Friday, 29 June 2012

Wishlist | My Current Beauty Wants

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Here's a little update of the products I'm currently eager to try. I think that exposure to the blogging community has made me consider trying products that I would never had known, and I am constantly on the search of my Holy Grail products. Also, wishlists are one of my favourite type of posts to write- I love online window shopping its such a lovely way to pass the time- fantasising what I would buy if money was no object! It also keeps me organised so that if I'm going out shopping I know what I want to get. So this is a wishlist and a to-buy list.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter
Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter In Lollipop or Creme Brulee
Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion 200ML
Simple Kind to Skin Cleanser 
Question: Would this remove eye make up too?
Superdrug cotton wool oval pads x 50
Cotton Wool Pads 
St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse 200 ml
St.Moriz Fake Tan
I'm going to buy another bottle of this since I'll be using it a lot over the summer
Beauty AM Self Tan Applicator Mitt
Self Tanning Mitt
I usually apply fake tan with gloves but I've heard it applies better with a mitt
The Birthday Box
Soap & Glory The Birthday Box
they're real! mascara
Benefit They're Real! Mascara
Studio Makeup Mist & Set
e.l.f Makeup Mist & Set Spray
zit zapper
e.l.f Zit Zapper
Topshop Lipstick in Infrared
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil 
12 Shade Undressed Palette
MUA 12 Shade Undressed Palette
eyelash curler - eyelash curlers
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

L'Oreal Caresse Sheer Lipstick in Impulsive Fuchsia
Couldn't find an official picture of this but believe me its prettyy!

What are the top items on your wishlist? How do you rate the contents of mine?

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Polish Post 6 | Pink Ombre and Glitter

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I've been painting my nails a lot recently- experimenting with different techniques and colours and I've been happy to discover unlikely combinations of my collection. However, I'm terrible for biting my nails and picking my nail polish off- so much so that I can't keep a colour on my nails for more than a day. I realise that this must be doing my nails a lot of damage, so for the time being, I am going to leave them bare. While I'm doing that though, I'll post recent NOTD's. Though since I'm on this topic- does anyone have any suggestions of what to do to stop biting my nails and to strengthen them?

Anyway, onto the actual post and today's nails consist of 5 shades of pink and my topshop ice crush.
To achieve the ombre (ish) effect on my thumb, I just painted stripes of colour adjacent to each other whilst the last was still wet and they seemed to just sink into each other and dry together. My fingers then correspond in descending order to the colours on my thumb, and I put a topcoat of glitter on every nail.
I am in love with these- they're so pretty and girly! Also, pretty easy to create- no messing about with sponges or anything. 

Do you like them? Would you consider giving nail ombre a go?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

FOTD | Minimalist and Liquid Liner

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I thought I would start a little series of FOTD posts as I have been experimenting A LOT lately and they're nice and easy and quick to do! I don't actually switch my make up around that much so if my FOTDs start getting repetitive I'll stop. But anyway, here is my minimalist face with the main focal point being the liquid liner. 
What I'm wearing:
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All-In-One BB Cream- read my thought here
Bourjois Little Pot Blush in Rose D'Or- reviewed here
L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara
No7 Amazing Eyes Liquid Liner- reviewed here 

So since I was having quite a good skin day, I decided to go really natural and I actually liked it very much! 

I've not been doing a lot lately- I'm just about to stop school for summer (yay!) and I'm up to date with Pretty Little Liars (yep, julz has struck again- watching multiple seasons in a matter of weeks) and I'm back to watching YouTube videos and Friends. I'm planning on spending my day packing (Barcelona soo soon!) and doing other productive things! 

Monday, 25 June 2012

Review | Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All-In-One BB Cream

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Lately, I have been signing up to receive samples of products online and one of the freebies that has popped through my letterbox is the Garnier BB cream. By now, most of you will have heard of BB creams but for those who haven't, BB stands for Blemish Base or Blemish Balm, although it shouldn't be thought of as a spot cream; more of a multi-function cream that has the combined properties of other products like the coverage of concealer and the moisturising of a day cream
Inside, there are 3 sachets of the cream as well as a little bit of information about the product.
The cream comes out as what looks like a paste: thicker than I had expected but I found that it could be buffed into the skin satisfactorily with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. 

The consistency was thicker than I am used to with my Flower Perfection Foundation, and although I ordered the lightest shade, it was quite far from my skin tone, both of which meant it was difficult to blend. I also wasn't very fond of the fact that I could feel the cream sitting on my face as it felt quite heavy and oily.

The cream gives a dewy finish which is nice at this time of year and it also gives a good amount of coverage and evens skin tone well. It stayed on all day, and that was without setting powder which was quite impressive. 
Me wearing Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All-In-One BB Cream

To sum up, I am not head over heels in love with this BB cream, but it would be a nice change from my everyday foundation now and again. It has also made me want to try more BB creams to compare- I hear that Clinique and Estee Lauder are bringing out their own this year.

This product is available in Boots (£9.99) and Superdrug (£7.49).

Have you tried Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All-In-One BB Cream? Would you recommend any others?

Update | My First YouTube Video

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Just a quick post to tell you all that I am now on YouTube! As you probably know, I've been thinking about doing it for a while now and yesterday I had nothing else to do so I just gave it a shot. I hope you'll watch and possibly like or subscribe- I feel like I can count on you guys as support (all 79 of you- woo thanks for hitting that subscribe button!)

So my first video is MUA Best and Worst Products and to be honest I seriously underestimated the length of time the whole process actually takes! I had to get ready, make up done, get set up, film (I cut many many times!) and edit which takes agess!

