Monday, 26 May 2014

A Note on Blogging....

Hi Guys,

I know I have been around for a few weeks, just work and personal commitments have meant I have not had time to post. I love blogging but sometimes I think I put far too much pressure on myself. I really don't need to post twice a day as I have been doing in the past and I think that's what puts me off.

So I am going to start again.

This time I am going to post when I want to and see what comes of it.

I'll be back soon!

H x

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

What I Would Tell My 13 Year Old Self..

Hi Guys,

I thought this would be a fun one so enjoy.

Boys are not everything!

Spend time making friends, not flirting with boys. In the end he will turn out to be gay, he will cheat on you and he will full in love with someone else. Spend time making more female friends who will stay with you for life.

You are Beautiful. 

It doesn't matter that the school heart throb doesn't fancy you (see my whole life was about boys!) he will peak at highschool anyway. And there is nothing wrong with glasses in three years you will buy your first pair of contact lenses and your life will be complete.

Don't Gossip or Bitch - It is mean and you will get a reputation

Learn to keep secrets and allow people to trust you. People will open to you more, and you learn more by listening than by talking.

If you are wrong Admit It!

Sometimes you may make a mistake and that is fine - just admit it. Don't stand around and fight about it. All you will waste is time and energy and in the end you will be respected more if you can admit your mistakes.  

Everything will work out

Forget your home situation this will change and you be happy. Happier than you could every imagine. You will make so many mistakes in love and life but in the end it won't matter.

Billie-Joe Remains Hot

And just so you know there is really is something to look forward Billie-Joe is still hot ten years later!

What would you tell your younger self? Let me know in the comments below.

H x

40 Beauty Questions Tag: Week Three

Hi Guys,

Welcome to my third post on the 40 Beauty Questions Tag. I have really loved this tag so far and I am so excited to be continuing with it. Remember as always other tag posts can be found here.

So let's get into it.

Do you have a budget or do you spend freely on makeup?

I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful boyfriend who earns enough to take care of the great majority of the of the bills. This means I don't have a strict budget - I know my limits and would never get into debt - I can spend quite freely.

Do you utilise coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

Yes! I have a Boots rewards card and recently saved enough to buy a number of benefit products and still have a few points left. This is a great scheme and they also send loads of points builders in the post too.



What type of products do you buy most of?

Definitely eye shadows. I really love finding great shadows both matte and shimmer oh and powder and cream. I will try any brand, and have both high end and bargain shadows that I would consider holy grail.



Is there a brand you absolutely can't stand?

I don't think this question is very nice. I will criticise a product if I feel it requires it but to slam a whole brand is not pleasant. There are of course brands that I avoid but I would rather the fact that I never mention them speak for itself. There is no need to upset anyone or tarnish a brands image. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa.

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?

Yes and that is Boots. This is due to the mix of beauty hall and drug store, the friendly staff and the great reward scheme. They also have a fantastic website, and you can pick the products up in store.

I hope you found my answers useful and I tag everyone. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

H x

Monday, 5 May 2014

My First Chanel Lipstick!



Hi Guys,

As you may gather from the latest in discussing my birthday presents I write my posts in chunks and then divide them so it isn't a bunch of the same thing all together at once. Today I will be talking about a very precious present bought for me by the boyfriends Mum and Dad : a Chanel Lipstick.

My boyfriend's Mum is not majorly into makeup but decided she was going to treat me to an expensive lipstick and made an amazing choice without any guidance!

She bought a Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in shade 42 which is a fantastic pink. The shade is amazing and it also has a luminous matte finish. She knows me so well. There is some 'pearl powder' in this product which is how it gets this glowing matte finish.

I love the simple black and gold packaging and once applied and blotted this lipstick will last a little longer than the morning, and is non transfer the whole way. I may have found my holy grail lipstick ladies and I am already looking at purchasing more!



I have talked in the past about how I did not see the point in high end products but this lipstick has totally changed my mind.

Remeber if High End Makeup posts are what you're after to click here.

Have you tried any of the Chanel products? Let me know in the comments below.


Rimmel Scadaleyes Micro Liner Review




Hi Guys,

As you may have gathered from my many posts discussing them: I adore felt tip liners. I love the true black effect they give, they don't smudge like pencils and they are much easier to apply than dip liners.

