Saturday, 15 December 2012

Tutorial: Smokey Silver Eyes.


Hello! Have you had your Christmas party yet? I had mine last night and it was brilliant craic, though I have suffered for it today! 

I thought I would share my tutorial for this make up look with you, in case people are looking for ideas for Christmas Party looks! This is easy to do, great for a night out and would suit all eye colours, but isn't a look restricted to the festive season either! It is also very affordable as I used the MUA Starry Night palette, I have been trying out new things with my YouTube videos and am really enjoying it. If you want to see them you can check out my channel here

Enjoy!



Saturday, 1 December 2012

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic & Skin Repair Moisturiser

I have been very in to my skin care recently, as you may have noticed! I love discovering new products that are beneficial for my skin not only on a daily basis, but in the long term. I don't want to look in the mirror in ten years time and wish I had paid more attention to my skin! In fact I am already worried that I neglected having a 'proper' skin care routine for so long!

Liz Earle is a well known brand in the beauty blogging world, and I am a big fan of their Hot Cloth Cleanser which I have blogged about here. I finished using the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer* and Skin Repair Light Moisturiser* a few months ago, and I still really miss using them!


The Skin Tonic in the spritzer bottle was so refreshing and cooling on the skin; I used it both morning and night as a toner and found it to be fresh enough to perk me up the the mornings but the scent was also calming enough to use at night too.

I opted for the Skin Repair Light Moisturiser due to my oily/combination skin and this worked wonderfully. It was quickly absorbed in to the skin and didn't leave any sort of film, residue or greasy feeling. It was a light consistency cream and, again, smelled fresh and very pleasant. I loved that it was packaged in a hygienic pump bottle, although this did mean it was hard to know when I was nearing the end of the product! However, both products lasted a long time, the moisturiser ran out first after about 6 weeks and the Skin Tonic lasted a good 8 weeks at least!



I absolutely loved these two products and while I was using them my skin was very clear with minimal breakouts, which is always a good thing! These items are available from the Liz Earle website, and are products that I will definitely return to in the future. These are currently on offer for the December Skin Care Essentials regime too!

Have you tried these too? Or what Liz Earle products would you recommend?
*PR Samples

Monday, 26 November 2012

If You Can't Read Me, Watch Me!

I have been taking advantage of my new found freedom and speedy internet connection by filming some new Youtube videos! I know I have been quiet on the blogging front lately, and I hope to get back to it soon. In the meantime I have filmed about skincare, empties and a follow-up review of my Rio Sonicleanse. If your want to watch, here are the videos!

My Current Skincare Routine:


Review: Rio Sonicleanse:


Empties! October & November:


Thanks for reading and/or watching!


Monday, 12 November 2012

Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil


Well that's a long title for this product! As a fan of hair oils I couldn't help but treat myself to one of these when I saw them all brand shiny new in the Avon catalogue. It was on offer at £2.99, as opposed to its full price of £5.50.

This comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a handy pump dispenser. You get 30ml of product which has lasted me a fairly long time; I got this around September and am only approaching the end of it now. It is a thick golden oil, and two to three pumps is sufficient for my long but fine hair. My hair is dry at the ends but gets greasy at the roots, and I have found that since getting my hair dip-dyed the ends are drier than ever, so hair oils are a necessity to prevent my hair from looking totally frazzled.


I use this after washing my hair when it is still damp. I rub two or three pumps of the Avon Argan Oil between my hands and then smooth it through the lengths of my hair before drying and styling as usual. I feel that it adds some extra nourishment and life to my fine hair, especially at the ends where my hair gets quite dry. I tend to only use this on dry hair if it is particularly dry or as an overnight treatment if I am washing my hair in the morning.

I find this no better but certainly no worse than previous hair oils I have tried, including the VO5 Miracle Concentrate and the L'Oréal Mythic Oil. It isn't going to perform miracles, however it will definitely make a difference to dry hair that's prone to split ends. I even think that my hair has grown a bit faster than normal lately but I suppose there's no concrete proof as to the cause of that! ;) 

My only annoyance is that now I am approaching the end of the bottle, the pump has all but given up the ghost, and I'm having to unscrew the top to pour it out!

