90's Makeup Look

Monday, 29 February 2016

Hello and welcome to 1999!  Today I'm going to show you how you can get this totally awesome look that will make all your school pals sooooo jealous of how bang on trend you are.

My 10 Favourite Beauty Bloggers

Sunday, 28 February 2016

We're almost at the end of #FEBeauty, and I'm pretty chuffed that I actually managed to stick to my challenge and published a beauty post every day in February.  It was harder than I thought it might be - I have a new found respect for those of you who blog about beauty on the regular!  Speaking of which, if you want to follow some proper beauty bloggers then here are my top 10 faves:

Makeup Look: A Touch of Teal

Saturday, 27 February 2016

On ma face:
No7 Instant Radiance Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud
No7 Shade & Define Eye Shadow Stick in Cool Mink
Avon Super Extend Liquid Eye Liner in Teal
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sparkle Green
L'Oreal False Lash Superstar Mascara
Sleek Angled Eye Brow Pencil
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
Rimmel Lipstick in Peachy Beachy

Revlon Highlight Palette Review

Friday, 26 February 2016

How pretty does this look eh?  I literally did a double take in Boots one day whilst walking past the Revlon stand and had to pick it up.  I originally bought it to be used as a blush but quickly realised that it's a bit too shiny for that, and it's best used as intended - i.e. as a highlighter.

5 Beauty Steps I Need To Get Better At

Thursday, 25 February 2016

1) Serums
I currently have at least 3 serums in my drawer at the moment and do I use them?  Do I fuck.  It's the one skincare step that I forget about consistently - I go straight from cleanser to toner to moisturiser, usually remembering the serum whilst I'm halfway through my makeup.  I saw an ad for the No7 Protect & Perfect Serum at the cinema the other week and thought, hmmm that looks pretty cool - only to remember 5 minutes later that I already had it!  I'm going to make a conscious effort from now on to try use it on a daily basis so I can actually see if it makes a difference.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder Review

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

I've been using this powder for about a year now and yet I STILL can't get the name right first time, even when reading it off the jar.  Hyaluronic Hydra Powder is a stupid name anyway, it sounds like something from an Avengers movie.

It doesn't unfortunately give me any special hydra powers, but it does do a pretty good job of keeping my foundation in place which is all I ask really.  It's a really fine powder (so heads up, you will accidentally breathe it in through your nose, a lot) which looks a lot like talcum powder, but goes on transparent so don't worry you won't end up looking like Caspar.

I feel like it's lasting forever as I only use a small amount each time.  So even though it's pretty pricey at £42, it's been good value for money.  I don't have much else to say really - it does the job of keeping my skin shine free and setting my foundation in place without it looking too cakey or flat.  I'm not sure if it's one I'll repurchase as I like trying new products so will probably give something else a go next, but if you're looking to try a new powder then it's worth a look!

Hair Inspiration

Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Since the wedding I haven't really done anything different with my hair (besides a brief spell with a peachy toner).  I'd originally toyed with the idea of getting it cut short as soon as I was back from honeymoon, as in the run up to the big day I was getting really fed up of my long hair taking ages to blow dry, getting tangled all the damn time, and just generally requiring too much effort.  I chickened out though and decided to keep growing it for a while longer.  

I'm now at the stage where I'm itching for a change, so I've been looking at Pinterest for ideas.  I like lots of different styles and colours so I'm not really sure what I'm going to end up doing.  Can someone just decide for me please....?

3 Picks: Nail Colours

Monday, 22 February 2016

Mint is one of my favourite colours (hence the blog colour scheme) and Mint Candy Apple is such a beautiful shade.  It's definitely my most worn nail polish (it's what I was wearing when I got engaged!).  I do really like Essie polishes, I think they have a great shade range, they apply really well and the bottles are really cute but I'm not sure they live up to the hype that the brand is afforded, particularly in the blogging world.  In terms of wear they don't last longer or chip less than my more cheaper polishes (like Bourjois 1 Seconde), so the quality doesn't quite feel as premium as the price.

Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Sunday, 21 February 2016

It's been a long time since I last used a classic exfoliator.  In fact I think I went yeeeeears without exfoliating at all - there's a big gap between the good old days when I used to scratch my poor face with the St Yves apricot scrub that EVERYONE at school had, and my recent discovery of the joy of acid exfoliators.  

