Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Beauty || Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints.

Left to Right: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints in No. 30 Cardamom, No. 11 Dragon, No. 31 Mustard

Barry M is always one of the first brands I go to for nail products as they always know what they are doing. As well as having really fun polishes in every colour imaginable, I know I can rely on them to keep me up to speed with the nail world! I have been wearing a lot of matte colours recently but as the weather is staring to turn for the better I decided I wanted some brighter, shinier colours. So when I was in Superdrug I naturally turned to Barry M and found these amazing shades.

I really love the formula of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints. They are pretty tough and last very well. I have a serious problem with keep varnish on my nails for more than a couple of hours but these ones were pretty chip resistant! They are also really easy to apply. Although the formula is quite thick this means it actually means that one coat is enough. That, and there staying power, is perfect for me as I am super lazy when it comes to my nails and want something that is going to be as low maintenance as possible! I also love how glossy and shiny they are and living up to their name, do look very gel like. 

The colour range is amazing and I found it very hard to choose! As I mentioned earlier I wanted some  bright colours to get me in the mood for the brighter months ahead so I first chose the colours No. 11 Dragon and No. 31 Mustard. The Dragon is such a fun colour! It's definitely a shade for my braver days, but I love it non the less! The Mustard I was a little unsure of at first but is such a pretty, happy colour on and surprisingly wearable! I also picked up the No. 30 Cardamom as I had my sensible hat on and decided I needed something a tiny bit more work appropriate. It is still a really pretty colour though and reminds me of sea foam, which I love.

Overall I am very impressed with the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint and I think they would be an amazing addition to anyones collection! I would especially recommend them for someone like me who has very little patience and wants something super easy that looks like it took way longer!

Have you tried the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints yet?

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Beauty || Makeup Revolution Baked 'Golden Lights' Highlighter.

Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighter in 'Golden Lights'

The Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighters are something I have had my eye on for a little while now but as I tend to go for creme or liquid highlighters, until now I had avoided them. Finally I decided that at £3 I couldn't really go wrong and chose the 'Golden Lights' shade. Highlighters are usually something I struggle with a little bit, but this one has made my life (well, mornings at least) a lot easier!

It has a lovely, golden shimmery undertone that catches the light really well. There is something about it that looks very luxurious and radiant and I think it is named perfectly. It really does give that kind of candle light glow that makes everyone look good! Another great thing about the Baked Highliger in 'Golden Lights' is it is really easy to work with, blending really well and making for a very even application. It is also very build able, which makes it very perfect for a variety of looks. I am someone who likes to be able to change between natural to more intense makeup and I have been finding this product very useful! I have also found that it stays put really well and I know I can count on it to last me throughout the day, which means one less thing I need to carry around with me!

One of my favourite things about it though has to be the price! At only £3 this is an amazing product that is definitely worth giving a go! I think the quality of the product is great and considering the price, amazing. Whilst I think this would be a great addition to anyones makeup collection I think it would be especially good for someone who might struggle a little with highlighters or is just starting to experiment with them. Although it is a very reasonable price I don't think it suffers quality wise at all. There are also three other 'Baked Highlighters', the 'pink lights' and the 'peach lights' and I am very excited to try them out!

Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighters?

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Monday, 16 February 2015

How to Cover Your Dark Eye Circles. Or not.

Somedays I go for this, others I choose eye cream.

This may be a weird image for some but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Whilst I like finding new beauty products, playing around with my makeup and physical appearance, I often find the beauty world very overwhelming. Whether it be the bombardments of airbrushed models to demands that we lose weight or even just the sheer volume of products to cover dark eye circles. Its often hard to evaluate how we feel about ourselves and our bodies because of so many, loud, in your face, external voices. It can make it hard to hear our own anymore.

Don't get me wrong, I have spent hours looking for a good eye cream. It's just somedays, I am not that into it. Sometimes I really just don't care how I look, or I feel more comfortable just scraping my hair up and wearing sports bras. Some days I prefer the way I look without makeup on. This isn't to say I have no hang ups about my appearance, I really do, but sometimes I will put makeup on, look in the mirror and I don't recognise myself. Other days I am sick of looking the same way. I can spend anything from 1 minute to 2 hours in front of a mirror, depending on mood.

Some days, I change my appearance because I feel pressured too or I feel self conscious. These days, sadly, are not so fun. They can make me feel sad, anxious, like I am letting myself down or even angry. I don't wish these days upon anyone else but the chance is that you too have them. And that, is completely fine. It's an unfortunate, but rational, response to our surroundings. We are constantly being told to change, not because we want to and how we want to, but because we should and how we should. To expect this to have no effect, is a big ask of ourselves and others. Whilst I try not too feel this way, I don't beat myself up for it, I just try to recognise it. For me, if I recognise it, I can enjoy those days when I am having fun with my appearance, to their fullest.

