Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Christmas Make Up Inspiration - whatever the occasion!

I've really been getting into the festive spirit today (some of you will have seen my Christmas picture of my doggy on twitter) and it got me thinking about how I'm going to do make up for all of the Christmas events that I've got coming up in December so I thought I'd do a short post of some of the pictures I've found and saved over the past couple of weeks.

Image Source: Valerie Paniagua Pinterest

So first up is an eye make up look that you could probably only wear if you were in fancy dress unless you are super confident! It's a 'candy cane' theme inspired look using lots of different techniques. It looks like the lips have been done by using those lip tattoos that appear to be in the beauty media a lot at the moment. They look beautiful on this picture and they look like they belong on snow white or something. All in all a gorgeous OTT look which I love!

Now from what I've read I believe this look was created using an Urban Decay palette. If anyone recognises the shades please do let me know as I love the brown and purple used in this look. This is a much more wearable look for Christmas and looks like it would be relatively easy to do. You could switch up the colours depending on what you have too. I think a nice midnight blue would look good instead of the purple. What do you think? 

Now this is probably my favourite look out of the ones I've put on this post and is the look I'm going to try to recreate for a couple of my Christmas parties. I'd get the glitter effect by using one of Collection 2000's glam crystals which can be found here. I think the shade 'dig it' would look gorgeous in this look. It goes without saying that big falsies would be a must for this look too!  

How will you be doing your make up this party season? Lots of glitter and glam or simple and elegant? 

Oh and one last thing before I forget. Tonight is the final night the give away is open! Enter tonight or miss out! You can enter here. 


Saturday, 26 November 2011

No7 Extravagant Volume Mascara 9ml/£12.50 Review - Due For Launch In January

It’s happened. I have a new favourite mascara. I’ve been so devoted to Clinique’s Lash Power mascara for so long that it feels a bit naughty to be switching sides! The mascara in question is No7 Extravagant Volume. Now this isn’t to be confused with No7’s current mascara Extravagant Lashes which looks like this...

Image Source: www.beautybykrystal.com

I personally hate the look of this brush, I don’t like that it’s square and it looks like it would be quite difficult to use.

That said, I must admit that when I first saw the extravagant volume mascara I wasn’t overly thrilled. It had a really chunky brush which I’m usually not very keen on. Fortunately, my lash power had run out so I was forced to use No7’s mascara and I’m so, so pleased I did.

Have you ever seen the Givenchy ball mascara? Just in case you haven’t here’s a picture.

Well, the tip of the wand on the extravagant volume mascara is designed in the same way; it has small spokes which I use to cover the teeny weenie lashes in the corner of my eye. It coat’s them beautifully and gives lashes blacker than black finish from root to tip which I absolutely adore!

I’ve also found that it’s pretty robust when it comes to smudging. It’s not waterproof yet I’ve shed a few tears in it and it hasn’t moved for me personally. Yet when it comes to removal it comes off really quite easy. A warm flannel when I’m cleansing my face usually does the trick which means no tugging and pulling of the eye area to remove it.

It retails at £12.50 which isn’t a bad price. It gets even better when you take into account the No7 £5 vouchers making it £7.50 which is an absolute steal in my eyes. Now I’m not sure of the exact date this mascara is released but I’m assuming its sometime in January. If anybody knows please let me know!
I whole heartedly love this mascara and I’m so chuffed that No7 gave me the opportunity to review it. I’ll definitely be buying another when they are released!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Super Duper Festive Nails!

It's a month until Christmas therefore I feel this gives me the right to start adorning my nails with sparkles and glitter! 

This is a super simple design. First of all I started with a base coat followed by two coats of No7 'grey matter' from their Midnight Enchantment collection and left to dry. 

Next I used Barry M's gold foil effects with a stamper to create the stars.

If you really want to go OTT with festivity you can even add a layer of glitter top coat. I've added Bourjois disco glitter to the top. 

These nails are so beautiful when they catch the light. They'll be absolutely perfect for all those Christmas parties I'm sure you all have lined up. They'd also look fabulous on New Years Eve!

I'm really getting into the festive mood at the moment. I've made Christmas decorations for my blog and everything! I'll also be doing a '12 days of Christmas' feature where I'll be writing about DIY beauty gifts and other present inspirations so make sure you keep an eye out for that on the 1st December :)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Soap & Glory 'Make Yourself Youthful' Eye Cream

I’ve been waiting to review this eye cream for a while now; I wanted to make sure I thoroughly tested it out before writing my review on it. If you’re like me, then you’ll be a bit suspicious when it comes to eye creams and dubious claims they make. Recently, however, a fellow beauty blogger recommended the soap and glory ‘make yourself youthful eye cream’ so I decided to give it a go.

The product itself retails at £12 and is available from Boots or the Soap & Glory main website.  I think this is a pretty reasonable price to pay for an eye cream considering that I was going to pay nearly double that for an origins one. It comes in a 12ml tube which might not sound like a lot but only one pump is needed per application. I’ve been using mine for about 3 and a half weeks now and it still feels like it’s got a lot left in it.

