Thursday, 31 July 2014

Five Product Face

Please do excuse the absolutely disgusting state of my concealer palette! It seems that no amount of scrubbing will get it clean though, so it's a good job it's (usually) just me that sees it. Anyyyway, since I've seen this post around a lot lately I thought I'd give it a go myself; this is my take on the five product face.

Throughout the summer months you really don't want to be sporting a full face of make up, you probably don't even want a foundation. I've chosen to include my 12 colour concealer palette form Light In The Box (£8.90) as it has everything you could possibly need to conceal, contour and highlight. These creamy little delights do an excellent job of hiding any redness, dark circles or blemishes. You have every shade you could possibly need in arms reach, along with a little highlighter and of course the darker shades make a fab cream contour or bronzer.
Obviously to blend all of this into the skin you are going to need a brush, I have chosen the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99) because it is a great all rounder.

Next up is the brows. Honestly I'm not much of a brow girl myself, purely because I've never found a product that I am entirely comfortable with. A little eye shadow such as this Natural Collection solo pot in Crushed Walnut (£1.79) should do the job just fine though and you could even use it on the lid if you really wanted. 

If you're going to wear make up then the step you can't skip is mascara. I've gone with my Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless (£7.99) in Brown simply because it is one of my favourite mascaras. I love the length of the wand and it doesn't clump. All good. 

Finally for a dash of colour on the lips I'm using my brand new Maybelline Baby Lips in Strike A Rose (£2.99). It is a beautiful colour, very moisturising and quite subtle. Full marks from me - but more on that in a future review so check back soon for that.  

If you were only allowed five products what would you pick?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sephora Wish List

Today we are on our third and final wish list of the month. I guess I'm just lusting after a lot of things. I have purposely left my Sephora wish list a while before posting because, as always,  I didn't want to be just another blogger amid all the hype when the news was broken that Sephora now deliver to the UK. Finally though, about four months later, this is my wish list...

1. TARTE Golden Days and Sultry Nights Amazonian Clay Collector's Palette - $36.00

2. Sephora Collection Pro Allover Powder Brush - $46.00

3. Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush - $24.00

4. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - $26.00

5. FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment - $22.50 - Berry

6. Formula X Nail Polishes - $12.50

7. Marc Jacobs Beauty Tonite Lights Glitter Dust - $32.00 - Ultraviolet Light

8. BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé - $27.00 - Lychee/Opal

9. Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation - $42.00

10. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette - $58.00 

Have you ordered anything from Sephora? What is your favourite American product?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

How To: Summer Beach Waves

Following yesterday's beachy pictures, lets talk about beachy hair. The real key to getting those perfect beach waves is a good texturising salt spray. I've been using this one from Superdrug since last year and it's really rather good, especially considering the £2.99 price tag.

There isn't much you can say about it. The Superdrug 100ml Style Expertise Salt Spray comes in a simple metallic blue bottle. I give it a six out of ten for looks. The product claims to add fullness, definition and texture to your hair perfect for that rough and ready "off the beach" look and it does this, so ten out of ten for that. 
All you have to do is give your dry hair a couple of sprays of this and scrunch it up with your fingers to create beachy waves, you could even curl your hair before hand for that extra oomph. I find this gives great volume that lasts all day. The only problem I see with this is you really have to wash your hair after use because it does end up making your hair feel a bit icky - not fun.

Overall, this is a great high street fix perfect for those minimal to none effort summery days!

How do you create your beach hair? 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Exploring the Isle of Man

If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I recently passed my driving test (yippeeee!). This new freedom has inspired me to explore all the parts of my little island that I've either not been to before or not visited enough, and of course what better time than the Summer when my friends are all free to adventure with me and there is sunshine galore (well maybe that last part is a bit of an exaggeration). I've been to various places throughout the past week and here are some photos for you to enjoy!

Laxey Beach
Kirk Michael Beach (that's me)

Deformed feet in the water

Oooh horizons

Silverdale café

I like pretty bridges

I threw a coin or two in the well and made a wish

Sunday, 27 July 2014


I know you don't wear the same make up every single day for a month (well, some people might) but as of late there is one look I've been reaching for every time and here it is.

