Monday, 1 September 2014

Back to school beauty!

back to school makeup
Since today officially marks the start of September, I figured I'd kick the month off with a back to school make up post. Personally my school was pretty strict when It came to make up, so I've gone for a more natural look which involves just five products (perfect if you're a little lazy like me!).

Face - I know not every girl is confident leaving the house bare faced, which is why I've included this super cheap Osiris BB Cream I found in body care for just a pound! (although I can only find it online for £3.99 here). I just love using this on my skin as it gives me a lovely glow and just really helps to blur those imperfections, without looking like I'm wearing a face full of make up! This is a complete winner in my book, and an essential no girl should be without! Although sometimes BB cream alone just isn't enough on bad skin days, which is why I've included this £2.50 Essence concealer, to help cover up any imperfections still coming through. I feel like this is definitely one of the better concealers on the highstreet and will be reviewing very soon!

Eyes - I feel like filled in brows could be a little too much for school days, so I've simply added this clear mascara from MUA to help tame them! I use this on a daily basis and think it does a wonderful job, best of all its just a pound! Next I considered lashes, although personally mascara can be quite a big giveaway that you're wearing make up and a more natural looking one is the way to go. I've picked an Essence one which isn't too in your face, I would however recommend a brown mascara if you're looking for an even more natural look.. I just don't happen to own one!

Lips - Finally I've picked a natural looking tinted lip balm to keep your lips hydrated though out the day. This is peach kiss from the Babylips line and just acts as a really lovely 'my lips but better shade'

So there you have it, my back to school make up picks! Are there any products you would add or remove from this list?

Saturday, 30 August 2014

August favourites


I know I'm probably the millionth blogger to say it, but how is it nearly September?! It only feels like last week that I moved out of halls and back home for the summer, so its crazy to think in just over a weeks time I'll be moving back to my university city to begin my second year as a law student! To be honest, I haven't tried a massive range of new products this month as I've been trying to cut down on spending (and the amount of rubbish I own). However, the ones featured in this post are absolute gems which I'd happily recommend to anybody!
Vo5 Plump it up Dry Shampoo (£3.59/200ml) - I've tried my fair share of dry shampoos, although this baby happens to be my all time favourite. Unlike other brands this leaves my hair feeling freshly washed, while giving that  little bit of extra bounce.. In other words it's worth all 359 pennies and I will happily pick this up again!

3W Clinic Make Up Base ($30/50ml)* - I got this make up base in my Collagen cosmetics Memebox, and have been obsessed ever since. This is a primer, which aims to counteract redness while insuring your make up stays put - Perfect for bad skin days, and has been a complete stable in recent weeks!

WondeRuci Cacao Brightening Mask ($38/100g)* - Another Memebox find, although this time from my Cacao cosmetics box. This beauty smells just like chocolate brownie mix, I simply apply this all over my face with a foundation brush before having a bath and find that by the time I wash this off my skin just looks so much better. This is such a lovely little treat and I'll be gutted when I finally finish it, as it isn't the easiest to find in the UK!
Younique 3D Fibre Lashes ($29.00)* - My absolute favourite discovery this month has been this famous Younique mascara. Never before have my lashes looked so good without flasies! Well worth a try if you're as rubbish at applying them as I am. You can click to see my full review and what this looks like on  here!

Becca Cream Concealer (£30.00)  - I have been loving this for a few months now, although for some reason it hasn't yet featured in a favourites! This is just a lovely high coverage concealer which saves my skin on bad skin days! I also reviewed this recently, so click here to see more about this.

Revlon Colorbrust Matte Balm in Elusive (£7.99) - This is another product I have been loving for a while now, yet I keep forgetting to mention it! This is just an easy to wear lip crayon which I adore on myy lips! I will try and post a full review and swatches soon as this little beauty is great!

