Friday 19 December 2014

Christmas Message 2014

This will be my last post until after the New Year as I am taking some much needed time off to be with my family. 
I would like to thank you all for your support through 2014. I've loved reading your comments and receiving feedback from you when I have tried something new on my website. 
I'm looking forward to seeing what the new year brings. 
Have a fabulous Christmas and smashing New Year.........See you in 2015
Stay Beautiful inside and out xxx

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Monday 10 November 2014

Sunday 9 November 2014

YouTube / 'Selfie Tag'

I've been tagged by Adam at Not Listening // Mashion and Meauty to complete the 'Selfie' Tag. This was great fun to do and I hope you enjoy my answers. I've listed the questions below for anyone wanting to join in.....

Friday 7 November 2014

Eyes using 'Makeup Revolution Girls On Film'

Recently I wrote about the Makeup Revolution ‘Girls On Film’ palette. This eyeshadow palette is a fabulous mix of matte and shimmer highly pigmented colours. If you missed it you can read it here {link}. Today I wanted to share some of my eye makeup looks I’ve worn using the ‘Girls On Film’ palette.

Monday 3 November 2014

Friday 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

As the title of today's post suggests I'd like to wish you all a Happy Halloween. 
I wouldn't normally commemorate this calendar event. However I found one of the picture editors I use now has options for the 'seasonal celebrations' - Halloween, Valentines, Christmas to name a few. So, I decided to give it a whirl and have a go at editing one of my old photos into a zombie style are the results.

If you're out celebrating this evening at a party or Trick-or-Treating with your children, have fun and stay safe xx

Monday 27 October 2014

Saturday 25 October 2014

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush 06

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush comes in these cute little glass pots that make them feel very expensive. I have the shade 06 which is called Berry (I had to search online for the name as the pots are only numbered).

Maybelline say: 'Soft, natural colour. This amazingly soft cream blush blends into skin to brighten your complexion adding a kiss of colour to cheeks, giving you a naturally flushed look. Cheeks have a soft hue of natural colour that lasts all day long!'

Believe me when I say this is super soft and very easy to use! Some mornings I don’t have too much time to apply my makeup, so I find this adds a nice bit of colour to my cheeks without the fuss of putting on powder blusher. I normally opt to applying this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush; however you can use your fingers or a contour brush if you have prefer. I also found the colour lasted very well on my skin which can be slightly oily at times. This is something I have struggled with in the past with cream-style blush as they can often disappear and slide off the skin.

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in 06 is perfect for any skin tone. If your medium or tanned then you simply build the colour up, if you’re fair then only apply a little to your cheeks.

I think this is a really great little product and definitely one to pop into your suitcase if you're off on your holidays!

Monday 20 October 2014

Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover

‘Maybelline Augen-Make-up Entferner Spezial Waterproof’

Let me just start by stating the obvious the bottle is in German; this is because I purchased it while in Switzerland and I’m sad to say I haven’t been able to find this product back in the UK :( So this will obviously be of interest to any of my Swiss or German readers!

Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover is specifically designed to remove waterproof eye makeup. It’s oil based two-phase system has been created to help break down tough waterproof mascara and eyeliner with ease; so there is no need to rub the delicate eye area.

To use, simply shake the bottle well to mix up the two liquids. Saturate a cotton pad and place over closed eyes. I tend to hold the cotton pads in place for a few seconds, then sweep them down to remove the makeup. Its as easy as that! I do find I need to do this a couple of times to ensure my lashes are free from makeup however I don’t find this to be a problem. The only downside to a product like this is it does leave a slight greasy feeling on my skin but that washes off during my cleansing routine.

Overall I’m very happy with the Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover, I’ll just be adding it to my Swiss shopping list when we are back next!

Monday 13 October 2014

Feel Good Formulas by Arran Aromatics

*PR Sample

How cute do these little pots look!
These beauties are part of the ‘Feel Good Formulas’ at Arran Aromatics, based on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. They have just celebrated their 25th birthday would you believe!

