Wednesday, 17 September 2014

My New Favorite Mascara

I have mentioned my mascara related issues a number of times in the past so I won't bore you with them again. I have found a mascara that is amazing for me.
I have always been a fan of Avon Mascaras and they were some of the first mascaras I tried when my mam was a rep for them during my early teens. 
Avon have just launched their new Big and Daring Volume Mascara. I have a friend who is a rep and when she handed me a brochure and I seen that there was a new mascara I had to try it. 
I'm pleased I did as it is one of the best mascaras I have used in a while. It has a lovely thick brush which I love and it is slightly curved too. It is a bristle brush which I'm not usually a fan of, I prefer the plastic ones normally. The formula is great too. Not too thick and not too thin. 
It has made my eyelashes look amazing. It will definitely be my go to mascara from now on.
Before
After (one coat of mascara, no curlers used)
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Make Up By One Direction Giveaway

Something super exciting for all you 1D fans today. 

One Direction have launched their own make up range, created by Markwins.

About The Product
A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.
The Looks Collection has three different keepsake tins which have been named after 1D albums and all  of them include a different look.

Midnight Memories - A rock and roll vibe
  • Through The Dark’ Liquilights glow gloss: Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red orange under UV light
  • Eyeshadow palette containing:
    Little White Lies – palest warm grey
    Dont Forget Where You belong – Soft pink shimmer
    Half A Heart – Metal grey
    Strong – Charcoal black matte shimmer
    Midnight Memories – Silver glitter creme
  • ‘Best Song Ever’ – Crimson red creme lipstick
  • ‘Little Black Dress’ – Volumising black mascara
  • ‘Right Now’ – Metallic steel nail polish
  • ‘Better Than Words’ – Black eye and body crayon

Up All Night - Fun and flirty
  • Taken’ Liquilights glow gloss: Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light
  • Eyeshadow palette containing: 
More Than This – Soft blushing pink
    Gotta Be You – Silvered taupe shimmer
    Save You Tonight – Shimmering turquoise blue
    Another World – Royal blue shimmer
    Up All Night – Sapphire glitter creme
  • ‘I Should Have Kissed You’ – Bubblegum pink creme lipstick
  • ‘Little Black Dress’ – Volumising black mascara
  • ‘Na Na Na’ – Aqua blue metallic chrome nail polish
  • ‘Stand Up’ – Dark denim eye and body crayon

Take Me Home -  Bronze, golden, girl-next-door look
  • Kiss You’ Liquilights glow gloss: Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
  • Eyeshadow palette containing: 
Back For You – Velvet creme
    Change My Mind – Peachy shimmer
    C’Mon C’Mon – Soft taupe
    Little Things – Smokey brown
    Take Me Home – Golden glitter creme
    ‘Last First Kiss’ – Nude pink sheer lipstick
  • ‘Little Black Dress’ – Volumising black mascara
  • ‘Live While We’re Young’ – Multi Dimensional gold glitter nail polish
  • ‘I Wish’ – Chocolate brown eye and body crayon



The Collection is already launched in the US, however international release dates have not yet been confirmed.

You can check out the facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

To enter the giveaway simply fill in the form below or go to https://promosimple.com/ps/5645


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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Bella And Bear Eye And Mighty Eyelash Curler

Eyelash curlers are a must for me, my eyelashes are incredibly short and they are also poker straight. I have tried lots of different eyelash curlers and have always thought they were pretty much all the same.
The Bella and Bear Eye And Mighty Eyelash Curler* is exactly what I have been looking for. It comes in a gorgeous box which includes the curlers and also a voucher for a discount off your next purchase. 


The handles are non slip and are super comfy to use, they are spring loaded which I prefer as I feel I have more control and I haven't had them pull like some other curlers have. My favorite part of the design though is the fact that the curler is wide enough to get all your lashes, a problem I have always struggled with.



