and inner corner. I kept this simple and applied it with my fingers. For liner I used the L'Oreal Super Liner and did a very thin line on my upper lashes. I then filled my eyebrows in with a Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'permanent taupe' to give them more of a natural and subtle look than usual and finished the look off with the Too Faced LashGasm mascara and a bit of lip balm.

I think this look is great because it is so quick. You could even leave out the step with the contouring and just use a quick sweep of bronzer all over the face to add a bit of colour. It's something that you could do when in a bit of a rush and take steps out and changes things up as you wish. I'm definitely going to be wearing this look at school and work more often. What do you think of the 'no makeup' makeup look?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Top 5: Spring Nail Polishes

We're well into Spring now. The field opposite my house is filled with daffodils and there's lambs everywhere. I live in the countryside so there are more sheep here than people. I absolutely love Spring because all I do during Spring is wait for Summer and know that happiness is around the corner. Goodbye, Winter, I hope you know I hate you. Nail polish is definitely a good way to make yourself feel more... Springy (I say this after having just painted my nails bright orange... I wish it was Summer, sigh.) so I've put together five of my favourite nail polishes which are great for Spring!

01. Barry M Textured Nail Effects in 'Ridley Road' (£3.99). This is the perfect mint green colour which is a personal favourite of mine. This nail polish is great to add a bit of interest to a look because it's a textured polish. If you've never used this, it basically looks like there's sand or something in your nail varnish. If you don't think you're going to like that texture, I'd advise against this but personally I quite like it.
02. MUA Love Heart Nail Varnish in 'I <3 U' (£1.00). This is a very cheap nail polish - you're not going to get cheaper than this! It's a very nice pinkish nude colour and can be worn as a sheer colour. To get a more opaque effect it requires at least three coats and does have quite a long drying time but it's worth it. I've received a fair few compliments on this colour whenever I wear it.
03. Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 'Mind The Gap, Victoria' (£3.69). I really like the colour of this as it's not quite a pastel blue but not quite sky blue. It claims to dry in 60 seconds but I'll let you all know now that that is a massive lie. All nail polishes in this price range take about the same amount of time to dry, I've found. I do really like the brush with these polishes since they're quite wide and sturdy so I find it easy to apply.
04. Ciate Nail Polish in 'Ferris Wheel' (£9.00). I have the mini version of this polish and I love the colour. It's such a nice pale blue and I think this is the perfect blue colour. Ciate nail polishes are one of my favourites too as they dry much faster than the cheaper brands and I've worn it for five days before and seen no chips. 
05. Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in 'Winter Baby' (£2.99). I'm not putting this white colour in because I think white nails are perfect for Spring. I do like white nails but I'm putting this in because I love ombre nails in Spring. I think that pastel colours looks best with ombre and a white base is a must for ombre nails. I'll be honest, this white isn't the best white ever and you could probably find one that's got much better pigmentation and dries much faster but this is just one I had and I didn't want to include another Ciate polish!

So there's my top 5 picks for Spring nail varnishes. This blue one by Ciate is by far my favourite! Let me know what you think of these colours and what your favourite nail polish for Spring is!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Benefit Rockateur

As some of you may have read in previous posts (I'm pretty sure I've said it before), I am in love with the Rockateur blush by Benefit. It's very rare that I'll buy a product and wear it every single day after I use it, but I'm pretty sure I used this for a good few months after I first bought it. It's just such a pretty blush that gives and amazing glow and is perfect for every day!

It comes in the usual Benefit packaging - a cardboard cube sort of thing with a hinged lid and a mirror and brush inside. I'm not a huge fan of the pink and gold snakeskin / lace thing they've got going on, but I don't actually care because the product inside is so great. The brush, on the other hand, I love. Usually I hate the brushes that come with things and I thought I'd hate this but I love this one. I've found it to be the best brush to apply the product as it makes it really easy to get an even finish. I find it quite difficult to fit my usual brushes into the box without ruining the product by brushing it too hard which is why I even started using the brush. It's not a problem to me though as I like using the brush it comes with. The brush is very soft and the fact it's so small and short gives easy control to build the product. It wouldn't make a great blending brush but I really don't feel that this blusher needs blending at all.

