Saturday, 26 September 2015

Fake lashes? Nah, Falsifeye! Seventeen's Falsifeye HD Mascara*

Seventeen's Falsifeye HD Mascara in "Blackest Black"

 I often don't wear mascara as I am luckily blessed with naturally long, black eyelashes...every girls' dream! However, there are those moments after applying too much powder, wearing eyeshadow and when your eyelashes annoyingly decide to bend in that awkward kink position - you need a good coat of mascara.
 Finding a decent mascara is a nightmare. I myself am an eye rubber. Therefore I struggle to find a good solid mascara that doesn't smudge and keeps my eyelashes looking lengthy for...a good length of time.
 The Seventeen Falsifeye HD mascara was one that I felt like needed trying. After not trying a Seventeen mascara before, I've gotta give them a shot at impressing me!

Seventeen's packaging for a start is probably one of my favourite from a beauty brand! It's so quirky and cute, something that definitely catches my eye and helps me find it when I misplace it! The brush is another thing I found interesting. It's a plastic wand and has fewer 'bristles' which I find definitely gives great definition and length for that real 'HD' look. Even though it's meant to look fake, below is a picture after an application and for one coat, it actually looks quite natural! I could easily wear this everyday. Whether or not it gave volume...I'm not too sure.

 As you can see, it really did lift my eyelashes and gave a good curl, making me look more awake and hiding the pressed powder that fell onto my lashes! The mascara didn't clump (as you can see below), gave great length and had a really dark black colour which I love in a mascara! As I rub my eyes a lot and usually through general wear, most mascaras fall onto my undereyes and give that panda/raccoon look which for me...isn't entirely the desired look. This was the opposite! It didn't flake, leave a residue or smudge one bit! However, as it is colder weather, I have not tested this mascara in warmer weather or when I am a bit warmer, therefore I can only recommend this in dry and cooler weather!
Results: Left eye - Mascara, Right eye - No mascara
Overall, I think that the results are pretty impressive - wouldn't you agree? For £6.99, I really do think this is one of the best budget mascaras available!

Seventeen kindly donated samples for this blog post. Opinions are all my own.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Make your skin look WOW!*

I was never one for the contouring or the bronzing trend, so when strobing hit the scene, I really latched onto this new makeup style. Adding light and shimmer to your face is much more beautiful and appealing than adding darkness! I simply loved how gorgeous girls looked when the sun hit their cheeks and made their highlighter sparkle, so I attempted to give it a go.

After strolling through a Boots store and in awe of the choice of all the Seventeen makeup available, the WOW! 3 way highlighter caught my eye (not just for the large turquoise letters shouting wow at me). After hearing so much about it, I knew that this was the product to try!

With a mix of yellow and pink undertones, this highlighter seems to suit any person or skin tone. It has the right amount of shimmer and is so creamy to the skin. Applying and blending is simply effortless – just what a person needs when they’re in a rush! It’s so versatile; it can be used to highlight any area of the face, and I particularly use it on my cheeks, nose and eyebrows to add a natural, dewy finish to the skin. It can even be used as a primer under foundation or a BB/CC cream in order to add a healthy glow for a quick morning pick me up after a rough night sleep, or even to help your makeup stick for the day.

One pump of the WOW! Highlighter
The product blended in
 The amount of product you receive is well worth the price, and the handy pump and sturdy packaging allows easy application and peace in knowing that it won’t spill or crack everywhere! (Absolute nightmare!) None of that messy application or chaotic makeup bags!

Not only is the product itself incredible to use, but at the price of £5.99, it’s a complete steal and matches the quality of top notch beauty products and highlighters. It’s now a daily staple in my makeup routine and I’ve even managed to get my friends hooked on it too.

A highlighter worth trying to fit the strobing trend. It really does make your skin look WOW!

* Seventeen kindly gave samples for this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in Shade '15'

 So being the sleep-deprived student that I am - often staying up far too late chatting than I should - I am in dire need of a new, hydrating and high-coverage concealer. After having a friend use this often and myself being addicted to my Benefit Fake Up concealer, I thought that this might be an affordable change in my daily routine. Often at the price of £6.99, I was often hesitant to try in case it didn't work. However, Feel Unique's sale saved the day meaning I got it for a little cheaper...perfect time to try!
I chose 15 as 10 actually looked darker than 15! Odd shade range but I went for it. I will admit it has a slight orangey tone to it, but that's perfect for covering up my purple circles under my tired eyes. This works perfectly at masking and keeping those purple hues at bay, however, it still allows my face to look natural and not cakey. It's not drying, irritating or blotchy, so it definitely measures up to the hype and my expectations.