3 Picks: Hair Oils

Friday, 19 February 2016

1) Moroccanoil Treatment
When I first started blogging 4 years ago lots of beauty bloggers were raving about Moroccanoil so *of course* I ended up buying a bottle.  Amazingly despite using this for about 3/4 years now I still haven't finished the bottle.  What sorcery is this?!  

Up until very recently I only used this on wet hair, rubbing through the ends of my hair before blow drying.  I definitely feel this makes a difference when I use it, the tips of my hair feel much softer and look a lot less fried.  Oh and did I mention it smells delicious?  

The 5 Minute Makeup Challenge

Thursday, 18 February 2016
I know I'm about 2 years behind everyone else, but I've finally filmed a 5 minute makeup challenge!  Check it out below to see how I got on....

Beauty Products From My Teens

Tuesday, 16 February 2016
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Time for a little trip down memory lane, looking at all the beauty products I remember using in my teen years.


I have to say, I wasn't one of those teenagers who went to school with a full face of makeup.  I didn't become dependent on foundation until I was in my early 20's, but the days when I *did* wear foundation I, like most teenage girls in the late 90's/early 00's, used Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse.  Was there ever a more terrible foundation?  Hahah!  It was literally like rubbing chocolate mousse on your face, and as no one could ever seem to get the right shade, sometimes the colour was close to chocolate too.

No7 Instant Radiance Foundation Review

Monday, 15 February 2016

I'm fiiiiiinally getting round to writing a review of the foundation that I've been wearing and raving about for over a year.  I don't have a huge amount to say about it mind you, other than - you need to buy it!

3 Picks: Makeup Brushes

Sunday, 14 February 2016

1) Real Techniques - Expert Face Brush
This is my favourite brush for applying foundation - the rounded shape means it's easy to get into all the nooks and crannies like round the nose etc.  Like all Real Techniques brushes, the bristles are incredibly soft and feel great on the skin.  Also as the bristles are tightly packed it's the perfect brush for foundation as you can really buff it into the skin.  

60's Inspired Look

Saturday, 13 February 2016
To celebrate the arrival of the Hairspray UK tour in Edinburgh, today I'm sharing a 60's inspired makeup look. This was surprisingly easy to put together and I can see how you could tone it down / up depending on the occasion.  

Here's my tips for achieving that 60's look!

Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser Review

Friday, 12 February 2016

These days it's very rare for me to buy skincare on the high street, i.e. in Boots / Superdrug.  I've got so used to using REN and Origins products that it rarely crosses my mind to look at high street brands.  A few months ago though I was having one of those days where you just wander round Boots picking things up on a whim (which incidentally is a good way to accidentally spend £100) and I decided to give this Vichy cleanser a try.

Cream Eyeshadows: High St vs High End

Thursday, 11 February 2016

As I've mentioned a few times recently, I've been on the hunt for a decent cream eyeshadow on the high street that I can use as an alternative to my much loved By Terry Ombre Blackstar.  I've found quite a few recently though so thought I'd do a round up post for you.

Longest Serving Beauty Products

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

As much as I like trying out new products, there are a select few that I repurchase again and again.  Here's some of those products that I've been using and repurchasing for a long time now.

3 Picks: Perfumes

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

1) Jo Malone - Pomegranate Noir

Last year I wanted to treat myself to a special perfume that I could use for my hen do, wedding, and honeymoon.  I liked the idea of having a scent that would remind me of those moments and settled on picking a Jo Malone fragrance for the job.  I'd never even smelled a Jo Malone perfume before but for some reason I had it in my head that it would be a nice fancy treat.  Whilst in the airport flying back from London one day last summer I spent a looooong time in duty free smelling every Jo Malone perfume they had.  Pomegranate Noir stood out for me - it's a dark musky fruity scent with notes of pomegranate (duh), raspberry and plum.  Now I wear it several times a week but it still hols those lovely wedding memories, just like I hoped!

Benefit Rollerlash Mascara

Monday, 8 February 2016

I've spoken previously about my never-ending search for the perfect mascara (here, here, and here).  It's one of those products where I flit between brands and am always willing to try something new.  I did previously claim to have found "the one" (Clinique High Impact), buuuut that love affair is well and truly over and there's someone new on the scene.  Step forward, Benefit Roller Lash.