What I first loved about it when I put it on was the smell. It is a very strong smell that you can smell for a while after putting it on, but I find it very pleasant. It's sort of a dry and perfumey smell (to me) but it's quite sweet at the same time. I just love it and although it is quite strong, it's not one of those sickening, overpowering smells. Once I'd gotten over the fact I'd actually found a scented blusher that I liked, I fell in love with the way this looked on the face. It's a shimmery product but it's not really a noticeable shimmer. It's more of a glow that looks very natural and golden. It's the type of glow that makes you want to move your face in and out of the light repeatedly just to see how it shines.  The actual product is really soft so you don't need to use much at a time on your brush. When first applied it is barely noticeable but it's very buildable - usually I'll wear about four coats of it and it doesn't look cakey or too much or anything. It looks just right. I also found that it stayed on all day which is a bonus because you wouldn't want to be carrying that bulky packaging around with you! Since it's such a pale shade I would really only recommend it to people with pale skin though if applied lightly it could be used as a rosey sort of highlight on any skin tone (maybe!).

Sadly mine doesn't look pretty anymore because of how much I've used it. I am trying to use it less now as I've got so many other blushers that need some attention but it's so, so hard to resist this! 

I'm sure you've all seen endless reviews on benefit products but I thought I'd give my views of it since it is my favourite blush. Yes, the packaging is cheesy and I don't like it, but what it contains inside really is worth the £23.50. Let me know what your favourite blushers are, especially if you've tried any of the other Benefit blushers because I'm intrigued to find out if there are any others that are worth a try!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fragrance Direct Haul

This seems to happen quite often but somehow I've bought a load of stuff again. Anybody would think I'm not trying to save up for uni. I think that this is totally justifiable, however, because it all came to about £40 and I purchased from quite a few expensive brands. I actually discovered Fragrance direct for the first time and went a bit crazy. It was all stuff I felt I needed either because I hadn't tried that brand before or because I needed more Summery colours so it was fine. Definitely fine.

If you've read my blog before you'll know I've got a lot of love for Maybelline Colour Tattoos, so I purchased another ready for Summer in the shade 'Turqoise Forever' (£1.50). I love little pots of cream eyeshadow in general so I also ordered one from Calvin Klein - the Tempting Glimmer Eyeshadow in 'Retro Bronze' (£2.99). To go with the Colour Tattoo I purchased a L'Oreal Colour Infallible Eyeshadow in 'Innocent Turquoise' (£1.50). I have to say, I was disappointed with the pigmentation of this (as I can tell from a swatch) though it did have a nice shimmer to it for a more subtle look. Another eye product I decided to buy was the Bourjois Eye Pearls Quintet in 'Sublimation' (£2.99). Again, the pigmentation of these seemed pretty poor but I've only swatched. I don't see myself using this a lot, but it was only £2.99 so who cares? 

A huge saving on a product was the Becca Eye Colour Powder Shimmer in 'Jacquard' (£2.99). I have to say, the packaging feels really expensive and good quality. I was very excited to add a few products from Elizabeth Arden to my cart - the Ceramide Cream Blush in 'Honey' (£5.50) and the Good Morning Eye Treatment (£8.99). I've been looking for some kind of eye cream so this was perfect for me. I've only used it once but it's left my eyes feeling smooth and I found it very cooling. 

The one item I'd had my eye on for absolutely months was an Essie Nail Polish in 'Fear & Desire' and when I saw it for only £2.50 I couldn't not. It's an amazing bright orange and I am absolutely in love with all things orange right now so it was perfect. Another which wasn't just an 'I'll give this a try because it's cheap' item was the Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure Set in 'Tropicana' (£4.99) and the Ciate Velvet Manicure Set in 'Blue Suede' (£3.99). Ciate is my favourite nail polish brand and I've wanted to try these sets for so long. I cannot tell you my excitement. Finally, since I realised I don't own anymore nudeish, pale pink lipstick, I purchased two Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Creme Lipsticks in 'Henna' and 'Ethereal' (£2.25).

You might be wondering how the prices are so low. I wondered as well. Apparently the fact they don't have many staff to pay means they can give us hugely reduced prices. Also, some of the stock may be damaged or without packaging (such as the CK lipsticks I purchased), but if that is the case, the website will state it. From what I can tell, all of these products are real and there's no damage to them at all so I'd definitely buy from there again.