Base. First of all I prime my skin with the Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer and hydrating under eye primer (love this stuff!). Next I dust a light layer of my trusty Wet'n'Wild Beauty Benefits Fresh Effects Pressed Powder in 21040 Translucent Fair over my T zone with a RT powder brush to keep my make up in place for that little bit longer. 
I like to mix my No7 Stay Perfect foundation in 02 Alabaster with Rimmel Wake Me Up in 303 True Nude. The first is too light and the latter too dark but together they make the perfect shade with perfect coverage. I apply with a RT Buffing Bbrush. I then conceal under my eyes with Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in what I think is True Ivory but I can't be sure as most of the text is rubbed off. I powder on top with my Rimmel Stay Matte in 003 Peach Glow. 

Complexion. I lightly contour using a RT Blush brush with my MUA bronzer in shade 3 - this stuff is really good and shouldn't be overlooked. It warms my face nicely. I have also been loving dabbing on a little of my No7 Natural Blush Cream in Romance using a RT Stippling Brush.  

Brows/Eyes. To keep my eye brows in place all day I've just been using any clear mascara (Smashbox Brow Tech To Go how I miss you) and then for eyes, I prime using my UD Primer Potion and the eye shadow I use depends entirely on my mood/outfit. My mascara of choice has been between W7 Lashed Up and Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless in 002 Brown.

Lips. I've been keeping it pretty simple with the lips, mostly just a random lip balm or gloss.

What is in your current every day make up routine?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Feeling Upbeat!

When I was approached by Upbeat asking if I'd like to try their protein drink* I couldn't wait to get started. Unless you're new around here (if so, then welcome!) you'll know I could really do with improving my health and so I thought since Summer is practically here now - yep, I don't think it's going to get much hotter for the UK - it's the perfect time to boost my protein intake by starting my day the Upbeat way.

What exactly is Upbeat? Well, it is a 'delicious dairy protein drink that helps set you up for the day' brought to you by The Good Whey. The drink claims to be:
  • High in protein - it contains more than a medium sized egg, a 170g fruit yoghurt or even half a tin of tuna
  • Natural source of calcium - it is made with fresh British milk
  • No more than 150 calories and low in fat
  • Less than half the sugar of leading fruit juices
  • Made with real fruit - natural colours and flavours
  • Suitable for vegetarians
So it sounds pretty good, right? Well I went out and picked up a couple of bottles in the Blueberry & Raspberry flavour (there are other flavours available but this is all my local Tesco has) and have been having one every morning on and off for a few days. I'll be honest, of the flavours available this one wouldn't have been my first choice had there have been other options, however, this one isn't bad at all. From the colour and consistency alone you can tell it has been made with real fruit, it smells sweet and it tastes just like a milkshake** - it's good. 

for the Blueberry and Raspberry drink
I noticed on the days I did have a bottle of Upbeat for breakfast I did feel more awake and lasted that little bit longer before feeling the need to eat something but that's not the only way you can incorporate Upbeat into your day. I found that choosing a bottle of Upbeat instead of a mid morning or afternoon snack to be the perfect little energy boost and it's not even bad for you!
I like Upbeat, I like the name and the aim (I'm a poet and I know it) and it's something that I can really see myself drinking regularly for little pick me ups, especially during my health kick phases. 

Something else I've been enjoying checking up on from Upbeat is their barometer (click here). This is a very unique little extra from the brand that is created to boost the happiness of people across the UK. How it works is the people at Upbeat send the nation's tweets through a sentiment engine to see what is fuelling conversations; that plus a little number crunching brings out a daily score between 0 and 100 to provide a happiness index of the nation's mood. As I write this, the average mood is 35 out of 100 and the happiest place is currently Belfast - who knew, eh?

For more information on the nutritional content of Upbeat, additional reviews and to meet the team visit the Upbeat website linked above. There is also a rather interesting music formula you may want to take a look at while you're there!

So to conclude, I can't wait to try the other flavours, Mango & Passion fruit particularly & I recommend you go and get yourself some Upbeat from your nearest Tesco, Holland & Barrett or WHSmith*** today and try it for yourself.