You can buy the Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil from your local Avon representative, or you can also buy it online here where it is, at the time of writing, on offer for £3.50.

Have you tried this hair oil before? Any recommendations?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Oily Skin Hero! Etat Pur Express Purifying Mask

Hello! Long time no see! Life has been pretty crazy lately, as I have moved in to my own house and free time has been scarce, but I have been inspired this evening to blog about this product!


I received this in a Joliebox, and considering I cancelled my Joliebox subscription some time ago, I'm not sure what month's box it was in! I left it hanging around for ages in my 'To Review' box before I started to use it, as face masks hadn't really been a big part of my skin care routine.


My skin is quite combination but is mainly on the oily side, so anything that will help control excess oiliness is most welcome. For me, this mask has been a brilliant addition to my routine. I try and use this at least once a week, however this can slip if I'm being a bit lazy!


This white clay based mask comes out as a thick white cream with a slightly watery consistency (probably because the main ingredient is water!). There is a slightly earthy smell from the clay, however nothing overpowering or offensive. I smooth this over my face, mainly over my t-zone and any blemishes I have, as my cheeks don't tend to get oily or especially blemish prone.


After five minutes the mask has dried slightly but not set. Upon washing it off, my skin feels smooth and much more clean and fresh; basically as though some oiliness has been absorbed, funnily enough! I am definitely a face mask convert, and will be continuing to use this one regularly.

This sample from the Joliebox is actually a full size product of 50ml, which retails on the Etat Pur website for a reasonable £7.50. I still have loads left and I imagine, when I eventually run out, that I would happily repurchase this mask. I am very glad I have this little skin saviour in my stash!

Have you tried this too? What other face masks would you recommend?

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

Don't let the title fool you; magic, 'tis not! Nor does it remove nail polish in one second flat. However, with those two claims debunked, please allow me to assure you that this still a decent product!


Basically, this nail polish remover is a sponge with a hole in it, soaked in nail polish remover and housed in a plastic tub. Remove the lid, put your nail in the sponge, and twist until the nail polish is removed. It probably takes more like 5 seconds per nail, as opposed to 1, but I still find this so handy.


I bought this at the airport as I was heading on holiday, and it was so easy to use and great to have on holiday. There's no faffing about with cotton pads and I think it smells (a bit) nicer than standard nail polish removers. It can be a bit tricky to remove polish from the very edges of the nails, however I find that a few more twists, while really pushing the nail in to the side of the sponge does the trick. 

It will be hard to know if and when this is about to run out, which could be annoying, but for £4.99 I will definitely continue to buy this; it is a lazy nail polish lover's best friend!

Have you tried this nail polish remover yet? Do you find it as handy as I do? Or a lot of fuss over nothing?


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Autumn Polish, Nailed

I recently received some gorgeous autumnal nail polishes by NYC* and I have been loving these colours! August ended and we seem to have jumped straight in to Winter, and these shades couldn't be more appropriate.

(L-R) Boundless Berry, Chelsea, Chelsea Cherry, Rock Muse Smoky Top Coat, Fine Red Wine)
(L-R) Boundless Berry, Chelsea, Chelsea Cherry, Rock Muse Smoky Top Coat, Fine Red Wine)
Red,  plum and berry shades are timeless for Autumn and Winter, and the sparkly black glitter is great for an accent nail or all-out bling, perhaps for a night out. These are so affordable, with the Expert Last polishes retailing at £2.49 and the New York Minute polishes only £1.79!

These photos have even put me in the mood to paint my nails with one of these right now... I'm thinking Boundless Berry with a Rock Muse accent nail!
*PR Samples

Monday, 24 September 2012

Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 Palette - 'Pink Spirit'

A while ago I blogged about the gorgeous Lace Blush By 3 palette from Sleek Makeup, and its beauty was met with lots of positive comments! I have since purchased a second Blush By 3 palette, this time in Pink Spirit. 

As the name blatantly states suggests, it consists of three shades of pink, one bright fuchsia and two deeper berry/plum tones...


The shades are all beautiful, and very wearable despite how vivid they are in the pan. A light hand with these blushes is the key to a pretty pink flush of colour, in order to avoid the 'scarlet fever' flush that might otherwise be achieved.