Anyway, let me know your thoughts on Fragrance Direct and some of the products I've mentioned. Feel free to ask me if you'd like any reviews of the products in this post, and I would gladly do it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Makeup Revolution Wishlist

I am quite possibly doing another wishlist. I am v v v sorry, it just so happens that I want a lot of stuff lately. I am also sorry if it makes you want the stuff as well because I'm pretty sure this post will since Makeup Revolution is such an awesome brand and the prices are just insane (in a good way). I was ready to buy a load of stuff the other day and then once my cart was full, I realised I probably shouldn't spend money right now since I'm trying to save up for my trip to California in June and all of that hard work choosing things went to waste. So here's basically what the content of my shopping cart consisted of.

(top left to bottom right. sort of)
Acid Brights palette £4 - just look at those colours. So perfect for Summer which is fast-approaching.
Matte Brights palette £4 - again, amazing for Summer. Definitely something I'd take to a festival.
Awesome Metals Eye Foils Rose Gold £4 - looks like this could be a Stila dupe!
Powder Blush £1 - for a quid, you can't go wrong with trying out one of these blushes. I'm always searching for that perfect blush.
Highlighter Golden Lights £3 - I'm always after trying new highlighters. This one looks a bit paler than my usual highlighters which is something I've been looking for for a while.
Scandalous Eyeshadow Collection £4 for all - basically the same as the palettes but would be great for throwing in your bag on-the-go.
Scandalous Lipsticks £1 - I think these would be great for festivals too. I have literally never seen a yellow lipstick before, or a blue on for that matter. In my tumblr days, blue lipstick was something I desperately wanted so who knows, maybe some of you will be looking for this too.
Romantic Smoked palette £4 - some of the shades here look gorgeous for an evening smokey eye.
Amazing Care Lipstick £3 - a lipstick with Argan oil in it. Why would you not want that? It's bound to do amazing things to your lips, which I definitely need since my lips are the dryest things around.

Yes, these doodles were done by me. I bet you're impressed. I call it "five-year-old chic". Reminds me of the days I used to read Groovy Chick. I have to just take a second to say how amazing this palette looks. It reminds me of the Urban Decay Electric palette which I am seriously lusting after since literally my entire eyeshadow collection is nudes. This is essentially a more affordable version of that but with more shades and for a tenth of the price or something stupid.

As soon as I've got the money to spare I am buying from Makeup Revolution straight away. Currently they're only online, but they're coming to Superdrug soon (I think!) to avoid shipping costs. Or I could just spend over £30 and get free shipping. Tempting. What do you think of the brand?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What's In My Makeup Bag?

Okay so not gonna lie, the makeup bag I usually take places has a lot more stuff in, but I figured there was no point in doing a post on so much stuff. So this is more of a 'what I'd take in my makeup bag if I was going somewhere for the day that might require me to touch up my makeup on occasion'. But I think that title is a little too long.

You may notice a vital ingredient missing from this 'what's in my makeup bag?' Yep. A makeup bag. Well, as I went to do this, I realised I had absolutely no idea where my makeup bag is (except for a giant one from benefit that I usually use) but it's from Too Faced and it was a Christmas design with gold and blue stripes. I apologise for the lack of a bag. But the makeup is all still here and that's probably the most interesting part.

So let's start with face products. I wouldn't take a foundation because that's too bulky and wouldn't fit in my bag. Also, I don't tend to actually apply more foundation - if it's looking a bit gross I'll just take a brush and re-blend it as I think this is a better method of making your makeup look fresh again. So usually I'll have some kind of foundation brush somewhere - most likely the Expert Face Brush from RealTechniques. I do have a concealer, however, in case times become desperate and I have a giant spot in full view or something. The concealer I use is, of course, the famous Collection Lasting Perfection. Along with that is a little brush I use to blend my concealer from Ecotools - this was in the Fresh & Flawless Brush Set. I also carry with me a powder (Rimmel Stay Matte) because that is absolutely necessary as my face can get a bit oily. Again, an Ecotools brush from that same kit as the other brush. And lastly for the face is a Little Round Pot of blush from Bourjois. Smells gross BUT, it has a little mirror in it so it's very handy. It is actually a nice blush apart from the smell too. Oh, and another Ecotools brush.