Find Upbeat on Twitter//YouTube//Facebook

*I am not being paid to write this post, all opinions are truly my own **Although the taste isn't for everyone, if you don't like milk this isn't for you **other stockists include The Co-operative, Booths, Waitrose and Ocado

Friday, 25 July 2014

Mall of Style Haul

If you didn't know, last month I won Corinne's give away to win a $30 (it's an American place that now ships to the UK) discount voucher for Mall of Style. I picked three gorgeous necklaces and was so pleased with the service that I just had to share my experience with you!

The website (linked above) is full of a huge variety of jewellery, from costume jewellery and ethnic/bohemian bangles right through to the most stunning necklaces and charms. I know what I like and what I'd wear though so despite spending an hour scrolling through pages and pages of sparkly things it wasn't difficult to choose my three pieces. Thanks to my discount I only ended up spending $38.15 which to me is only £22.28. 

Considering my items came all the way from the states, delivery time was amazing - just under two weeks. The jewellery came inside their own individual bags which were packed in a silver box. The lengths of the necklaces are perfect, not too short that it's like wearing a choker and not too long that it's more like a pendant, but just right. I am really pleased with Mall of Style and had it not been for Corinne's give away I would have probably never have found them, so if you haven't already then I definitely recommend you go and check them out!

Here's what I got...

Umbrella Necklace, $13.99 (39.17)

Heart Necklace $16.99 (£9.92)

Red Clover SWA Necklace, $25.99 (£15.17)

Have you bought anything from Mall of Style? What do you think of my choices?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Urban Decay Feminine Palette

*Disclaimer: do not be mislead, this is the original feminine palette, not the newer one which was released in 2012 with different packaging and different shades inside. Find that one here.* 

To me the Urban Decay Feminine palette is far too underrated. I know that it's been around for a while now but I see it literally no where. Nobody seems to review it, nobody seems to buy it in their hauls or even use it in their tutorials and I really don't know why because this palette is one of my all time favourites!

As you can see the packaging is typical UD - it's bright and fun (or should I say feminine, as 'fun' is a whole different palette). It is a sort of cardboard box with I don't know what around it - I'm not great with materials. It also has a rather satisfying magnetic closure.  

The palette contains six beautiful, highly pigmented, shimmery shades; Stray Dog, Swf, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Dark horse & Ecstacy. It also includes a black 24 hour eye liner and miniature primer potion which I've not included in the photo. 

Urban Decay is famous for it's eye shadow pigmentation and these six shadows have excellent colour pay off. They are the perfect spring summer shades for day or night and I really enjoy using them. There really is no limit as to the looks you can create with this, you've got lights, brights and a light and a dark brown. What more could you ask for? Except maybe a matte. Oh and as you can see, I've barely made a dent in them despite regular use so they last a long time too. 

You can find this palette for various prices on different websites but I'd say it is always around the £28-£30 mark. Though it is absolutely worth the money.

Have you tried the Feminine palette? What do you think?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer OOTD

Summer OOTD

Summer OOTD by beautyshine featuring Reeds Jewelers

It's getting toward the very end of July and we are well and truly in the midst of summer. I'm writing this in June so whether the weather is appropriate I really don't know. If it is hot, however, I've put together this lovely outfit that I think is perfect for sunny days.

I've gone for a gorgeous bright red cammi top that will look so cute messily tucked into the cream and red print floral skater skirt. I have purposely chosen accessories all based around the same colour so as to draw the outfit together even more. I think the subtle dangly necklace is perfect to fill up the bare neck, the bracelets match the casual sandals and the ear rings are just beautiful rose gold diamond studs.

As for makeup I really don't think much is necessary. None us like to wear a lot in the Summer months, instead to complete this look I think a gorgeous warm bronzed or well contoured cheek and some winger eye liner. Finally a spritz of Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume. 

What's your summer staple? 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Just Another Wish List

I haven't done a wish list in what feels like forever so it's only right I do one now. After all, my wish list is currently longer than my arm! Here are just a few things I'd really like to try out, beauty wise. 

Topshop makeup - I've been wanting to try some Topshop makeup for so long now, I think something from their range is definitely first on my list. Isn't this lipstick the most beautiful colour?

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - I've heard so many good things about this foundation. I did some work experience with a makeup artist no so long ago and she recommended this to me as well. I'm not sure whether to go for sheer glow or sheer matte though?