The product is velvety soft and blends nicely, though I did find Pink Parfait the most tricky to work with. I think that this palette really could be that bit more impressive with a shimmery blush among the mattes, however, realistically speaking, a shimmery pink blush might not be theeee most wearable shade!



As before, these blush trios are £9.99 each, for 20g of product. This means each blush is around 6.5g, slightly less than the Sleek single pan blushes, which are 8g each. However, the single blushes are £4.50 each so the palettes are more economical for your money.

I think these Blush By 3 palettes are very handy to have, especially for taking on holidays or on any travels. They are also handy for MUAs as you're not carrying around lots of single blushes!

Have you got any of the Sleek Blush By 3 palettes? I will definitely get more!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Videos Galore!

Hello hello, long time no blog!

Life has been hectic recently for me, and is about to get even more so as I am moving house soon! YAY! However, busy and exciting as it all is, I am trying to get back to blogging routinely again. It is great to have a breather every once in a while and then come back to the blog keen as mustard.

In the meantime, I have been quite good at uploading videos to my YouTube channel, so I shall link some in this post in case you are interested. If you would like to subscribe to my channel you can do so here, which would be very nice of you :)

My Holiday Toiletries



Empties - August 2012



Favourites - August 2012


Enjoy!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Mission Preparation Holiday Feet!

In a week's time I shall be in sunny Spain; sunbathing, drinking cocktails and swanning around in flip-flops and sandals! I probably don't need to state how excited I am, but I will anyway... I cannot wait!! It is my first all-inclusive holiday too, which will be a learning curve, I dare say!

Of course I have been engaging in the usual sorts of holiday preparation; partaking in exercise to lose a stone (stone's still there), writing (lengthy) lists of essentials, and buying new holiday clothes (approximately 75% of which probably won't get worn).

However I was lucky enough to receive this fantastic wee piece of technology, which has been really helpful in getting my feet ready for being on display in holiday sandals! Surely I am not the only person who notices other people's feet when they're dangling off the end of a sun lounger... I can't help but notice how bad condition some are! The stuff of nightmares! With that in mind, my feet are getting some extra attention...


The Emjoi Micro-Pedi* is basically a great tool for treating yourself to a home pedicure. It removes hard, dry and rough skin really easily and effectively. I know that feet aren't a topic most people like to discuss or read about, but we all have feet and they need taken care of, too! I won't frighten you with any foot photos, don't worry!


I've been using the handheld device after the shower on the areas of my feet that are most prone to hard skin, which for me is the heel and ball of the foot, which are subjected to the most pressure when walking (especially in heels!). I am of a ticklish disposition, and while it is a slightly tickly sensation, it isn't unbearable.


The Micro Pedi takes 2 AA batteries, and then you just switch it on and that's it! This works really fast to remove dry or hard skin and leaves feet looking and feeling so much better! The results are obvious straight away. Immediately afterwards I use a foot cream to moisturise my feet and it really does feel brilliant to have treated my feet, as odd as that sounds!


There is an extra roller included too, for when you need a less coarse pedi, and it is so simple to change the rollers. There is also a little brush for cleaning afterwards (it can be messy, bear in mind!) and a cover for the roller part to keep it protected. If you were going on a long holiday you could easily take this with you to maintain your fabulous feet! You can buy the Micro-Pedi in Boots, where it is currently £39.99, or directly from micropedi.ie. It isn't the cheapest foot gadget, but if you are wary of having someone else give you a pedicure, or just prefer DIY home pampering, you will save a lot of money in the long run!

Now al I need is to paint my toenails neon pink and I am flip-flop ready...
*PR Sample

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #44

Would you believe that this Sunday I was SO well prepared and had my make up shake up photos all ready to go... and then didn't take my memory card with me to my boyfriend's house. Durrr, well done Lauren! Now look where we are, posting it on Tuesday, again!



MeMeMe Seventh Heaven Moisturising Facebase - I have been using this as a moisturiser and primer this week, by using it in the morning instead of my usual day cream, and I am really enjoying it. This is almost finished which is quite sad, as I love it. I can get away with using this instead of my moisturiser as my skin is oily, but drier skins might need both!