So there you have it, everything I have been loving this month! What have been your August favourites? 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes
If you haven't heard of Younique already, I'd recommend popping by my introduction to Younique post to learn more about how the brand works. As I mentioned in that post I was recently sent a Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara* to try. When googling this product you are met with an abundance of pictures of fabulous looking eyelashes lashes, but even with these I was a little still skeptical about the product, as I knew that in many cases girls singing its praises where presenters benefiting from the sales of the mascara. Thankfully, after trying this for myself I can see why there is so much positive feedback online, this stuff is pretty much amazing! 
Younique UK Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes
For $29, you get get both the moonstruck transplanting gel and natural lash fibers in this rather snazzy looking case. Application is pretty simple, you simply coat your lashes with the transplanting gel, apply the fibers while the formula is still wet, then seal the deal by using the gel again.
Becky explained to me that you can even use your favourite mascara as your first coat, which I quite liked the look of, although eventually I realised that this performs so much better for me when I used Younique product alone. On the day I stated using the mascara in this way, my sister even asked where I got my falsies from!
Younique mascara
I love how easy both brushes are to work with, and in particular the hourglass shape of the transplanting gel! Never have my lashes appeared quite so dramatic, I love that this adds length and volume without clumping, You can even build upon the mascara by repeating the process for an even more dramatic look!
Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes brush
I recall speaking to another blogger a couple of months ago, who was terrified of the idea of using fibers on her lashes in fear of them falling into her eye, although personally I haven't experienced anything like this. I do however recommend applying before the rest of your make up in case a few fibers fall onto your face, this way they are easily removed with a cleansing water before carrying on with your daily routine.
The effects last all day, and the mascara is easily removed with my cleansing balm. I also love that you can add this on top of your regular mascara! You could literally throw this in your bag if you knew you were going from the office to a do, and have glam lashes in minutes!
Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes
Because of this, I think this mascara is worth the $29 (the equivalent to £17.51 incase you're wondering, although the UK price is yet to be confirmed).. I have tried my fair share of 'high end' mascaras and have been disappointed with the majority of them. Younique promises false looking lashes, and boy does it deliver! I also think its worth considering you're not simply paying for the one tube of mascara, you effectively get two because of the tube of fibers! This also works out so much cheaper than constantly buying false lashes, and is a million times easier too!
I just love wearing this, and know I will have to pick up another as soon as mine runs out! At the moment I've been trying to save for special occasions although have failed miserably as I just cant put it down.. Normal mascara will never be enough for me now! You can see more images of how this comperes to my old favourite mascara on my Facebook page here!

Anyone based in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand can currently pick from Younique this up here, UK readers however will have to wait until the October launch! Which you can find out more about in this post and if you have any questions please feel free to direct them to my lovely Younique presenter, Becky on Twitter or Facebook.

Have you tried Younique?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Memebox Special #16 OMG Box

Normally when a Memebox is making its way to me, I get a email from the lovely Memebox team before hand to let me know which one. Although this box was a complete surprise and a lovely one at that! Last week my DHL man delivered the Special #16 OMG box* to my doorstep, the idea behind this box is that it's filled with products which are weirdly wonderful! I feel like the Korean market is filled with so many of these types of products so I was really excited to try some of the more strange ones out!
 In case you're new to my Memebox posts I'll quickly fill you in.. Memebox are a beauty box service who ship directly from Korea to 44 countries around the world. They're not a subscription service meaning you simply pick and choose the boxes you wish to receive, boxes range in price with the average box being under $30. The retail value of the box I'm sharing today is $29 and you get $152 worth of products!
Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss in the shade 'Pink candy' ($22/6g) - Hope Girl seem to be popping up everywhere recently, so I'm really excited to finally own one of their products! Because of the retail value, I have high hopes for this baby and I also think the packaging is pretty amazing as it is complete with an LED light and mirror on the side making it perfect for on the go. I'm yet to put it to the test, although will keep you updated!

SKINAZ Premium Vitablet ($46/39g) - When I first saw these I thought they were some kind of wellbeing tablets, although once I'd read the handy card I realised that these are for your skin! You simply add a tablet into a bowl of water and rinse your face with it for a range of skincare benefits. I for one love the way this is cutely packaged and cant wait to add another Korean skincare item into my routine!

Skinaz The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo ($18/13g) - This product is the one that intrigues me the most as claims to act like an 'impermanent color tattoo' on your lips, which wont budge for 24 hours! All you have to do is apply a layer of this thickly over your lips then wait (10-15 minutes) for it to dry, before peeling from your lips. I gave this a little google earlier and discovered that this terrifying looking purple leaves a beautiful berry stain, so I look forward to trying it out!
Pure Smile 3step Bust pack ($6) - This is basically a three step product designed to take care of your bust, leaving the area feeling soft and well moisturised. I'm not too sure if I will personally use this, but I love how adorable the packing is!

Eliza Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask ($46/100g) - I know all I seem to comment on in Memebox posts is the adorable packaging, but I just love this! This product is a clay mask with green tea, pomegranate and charcoal extracts, which bubbles up as you apply it to the face, although the selling point for me is that this doesn't hardern like regular clay masks as I hate when you cant move your face! It has a strange bubbly like mouse texture which you can see below!

Lady skin Aqua Exfoliator for body ($14/150ml) - For me this is the product I find most bizarre! This is basically a liquid exfoliate which you just spray on, then massage away the dead skin. I tried this on the back of my hand earlier and was amazed! You could literally see the dead skin rolling away. I imagine this would be amazing for anyone who has more sensitive skin, as you skip the scrubbing altogether!
So there you have it, everying in my OMG box! Sadly this one is currently out of stock over on the Memebox website, although if you liked the look of this they've just started selling the OMG 3 box!