I have been using the Rimmel Exaggerate liners for my lower lash line for years and decided it was finally time for me to try one of their liquid offerings. There is not much else I can say about this product apart from the fact it is fantastic! The nib is very small that makes it so easy to be precise and if you use it on it's side instead of using the point you can get a thicker line  - meaning it can be used for all occassions. This product is waterproof (and and it really is) and does not budge all day once dry.

The colour is also a true black, this is nice as a lot of cheaper eyeliners do not come off black (more of a dark gray) and this can be really disappointing. I have been using the Barry M Wink eyeliner for a few months now and was looking to repurchase that but I think I will still with Rimmel now thank you very much.

Just a note: The nib is quite flexible if you are not used to felt tip liners I would advise the Barry M Wink as the nib is much stiffer meaning less chance of it 'running away' on you.

The bottom line on the swatches is when the liner is used on the side and the top is used on the point.



Have you tried this liner, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Hx

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Review




Hi Guys,

Over the last few months I have slowly fallen further and further in love with Maybelline, their eye shadow quads are excellent (you can find the review here) and I now own a number of the lipsticks and adore most of them. I then decided to waiver from my usual brand choice of Rimmel and try one of theirs. As the Superstay Better Skin had just been released and there was a couple of pounds off I bought it from  my local ASDA and bought the shade Ivory.

I am that shade in every foundation that I try and I have never had an issued with shades being too light or dark. This foundation looked quite dark in the bottle but they often do and I thought it would be ok it was far too dark. This upsets, mainly because it is a great foundation and now I can't use it.

It is quite thick but very easy to blend it covers all discoloration and really did improve my skin leaving it more 'glowy' after just a few days. At the moment I  am trying to wear it very sparingly and hoping I will get some sort of tan this summer so I can start wearing it.

If you have pale skin beware of the colour range, but this does do what it says, it creates better skin. So more colours please Maybelline!

Looking at the swatch picture the top swatch is the Maybelline better skin in Ivory and the other swatches are from a number of Rimmel Foundations under the same name.



Have you tried this product, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Hx

PS Love... Primark Face Brushes Review




Hi Guys,

I have reviewed a couple of the pieces from the Primark Makeup Range already and you can find my mascara review here. When I bought the mascara I also purchased a foundation brush - to use as a blush brush - after I had been really disappointed by an ELF Brush - and Primark nailed it!

After that  I went to buy a Kabuki brush here are my feelings on the two.

The Foundation Brush



This is a flat top brush with a black plastic handle and I would actually class this as a stippling brush. I like to use it for my blush. This is so soft and I enjoy it most with cream to powder products, it blend really well and after around 20 uses it has not lost a single hair. In the past I have found the metal part of other brushes coming away from the wood nothing like that has happened here. I also love the black and pink bristles!

This brush is actually perfect for my blush: 10/10

The Kabuki Brush



This is my first Kabuki and at just £3.50 I was so excited to try it. The handle is mirrored metal and it sits on a small plastic base. Like the other brush this looks so much more expensive than it is and I have experienced zero fall out. This brush is so soft and applies my powder perfectly. I really couldn't ask for much more. The black and pink also looks fantastic sat on top of my vanity.

This brush is again fantastic : 10/10

These brushes are better than some I have that are nearly ten times the price and I have heard some fantastic things about their eye brushes. This is a brand to really look out for.

Have you tried these brushes? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Hx

Saturday, 3 May 2014

My Inglot Palette!

Hi Guys,

So a couple of weeks ago it was my birthday and it is safe to say that I was totally spoilt. I was going to do a birthday haul, but I feel like I haul all the time and most of the products I could talk about separately.

For  a long time I have wanted an Inglot ten pan shadow palette. I have seen them in so many blogs  and Youtube videos and they look so amazing, my lovely boyfriend treated me to the one. These palettes cost £55 for ten shadows and the palette, which compared to MAC is a huge saving. They also have face and lips products that can be added to the pans.

I cannot get the shadows out of the pan without damaging them (maybe this is a down point) and all of the colours are on the back of the pans so I am afraid I can't give you the numbers. Here are some pictures of them.

This is one of a few high end products that I own and I have decided to add a new page to the blog so if you are after highend product reviews you can go  here.

Have you tried any Inglot Products? Let me know in the comments below.



As always thanks for reading!