These have quickly replaced my old eyelash curlers and I have already recommended them to a people. These are currently on sale for £12.99 and can be purchased here.
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Make Up Tag

I seen on Twitter that Linda over at Boston Beauty Buzz had created The Make Up Tag and tagged all beauty bloggers, so i thought it would be fun to do. 

What foundation do you use? 
I have currently fallen back in love with MAC Studio Fix Fluid in shade NC15, since i am wanting slightly more coverage since the weather has got colder here in the UK my skin has taken a turn for the worse. Before this i was using Rimmel Match Perfection.

How about concealer? 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer or Rimmel Wake Me Up. I also love MAC Pro longwear concealer but the first two are my most used.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love lashes. I don't wear them during the day but for a night out they are a must. My favorites are the Eyelure Exaggerate Lashes- NO 140.

What brand of mascara do you use?
I use a few different mascaras infact it is one of the products that can change from day to day. I am always trying new mascaras trying to make my lashes look longer and fuller. My favorites are Benefits they're Real Mascara and Soap And Glory Thick And Fast Mascara.

Sephora or MAC? 
Sephora even though we don't have them here in the UK although we can now shop online. Sephora sells a range of brands whereas MAC is just one brand. I would rather have the choice of lots of different brands and products than just the one brand.

What makeup tools do you use in make up application? 
Brushes and my Beauty Blender. Most of my brushes are by Real Techniques. 

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? 
Not all the time but if i know i want my make up to last i will use something. 

What is your favorite eye shadow (color or shade)?
I have lots of different colours and shades i love. I love a dark smoky eye so blacks, silvers and greys are always a hit with me.

What do you think of pigment eye shadows? 
I love them but they are just too messy for me to work with. 

What is your favorite lipstick?
My favorite lipstick at the moment is MAC Snob. Its just such a wearable colour. 

How about lipgloss? 
I don't really wear lipgloss at all.

What is your favorite blush to use? 
Nars Orgasm

Do you like drugstore makeup? 
I love drugstore make up. You can get some amazing things from the drugstore.

Name a makeup crime that you hate? 
Foundation Line!! 

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones? 
I love both, depends on my mood, occasion and outfit. 

If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use? 
Mascara. I look like i have no eyelashes if i don't wear it!

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes. I do often. Running round after my two boys gives me very little time to get myself sorted!

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
For drugstore i would have to say Rimmel and for high end MAC or Nars

What do you think of Makeup?? 
I love make up.



I would like to tag any of you that have a blog to do this tag. Leave me a link down below or tweet me and i will check them out.

thanks for reading

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Glossybox August 2014

Everyone knows how hit and miss Glossybox can be, this month is definitely a hit! This months box was for Glossybox's 3rd anniversary. This is my favorite Glossybox i have received so far, it's as if this box was made for me!

First up is one of my all time favourite products, Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer. I use this product often so it was nice to see this included as I run out a while ago and haven't got round to getting any more yet. I usually put this on when I get up in the morning if I know im going in the shower and it usually gets left on for a couple of hours. I just wet my hands and run them through my hair to dampen it before applying the product through my hair. It leaves hair feeling amazing and so much stronger from first use. It is a must for me, as it helps to prevent split ends and puts moisture back into your hair. It is expensive with prices starting at £15.00 for 75ml, but it is so worth it!


I love a good highlighter and the Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere is stunning! This has been placed in lovely Glossybox packaging but is just Kryolan Illusion. It is a cream highlighter and gives the most amazing glow when applied to the skin. This is a full size product worth £12.95.


Figs & Rouge Mini Hand Cream is probably the only product I am not all that pleased about. As I have mentioned previously I need to be careful what products i use on my hands, although this hasn't caused me any issues it is likely to just get put in my sample draw as I have many other hand creams to use. I may take it on holiday with me though due to it's compact size. This is a 20ml sample and for a full size 80ml product it is £6.95.