 However, if you are looking a tad tired or often have fine lines either from lack of sleep or smiling too much (another issue I have), this one is best to be used sparingly as is does sink into those unwanted cracks and crevices. Also, it can be so hydrating that it doesn't always stay put. I can slide around and with the slight touch all rub off. So it needs to be well powdered but not so  much that it looks thick.

Overall, I think this really does rate as a concealer and deserves a lot more positive reviews to be written about it. I am so impressed! Definitely worth recommending!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Home Bargains Mini Shop

Hi there! Just a quick blog post to show you some of the great things I got cheaply at Home Bargains!

 For £1.99, this is the even more affordable version of the tangle teaser. Cheap and works just as well. Fantastic on long hair and they even do a small one too for those of you with short hair! Definitely worth the buy.

 Never really been interested in make-up sponges, so instead of splurging on a more expensive one, I opted for the cheap 59p one instead. Will update with how well this works!
I haven't posted a nail art design in a while, but here are some nail brushes I bought in order to create some new funky nail art designs to share with you! Again, being so affordable, I couldn't leave them there.
 We all know what it's like for a girl finding hair grips. When you don't want them, they're everywhere, when you do, there's none! For 29p, total bargain.
 Finally, a little stationery purchase. I bought these two gorgeous A5 notebooks for 99p each! They look waaaay more expensive and so chic!

I suggest if you wish to try out the latest beauty trends and gadgets, opt for a cheaper version first as a trial run. Bare in mind that they may not give the same effect as the more expensive product, but they give you an idea of how they perform!

What are your recent bargain purchases?

Monday, 24 August 2015

Superdrug's Coconut Oil

Another quick blog post for you on a multi-purpose beauty product that every beauty blogger has raved about. This has been a long time favourite of mine for being so diverse in applications.

I've used this mainly for my hair. I use it as a leave in conditioner by applying it to a dry scalp at night, sleeping with it in and then rinsing it out with a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. This mainly targets my dry and dandruff invested scalp. It leaves it flake free and soft. The smell is incredibly strong and the coconut scent lingers in your hair after application.

I also us it for severe dry areas, especially in areas of irritation or psoriasis. It softens the skin and reduces redness and irritation to sensitive areas. However, I do find that it does take a while to warm up as it is extremely hard in the tub. I found that scraping it into chunks initially makes later application far easier and quicker.

For around £2, this little white tub is worth picking up!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo

Just a quick blog post for you! Recently I've been leaving my hair longer and longer without washing (gross, I know!) but it is actually really healthy for you hair! I've noticed my hair is shinier, less damaged and softer. There are less split ends and my hair actually feels healthier. So in between days my mane obviously needs a pick me up. I often use the tropical Batiste dry shampoo, but I recently purchased the cherry scent. I found it really masks the smell from unwashed hair and doesn't show up too white when sprayed. Really impressed with Batiste and will forever be a fan!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E

Now on to one of my favourite moisturisers! Suffering from severely dry skin, I'm always on the hunt for an enriching moisturiser which lasts. Not one that feel soft for 5 minutes. This one has been a staple of mine for years and I'm here to tell you why it's amazing,

1. It really does soften the skin. If you have rough or dry, flaky skin, this will sort it out!! It's nourishing on the skin for sure.

2. It keeps your skin moisturised for hours, 24 hours? Not really tested it for that long or I've forgotten I apllied it to notice. However, it really does keep it hydrated whenever I touch my skin.

3. It has a thick, buttery texture. I love applying a thick moisturiser that feels like it's doing something. It doesn't sit on the skin like some thick ones do and it really absorbs into the skin.

4. The smell is divineeee. If you're a chocolate addict like me, you will love the smell of this sweet, cocoa creation.

5. A little goes a long way. 250ml may not seem like a lot, but with it being so rich, you really don't need to apply much for it to be effective.

However, I cannot really comment on the idea that it smoothes stretch marks or lines as I haven't really seen that much of a difference. Therefore if you're interested in this for that reason, maybe give it a skip.

All you dry, sensitive skin owners who love a good sweet smelling moisturiser, give this one a try.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Primark Perfumes...Worth the Purchase? 'He Loves Me' Review

You often hear about people wearing the latest fragrances and perfumes which are often £50+ in price. For me, I love a good perfume but begrudge paying over £20 for one! After taking a stroll in Primark, I found myself and the health and beauty section of the shop and saw this lovely poppy themed eau de toilette named 'He Loves Me'.

This cute little bottle stood out to me with the adorable poppy detail on the lid (which is removable), however, a tad annoying the dust it collects on the bottle from it.