Hx

Products I've Used Up: Bath and Hair



Hi Guys,

So today it is time for some trash talk! I have saved my last few empties for you so you can see what I finished in April. I don't know how often I will be writing these posts but I'm sure I will store some more up pretty soon.

Herbal Essences Be Strong Intensive Hair Strengthening Mask



I LOVE THIS! I love how it smells, I love the job it does, I love the packaging this product is just fantastic. For years a shied away from their products because I thought they would clog my hair or that they smelt like old women etc etc I was obviously wrong. I have seen a real drop in split ends and my hair is definitely stronger.  I also use the shampoo and conditioner and they may feature in a future post!

Nivea Antiperspirant Invisible for Black and White



I am a bit of sweaty person. I know this is TMI but it is the truth for a long time I wore the Mitchum 48hour stuff just to keep me dry but I then remembered the amazing smell of the Nivea Pearl and really wanted to go back to that (I used it when I was about 17) but unfortunately that just did not offer the protection I needed, so I tried this. I am now five or six bottles in and I am still loving this and I know I will continue to buy it.

Imperial Leather Skin Care Hydrate Body Wash



I tend to buy shower gel whenever it is on offer,meaning I always have a tonne of it in the cupboard and this was something that was going for £1 in Boots. It's ok. The formula is fairly moisturising, it lathers easily and you get a full 500ml. This just was nothing special though so I don't think I will be repurchasing.

The Body Shop Chocomania Shower Cream



I have a number of products in the Chocomania scent, including perfumes, soaps and lotions and this shower gel is  the perfect companion. It smells heavenly creates an amazing lather and the smells hangs around all day. This cost £4 I think so it isn't keep but is definitely worth it. I already have another.

PS it may smell like chocolate, but believe me it tastes nothing like it. Don't taste it to see. Like I did.

Elnett Satin Extra Strength Hairspray



This is a horrendous admission and I do not suggest that you try this at home but I use it to set my makeup. I only have a little bottle here as it is for 'nights out'. Incidentally it does also do a great job on the hair. I already have another huge bottle and will be repurchasing a small one.

So that's it! Sorry it was not more exciting but I am coming to the end of a number of makeup products, so stay tuned!

Friday, 2 May 2014

30 Days 30 Lips Day Seven Feat Chanel




Hi Guys,

Today I bring you a really fun 30 days 30 Lips and this is featuring Chanel. You will see a full review for this lipstick coming soon, and it is the Rouge Allure 42 in the luminous matte finish. This lipstick is a 'my lips but slightly pinker' and I could not love it more. I was bought this as a present and since receiving it I am have trouble leaving it alone!

I never thought I could enjoy a high end product so much but I feel this lipstick shows a really difference and I think I will buying more high end products in the future.

Now as always with these posts you can find all of the other 30 Days 30 Lips here and remember to enjoy my posing!


Fighting Friday: Laura Paige Automatic Liners Vs Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer




Hi Guys,

Welcome to another Fighting Friday and today we are putting a Laura Paige Liner in Dark Brown against the Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer in Black. I have been using the Rimmel product for a while and only got the LP one recently so let's see what happens.

Colour Intensity/Texture

If you know anything about me you will know I like my colour intense. I want all products - but particularly with my eyeliner. I used these products in my lower lash line and they both are great products. The Laura Paige is a little drier than the Rimmel but it still draws a line very easily. They both smudge perfectly too neither disappears.

Round 1 Goes To: Draw

Packaging

They both come in a very similar plastic container and they twist up from the top. There is one point where the Laura Paige liner falls down - there is no smudger. This is such a little thing but I don't own a smudge brush (maybe this is something I need to invest in) so I will need to get the Rimmel out anyway to smudge it.

Round Two Goes To: Rimmel



Availability 

Rimmel are sold everywhere. You will find one of their stands in a huge number of chemists and supermarkets and tonnes of places online. Laura Paige products are sold in large Co-operative Pharmacies and one online seller. This is not very convenient.

Round Three Goes To: Rimmel

Price

The Laura Paige Liner is a steal at just £1.99, where as the Rimmel is a little dearer at £3.29. Both great prices.

Round Four Goes To: Laura Paige



Conclusion

They both are great liners just a shame the Laura Paige is so hard to get and doesn't include a smudger. If these little ticks were sorted out it would have a landslide win for the liner.

The Winner is: Rimmel

The top swatch show Laura Paige, the bottom Rimmel.