My Evening Skincare Routine

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Following on from My Morning Routine post, today I'm sharing my evening skincare routine.  Depending on how tired I am / how lazy I feel, my evening skincare routine can range from me simply washing off my makeup and going straight to bed, to a full routine like the one below.  I do try to do the full routine every night as I know my skin looks better when I stick to it, but you know how it is, sometimes I just can't be arsed!

Night Out Makeup Look

Saturday, 6 February 2016

On ma face:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
No7 Instant Radiance Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in Pink Sprint (Pinktini)
Topshop Crescent Moon Highlighter
Sleek Brow Perfector in Light Brown
Benefit Rollerlash Mascara
By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eye Shadow Stick in Bronze Moon
Chanel Lipstick in Jean

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial Review

Friday, 5 February 2016

I mentioned in my Recent Beauty Purchases post that I'd bought the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial as part of the Pure Glow Trio in the sales over Christmas.  As a long-term REN fan I had heard about the 1 Minute Facial when it first came out and thought it sounded pretty cool, but not something that I really *needed* so I held off trying it.  Luckily the Pure Glow Trio was an absolute bargain, so I finally got the chance to give it a go.

As the name would suggest, it's a speedy facial treatment so perfect if you're wanting to give your skin a bit of a treat but haven't got loads of time.  It has a gritty texture when you first apply it, and a slightly odd smell.....I think it smells like potatoes!  If you've used the Origins Modern Friction scrub it smells really similar to that.  Anyway, you rub it on your face in circular motions and then wet your fingers and rub again (this is sounding really rude but I can't think of a better way to describe it) which will get rid of the grittiness.  Once wet, you leave it on for 1 minute and then wash off.  

I use this every 3 days and I genuinely feel like it has an immediate effect on my skin.  I have that post-facial "glow", without looking too red.  If I don't moisturise afterwards it can feel like my skin is a bit tight, but not uncomfortably so.  I'm not sure if I will repurchase (as £32 is a bit more than I'd normally pay for a mask/treatment) but I am definitely enjoying using it, so I'll just need to make the most of the bottle I have!

Lazy Girl Beauty Tips

Thursday, 4 February 2016

1) Wash your makeup brushes in the shower.  This is definitely my number one lazy beauty tip - I can't remember the last time I washed my makeup brushes in the sink.  I always take them in the shower with me so I can wash them (with baby shampoo) while I'm letting a hair mask or a face mask work its magic.  I definitely recommend it!

2) Use fast-working products.  Swap your Origins 10 minute masks or your 15 minute Philip Kingsley Elasticizer for speedy products like the REN 10 Minute Facial or the Pantene Expert 2 Minute Masques.  Aint nobody got time for a 30 minute shower!

3) Speed up the getting ready process by fitting in tasks whilst you're waiting for primers / moisturisers etc to sink in.  When I'm getting ready in the morning I tend to put my outfit together whilst my toner is drying, and then pick out all my makeup items whilst my moisturiser is sinking in. The less time you have to sit around waiting for things to dry the better.

Pantene Expert Collection Review

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
pantene expert collection blog review

When it comes to haircare I used to mainly buy salon brand / more expensive high end products, as I genuinely didn't think that there were cheaper high street ranges that would do as good a job.  In recent years though I feel like high street brands have upped their game and there are some great ranges out there.

Recent Beauty Purchases

Monday, 1 February 2016
recent beauty purchases

Kicking off FEBeauty with a roundup of some recent beauty purchases.

I've just realised how little sense the name of this shampoo makes.  Touchably full? TOUCHABLY FULL?  How can your hair be TOUCHABLY full??  Touchably smooth / touchably soft - yes.  Visibly full - yes.  But TOUCHABLY full - no.

Anyway, I haven't used John Freida products in a very long time but I was drawn in by a good old Boots deal (I think it was 2 for #8, which in hindsight isn't that amazing an offer).  I have quite fine hair but there's a lot of it, and it's naturally quite flat so I'm forever in search of more volume.  I've only used this a few times so far but I do feel like it does a good job of properly cleaning my hair which leaves it less weighed down and in turn has more volume.  I've also noticed I actually need to wash my hair less often which is a bonus!