Clinique Chubby Sticks - I love crayon eye shadows and some of the Clinique colours look right up my street. I'd really like to try one (or five). 

Lanolops Lemon Aid Lip Balm - I think it was last year when the beauty community of blog world and Youtube raved about this lip balm, well I haven't forgotten and it will be mine. It sounds so good. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - I'm yet to try a micellar water and I think that when I do, I'm going to go with Garnier. After Bioderma, this sounds like the best. 

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer - Last, but by no means least, I'm desperate to try the Body Shop's Honey Bronzer. I'm still to find my perfect shade, although I love my Sleek Contour Kit I do think this bronzer looks more my tone. My friend bought it recently and she has made me want it even more so. 

What's on your beauty wish list this summer?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Blog Your Heart Out Tag

A blogger friend of mine called Amber (who you've probably seen a lot of in the comments) tagged me to do the Blog Your Heart Out tag. Click here to go and take a look at her blog or here to follow her on Twitter - of course wait until you've finished reading this post before you leave though!

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What/who encouraged you to start blogging?
I started blogging because I was watching YouTubers and found their blogs, through which I found a whole world of other blogs and the wonderful blogging community and just decided to start a blog of my own because I loved - still love - the idea of writing about what I love and finding people with the same interests to share it with. Within this short paragraph the word 'blog' has appeared six times! 

How did you choose what topics to blog about?
This ones easy; I chose beauty because I am and always have been obsessed with makeup. I have branched out a lot since I first began though.

What is something most people don't know about you?
Most people don't even know that I have a slightest interest in beauty or anything remotely related. Everyone is always shocked to see my vast collection of cosmetics, or to hear I'm going to study Beauty Therapy next year, or that I want to be a make up artist and not an administrator. I mostly just wear a little bit of makeup and leave the full face to when I'm at home or around my friends because then I don't get all the 'woah you don't usually wear makeup' or 'didn't think you were into makeup' comments and then we have to go through the whole thing. I just can't be doing with the hassle. My blog and my future is my little unintentional secret. 

What three words describe your style?
Quiet, comfortable, feminine 

What do you love doing when you are not blogging?
If I'm not blogging then you'll find me either at college, in bed, with my nose in a book, in front of the TV, walking my dogs or out with my horse. Nothing interesting really. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know some of your answers in the comments and make sure to leave your blog link. I tag Jess, Katie, Daisy and Ebony

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Skin So Soft Soft & Smooth Bikini Line Hair Removal Cream - Sensitive Skin

Don't worry, I'm not about to talk to you about that area, this is just a simple, totally above board review of a hair removal cream. All good? Good. 

So this is the final thing from my AVON haul and although I said the hair brush was my only bad review, I'm thinking this could be another. 

Although I was sceptical at first due to the fact I don't usually go for anything from the Skin So soft range as my skin doesn't like it - and the fact I tend to suffocate from that oh so significant smell - I was really impressed with this hair removal cream at first. 
You simply apply a thick layer to the area you want to remove hair from, wait just two minutes (yes TWO MINUTES) and shave off with the little piece of plastic that comes in the box. You are left with hair free, silky smooth skin... 

...for about twelve hours!! For me anyway, the following morning I had prickly, irritated, blotchy skin which wasn't very nice at all. I really don't know if this is just because my skin is extra sensitive or if this product just isn't very good, after all it is supposedly designed to suit sensitive skin. It's ironic really, since the product claims to make 'shaving rash a thing of the past'.

To conclude I can't say if the Skin So Soft Bikini Line Hair Removal Cream for Sensitive Skin is one to avoid or whether it could be a genuinely decent product that just reacted with me. I really don't know.

What are your experiences with hair removal creams?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

AVON Set Sail Metallic Colour Stix - Glided Sail

The Set Sail Metallic Colour Stix in Glided Sail, £4.00 is one of my favourite purchases from AVON. It claims to be a 'crease-proof, creamy eye shadow stick for high shimmer colour' and that is exactly what it is. I am absolutely not disappointed by this, it is lovely and pigmented, glides on easily and has excellent staying power. I find it to be suitable as a base, on it's own blended all over the lid or along the lower lash line.