Here's some snaps I took today:
These are the products I talk about- the bottom ones are worst and top ones are best! Oh except for the primer and lipgloss which I cut out as the video was getting too long. 
This is my little filming set up. I thought a I would add a candle and my make up bag to the background to add a little interest.

You can visit my channel here

So I hope you can take a look at my channel and definitely let me know your thoughts!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Review | MUA Liquid Liner vs No7 Amazing Eyes Liner

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I have been posting quite a few reviews lately so I thought today I would take a bit of a different approach and instead of just reviewing my new No7 liquid liner I would compare it to what I had been using: MUA's liquid liner. 
Each liner is an own brand make- MUA is Superdrug and No7 is Boots.
The MUA liner is £1 and the No7 one is £8.75 (though only £3.75 with the £5 off No7 vouchers which are currently available.)

In terms of packaging, both items are pretty similar. Simple black with metallic coloured lettering. Both look high end and classic. The MUA one is 3.1ml and No7 is 4ml which shows looks can be deceiving as the No7 one looks at least double the size.

The applicators of the liners are, in my opinion, quite different. The MUA one is pointed and very firm which means it can be a bit scratchy to apply. On the other hand, the No7 one is like a tiny paintbrush which is soft and has enough flexibility to glide smoothly over the lid but not so floppy that your line will end up at your eyebrow.

Also, the formula of each liner is quite different. I find the No7 one a lot wetter and pigmented, although I think perhaps because I've had the MUA one for quite a while it is beginning to dry up.

The finished results of both liners can be more or less the same, depending on how much effort you put in. Application of the MUA liner takes quite a bit of time, patience and a flexible wrist to reach awkward angles, though if you get enough on the brush the line comes out a pigmented black. Be careful not to let the line dry and then go over it though as it will start peeling. The No7 one, as I mentioned, glides on in one motion and takes about 10 seconds, depending on if your doing a flick or not. It gives a bold black line instantly, and is more glossy than the MUA one.
Wearing MUA liner a few minutes after application.

Wearing No7 liner a few minutes after application.

The most significant difference I have noticed in the liners though is their staying power. By the end of the day, the MUA liner has crumbled and looks really bad. However, the No7 liner is immaculate as if it had just been applied.
Wearing MUA liner after around 7 hours of application.

I would recommend the MUA one to anyone who would just be wearing it for a few hours or for someone brand new to liquid eye liner and who needs to practice (that's how I got the hang of it!) I think that for £1 you may as well give it a go!

My hands-down favourite though, is of course the No7 Amazing Eyes Liner. I wouldn't pay the full £8.75 but I think £3.75 is completely worth it. It is perfect and after using this I doubt I'll be returning to my MUA one.

Which do you prefer? Do you like this type of review post? Feel free to leave any requests for posts in the comments.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Haul | What I Have Bought Recently {H&M, Internacionale, M&S, Primark & Boots}

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This weekend I went on a bit of a spendathon- getting the last bits and bobs for my holiday and some early items for school (I think its better to start school shopping early to avoid the crazy rush in late July early August). Hauls are my favourite type of post to read and write and I love watching them on YouTube too. I am still considering making videos to go alongside my blog though I am a bit apprehensive because I'm a bit self concious about my accent hehe! Let me know your thoughts :P Anyway, onto the haul, and we'll start with H&M:
I have had my eye on this for a while now and I actually thought it had sold out but I discovered a little section of them in my nearest H&M so grabbed it immediately. It was £14.99 and I think the pale pink shade and hearts are very 'me' although the colour washes me out a little. But I'm hoping that when I'm on holiday it'll be fine since I'll have fake tan on. 
I think these basic skirts are great- they're only £3.99 and are perfect for school. I had one last year and it lasted very well. 
This was one of those last minute, picked up while waiting in the que purchases. It was only 99p so I thought hey-ho why not, I don't have any yellow nail polishes and since its summer I thought I ought to try some bright nails. And also the tiny little bottle swayed me because I love minis!
I found this on the sale rail for only £3. I love that its bright and will be lovely on holiday on a shopping day or to the beach. It creases very easily though!
These were also reduced- down to £1.90. Perfect for the beach or at the pool and since they are a pinkish nude, they will go with everything.
Ah this is my favourite item from the whole haul! I absolutely love playsuits right now and I saw this on a you tube haul and thought 'I need that!' The collar tips are so cute-I love them! The playsuit reminds me of something that Caroline Flack would wear which is another reason I love it so much- she is my ultimate style crush.
I bought this blouse purely because of the collar. Its peter pan, lace and has pearls sewn on- what more could I ask? Sadly though, I had to take it back since it was damaged- if I ever see it again I might repurchase though I'm thinking £12 is a bit steep for a Primark top?
These are the shirts I have for school next year. I got an age 15 thinking they would be fine but they're really huge- watch out for M&S sizing! Though I am just going to keep them as I think they'll be ok tucked into my skirt. These were £18 for the set with 20% off.
This is what I used my £5 off no7 voucher to buy so it was only £3.75. Until now I have been using my MUA liner, thinking it was pretty good but now I see what I have been missing- this liner is amazing! So worth £3.75- I definitely recommend spending your voucher on this. Expect a review soon!
This was £10.99 which I do think is a alot but I have seen this recommended so many times and I had been using my Clinique so much that its almost done so I thought it was time for a change. This mascara truly lives up to the hype- it lengthens my lashes amazingly and defines them well too.

So that's what I've bought recently- quite alot, I know. Oh and apologies for neglecting my blog of late, I have been obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and unlike Friends or EastEnders I can't blog and watch that at the same time- it demands my full attention- which most of the time results in me pooping myself at every jumpy part and biting every single one of my nails off! Better get back to it!