This handy little perfume was originally £6 down to £3 which in all honesty, was a steal. With a mix of fruity and a strong floral influence, this scent is long-lasting and potent. Not only does it come in a bottle, but for those who want one on the go, they do a handy roller ball version for £2. Perfect for highlighting the pressure points.

So, skip forking out on designer, high-end, ridiculously priced scents and opt for a more affordable and delightful fragrance instead.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Body Shop Body Mists

(L-R) Mango, Brazil Nut, Vineyard Peach, Strawberry
A quick post for you on one of my favourite types of fragrances. The Body Shop mists are the go to things I buy every time there is a sale on because they smell so amazing. As it is a mist, I will admit the smell is not as strong or as long lasting, but that doesn't take away from how realistic and lovely they smell. My favourite is the mango one, being a reoccurring repurchase in my body shop basket. If you're after a gentle spritz of a fragrance in the spring and summer time without being overly offensive with a strong or sickly smell, give these lovelies a try!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Scrub up! Shower gels and scrubs favourites

 Dove are the shower gels best for moisture, soft skin and scent. The smell is incredible in every different fragrance; lingering on your body for hours! They're affordable and last a long time. Worth the money!
 I'd never came across this brand until I saw them half price in Boots a few weeks ago. This smell is the most sweetest but pleasant smell EVER. You definitely have to avoid wanting to eat this one! Soft on the skin and moisturising but yet cleansing.Some shower gels often fail to leave you feeling clean after, but this one doesn't fail.

 One of my favourites repurchased many times in multiple scents is the Wilko Fruits Body Scrub. It really does the job well of exfoliating as well as having long lasting smell. At £1.50 and recently down to 95p...can't really be left in the shop!
 This one smells amazing too, as all the products above do, as well as all soap and glory products. Exfoliates on the skin well without being harsh. One of the more expensive ones of the bunch, so maybe consider the other ones before this one.

What are your favourite shower gels and scrubs?

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Skincare Essentials

 Skincare is the most important part of your make-up routine, right? Without the right canvas, your make-up won't look it's best! In order to get the best skin, check out my skincare essentials.
 Let's start with removing make-up. Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water is the best one I've used by far. I've even converted a few friends to using this! Gentle on sensitive skin, great on taking all make-up and inexpensive too! Pop this on a few cotton pads, gently sweep on the face and tah dah! Fresh and clean.
 Boots own brand should not be underestimated. Some of my favourite products are Boots own brand and are definitely great for sensitive skin. First on the left is a face sun cream. Now, some of you are thinking "Why not just put normal sun cream on my face?" Well, let me tell you. The skin on your face is different to the skin on your body; softer, delicate and more sensitive. This is a factor 50 which is a must for fairer skin tones. It's great under make-up, it's non-greasy and doesn't make your skin spotty and clogged.

On the left is the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Night Treatment Gel. Let me tell you, this is a new purchase and a life saver. For those of you  who suffer from mild breakouts, apply this soothing gel on your face at the end of your evening skincare routine before you go to bed and it will calm down those irritated areas prone to spots and redness. This has for sure calmed down those small breakouts on my chin and forehead.

This is one of those masks for those who don't have the time to sit for 15-30 mins with a face mask on. This restores moisture and is so cheap!
For the full review of this product, click here.

 These products give my skin a bit of rejuvenation that it sometimes desperately needs. I apply the serum after my moisturiser when my skin is extra dry and in need of some TLC and the spray is used when my skin needs a quick 'pick me up'. Superdrug's own brand of products are also a force to be reckoned with! Next time you're in Superdrug, give these a glance and try from their new Vitamin E line.

Everyone knows I love Simple. By far my favourite skin brand and the only moisturiser that has truly taken care of my skin like no other. Their facial wash is gentle but tough enough to exfoliate and get rid of the dirt and grime your skin collects. To see more Simple products I've reviewed, click here.

That sums up my very long list of skincare essentials, but hey, it's important!

The Body Shop's Honey Bronzer

For all you fellow pale ladies out there...this one is for you. If you're as fair as I am, the word 'bronzer' makes you want to cry. I was never able to find a good, non-shimmery contour bronzer that didn't look like I'd smeared dirt across my face. My housemate and I were having a make-up showing session where we were explaining to each other what our favourite products were since we both had similar skin colours and types. Then she pulled out this bad boy.
Turns out, this is a pale girl's dream. The really light brown works well on giving a soft shadow and allowing us ghosts to finally be able to contour. Not only is the packaging adorable, but it works amazing too! It blends beautifully and is easily buildable. Definitely something everyone should own.