The one time where I feel I look the worst in terms of how tired I look and how much worse my bags look is when I’m on Skype to my boyfriend (he’s in Newcastle, I’m in Manchester). I don’t know whether it’s the lighting or my crap, built-in webcam but I always look terrible and nearly always notice how knackered I look. Recently, however, I’ve noticed my whole eye looks a lot more awake and I tend to look less tired. This is only a recent development (I’d say the past week or so) but my eyes definitely look more revitalised on webcam than they usually do. And it’s not just on webcam either; you know that horrid lighting in restaurants/bars/clubs etc? The lighting that makes you look like you’ve just crawled out from under a rock? Well, I actually looked half decent for once with my whole eye area looking lighter, brighter and a lot more refreshed.

Another thing I love about this product is the texture. It’s soft and smooth and an absolute dream to apply as it soaks in pretty much straight away (no waiting around for it to sink in so you can apply your concealer). I apply it by pumping the tube once onto my ring finger then lightly tapping it all around my eye area (which I’m sure in itself will help with de-puffing my eyes etc). It’s also contains lovely shea butter, oat kernel oil and cucumber extract to soothe and hydrate too.

I think they real trick behind this wonder tube is the soap and glory call their ‘light scrambling lumispheres’. You’ll be able to see from the swatch that its quiet luminescent which I think is why it makes my under eye area appear brighter.  Some people will just want to use a highlighter under their eye but for me personally this just works better.

The only negative’s I have about this product is a couple of the ingredients in there. For me personally I try to cut out mineral oil and paraben’s in my cosmetics, particularly those that stay on the skin. I really should have checked the ingredients first before I bought it but, at the same time, I do feel it’s made a difference to my skin so I’m a bit torn. I think once I finish the tube I’ll have a proper think about it as I’ve completely cut both ingredients mentioned out of my skincare routine and adding them back in the form of an eye cream doesn’t really sit well with me so we shall have to see. But for those of you that don’t have a problem with mineral oil and paraben’s by all means buy this cream. Purely on the basis that it’s made a real difference to my eye area I’d definitely recommend it!


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Purple Nails With Golden Lace

I've been dabbling in the odd bit of nail art recently and thought I'd show you a nice colour combination that I came across when I was experimenting the other night. I'm really into my nail art at the moment so if you know of any good nail art blogs or websites please do let me know! 

With Flash
So I did this look using 2 Barry M shades - Bright Purple (here) and the Gold Foil Effects (here). I love Barry M nail paints as I think they are just SUCH good value for money for the high standard of quality they are. 

 I painted 2 coats of the bright purple over the top of a base coat and left to dry then used a stamper to put the gold lace effect over the top followed by a top coat. You can see I totally messed up and did two nails upside down - I'm still learning! 

I'm also really into my glitter top coats at the moment. My friend Emily recently bought the rainbow connection polish I talked about. She sent me a picture of her nails after a couple of coats and it does look really, really lovely. Hopefully Santa will bring me one this year! I've also heard a lot about cheaper glitter top coats that can be found on market stalls etc so I'll definitely be having a gander at some point this week at my local beauty market stall! 

Have you ever dabbled in nail art?

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Make Up Storage Inspiration PART TWO

image from weibo.com 

How AMAZING is this mirror? Obviously I know it's filled with accessories and jewellery but if you had the time and patience you could easily make one for all your make up. Although I do quite like it as accessory storage too!

I also want something like this for my desktop. I've seen Leighton Denny nail varnishes displayed on something similar. If anyone one knows where I can get one please comment below! :) 

Image from bing.com

And on a completely unrelated note...

Image from tumbler 

:) Enjoy your day!  

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Orly Nail Varnish Competition

I absolutely adore orly nail varnishes so thought I would share the competition I just entered...
It's as simply as that! 

Beauty Tips & Tricks I've picked up!

I was inspired to do this post after seeing Hafsa of Muslimah Beauty do her tip of the week/day. I think this is such a good idea and I think I'm going to start doing a post a week on my tips and tricks so thank you Hafsa for the inspiration! 

So to get things rolling here are a few basic tips and tricks I've picked up...

1. Do not waste your money on cuticle oil. Get yourself a bottle of sweet almond oil from FreshSkinUK for £4 (250ml). Dab this onto your cuticles like you would cuticle oil. A 250ml bottle could last you a lifetime and does just as good if not better job at keeping your cuticles healthy and hydrated. 

2. If you can try to keep your eye creams or serums in the fridge. They have the added benefit of being cooled when you apply them helping to reduce redness and puffiness.  

3. This might sound a bit strange to some people but for an extra moisturising treat put a tablespoon on your favourite moisturiser into a microwave for a couple of seconds to heat/warm through. Apply to your face and neck and leave to soak in for 20 minutes. Massage in the excess. 

4. Pour a cup of milk, a cup of epsom salts and a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil in to your bath in the evening for an indulgent treat. Lavender is my favourite at night time.