Anyway onto the products before I lose my train of thought. First I’d like to tell you about the Green Tea Refreshing Eye Gel*. This cooling gel contains extracts of Green Tea (the clue is in the name!) as well as Witch Hazel. The combination means it reduces the appearance of fine lines and puffiness, soothing and revitalizing tired eyes. I’ve been testing this over the past week and I can confirm it does indeed reduce puffiness. I’ve also found that it seems to brighten the eye area after application. The gel itself isn’t sticky when you apply it, nor does it leave a residue on the skin. I was very impressed with the Green Tea Refreshing Eye Gel and was surprised to find it costs just £3.50.

Next onto the Honey and Lemon Lip Balm*, and wow what a combination! Meanwhile I currently have my nose in the pot trying to find the best way to describe the fragrance. It’s not what you’d expect from the label; think wild honey from your local farm shop, sweet with a hint of lemon - but not sharp citrus, it’s soft and inviting.
The lip balm has a UV protection filter, so it does more than just nourish and protect your lips from becoming dry. I found the Honey and Lemon Lip Balm to be the perfect combination; it moisturises and protects but doesn’t leave a horrid greasy film on your lips for hours on end. Plus its the ideal size for popping in my handbag!  

I love that these products are from the United Kingdom, and I’ll certainly be looking to buy some of these as Christmas stocking fillers!

Friday 10 October 2014

What's in my Wash bag - Travel Edition

Oh the answer to this will always explain why I’m too close to my weight allowance when flying - No joke!!!!

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Nais of the Day - Stripes

Today's post is nails based as I'm sure you guessed by the title.  I wanted to show to two nail designs that are super quick and easy to achieve; but also super stylish while adding a nice pop of colour. Both designs are based around a natural matte nail. For this I used my Orly 'Matte Top' nail polish, one coat as all I needed. Ths dries very quickly and stays a true matte for several days. The top image shows a blue stripe on the left of each nail bed. I used the fabulous my OPI Nail Lacquer in  OPI....Eurso Euro, I love this colour as it's a perfect primary blue tone.  The next image I used Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Espresso and done a random stripe on each nail, making sure that each one is different to the next. This was slightly more fiddly but still effective! 
I'm loving my nail art tools again! It's great fun creating new and exciting looks using nail polish, gel color, glitters and gems xx

Thursday 2 October 2014

REVIEW - Essence Blush Stick

I just love love love these Blush Sticks by Essence! The colours I have are 020 Bronze Babe and 030 Miss Peachy; these were purchased during our Zurich trip.

What do I love about them? Well lets start with the formula. The Blush Sticks have a very smooth creamy consistency that turns into a powder finish. They are easily applied directly to the cheeks and blended with your fingers (as recommended by Essence). The pigmentation is very good so these are incredibly buildable; you have the option to apply more colour if you desire without looking overdone. Essence is a ‘purse friendly’ brand, and trust me when I say you can’t go wrong with their range. I’ve been buying it for over 3 years and so far haven’t found one item I don’t like! So lets look at my application technique...

My technique is somewhat different. Don’t get me wrong I did start off blending with my fingertips but prefer my way. I start off by applying my foundation of choice with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Once my foundation is done I contour my face with Bronze Babe, and add colour to my cheeks with Miss Peachy. Then apply my highlighter under my eyes and start to blend - with the same brush I used for my foundation application. I think this works really well and I find it looks seamless and polished. A kind of natural flush of colour and hint of contouring….perfect for a day to day makeup look. I'll be posting a video soon of how I use my Essence Blush Sticks so keep an eye out for it ;)

I’ll be back again soon with more makeup treats xx

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Maylash - Tried & Tested

Back in 2012 I tested IsaDora Dynamic Lash Growth System which I had fantastic results with so I was pleased to be given the opportunity to test out Maylash Natural Eyelash Serum.

Here is some information on Maylash if you missed the previous blog post -
Maylash is a natural eyelash growth serum that not only lengthens your lashes but also makes lashes appear more dense, fuller and darker.  Maylash says you will see results within the first 6-8 weeks of use. The effect lasts for around 2 months after you finish using it.

