Wednesday, 4 March 2015

New To My Makeup Bag

Last Friday was pay day and what better way to celebrate than a trip to the beauty aisles of Boots.  I also went cray cray in Superdrug but I'll post that post later just spread it out.  At Boots it looks like I went Soap and Glory mad, but there a great 3 for 2 offer on and I haven't tried anything from their beauty line.   Here is what I got.

Soap and Glory Glow All Out | LINK
I initially thought this was a highlighter but apparently it is in fact a luminising face powder.  Isn't that basically the same thing? Anyways this is a pinky toned micro shimmery highlighting powder -  which can be used all over the face not just to highlight key areas.  I'm the not the best at highlighting as I usually can't be asked,  but since getting this I have been loving it. 

Soap and Glory Solar Powder | LINK
I think this is one of the most talked about bronzers out there.  I blame watching Lily Pebbles for this purchase, as she made me do it.  Well not really,  but yet again like highlighting bronzing up my cheeks is never very high on my requirements list.   But this powder makes it so easy to achieve.  The duo bronzer has a dark matte shade and a lighter slightly shimmery golden companion.  Use individually or swirl together,  you'll get a lovely sun-kissed look to your face.  Love it.

Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick - Bashful | LINK
This was free SandG item in the 3 for 2 offer and I love it.  It's the perfect everyday pink.   Not too sticky and glossy which is great for me as I hate sticky glossy glosses. Lasting power is excellent too.  I can get away without reapplying for a few hours. Oh and by the way it smells yummy too!

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder | LINK
This is a repurchase.  Why?  Because it's good and cheap. It claims to keep oiliness at bay for 16 hours,  which is a tad of an exaggeration from Seventeen.  However I do believe it works,  just not for 16 hours!!  I have to reapply throughout the day and it is a thin passed powder that doesn't look to heavy on the skin.

Rimmel Brow This Way - Dark Brown | LINK
I've always been fascinated with these mascara for the brows. Benefit sell them but to be honest I weren't going to pay an arm and a leg for that one.  Sometimes cheaper alternatives work just as well.  The dark brown shade (pictured) is the perfect match for my hair shade and you can really see the difference once this is applied.  Word of warning though,  remove excess product from the brush first.

Do you new have any new items in your makeup bag?


Monday, 2 March 2015

Making Your Lipstick Last

I like to rock out a bold lip every now and again.  I'm one of those ladies who likes to apply my makeup at 8am and still want it to look just as good at 5.30pm...  but sadly that's not always the case - especially with lipstick.  However the correct prep and layering can work wonders at making a look last.

I've put together a little guide of how you can get your lip look to last the duration of the day.  You could be cheeky and cheat by using a lip stain like Benetint or Lip and Cheek Stain from The Body Shop.... But I'm not going to.  All you have to remember is layering helps. 

Prepping The Base

Preparing your lips is the key stage of making a lipstick look last.  If you're about to paint a wall you make sure it's smooth and the holes are filled in right??  It is the same with lips.  Take a toothbrush (a clean one) and gently rub your lips or you could use a lip scrub.  There are plenty of cool receipes where you could make your own.  Sugar and olive oil or sugar and lemon juice...  That's just two. Or you could buy one...  I like the Bubblegum scrub from Lush. 

Once exfoliated,  remove the excess scrub and pat dry with a tissue.  When dry apply a lip balm to moisturise the base.  It doesn't have to be a fancy balm... Steer clear of think glossy balms. Chapstick is what I use.

Now the prep is done, go apply the rest of your face as this will give the balm time to sink in.

The Lipstick

Another key part of this is to use a lip pencil.  Use it to fill and line the lips.  Some pencils these days are so good they actually look like lipsticks. Once you're all penciled in apply lipstick.  You could use a brush or apply straight from the bullet. Remember to (1) find a lipstick and a pencil that are a similar shade and (2) pop them in your bag for emergency touch ups.

Apply Lipcote

You could leave the lipstick with out applying this but any extra help is much appreciated right??  Apply Lipcote over your lipstick,  it'll taste strange but it works.

I hope these tips help you.



Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday Reading | The Glam Guide

On Sundays I like to chill in my pjs and read a good book.  I do like a bit of mushy lovey dovey fiction, but there is nothing quite like reading a book that feels like your best friend has written it.  When I found out Fleur De Force was writing a book I was sceptical.  There was the whole controversial issue of The Girl Online - Zoe 'Zoella' Snug having a ghost writer which she hadn't declared, plus with Tanya Burr she had help for Love Tanya.

Knowing Fleur was honest from the beginning and even vlogged her writing journey, it left me intrigued and wanting to know more about what she was creating.  I've been a stalker of Fleur for years on YouTube and blogger.  I like her style, manner and whole lovely smiley way.  So in all fairness I'd probably like her book right??

Oh yes.

Firstly lets talk front cover.  Rose gold writing - check!  Gorgeous water colour art work - stunning!  Cute Piglet picture - all say awwwww.  The book screams style before you even open the cover.  Inside she covers topics that every girl/woman will have questions about.  Be it hair, travel, fashion, beauty, youtube, health and fitness.  Her book will keep you occupied for hours as it jammed packed with information.  The illustrations and photography inside are very stylist and I love the water colour / light pastel shades used throughout.

Each section is full to the brim of interesting tips.  I'm 31 year old and I'm learning a thing or two from this book.  Who knew there was a technique to jean shopping?  I usually go with what fits.  Fleur gives the low down on the dos and don'ts with handbags, accessorising, shopping in the name it.  I really like that at the end of each chapter there is a section of 10 Quick Tips which is such a great idea.

I like that the book is targeted at many age ranges.  You can be young teen, needing first date guidance, tips with makeup or an older woman needing travelling tips or relationships advice.  It isn't solely aimed at one age group, so I think many of you will enjoy it.

If I could meet Fleur ... I'd shake her hand and tell her she has done an excellent job with The Glam Guide.  Her hard work and dedication shows and her knowledge is overflowing from start to finish.

You can buy The Glam Guide right HERE on Amazon.  I highly recommend it (I wasn't paid to say that).

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