The packaging is nothing to rave about; a not so sturdy, plain white pen with dark blue writing and clear plastic lid. It is designed to be retractable but mine doesn't wind up or down, it is just stuck with half an inch of product out and goes round and round like a child proof bottle of medicine. It is a decent size to throw in your handbag though.

All in all  I'm really very happy with this little gem and I'm sure I will be getting a lot of wear from it through the summer and even into the autumn. In the future I'd also like to pick up the shade Sailor Taupe. 

Have you tried this or something similar from AVON? 

Friday, 18 July 2014

AVON ColorTrend Set Sail Lip Gloss

I'm not a big lip gloss buyer but I've been looking around for a gloss in this colour, or something similar, for a while now which is why I decided to give the AVON ColorTrend Set Sail lip gloss a go.  This particular shade is called Cruising Red and retails for £3.50. 

It's a small, plastic tube with a reasonably sized doe foot applicator and the scent of a magazine freebie. The anchor and blue cap go well with the nautical theme, especially having bought a red shade, but it isn't the packaging or the size that pleases me with this lip gloss. It's the product itself! 

The ColorTrend Set Sail lip gloss is thick and creamy, it has a beautiful shimmer that's subtle enough for day to day use throughout the Summer and is heavily pigmented so is perfect for use alone rather than on top of a lipstick. Personally, I'm still a little bit afraid of the big bold lip so I like to wear just a little bit of this. A little it bit is still more than enough though to create a pretty but powerful rosy lip. I got three compliments in the space of an hour - my blush almost matched my lips ;) 

Similar to the Rimmel Apocalips, this gloss doesn't fade but leaves a tasteful stain of colour. Whether, like me, you like a simple summer lip or you dare to go bright, I think this is a great little high street buy. 

What's your favourite summer lip colour? Will you be trying the ColorTrend Set Sail lip gloss?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

AVON Glimmerstick Eye Liner - Majestic Plum

The eye liner is less brown and more plum than it looks here. 

I already own one of the glimmerstick eye liners from AVON in Emerald Glow. I got it from eBay some time last year and I think it's a nice product, so when I saw them reappear in the catalogue I decided to get another one. This time I bought the shade Majestic Plum which is a beautiful, deep, shimmery purple. I chose this shade, as I did the green, because it goes well with my hazel eyes. Both the purple and the green are wonderful alone to accentuate my eyes during the day or go lovely along my upper lash line with any eye shadow look throughout the evening.

I love the packaging of these liners. For some reason I just enjoy the slim tube and the twist up mechanism - It pleases me, okay? They're really easy to use, the liner itself is soft and glides on smoothly. The colour pay off is amazing as it is very pigmented and so it looks very pretty against my naked eye lid. Wow, I never thought that's something I'd say in a sentence! 

Another bonus of the eye liner is that it not only lasts all day (my working day is 8 hours) but it is waterproof. You need an oily remover - such as Clinique Take The Day Off - to get this one to budge! 

So at just £3.00 each I think the AVON Glimmersticks are fantastic little additions to your make up bag whether it be to spice things up on an every day basis or for a glam night out. I'd recommend them. 

Have you tried these? Would you like to?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Advance Techniques Beautifully Behaved Lotus Shield

Another hair product to review today, I promise it's the last. I'm really trying to boost my hair back to it's health. I used to have great hair (if I do say so myself) and get a lot of compliments on it but these days it's just dry, damaged ends and a bit of an oily scalp. Euuukk. 

"A breakthrough leave-in treatment containing Lotus Shield Technology that forms a protective lightweight barrier that helps block humidity from ruining your style"

I've never used an anti-frizz product before - I've always just accepted my hairs naturally craziness - but this Advance Techniques pick up from the Beautifully Behaved range really does work for me. Thank you, AVON! 

The way this works is you shake the bottle well, rub a little bit together in your hands and apply to clean, damp hair. It's basically a straight from the shower kind of thing. When I've used this, I continue to dry or style my hair as normal and not only does it smell good - a recurring pattern with AT products, I've noticed - but it truly leaves my hair soft with no frizz in sight.  Why oh why did I not discover this sooner?? 

So if like me your hair is a little bit crazy or the heat just gets to you through the Summer I really recommend giving this a go. It's a quick and easy leave-in treatment that will really benefit your hair and leave you worry free. 

