Sunday, 21 October 2012

My Skin Story #2 Sarah from Adorebubbles

Click here to head over to Sarah's blog and learn more about her!
Next week's featured blogger Kat is  from Beauty Embraced

Click here to check out Sarah's skin crush Joolie18's Youtube channel.


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Giveaway Update.

Hi ladies, just a quick one today to update you about a giveaway I ran recently.
I had some emails from you guys saying that you were unable to enter on my blog.
I discovered the reason to be some html coding from raffle copter.
Have any of you had a similar problem before?

Anyway I feel like it's unfair to announce a winner as so many of you had problems entering.
Instead I will be running a new giveaway in a few weeks time with some different prizes too!

Sorry for this guys!

Happy Saturday!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

My Skin Story #1 Me!

Hi ladies,
I'd like to introduce you to my new blog series - My Skin Story.
I've been working with a number of great bloggers to bring you this series dedicated to skincare!

Next week's featured blogger is Sarah from Adoreabubbles!

If you enjoyed this post or would like to take part just leave a comment and I'll be in touch!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Basic smokey eye - any colour and any eye shape!

Hi ladies!
If there's one make up related question my friends always ask me it's how to do I create simple smokey eye?

There are tones of make up tutorials for a smokey eye floating about but today I am going to show you how I learnt to create a basic and easily adapted look.
This tutorial can work for any eye shape and with any combination of colours,

With just a bit of practice and experimentation you'll have it nailed in no time!

So what will you need?

  • 3 or 4 colours (preferably the same colour in different shades) ranging from light to dark.
  • A small precision brush ( a pointed eyeliner brush or lip brush work great!)
  • An eye shadow brush to pack on colour.
  • A round fluffy brush to blend.
  • A brush of your choice to highlight the tear duct and browbone
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
Before we start I just want to explain to you something about pallets - the colours are placed next to each other for a reason!
Take 4 colours which are next to each other for an easy combination of colours.

Lets get started!

The colours I've used are:

Urban Decay Zephyr - Tear Duct - Highlight
Urban Decay Crystal - Inner corner - Lightest
Urban Decay Gunmetal - Middle - Medium
Urban Decay Oil Slick - Outer corner - Darkest

Start by drawing the outline of where you're going to place the shadow.
Take your medium colour and your precision eye shadow brush to draw an outline of where you are going to place the shadow with your eyes open.
Where you draw your line depends entirely on your eye shape.
You can go as high or wide as you like.
By mapping out your shape like this you gather a basic idea of what the shape is going to look like.
Keep trying for your ideal shape because at this point it's easy to just wipe it off and start again.

When you're done it should look something like this:

Next you need to start applying your colour.
If you are using 3 colours (excluding the highlight) then section your eyes into thirds and place your lightest colour on the inner third of your eyelid.
If you are using 4 colours (excluding the highlight) then section your eyes into quarters.

Then take your medium colour and place on the next section of your eye.
If you are using 4 colours (excluding the highlight) then apply this also in the next section along.

Lastly add your darkest shadow to the outer corner, staying in the line you created earlier.

Now starting from the inside of your eye and moving outwards take your blending bush and create small circular movements to blend the colour.
You can either blend all of the shadow or just down the area where the colours are side by side depending on how dramatic you want to go. 
(all over blending gives a less dramatic look).
At this point you can play around with the shape of your eye shadow to create a bigger or blended look.

Now you are going to apply your highlight to the tear ducts and brow bone using a new brush.
Use any brush you like or favor.

Now if you are happy with the shape of your eye shadow line your lash line, tight line and waterline.
You can also line under your bottom lash line to join the darker eye shadow or use the darker shadow colour with your precision eye brush.
I'm using Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Perversion

Finally add mascara and false lashes if you wish.
I'm using Urban Decay's Supercurl Curling Mascara in Black

And the finished look ..

This look can be easily adapted using different colours and can suit any eye shape.
As you get more confident you can experiment with a wider range of colours and more shades.

If you have any questions just ask!

I am not a professional make up artist and these are just t tips.
This is not the only way to create a smokey eye, but the way I find easiest and most adaptable.
This is not a sponsored post, all products were purchased with my own money.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Too good to be true: counterfeit cosmetics!

So my boyfriend told me yesterday about something he had watched on T.V lately and I didn't actually start paying attention until he mentioned MAC.
What he was telling me was that the show was about investigations into people selling counterfeiter cosmetics.
I already knew that this was rife. Everywhere.
But what he said next really shocked me.
These counterfeit cosmetics contained chemicals such as mercury!
Now I'm no chemistry whizz but I know mercury is extremely harmful!

Where are these counterfeit good being sold?
From markets to ebay!
As a rule I only buy cosmetics from places where I can be sure they are 100% authentic.
However I do own a 'MAC' eyeliner that I know is counterfeit so it went straight in the bin as soon as I saw the program!

In future, please remember that if something like this seems to good to be true. It probably is!
I now actively avoid buying products on ebay being sold under 'buy it now' and exercise caution when bidding on items which appear to be genuine (i.e. someone bought the wrong shade and is selling it so it wasn't a complete waste of money).

To check this out for yourself just click here.

Have you had any experiences with fake cosmetics?

Skin Care Giveaway!

Hello Ladies!
I have some very exciting news for you today!
I'm hosting my first giveaway!

This giveaway is in celebration of my new skin care guest blogger series!
This week I am publishing the first installment of 'My Skin Care story'. These posts will be published on a Saturday and I've got some great guest bloggers lined up for you!

The products I'm giving away are all essential to my newly updated skin care routine.

So without further a do!