Skin79 Super+ BB Cream - Every time I use this I remember how much I like it! It has good coverage and matches my skin really well. A nice change from foundation.

NYC Blushable Crème Stick Big Apple Blush* - I don't need to repeat myself about how lovely this is, do I?! <3 p="p">
Sleek Blush By 3 Palette Lace - I always forget the blush palettes when choosing my blush for the week, perhaps I should re-jig my make up organisation! This sits with my eye palettes so I forget it exists!


MAC Paint Pot Painterly - I often neglect this Paint Pot as, although it's a brilliant primer, I always seem to think it's too much fuss in the mornings. Realistically, it's a few extra moments of fuss, so I have no reason to let it go unloved.

NARS Eyeshadow Duo Portobello - These matte brown shades are lovely, and definitely some of the best matte eyeshadows I have tried. My one annoyance is that - on my eyes, at least - the two colours are basically identical! Apart from that, this duo would be great for travelling if you're not in to colourful or dramatic eye shadows.

No 7 Eyeshadow Duo - This little duo was part of a gift set I got at Christmas. The top neutral pinky-beige shade is a lovely colour for all over the eyelid and as a highlight.

Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara* - I have decided that I really need to use this a lot more for work/normal day-to-day make up, as it is quite nice and is more expensive than my other mascaras! It doesn't add any extra length or volume to the lashes so perhaps not great for evening make up looks.

I haven't pictured any lip products as I will probably just keep it simple and stick with my Revlon Lip Butter in Crème Brulée for a hint of natural colour. Have a good week everybody!
*PR Sample/Event Goodie Bag

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #43

Yet another belated make up shake up from me! Where does the time go? Again, I missed the decent lighting for this and so have played around with the colour and exposure of the photos for a change; no colour accuracy today I'm afraid!



MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 - I basically need to use this up; I rarely use it any more. I have been neglecting it so long that using it again has made me realise how pale I actually am! This lightest shade is still too dark on me, however this is proving to have decent staying power on my very oily skin.

Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation Light Pink - This foundation is the best colour match to my natural skin coour that I think I have ever had! The only thing I don't like about it is how much it slides around my face. Maybe if I use this to mix with the MAC SFF to pale it down a bit, I will find a happy medium?

Natural Collection Cream Blush Apricot - I got another two of the Natural Collection cream blushes finally! To be honest, the shades aren't a million miles apart, but this is a lovely natural peachy shade, perfect for every day wear.

Benefit Posie Tint - In case I need a pink toned blush!

Illamasqua Powder Blush Lover - I really love this blush. More than someone should love an inanimate object, but sure... A gorgeous peachy coral shade that adds a lovely natural, warm flush.


Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette - I started the week by being very adventurous and doing a dark purple smokey eye using Half Truth, which was most unlike me for work on a Monday! This palette is good for natural but shimmery looks and more colourful ones too. Feels good to be getting use out of it!

Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara - I am all UD on the eyes this week! This is a nice everyday mascara; it doesn't add much length or volume but I don't really mind for work etc.


Miners Fashion Matte Lipsticks Coral & Starlet - I KNOW! Bright lips this week too, I don't know what's came over me! Perhaps I need a cool flannel and a lie down... I must say though, bright lips really demand self-confidence to wear them all day! I also felt very Zoella when I wore the coral, which is a very orange shade!

BarryM Lip Liner 2 Dark Pink - This lip liner goes wonderfully with the Starlet lipstick, and helps it last a lot longer.

Have you been adventurous with your make up this week? Perhaps there's something going around!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

OOTD: Floral Jeans

These jeans were yet another step out of my comfort zone, and to be completely honest, I surprised myself when I bought them! I was wandering around DV8, in hope of buying something to wear on a work night out, when I spied these. Not my usual style at all, but I thought I might as well try them on for the craic. Five minutes later, I was paying £34.99 for them. Converted!

T-Shirt - H&M
Jeans - DV8
Pumps - George @ Asda
I wore them with a plain black vest top and black heels for the night out, and the above is how I tend to wear them on a daily basis for work etc.; dressed down with plain tops and pumps. These are now on sale here (typical) if anyone is interested. Rage!