On these days, like any normal, human being, I might just be bored. It can be refreshing to see a slightly different face and in turn, perhaps a different side of yourself. Some people like to do this everyday or the majority of the time, others are happy trying this out once in a while. You may be like me and go through phases of both. It can also be nice to pay attention to your appearance because you like it, you feel happy in your own skin. You might want to enhance certain features or maybe even downplay them if you feel like it that day. You can celebrate your body and love it for all it is, whilst still mixing it up. In fact, something which I don't think people tell each other enough, you can do whatever you want!

Whilst altering your appearance can be due to pressures or anxieties it can be for happy and positive reasons as well. Taking time to recognise the reasons behind your actions can shed new light on them and make you aware of your motivations, good or bad. Was it something I wanted to do for myself or did I feel that I had to? It is not about what you do, whether it be a hair cut or even going down the cosmetic surgery route, but why you are doing and who for. You may realise you like having guidance in your appearance and like following trends or you may discover you are happier with no external input. Ultimately life is about being happy. So, whatever it says, try to hear your own voice in amongst the white noise.

Do you find the beauty world overwhelming at times too?

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Friday, 13 February 2015

B. Creative | Art Edition Palettes.

B. Creative | Art Edition, Vol. 2 | Eye Essentials - Night || B. Creative | Art Edition, Vol. 3 | Colour Collection - Day.

Whilst in Superdrug a while ago, my eyes were instantly drawn to these palettes. I am not really a palette kind of person, but these ones made me want to be. There are 8 palettes in total in the B. Creative | Art Edition range and I think the entire collection of pallets looks amazing. They are also a good size and fit quite a good amount of product in. The covers of all the palettes are very pretty and I was really struggling to decide which one to go for but thought these would be the most suited for my needs. I think the range of colours inside are both amazing in their own right, but work really well, together, as pallets. They are also cruelty free and vegan, which is amazing!

Left: B. Creative | Art Edition, Vol. 3 | Colour Collection - Day. || Right: B. Creative | Art Edition, Vol. 2 | Eye Essentials - Night.

The Colour Collection - Day Palette contains four eyeshadows, two lip colours, a blusher, a bronzer and a highlighter, as well as brushes. With both of the palettes my favourite thing is the eye colours. They are well formulated, pigmented and well chosen for the palette. They are just such lovely colours that I am really looking forward to using them more. Whilst the shadows are my favourite that does not mean I am at all disappointed with the rest of the palette. I really like the bronzer, blusher and highlighter. The blush and bronzer are really lovely colours and both help to give a really nice, healthy, natural look. They have quite a lot of pick-up, making it a little messy but as long as you are careful, its manageable. I also think the highlighter is great, it has a really nice, pearly glow that catches the light really well and I am pretty impressed by it. I really hope that they bring this out separately as I would definitely buy it. The two lip colours are listed as 'lipsticks' but are kind of half way between that and a gloss. They do, however give a nice colour and I think they do work well for the 'Day' palette as they are quite soft. They're nicely formulated, not drying and not sticky.

The Eye Essentials - Night Palette contains four eye colours, two brow powders in a dark and a medium shade with a wax and a double ended brow comb/angled brush. It also includes a mascara. Again the eye colours are my favourite. I especially love the shade 'Marylebone' which is a cream shadow in a pale beigy/bronzy shade and reminds me of  the Maybelline Colour Tattoo shadows. It is well pigmented but also quite subtle and build able if you do want a stronger look. It also applies really softly and evenly and is just nice and easy to work with. Again, I was very disappointed when I found out I couldn't buy it separately! The brow powders and wax are also pretty good. The angled brush with comb is great and I have had some really nice results with them. Although I like the colours, even the medium is fairly dark so they may not be too suitable for anyone with fair brows.
I am, sadly a little unsure about the mascara. It claims to be lengthening and thickening, which it does do, its just sadly doesn't match up to other drugstore brands. I would much rather seen have seen something like a highlighter or eye pencil in its place.

Overall I do think these are really lovely palettes. They are a good size, very pretty, practical but not boring. I also think they are very well put together. They are going to be so useful just to pop into my bag and be ready for any occasion and they will be great for travelling! I also think they would make an amazing present for a wide range of people. If you have a friend or relatives birthday coming up and are stuck for a present then I think this could be a great option! They are also currently on sale at Superdrug!

Have you tried any of the 

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Skincare || Benefits of Honey & DIY Face Mask!

Honey is both good for you inside and out and I especially love using honey for my skin. It is often found in skincare and haircare products due to its great list of uses. I think it is a really nice, natural way to give your skin an extra little boost, without using any harsh or synthetic ingredients. Honey is great as it is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. This will help prevent blemishes, help treat them and also lessen any redness or soreness. It is also moisturising and what is known as a humectant, meaning it will draw moisture from the air. It is especially good for those with sensitive skin. I always have a bottle of honey on my dressing table and I like to use this when my skin is feeling a little run down but I cannot quite put my finger on why.