How do you tame your hair?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Advance Techniques Paddle Brush

Day two of AVON haul week and already I have for you my only bad review. It's a hair brush. An odd thing to review, I know, but I was really disappointed with this buy. I can't complain too much though, as it was only £4.50. 

After my beloved Tresemme brush became unusable after an incident with some dry shampoo I thought I'd try something new. I was ordering some things from the catalogue anyway and I liked the ideal of a sturdy paddle brush so I got it. I wish I hadn't bothered. 

It looks good, I like the pink and black and it's a decent size but that is where the good things end. It feels so cheap and horrible, the bristles are terrible and not durable at all and I struggle to brush my hair with this as it hurts due to it pulling so much. I really don't like it.

What is your experience with hair brushes? What would you recommend?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil

I recently was given an AVON catalogue for the first time in a good few years. I had a flick through and the stuff in there seems to have improved a lot since the last time I bought anything. I bought a few things, as you'll see throughout this week, but one of the things I bought is the Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-in Hair Treatment from Advance Techniques. I bought it because a) I've been wanting to try Moroccan oil for a while and b) it was on sale for £3.30. Bargain!

"This exotic blend containing rare Moroccan Argan oil absorbs instantly, infusing hair with moisture and shine. Helps nourish and smooth dry, damaged, fragile hair to leave hair looking soft, stronger, healthier and irresistibly touchable."

I've used this a couple of times on damp hair after a shower and feel like I'm ready to be able to give you a fair review; it's good. Having already tried a similar oil treatment from the same brand I already expected great things. You just need a tiny amount - one pump or less - to rub into the ends of your hair (I'd say from ears down, to prevent an oily scalp). It smells amazing and leaves your hair feeling soft and nourished. You can then style your hair as normal. This product is suitable for all hair types.

Although I'm not sure how well this treatment would work with damaged hair, it has definitely added improved health and shine to my terribly dry ends! 

So if your hair is in need of some TLC then I'd recommend giving this a go a couple of times a week. It's cheap and for me at least, produces good results.

Buy the Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-in Treatment from AVON for £5.50.

Sunday, 13 July 2014


A while ago I shared a recipe with a fellow blogger via Twitter for gooey in the middle chocolate brownies. When I make them everyone loves them and she (@EashasGlam) liked the sound of them too, so I thought why not share the recipe with all of you? It's the perfect Sunday afternoon activity!

You will need:
175g Dark chocolate broken into pieces (I use milk chocolate though)
175g Butter
250g Golden caster sugar
A pinch of salt
3 Large eggs
155g Plain flour
2 tsp Vanilla extract
100g Chocolate chips (milk,white or dark) 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4. Grease cake tin and line with not stick baking paper. 
  2. Place the chocolate pieces and butter in a bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth. Remove pan from heat and cool slightly. 
  3. Add the sugar and salt to melted chocolate.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add them gradually to the mixture.
  5. Sift the flour into the mixture and beat until smooth. 
  6. Add the vanilla extract and stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Scrape mixture into the tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until top is pale brown and the middle is soft.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin before cutting into pieces.
  9. ENJOY!

A little warning that if your attempt goes horribly wrong and ends up looking something like this, don't worry. It happens sometimes with this recipe, it's all about the preparation! They still taste good. 

If you make these brownies let me know what you think and maybe even tweet me a picture?!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick

For about a year I lusted after the MAC frost lipstick in Costa Chic. I looked at review and review, swatch after swatch and was adamant that this would be my perfect lipstick. I was wrong. I'm not saying this is a bad product because it's definitely not. It's a beautiful colour, very pigmented and lasts for hours!

This photo really doesn't do the lipstick justice, it's too bright. It really is much pinker and shimmery-er in reality. That's my problem though. Despite me adoring the colour and the pigment it doesn't suit me at all, sigh. It literally makes me look like Mrs Piggy or something and it does nothing for my face shape. I just wish I had whiter than white teeth, not so much of a double chin and lighter hair. I'm really disappointed. The only other downer is the fact that it does fade to make your lips look cracked and cakey which isn't a good look at all. 