The great drug-store products I've included are:

Simple Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask
Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash & Mask
Superdrug Simply Pure Aqua Hydrating Eye Gel
Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

The rules of this giveaway are:
1. Entries can be gained in 4 ways:
Be a GFC follower (mandatory)
Leave a comment telling me your favorite skin care product (mandatory)
Tweet about it!
Blog about it!
2. The winner will be announced in one week! (16/10/12)
3. I will contact the winner within 48 hours of the giveaway closing.
If they do not reply within a further 48 hours another winner will be chosen

And that's it!
Pretty simple right?
Do what are you waiting for?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note this giveaway is UK only

Sunday, 7 October 2012

August & September Empties.

You may or may not have noticed that in August I didn't do an empties post.
I had hardly any products to show you but over the month of September they have accumulated greatly!

I've decided to use up a lot of my products that were half full or less because I'm terrible for switching up my products before they're finished.

So first up is body products!
Tesco Soft & Smooth Hand & Body lotion - I only use this on my hands and have for years. I find that it's the only hand lotion that works for me no matter what else I try!
Nair hair removal cream - This is just the original formula and I really didn't think much of it. I prefer the newer options and probably wont re-purchase this unless I can't get any thing else.
Impulse Magical Glamour shower gel - I really love this scent! I got about 4 gift sets with this in at Christmas and only now am I finishing them all up! I didn't find this shower gel particularly moisturising , but as a shower gel - it did it's job!
The Pink Cow A Very Quiet Body Scrub - I love love love this scrub and it smells ridiculously amazing! It's got a really gentle coconut fragrance and works fantastically  However it leaves a horrible residue in the bottom of the bath (but what body scrubs don't?).
Ayuuri Body wash in Sandalwood - I loved this shower gel (and so did my boyfriend). The scent is very uni sex and a little goes a long way! I received this in a Glossy box and know that you can get it in Tesco.
Sure Long Lasting perfection deodorant - pretty boring really, just an armpit spray. It's nothing revolutionary but it's not awful either.
Nivea Invisible protection deodorant - really not a great product, i mean it didn't stain my clothes but it was so moist, and that's not what I want from a roll on!

Hair care products.
Dove Intensive repair mask - This is a product I was trying to use up and only got one use from it (I'd already used the majority of it). I wouldn't label it as an 'intensive care' product but it was ok. There are much better products for a similar price.
Charles Worthington mineral hair rescue - you know I love this product ... I don't need to go into too much detail .. but it's amazing, I highly recommend it!
Lee Stafford Treatment for hair that never grows past a certain length - I picked 3 of these up when boots were having a 3 for £12 offer (I basically got these for half price!). They are good as a mask but I'm not really noticing a difference in growth (but that's a whole different blog post).
Uniq one all in one hair treatment - This is a sample product I got form a beauty box and I really like it. I've used it as a leave in conditioner as well as an all over mask - just a shame the sample was so small!
Wilkinson heat protection spray - For just a pound this product does it's job just as well as more expensive alternatives.
Charles Worthington moisture seal conditioner - I loved this conditioner, but I am a conditioner whore, I'm always trying new brands! I would 100% re purchase this product!

Karl Largerfield Sun Moon & Stars -I wore this all the time from about when I was about 12-15 and it always brings back great memories! I got one squirt from it last week as it was practically empty!
Ghost - Another fragrance I wore as a teenager and loved!
Marks and Spenser Butterfly EDP - This was a gift for Chistmas and I wore it all over the new year period and again have such good memories associated with this scent (is any one else like this?). It's such a light and girly scent and the perfect size to carry in my bag!

Skin Care
Tesco Cucumber Cleansing wipes - my usual wipes. They get the job done and are only 99p!
Tesco Sensitive cleansing wipes - I picked these up because there were no cucumber wipes in the shop and I was in desperate need! I didn't like them as much as the cucumber ones.
L'Oreal Dermo expertise eye make up remover - My favorite make up remover - I get through this stuff so quickly!
Taaj Make up remover - (this has a fancy french name but it's make up remover!) I loved this product and its on par with my L'Oreal make up remover. I received it in a Jolie box but have yet to find a UK retailer!
Mac makeup brush cleanser - Not really skin care but I thought I'd chuck it in this part anyway. It's a good brush cleaner but I probably won't buy it again as it's a bit pricey for what it is.
L'Ooccitane D'angelique hydrating Creme - A fantastic product! I loved using this. The only down side was the smell. It has a very herbal scent which I don't like but  it made my skin feel amazing!

Nail products.
Elagant Touch nail polish remover -This polish remover was excellent but I felt like it really damaged my nails!
NYC top coat, Grand central station - My Favorite drug store top coat! It dries fast and gives a great finish!

Do you use any of these products?
What are your opinions on them?

Friday, 5 October 2012

My 'IT' bag for Autumn 2012!

Now that Autumn is finally here I am all over faux leather and studs!
So the Hunt for the perfect bag this season commenced!
I had my heart set on the Zara Bucket bag and was considering adding a few studs to it, but it's sold out everywhere so I had to look for something better!

On a trip to Matalan I found this beauty!

At only £16 it snatched it up!

It's the perfect size for me as it fits my uni notebooks in and all the crap I carry around with plenty of space to spare.

The studs are gold but the buckle has a slight rose gold tint to it.

The strap is brilliant as it's about 2 inches wide which means it doesn't cut into my shoulder when the bag is heavy.

The strap isn't ajustable which is one down side but it falls at my waist (which I thought was a strange length at first) but I find it really comfy to wear that length.

The ends are also studded to which I think makes it look far more expensive that £16.

The bag also has a zip fastening under the top flap which makes it extra secure.

Also available in nude and rose gold.

What is your Autumn must have bag?

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