You will need ||

Honey || 3 Tsp
Lemon Juice || 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon || 1/2 tsp
Aloe Vera Gel || 1tsp

The honey I use is Acacia Honey as it is easily available, well priced and quite light but you can use many different kinds. You don't need to buy the finest, most expensive manuka honey, just make sure it is 100% honey, without anything added. I also included Aloe Vera which is great for soothing irritated skin, lemon juice, which lightens and fades blemish marks and scars and cinnamon, which has anti-bacterial properties. It is great for tackling acne but is also gentle. It will keep skin calm whilst treating, unlike many anti-blemish products that can be a little harsh on the skin. I have chosen these ingredients as I think they best cover the needs of those prone to blemishes as well as being easily accessible and likely to already be somewhere in your home.

Simple add all of these ingredients together and mix until fully combined. Then apply to the skin with either your hands or a brush, avoiding the eye area but making sure to get into any creases like the sides of the nose. Leave the mask on for around 5- 10 minutes and then wash off with flowing warm water, or with a hot muslin cloth.

Do you have any easy, DIY, skincare tips?

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Favourites || In January!

Left to Right: Umberto Giannini 'Frizz, Rebel Without a Coarse', La Roche Posay 'Serozinc', L'Occitane, 'Thé Vert & Bigarade', Bravura 'Purifying Calendula Toner', The Body Shop 'Vitamin E, Overnight Serum in Oil'.

January has been a great month for me, in terms of new products. I have found many great products but today I will be talking about a few of my favourite ones, that I think would be an asset to anyones collection.

The first I want to talk about is a hair one from Umberto Giannini. This is from their Frizz range and is the Rebel Without the Coarse Dramatic Results Styling Spray (bonus points for the pun). It is silicone free (which is very hard to find in anti-frizz products) meaning it doesn't weigh hair down or cause build up. My hair is always frizz free after use and smells amazing. It is a really simple product but does its job very well.

My next favourite is a fragrance from L'Occitane, Thé Vert & Bigerade Eau de Toilette. I first smelt this just before christmas and instantly fell in love with it, until I saw the price tag of £49. Perhaps stupidly, I decided to throw caution to the wind, telling myself it would be for special occasions. Obviously I wear it every, single, bloody, day. The reason I love it is that it's such an unusual scent. It has base notes of cedar, thyme and musk, Heart notes of Green Tea and Yerba Mate and Top notes of Orange and bitter orange. To me it is very refreshing and light but also a little musky at the same time, which makes it a bit more interesting

This month was probably dominated a bit by skincare as I have been suffering from some skin issues recently but I have found some really great products to help take the edge off! This month I have been loving The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil. I have written a post about this already so I won't go into too much detail but it is a really fantastic product. If you are new to the world of serums and oils then I would say this is a great starting point. At only £13 it is budget friendly and as its from The Body Shop, easily accessible.

I also tried out a brand I had never heard of before called Bravura and have been absolutely loving it! I have been using their Purifying Calendula Toner after seeing it mentioned on Caroline Hirons' blog. Again, I have just written a post about this so I won't go into too much detail, but I think that for the price of £8.39 it has blown me away and will most definitely be a part of my skincare routine for a long time to come.

The last product, which again I have already written about, as has everyman and his dog, is the La Roche Posay Serozinc. I have been using this quite a bit this month as it is really great at mattifying the skin. It helps oil control and I no longer notice my skin getting a little shiny towards the end of the day. I also think that because of this my makeup is lasting a little better. Whilst I am not hugely impressed with its anti-blemish claims, I have never had a product that has controlled oil so well and made such a difference.

Do you have any of your own January Favourites?

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Review || Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner.

 I first heard about the Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner on Caroline Hirons blog when looking for a recommendation for toners. Many recommended were very expensive and generally way out of my budget. Whilst the Bravura toner is a bargain at only £8.39. I have been in the market for a new toner for a while now so though what the heck!

The Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner is different to many standard toners as it is an 'exfoliating toner' or what is sometimes called an 'acid toner'. This means that it uses acids to exfoliate the skin, in this case Glycol and Lactic acids (don't worry, they're safe!). Acids are beneficial because they are able to gently remove dead skin cells, rather than using facial scrubs, which can be somewhat harsh. It also contains Calendula extract which provides 'anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, soothing and moisturising properties'.

I also love how pleasant it is to use. Whilst it gives a very slight tingle, it is not at all harsh. After using my skin feels incredibly smooth, soft and my moisturiser/overnight serum just melt into my skin. I have found that since using the Purifying Calendula Toner my makeup is applying smoother and my skin is overall much easier to work with. I have recently been suffering with some very bad breakouts, which sadly are taking a while to go but this has really helped moved them along a little. It is also seems to visibly calm them down a little as well as prevent new ones!

Overall the only fault I have with this product is the packaging. I actually really like the look of it but it is just an open top, with no flow control. This makes it a little hard to manage how much you are using. I am also very paranoid that I am going to spill it all! That said I still love everything else about the product and think it performs at the level of a product 5 times the cost! I cannot wait to try more from the range!

Have you tried the Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner or a fan of acid toners in general?

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