Who could resist something so cute? So, is there another bronzer worth the try? Probably. But I'll stick with this for now.

Top 5 foundations

 Hello everyone! I've been a bit absent recently so here is a brand new post for you! Here are my top 5 foundations. These foundations are best suited for my skin and my preferences. I am extremely fair skinned (to the point that highstreet/drugstore foundations struggle to match my skintone in colour) and I have very dry skin. Therefore, some of these may be too dewy for you, however, I have thrown in a matte foundation which may suit some. So off we go...
 Kicking off the top 5 are two of the most popular and well-loved foundations known to humans. Bourjois are fantastic at getting the right balance of coverage and dewiness. On the left is the lighter coverage 'gel' foundation which is the Healthy Mix Serum. I use this on days where I want to put in a bit of an effort with my make-up but don't need to be entirely dolled up for the day and caked in make-up. On the right is the Healthy Mix foundation, which is the heavier coverage of the two but it gives a medium coverage. It covers enough to have a good solid base but still acting like a second skin and not looking cakey. They both smell amazing, having fruit extracts which also hydrate tired and dry skin. Both are yellow toned in colour and are both in the shade 51 Light Vanilla. Definitely my go-to foundations!
Shade R1 C1 Rose Ivory
 I heard the uproar about this foundation online. Being most people's holy grail foundation, I gave it a try. After the first attempt, I shoved it in a drawer after not being overly impressed by it and finding that it really enhanced my unwanted dry patches. Giving it a second chance, I made sure that my skin was thoroughly exfoliated and moisturised, was perfect! This one can work for you dry skinned gals but do bear in mind that if your skin is severely dry, you may wish to give this one a skip. This foundation is more for the pink toned skin colours! Unlike the Bourjois Healthy Mix which both have no SPF, this one has a SPF 17.
 This one I have battles with. When it works, it's the best. When it doesn't wish to cooperate, it's really the worst. Revlon Colorstay is definitely a foundation that can split opinions! This pink toned watery foundation is supposed to be for normal-dry skin, however, I feel like it doesn't really suit dry skin at all! This one most definitely accentuates the dry, flaky skin and can give a very thick, cakey look to the skin. Not really suited for very dry skin. However, when your skin is relatively hydrated, this foundation can work a treat! This one is very similar to L'Oreal True Match but without the shimmery highlight to it. This is more towards the top end of the drugstore at about £12.
Probably the first foundation I ever bought and still use to this day, after multiple re-purchases! Perfect for people who are on the go and need to quickly slap on something without overly fussing about blending, brushes or mess. This has a slight pink tone to it, but not as noticable as the Revlon and L'Oreal foundations. Gives a light coverage which is easily buildable for a heavier base.

These 5 foundations I continuously repurchase and swear by, knowing which one suits my skin on what day. Do you use any of these foundations? What would be in your top 5? 

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sleek Blush By 3 palette in the shade 'Pink Sprint 366'

 I'd never tried a blush by Sleek before, so being a blush obsessive, I felt like it was time to try one and get my first blush palette. I chose a more berry pink toned palette called 'Pink Sprint'.

 As you can see by the packaging, Sleek really does live up to its name...incredibly slim and delicate packaging.
 I thought the names of the blushes were adorable and were fun. Nothing worse than numbers or unoriginal names for beauty products. Sleek did a great job here!
 Here are the colours in the palette. My favourite is the one on the far right which appears to be a mix of the two shades on the left of it. It's a wearable berry pink tone which would be perfect for Autumn/ Winter seasons. The bright pink shade in the centre, 'Pink Ice' is the most neon of the trio and would be amazing for Spring/Summer times. These shades are so wearable and diverse, that they could even be used as eye shadows!
 These are extremely pigmented. I was in shock at how strongly coloured these were. They're easy to work with, blendable and have a lovely smooth and creamy texture. No chalkiness! The blushes are long lasting and don't smudge. I tend to find that some blushes and eye shadows tend to fallout or drop onto other parts of your face - these definitely don't do that! I would say however, that you should apply these lightly and then build them up! Don't go in heavy-handed or with your brush loaded or these will definitely be difficult to work with or blend out for a more natural look.
 (L-R) Pink Parfait, Pink Ice, Pinktini.

As you can see they are bright in colour and easy to blend! I think that Pink Parfait might be a struggle to wear for paler and fairer skin tones such as myself, but the other two shades are perfectly wearable!

This was originally retailed at £9.99 however, it was on the Sleek website sale for £4.99

Are you a Sleek blush fan?
Let me know your favourite shades!