Yves Rocher Nail Polish is the birthday bonus item included in every box this month. This is a full size product but at just 3ml is the smallest nail polish I have ever seen. Cute! It is a gorgeous baby pink colour which I am pleased about as I don't actually think I have any light pinks as mine are all brights. Will be giving this a try next time I paint my nails. This product is worth £3.60.


Some people may not be happy with perfume samples but it is something I enjoy getting, especially with a couple of holidays coming up I'm looking for a few more perfumes to add to my collection. The fragrance included is Lalique L'Amour. It is a soft sensual fragrance which has notes of rosebuds, fresh bergamot, white floral and musk. I love the smell of this perfume but at £67.00 for 50ml it's an expensive one.


The last product is probably my second favourite after the Elasticizer and it is Essence Longlasting Lipstick. I got the shade Natural Beauty and it is my perfect colour. I love the shade of this as it is my go to everyday shade. It is definitely a my lips but better kind of colour. It was nice to apply and didn't feel drying in the lips. This was a full size lipstick worth £2.29.


Hugely impressed with this months box. Did you receive anything different to what I got? What did you make of this months box?


Thanks for reading 


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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Pamper Night Routine

A Wednesday night is pamper night for me. It's the night where there is nothing worth watching on the tele so I make the most of it and chill in the bath. Here is what my pamper night consists of.


I usually start by removing my nail polish first off. I do my fingers every week and my toes every other week unless i am wanting a specific colour then i may change sooner.

I then head up stairs light a couple of candles, my favorites are Yankee Candles and at the moment i am burning Lemon Lavender and Darling Clementine and start running the bath. While the bath is running i remove my make up and apply a face mask. The weather has changed here in the UK and it is back to being cold and miserable :( I have even had my heating on the last two days!! The cold weather means my skin has taken a turn for the worst and developed lots of dry patches so at the moment i am using a hydrating mask and my favorite one is the Nspa Replenishing Moisture Mask

I then hop in the bath and just relax for 5 minutes. I will then shave my legs, have a wash and exfoliate my skin using my favorite Soap And Glory Breakfast Smoothie Scrub. I also give my feet a mini pedicure to remove any dry skin. Once i finish in the bath i get out and remove my face mask. I then get dried apply some moisturiser or a body butter and stick my pj's on.

Then its back downstairs where i will apply my nail polish. My favorites over the summer have been Barry M Gelly Nails in Papaya and Models Own in Bubblegum.

What is your pamper night routine?
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Monday, 4 August 2014

Life and Weight Loss Update

You may have noticed i haven't really posted much over the last few weeks. It is the summer school holidays here in England which means i have both my boys at home. I usually write all my blog posts while my youngest naps but with it being the holidays i have my oldest to entertain, so i am really struggling to find to to write my blog posts. 


I also haven't updated on my weight loss journey for a while, that is because i have failed to stick to my diet at all lately. It was my birthday last month and my parents had my children for the weekend before. So me and my partner went out for meals and a few drinks over that weekend, so i decided to take a weekend off but having no willpower means a weekend off soon turned into a week off, then two weeks etc etc.

Luckily i have maintained my weight and not put any back on during this time. With 47 days until i fly on holiday i am getting back to it in the hope i can lose at least another stone by then. I have been back to it a few days now and have managed to drop 2lb so fingers crossed i can lose my stone. 

I have also been missing the gym for the last couple of weeks due to my partner working late. I have no excuse really as he gets home around 8 and the gym doesn't close until 10 so i really need to stop making excuses and get back to it!

As i have mentioned a few times i am off to Benidorm with a friend for 4 nights in September but we have now decided to book a family holiday for the beginning of October. I will arrive back from Benidorm on the 25th September and could be flying away again as early as the 30th September. I could definitely get used to that! We are looking at either Lanzarote or Fuertaventura, if you have been let me know in the comments what you thought!

Have you had any holidays lately? Or are you jetting off somewhere nice soon? 

Watch out for my case packing posts soon!

Thanks for Reading
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