Have you tried these liners? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and thanks for reading.

Hx

Thursday, 1 May 2014

My Top Three Lipbalms of the Moment

Hi Guys,

Lip balms are essential, but so many are a little bit rubbish. I have decided I will be writing a post on let down balms but first let's be positives. So let's get into my top three as always you can find my other top threes here.

Carmex Original

What a classic. This balm is my go to, it soothes my lips and I have an almost 'medicated' feel to them a couple of minutes after application (if you have used it you will know what I mean) and I just feel like it is doing some good. One of the down sides is that you have to stick your finger in there to apply, but as it is non greasy it's not a huge problem. This also comes in at under £3 so is a great deal.



DHC Lip Cream

A friend bought this for me and I have just finished it. I am now ordering another one it is so perfect. This is great for really chapped days and it comes in a bullet you don't get any mess on your fingers. The tube is really compact and easy to pop in a bag - it doesn't damage either. This costs £6, which I appreciate may be quite a lot but it is honestly worth it. Once applied the moisture lasts most of the day.



Elf Balm Lip Tint in Berry

If you would like to see this lip balm battling with it's more expensive counterpart look here. This little balm is a great product. This comes in a little tub again, but like the carmex is none greasy. This product provides great moisture and the colour provided is also beautiful. There are a number of great tinted balms on the market at the moment and at just £1.75 this is one of the best.

 What are your favourite lip balms? Let me know in the comments below.

Hx

Blogging Soundtrack Part Two

Hi Guys,

So a few weeks have gone by since I posted my last playlist and as my favourite albums change all the time I thought I would update you. Last time there were so many brand new albums, where as today is a little more of a mix. You will find my previous and any future blogging playlists here.

Note: I have Spotify Premium I would never download music illegally. Most of the bands I like aren't too well know and I think it would be immoral to not pay for it at all.

New Found Glory - Hits

Genre: Pop Punk
Listen To If: You want to feel 16 again!
Top Songs: My Friends Over You,  Failure's Not Flattering
Top Lyric: 'A sure shot hit with your name attached to it, while you keep me in mind'
Other Recommendation: Radiosurgery, New Found Glory

I am going to see this band in November and could not be happier about it! As I know they will be playing the singles I have been listening to this album in preparation, even though I know most of the songs word for word. Hold My Hand was a new discovery for me and I am so glad I have found it. My next buy for this band needs to be one of their vinyl records, nothing sound better than the slight crackle of an EP.





Alkaline Trio - My Shame is True

Genre: Punk Rock 
Listen To: If you are looking for something you can really sing to.
Top Songs: Last Dance,  I Wanna Be A Warhol
Top Lyric: 'For acting like a schoolboy trapped in a man'
Other Recommendations: Agony and Irony

This album is a couple of months old now but I have listened to it consistently since it was released. I must admit this is my first time with Alkaline Trio and I enjoyed losing my virginity! My boyfriend has listened to them for years and says he doesn't like how the sound has changed. As I have only listened to bits of the old stuff I couldn't comment yet, but She Lied To The FBI is a fantastic start to this album and after that I was hooked.








 Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is..,

Genre: Emo Rock/ Pop Punk
Listen To: If You Happily Acknowledge the Emo Revival
Top Songs: Flicker, Flicker, Fade/ Better Homes and Gardens
Top Lyric:'The house that we bought and failed to make'
Other Recommendations: Anything By My Chemical Romance

I had listened to a few bits and bobs by Taking Back Sunday before, but apart from my love affair with MakeDamnSure I have never really liked their music. I discovered this album whilst trying to buy The Used's latest album - at the time of writing this is not on Spotify and discovered they were gigging together. I gave this album a listen to and fell in love, I may now go back and listen to more of their catalogue.


Artist Vs Poet - Keep Your Secrets

Genre: Power Pop
Listen To: When you know you were right
Top Songs: Love To Hate Me, Crazy About You
Top Lyric:'And I'm sorry, I thought you were DTF, But GTFO now, like right now.'
Recommendation: Sake of Love

I know I mentioned Sake of Love in my last post, but I nearly always have something by these guys on the go. Their power pop is like the ying to the punk's yang. The lyrics are zappy and there are also a great collection of love songs that could possibly end up in the 'our song' category. It still stuns me that they are not more popular.





What's your blogging soundtrack? Let me know in the comments below.

Hx