Eye products for me are vital because I'd consider them the most important part of my look. Usually I'll take with me some kind of base - usually a Mac Paint Pot (this one is in the shade Bare Study as I think it works well to highlight the inner corners too) or a Maybelline Colour Tattoo. Always, without a doubt, i will have with me this little quad from Mac. It contains the shades Vanilla, All That Glitters (my favourite ever), Satin Taupe and Charcoal Brown. Usually I'd have some kind of brush for brows with this as well just in case of an eyebrow emergency, and I would use Charcoal Brown with it. This quad is perfect for taking out because it has a highlight (Vanilla), which I find always needs topping up, a bronze which is great for across the lid or for everyday, and a darker colour which could be used in the crease if you want to switch from a day look to a night look. And last but not least is mascara. This one is the Too Faced Lash Injection because it's sample sized but to be perfectly honest, I hate this mascara but I feel like I need to use it up.

And lastly, lips (and perfume). Carmex is a 100% absolute must. Even if I take none of these products with me, i will always have Carmex on me, or some kind of lip balm. I always need lip balm. Always. And for a lip product, it's my favourite Bourjois Colour Boost. For perfume I have this little sample sized one from Kenzo which is super old and I got it in a set years ago but I love it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Review: The Craft by Lou Teasdale

When I heard Lou Teasdale had created a book, I obviously had to buy it simply because I have a slight (huge) love for One Direction and all things 1D-related. At £9.99, it's not a huge amount though when considering the amount of actual content, it's quite expensive considering books with way more stuff in such as the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual are about double the price but with four times as much content at least. I purchased it for only £6.99 from Amazon so I don't feel as bad about it. It is unexpectedly small but I think that I actually quite like the size. It's one of those cute books that you want to put on the side somewhere so you can just look at how pretty it is on occasion. The images certainly do inspire even if the content isn't particularly useful.

The reason I say the content isn't useful is because everything is really basic. There's a double page spread on how hair accessories are cool. It might be a really nice gift to get for somebody though because it's really fun and there's lots of pictures and stuff. It's the type of thing you'd see in urban Outfitters to buy for somebody. It also might be nice for somebody who's just starting out with makeup because there's a page on how to do eyeliner and stuff like that which might be useful to them. I will say that the best thing about this book is a) the pictures of Gemma Styles and b) the stickers you get in the back. I was not expecting the stickers and I am v excited. There are also a few tips in there which are useful, such as the stuff on how to become a makeup artist. I found that part really interesting to read. It is the only grungey sort of beauty book out there that I know of though so might be good if you're feeling a bit tumblr/hipster.

So all in all, it's not exactly the type of book you'd go to for makeup advice but it's a really cute sort of book that is nice to own, just to make your bookshelf or coffee table look pretty if nothing else.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Baby Skin Review

So you've probably seen a lot of reviews of this product by now, but I was asked, and when asked, I shall provide. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser has seen rave reviews from many, many bloggers. It's supposedly a dupe of the Benefit POREfessional. I've never used that product, but I have seen it used and in terms of appearance it doesn't look similar at all. The POREfessional has a slight tint to it, though when I've seen my friends using it it hasn't tinted their skin at all so I suppose the outcome is very similar. 

Baby Skin is a gel primer which is supposed to 'provide a matte finish and leave the skin fresh, soft and protected. The gel texture in Baby Skin instantly helps to vanish pores and makes the skin feel light. It avoids a shine on the skin and makes the skin feel soft.' I don't know about it making the skin feel light and fresh but it does make it feel soft and it helps to minimise pores a bit. The only thing I find is that because of the gel formula, it sort of feels like I'm rubbing oil into my face and that my skin isn't actually soft, but oily. I don't know, that's just how I feel about these sorts of primers. I had the same experience with the MUA primer which I don't like at all. I think that's just me though, and it does actually make my face look matte. It definitely makes my foundation go on much more easily and I feel that blending is easier. I can't say I noticed much difference in how long my foundation stayed looking flawless for but I don't expect some kind of miracle from it. I will say that it retails at £7.99 which seems a little on the expensive side of a drugstore product, but you use so little (about double the amount in the picture above) that it makes it great value and very affordable. I think primers as a whole are expensive anyway as my favourite is the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer which retails at £14.26 - almost double the Maybelline Baby Skin's price.