You can also get $5 off of your Memebox order with the code 96ZGKX until the end of August

Monday, 25 August 2014

#BBLOGGERSLDN

On Saturday, Myself and LFA headed into London for the #BloggersLdn meet up! While the group was smaller than expected, I loved having the chance to get to know every other attendee and met some really lovely girls! We meet bright and early in Hyde Park and had the chance to introduce ourselves before heading towards the White City Westfield for a spot of lunch and more beauty chatter. We ate in The Gourmet Burger kitchen, where I had the most amazing chicken burger, and some overly skinny fries! After lunch we headed into Westfield for a browse around the shops, before gradually departing in our separate ways.
On the day we were given these amazing blogger program totes filled with a some wonderful new products to try! Including brands such as Coca Brown, Yves Rocher, W7, Rio nails, Time Bomb Timeless Truth, Stephanieverafter and Scent City. The lovely Vicky even brought some goodies from Superdrug to donate and Rachel was lovely enough to offer us our pick of some spare products at the end of the day. We were also given some skincare goodies to try out from 'Face the future' who traveled all the way from Leeds to make it to the event.
A big thank you to Rachel and everyone who helped make the blogger event happen! I met some lovely people who I know I will keep in touch with! If you see anything above that you'd like to see reviewed let me know in the comments, and if you liked the sound of this event, Rachel is currently selling tickets for her winter one here.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

First Impressions: Makeup Rumours

 Recently I was given £10 to spend on the Makeup Rumours website. If you're lucky, £10 elsewhere could probably get you two products at the most, so I was chuffed when I managed to bag an incredible ten! Everything in this post was just a pound each, and here are my initial thoughts!
I was automatically drawn to the impressive range of eyeshadow palettes on the Makeup Rumours website! While I've come across my fair share of £1 single shadows before, I have never discovered such cheap eyeshadow palettes! ..Warning, things are about to get a little picture heavy, as I had to show you these swatched!
The first palette I added to my basket was shade one from the Dazzle range, I think this was my favourite Makeup Rumours find as its just so pretty! I'm not exaggerating when I say that my jaw literally dropped while swatching this! Working out at just 20p a shadow, these have some rather impressive pigment to them, and I cant wait to feature them in eye looks!
The second palette I picked up was shade one from the Afterdark range, this contains some really pretty shades which I cant wait to try on my lids. I also love that this has a little mirror under the applicator - Perfect for on the go!
Finally eyeshadow wise, I picked up shade two from the Glitz range, I really love the shades in this one as they're unlike anything else in my collection. While not a big fan of the chunks of glitter running through these, they only appear to be on the first layer of shadow meaning I'll still get a lot of use out of this!
Once I finished browsing for eye shadows, Makeup Rumours line of £1 Lipsticks caught my eye. I picked up three; Shade 11, 17 and 16, which I think is the order they are swatched below, although I cant actually confirm as the lipsticks themselves aren't labelled! 
I'm yet to put these to the test, although the packaging seems nice, and I love that there's a plastic window allowing you to see the shade inside. Great if you you have way too many lipsticks in your collection!
While the face range was more limited, I still managed to pick up a powder and bronzer to try. I adore the packing of these and think the pair look really cute! 
Finally I picked up a couple of nail bits! Including this nail tape which I'm rather excited to try out and this pretty blue polish from the club colours collection.
So there you have it! Everything I picked up on the Makeup Rumours site! I for one cant get over how much stuff I managed to bag for a tenner! Which product do you want to see a review of first?

(Disclaimer - All items featured in this post were brought with a voucher supplied to me for review purposes, all views remain my own)

Friday, 22 August 2014

An introduction to Younique

A little while ago now, I was approached by the lovely Becky on twitter, who told me about the company she works for, Younique. Personally I had never heard of the brand before, although Becky explained to me that they were currently selling to customers in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and a launching in the UK this October.

Younique is a direct sales company, whose products are only available through Younique presenters like Becky. They have quite an impressive range products available, including; makeup, brushes, and skincare. Although after having a quick Google its clear that Younique are pretty well known for their 3D fiber lash mascara ($29), which Becky was lovely enough to send to me to try along with a beautiful looking Moodstruck Minerals pigment powder in Regal ($10) and Lucrative lipgloss in Loyal ($15) . I wont give too much away, as I'm planning full reviews on each of these products very soon, although my first impressions are very good! So be sure to let me know in the comments which product you want to see reviewed first! 

As Younique is planing to launch very soon in the UK, I've been told that Younique is also on the look out for UK based presenters, So if you're interested in having the chance to become a presenter like Becky or even want to learn more about the brand itself, I'd recommend popping by Becky's Younique page for more information or directing any questions you may have to her on  twitter or Facebook account.

Please note, This is in no way a sponsored post, I was simply sent these products for review purposes and loved the concept behind the brand! Have you tried anything Younique?