My testing started on 5th March ‘14 and I apologise for the delay in publishing my findings but you know how blogging schedules can get at times!  Now to use Maylash you simply apply a thin layer across the top lash line every night it’s that easy! Much in the same way as you apply gel or liquid eyeliner to your top lash line. The serum's peptides and vitamins stimulate the roots to make the lashes grow longer and fuller, whilst slowing down the life cycle of the hairs.

I must say the first week I used this I found the liquid to be very cold on my eyelid and its felt very tickly. After using it for so many weeks though I’m completely use to it so I guess it was just adjusting to a new sensation on my eyelids. I didn’t really notice much growth in the first 6 weeks but when I hit 8 weeks my lashes looked darker and  thicker. My personal experience with Maylash has resulted in lashes looking slightly longer; and as I said before the certainly appear thicker and darker.

*PR Sample

Friday 19 September 2014

How To 'Dutch Braid'

Quick Youtube tutorial to demonstrate how simple it is to Dutch Braid. 

I'll be showing you how easy it is with the help of my trusty model. First I'll be showing you how to French braid, if you can master this you can master the Dutch braid. It may look complicated but you simply take the sections of hair 'under' rather than 'over'. 

I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions please leave a comment in the box below xx

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Water has become big business this year. We’ve seen people going crazy for the ever popular Bioderma but if like me you haven’t had the opportunity to try it then here’s one I think you’ll love by Garnier. But lets start from the beginning shall we - What is Micellar Water and how does it work??

“Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water is an easy way to remove make-up, soothe and hydrate the face, eye area, and lips, in 1 step without rinsing. The Micellar technology in an all-in-one cleanser. Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture and lift away dirt from the skin. No need to rub to remove impurities and make-up.”

I really love Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and have been using it every day since its purchase. In morning I’ll apply a small amount on a cotton pad and go over my face to make sure any impurities are removed before I cleanse and prep my skin for makeup application. On an evening I use this to remove my makeup before I take a shower. I tend to then use my cleansing gel and facial brush to gently remove any left over dirt from my pores; leaving my skin feeling super clean and ready for my toner, serum and night cream.

This is fabulous at removing all kinds of makeup from full coverage foundation, highly pigmented eyeshadows and long wear lipsticks. I found there is no need to scrub or tug at my skin; simply apply the Micellar Water to a cotton pad and sweep over the face.
The other nice thing about Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is its contains no nasty chemicals so its extremely gentle on your skin and safe to use on the delicate eye area. It also doesn’t have a fragrance of any description, if you smell the liquid in the bottle or on a cotton pad there really is nothing there!

Have you tried Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, how does it compare to Bioderma?

Monday 15 September 2014

Inglot Cosmetics

I had my first ever trip into Inglot Cosmetics while in Zurich during August. Their store is amazing and if you get the chance go in rather then buy online, it's worth it just for the experience. All the products are displayed well, plus there are plenty of mirrors, sponge applicators, tissues and wet wipes;  you can really get stuck in and try before you buy. For me the best bit was trying out their infamous 'Freedom System'. I had read so much about it and really wanted to get at least one 'Freedom palette' to take home. 

Here is what I purchased from Inglot Cosmetics. I will go into far more detail about each product at a later date but for now I wanted to show you the products.

** Nail Enamel 15ml - 715 Matte
** AMC Cream Concealer 5.5g - 67
** Freedom System 4 Square Palette
** Freedom System Eyeshadow Square in the colours
- 470 DS
- 342 M
-341 M
- 330 M 

As I said I'll go into a lot more detail once I've had time to play with the products and give them a good thorough testing.
 Ciao for now xx


Friday 12 September 2014

Thursday 11 September 2014

#NYFW Inspired Nails

Those of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen this picture a few days ago. I was inspired by some images I'd started to see of New York Fashion Week
So here is a very simple yet chic look I put together. I've used my Barry M Matte Nail Paint in 'Vanilla' as a base colour, then put one dot of MissLyn Nail Polish in 'Silent Lagoon' on each nail. I think the little splash of colour makes a nude nail look amazing personally. I'll be back with more 'Fashion Week' inspired nails soon xx

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