If you're looking for a similar thing but for slightly cheaper, the MUA Undress Your Skin Flawless primer is basically exactly the same but for only £5. It's maybe not quite as mattifying as the Maybelline one but the also do a matte primer if that's what you're looking for for only £4, but I haven't tried this so I can't tell you how good it is.

I think that this may become my drugstore primer of choice because of the good value for money and it does what it says. I'd recommend it to anyone, particularly people with oily skin because it is mattifying.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I Love Drugstore Makeup Tag

Hey guys! I wanted to do a tag post and no, I have not been tagged to do this but I'm doing it anyway. If you're reading this and haven't done it before, I tag you to do it! So I found this drugstore makeup tag online and figured I'd do it.

1. What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand overall?
L'Oreal. I have never purchased a product from them that has disappointed me.

2. What are your favourite face, cheek and lip products?
Face: Collection 2000 concealer. Cheek: my Sleek Blush By 3 palette in Pink Lemonade. Lip: Bourjois Colour Boost (the shade has rubbed off mine so idk what it is!)

3. Least favourite product?
MUA The Double Collection 2 Step mascara

4. What is the best makeup bargain?
MUA eyeshadow palettes - £4 <3

5. What is your favourite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
Ecotools brushes. Maybe I've just been missing it but why is there no hype for them?

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
Basically all mascara.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!
It's gotta be the colour tattoos for mac paint pots. I actually prefer the colour tattoos in some ways.

8. Drugstore product that isn’t worth the hype?
Rimmel's Kate Moss lipsticks.

(This was supposed to go up yesterday but apparently blogger decided against that! Sorry<3)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Sleek Pink Lemonade Blush By 3 Palette Review

It's review time again! I've received a request to review the Sleek Blush By 3 palette and also Maybelline's Baby Skin after my Superdrug haul so expect a review of that in the next few days. For now I'm going to review this Sleek Palette in the shade Pink Lemonade. I purchased this a week or so ago because I was in Superdrug and I just couldn't resist. These palettes come in a few different shades but I decided on this because the powder blushes sort of remind me of my favourite blusher which is Benefit's Rockateur. My friend bought the palette as well but she went for one which contained a bronzer, a highlight and a blush which I think would be the perfect palette for travelling, and she loves it.

First off, I love the packaging of this. It's small and it just looks really sleek. Plain black packaging is always my favourite though. I wish everything came in a matte black package. The only thing is that it gets dirty really easy as you can see in the picture. I've probably picked it up about five times and it already looks like that. That's really not an issue at all though. I love the fact that it comes with two powder blushes and one cream. Plus, the shades are absolutely perfect because they're all so different. The first is a slightly shimmery sort of rosey baby pink (I'm shit at describing colours but I'm sure you can figure it out for yourselves) which i think would be so perfect for a wintery everyday look when you just want to look a little bit flushed. The second is the cream blush which is a matte pink which may look a little scary in the palette but it's not that dark on as long as you don't apply too much! The third, and possibly my favourite, is a slightly darker, warmer pink. It looks quite orange in the swatch but it's a bit more pink in real life. I love wearing this one right now and it looks really natural. It has a slight shimmer but I don't think it's overly noticeable when on the face.

So the colours are amazing but I'm sure you can see that for yourselves. The swatches are with three swipes of colour, by the way, so they are not that dark on your face but can be built up to be more opaque if you like them that way.  In terms of formula, I love them because of this buildability (is that a word?) and also how easy I've found them to blend out. Usually I find that product collects in a certain part of my face just because I have some crazy stupid line there, god knows what it is, but these blushers haven't done. Maybe that's because I've somehow missed the line or maybe it's because Sleek make amazing products. I'm going for the latter. Now some of you may know that scent blushers (BOURJOIS) annoy me if you've read my previous posts, and these blushers do have a scent but it's very subtle (I only realised they had a scent because I accidentally sniffed them no h8). It's a kind of perfumey scent idk it just smells like perfume. But I haven't noticed it when the product is actually on my face so it's all good in the hood.