5. Before you wash your hair smother it in extra virgin olive oil and leave it to really soak in for 20 minutes (longer if you can). This really helps replenish lost moisture to hair and can also help with itchy scalps!

6. This will sound like SUCH an obvious one but if you're buying a high street make up test it on your face not your hand. It's completely different skin! Also make sure you go out side to see it in natural day light not artificial lighting in store. 

7. Vitamin e is well known for it's benefits to the skin so every now and again I like to pierce the shell of a vitamin e liquid capsule and pat the contents on to my face before bed. Just make sure they are natural and don't have any flavourings in them!

8. When cleansing your face remove your cleanser with a flannel or muslin cloth. I personally like to use a flannel as I feel it exfoliates my skin better.  

9. Always check eBay before you buy a beauty product. You can often get products you'd buy in boots etc for discounted prices - just make sure they are legit before you buy (check feedback etc) 

10. To disguise dark circles under your eyes mix half facial tanner and half moisturiser every other day in the morning. This can help brighten your whole face and make your dark circles seem less severe.

What are you best beauty tips you'd like to share with the beauty blogging community? Let me know by leaving a comment below! 

Saturday, 12 November 2011

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream SPF 15

I've never really 'got' the 'BB' buzz that's been whizzing around the beauty world recently so I wasn't expecting much when I received No7's Blemish Balm in the post. I decided to try it on the day it arrived and I can honestly say I'm in love with it. 

The one thing that totally separates No7 from the rest of the BB creams on the market is that they come in three different formulas each to target a specific skin type. There is dry/very dry, oily/normal and normal/dry. I received the normal/dry which luckily for me is how I'd describe my skin at present. 

It applied like a dream and I only had to use a small amount of get a good amount of coverage too. It lasted all day (without primer) and there wasn't any need to touch up so I was very, very impressed. 

It retails at £15 for the tube and considering you're getting 4 products in 1 I don't think it's a bad price at all. It's pricier than other BB creams like No17 (which I'll also be doing a review of), Garnier etc but it's the only BB that has 5 star UVA protection (SPF 15). 

It's due for launch after Christmas on the 25th January 2012 so it might be something to splash your Christmas money on. No doubt No7 will be doing some of their fabulous vouchers too making it £11. 

Have any of you tried one of the BB creams yet? 

Friday, 11 November 2011

No7 Floral Bright Spring/Summer Collection 2012

Ahh Lisa Eldridge, how is it that whatever this woman touches it turns to absolute gold? 

I was very kindly sent the No7 Spring/Summer collection (due out on 25th January 2012) and it's everything I expected and more. I received one of their lovely BB creams too which I will be reviewing separately so make sure you look out for that post. 

No 7 Vital Brightening Eye Palette £13

Soft, creamy and easily blendable shadows in a lovely range of neutral colours. There is a stunning golden yellow in the palette too which looks beautiful added to the inner corners of your eyes. It really helps the whole eye area pop. The shadows were an absolute dream to use and I can totally see myself using them up and buying another palette when the range officially comes out in January. As soon as I got the palette in the post this morning I used them on my eyes and (without primer) they have remained uncreased and perfectly in place on my eyes all day. Wonderful!

No7 Vital Brights Cream Blush in Blooming Pink £10

I've never really been a massive fan of cream blush but when I saw the punchy pink colour in the collection I was tempted to try again. Again, the texture is soft and smooth and it was really easy to use. Be warned however, you only need a very small amount of the blush to get a beautful flushed look - A little goes a long way! Although it's a blush I popped a bit of my lips as it's such a lovely shade! 

As I said I'll be writing about the BB cream later this week so keep an eye out for that! Have a lovely day! 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Barry M Nail Instant Foil Effects

Yesterday my mum treated me to the Barry M foil nail effects from Boots. They retail at £3.99 each but you can get from ASOS for £3 at the moment. I got the silver colour too which I will probably do a review of later next week but for now I'm showing you the gold colour (320). 

On it's own it looks gorgeous and I always think that a metallic nail varnish can make your nails look longer. However, I decided to give it a bit of twist and add Bourjois Paillettes Disco which I reviewed last month. If you are interested you can find it here :) 
I think the effect is gorgeous and super festive and glam. I'd love to see some other glitter topcoats over the top too. I did the same on my toes as well and it's safe to say they would look fab at the upcoming Christmas parties! 


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

O.P.I. Rainbow Connection Nail Varnish

It's not quite Wednesday yet but I had to write about this stunning nail varnish I've seen a couple of swatches of recently. It's from the O.P.I Muppets Christmas collection and retail at about £10.50 from places like beauty bay but I've also seen it on eBay for about
 £9 if you have a good look! 

Image from www.swatchandlearn.com

I would imagine it would take a fair few coats to get the effect pictured above but I think it would be more than worth the effort! 

There are other shades from the muppet range, I especially like Miss Piggy's but rainbow connection is definitely my favourite for now and is firmly going at the top of the Christmas list! 
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