However, if you can pull it off then this is a shade I'd really recommend. It's a fantastic lippy and the perfect addition to your make up bag for the summer. It glides on smoothly and the colour intensity can be built up nicely. I'd give it an 8 out of 10. 

Buy Costa Chic directly from the MAC store, here, for £15.00.

What's your favourite shade of MAC lipstick?

Friday, 11 July 2014

H&M Beauty

About a month ago I did my very first order with H&M. I bought a bunch of clothes but of course, the beauty blogger inside me just couldn't checkout without adding some beauty items to my basket! I only picked up three things; a face mask (used and forgotten, nothing too special there), quick dry nail varnish spray (yet to dabble with) and a nude eye shadow palette. It is the palette that has made it onto la blog. 

The palette retails for £3.99 and  I got one of the 'NUDES' in Soft Nudes. There are five shadows in each palette, as much as I'd like to tell you there is a mix of matte and shimmer, all five are shimmer - just some more so than others. The shadows are quite pigmented, for example if you take a swatch on your finger there is a high colour pay off but if you want anything more than a soft, subtle look on your lids, I highly recommend using a primer!

My favourite shades are 1 because it's a perfect highlighter for the brow bone, and 3 because just look at it... It is a beautiful champagne gold. 

The packaging is just like any other drug store pick up - plastic and cheap looking - but it is fairly sturdy and I'd say good for travel. It could perhaps be improved with a mirror though.

Overall this is a nice enough palette, perfect for everyday use and maybe even shades 4 and 5 have potential to make it to a smokey eye? Who knows. I think it is excellent value for money and I plan to try more from H&M beauty in the future.

Have you tried anything from the H&M range? What do you think?

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Liquid Liner Perfection

It is the soul mission of every beauty blogger on the planet, it is the search for the best liquid liner. The one that every girl can use with ease and perfect the dreaded cat flick. Well girls, I think the hunt is finally over as I'm yet to find anything to beat my Body Collection Liquid Liner...

I can't remember where I bought this and the only place I can find it online is Amazon, here. There are a lot of mixed reviews and not everyone will feel the same but for me this really is my ideal product - and I'm a total dummy at liquid liner so I can imagine  the professionals having a ball with it.

The packaging is nothing special; black bottle, screw on lid-come-applicator and gold writing. I like it, but it's not the packaging that matters when it comes to an eye liner!

The liner
The product itself is black black in colour and of a quite thin consistency. You can build it up easily and once it is dry it's pretty much there all day. It dries fast though so you have to be quick in tidying up any smudges. I find it best comes off with an oil based make up remover.

The applicator 
The applicator itself is a thin, angled tip. It's sturdy but not too hard and it is slightly flexible so that it doesn't tug on the skin but allows you to comfortably glide the product over the lid. It's even the perfect shape for creating that feline flick. The tip doesn't pick up too much product but rather just the right amount. 

The verdict
At the moment, I really do love this product. I think it is easy to use, lasts all day and looks good. It's cheap and cheerful, shall we say? I am, however, open to any recommendations you may have.

Have you found your perfect liquid liner?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturiser

This is my little tube of joy. Okay, so maybe that's taking things a little too far but I do like this moisturiser a lot. Funnily enough, I've had it for a while. It was a gift about two years ago (don't worry, the time on it is 24 months and until recently, it has remained unopened) and I just never used it because I've tried things like this before and they've never worked. 
However, after running out of my beloved Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel and not being able to repurchase it just yet, I turned to this in the hope it might be just as good - and it is, almost.

"Powerful blemish fighting ingredients help treat existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Lightweight, moisturising formula."

The packaging is cute, I like the mint colour and I do enjoy moisturisers in a tube for some unknown reason but it's nothing much to write home about. The product itself is a smooth, thin consistency and the colour is white. Average, right?

The reason I love this so much is because it glides onto the skin so effortlessly and makes my face feel silky soft. I can feel it's benefits immediately and I look forward to my skincare routine more. Also, despite my only using this item of the three step anti-blemish range, my skin is genuinely much clearer. I am super comfortable and happy with my skin at the moment. Don't hold me to this though, it could just be a coincidence. I like to think I have this moisturiser to thank though, nothing else in my routine has changed.   

This product is oil free, fragrance free and suitable for all skin types. I have the 50ml tube which retails for £18.50 from Boots.