Hmm I think I've mentioned everything. Not too shimmery, blends nicely, good colours, not too smelly... I think that's about it. Oh, and these retail at £9.99 which some of you may think is a little expensive but you're getting three blushers so it's actually pretty cheap. £3.33 per blush, in fact. v good. AND they come with this mirror which is a really good size and very useful if you're on the go.

I would 100% recommend these palettes! Let me know your views on these palettes if you have any, and tell me your favourite blushers so I can try them out!

Friday, April 04, 2014

OOTD: black and white prints

I've got another outfit of the day for you today! My friends somehow forced me to go bowling with them and I had no idea what to wear and spent about an hour trying to find something appropriate. It's times like these I realise I really need a pair of Topshop Joni Jeans. In the end I decided on this super comfortable and floaty outfit. I never know what kind of tops to wear with these feather print trousers but I dug out this top from Boohoo. I can't find the exact link but here is something of a similar style. I think the two styles go really nicely together and make a great evening outfit for Spring. In the end I wore my blue coat with it and a cute little owl necklace from Primark. Finally I found an outfit that goes nicely with my coat! What do you think of the two prints together? Would you have worn the trousers with something else? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush Review/First Impressions

I recently wrote about a Superdrug haul and I was asked to do a review on some of the items in there, so I decided that I would. I'm going to begin with the Maybelline Dream Touch blush. I haven't been using this for long but I will give you my impressions on it so far.

 I wasn't actually expecting much from it since usually I hate Maybelline face products but I was very surprised. First off, it feels really thin and slippery but it's only going to be rubbed into your cheeks so what does it matter? I'd advise dipping your brush into it quite gently so you don't get too much product and buffing it gently into the skin with circular motions. This is because it can be quite bright if you put too much on, like many blushers. It gives a really nice colour when the right amount is applied - it's just a really nice pink with the tiniest amount of shimmer which is hardly noticeable when on and just gives a sort of glow. It also blends out really really well which I loved about it. It didn't have any stupid disgusting scent like so many amazing blushers do either, so that's definitely a plus point since half of the time I hate the smell *cough*bourjois*cough*. I found that it lasted me all day when at school, but I'll be interested to see how well it lasts when I'm at work and rushing around all day.

Sorry for the AWFUL picture, it was not a good day haha, the camera really washed out the blush colour too. I tried. Ten points for effort. Anyway, I love this blush and I've worn it quite a few times for that natural everyday look.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

OOTD: Blue Coat

Hiiii guys. Today I've got another clothing post for you. I wanted to say 'fashion' then but it feels way too awkward calling my own clothes 'fashion' since they're really not.

Recently I purchased this amazing blue coat from the Topshop sale for £40 reduced from £95 which I thought was a bargain for such a beautiful coat from Topshop. It's a really nice blue colour that I can't really describe. It's not quite pastel and not quite sky blue. It's also furry but sadly it's not soft. Wish it was because soft things are the shit. It's quite long - a bit too long maybe - and is fitted at the bottom to kind of hug your ass. ;) I don't think it's been available online for a while but you may still be able to find it in store on the sale rack.

I wore it with my favourite black disco leggings from Primark, a Paul Smith baggy tee and a necklace from River Island. Personally I think I could've worn it with something a lot nicer to make it look dressier but I feel like I'd want to wear a white top and I'm pretty sure I don't own any white shirts (still recovering from emo phase). 

So what would you wear this coat with? I need your advice because it's so nice but I just do not know what to wear underneath it!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


For a good few months now I've had somewhat of an obsession over skorts. I've already got a dark green one from missguided but it doesn't quite sit right on my hips and now that it's Spring I'm not thinking a dark green skort is going to be particularly useful. I really want a white one - I'm pretty sure this is inspired by Eleanor Calder because she looks amazing. Hers is from Zara, I believe, and I think they've stopped selling it but I'm not sure.

Some I've found are:
Topshop £32
Asos £29.99
Missguided £17.99

What are your thoughts on white skorts? I think they're amazing because you can make them look casual as Eleanor has done here but you can also dress them up, for example with a black floaty top and heels or with a crop top. I wouldn't be surprised if I've bought one within the next few weeks.