Sunday, 29 March 2015

Review: Burberry Kisses Lipstick With Swatches




So recently Burberry were allowing twitter users to nominate others to try their new Burberry Kisses lipstick. I was kindly nominated, so signed up for a free sample and it arrived yesterday! Understandably, it is quite a small lipstick as it's a sample, but it's free so you can't go wrong!

There was a choice of 4 colours, ranging from pinks to reds. I decided to chose the colour Rose Blush, but unfortunately they didn't have any of them left, so instead sent me the shade 'Nude Pink' which I'm suprinsingly happy about as I feel like this is the first lipstick I've tried that really suits me! I have the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in shade 16, which is a gorgeous shade and very similar to this shade, but it doesn't suit me as much as this one does. I think it's because it is more nude than pink.


It applies so smoothly due to it's creamy texture, it almost feels like a lip balm! I like that it's quite sheer and isn't too bright or pigmented, so quite a nice colour for the day time or with a smokey eye. Spring is the time when I stop wearing a darker red lippy, and change it for a bright pink/peachy shade, so I know this is something I will be wearing throughout the spring/summer (or however long it will last me!). I did have to re-apply once during the day, but I usually have to with my other lipsticks.



I definitely think I'm going to purchase the full-sized version once this one has gone! I think the free sample nomination campaign is still going on, so nominate a friend and you may get one in return!  Otherwise, if you are interested in looking at the full-sized versions of Burberry Kisses, click HERE.

Have you tried Burberry Kisses before? Are you planning too?

Hope you have a lovely week!

xx

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Spot Fighting Face Mask


My skin has been quite troublesome recently. Not 'quite' actually, REALLY troublesome. I've been on the hunt for a detoxing mask, one that is really going to cleanse my skin and to unclog my pores. I've seen quite a few reviews of this face mask, which is the Super Facialist By Una Brennan Anti Blemish Clay Mask. All of the reviews I have read where very positive, and every one was raving about how good this face mask is. So, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and try it myself.

It's a mix between a light and heavy consistency, which works perfectly for me and a little bit of this goes a long way. Once it's applied, it does start to tingle a bit. I've never experienced this before, so when it started tingling, I thought I had a reaction to it! But it was fine, as it does stop tingling quite quickly. You're meant to leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. This is to maximise the hydrating benefits, and to properly unclog pores. It was very easy to come off, I didn't feel the need to scrub it off, and my skin felt SO SMOOTH after. Not like some face masks that leave your skin feeling tight and dry.

After using this, I noticed that most of my spots had come out even more, but I soon realised that it's meant to that, as it's lifting your spots. With continued use, my skin was visibly clearer and my spots where gone! I only apply this twice a week, which is the recommended amount of times on the back of the tube.

I recommend you giving this ago and seeing the results for yourself! You can buy this product by clicking HERE.

Have you tried this before? What face masks do you recommend?

Hope you're well!

xx

Sunday, 22 March 2015

How I Edit My Blog Photos


I really enjoy taking pictures for my blog, and since getting a new camera, I enjoy 10x more. Sometimes though, I don't like the quality of the pictures I take, and feel like the could do with a bit of something extra. 

I think the key to a good blog picture is it being big and bright, and if my camera can't do that for me then I like to enhance my pictures a bit more on editing websites. A website myself and a lot of other people swear by is PicMonkey. It's allows you to add filters, frames, text and effects at no cost. So if my photo isn't looking its best, this is the website I love to use.

Upping the brightness and adding highlights to a picture can make such a difference to a picture, and really improves the quality of it. I only up the brightness a tiny bit, and add a bit of shadow to the picture and I really like how it looks.


After I'm happy with the way my picture looks, I then re-size it. People really enjoy large pictures on blogs so that they can see things better. I like to re-size my pictures to 750 x 563 as it doesn't overlap anything else on my blog, but it all depends on the width of your blog. 




There may not be a massive difference in the pictures but I think it looks better once it's been brightened! 

There are so many things you can do to your pictures on PicMonkey, definitely worth a try!

What editing software do you use? Have you use PicMonkey before?

Hope you're well! 

xx








Thursday, 19 March 2015

NEW IN - Rimmel Rita Ora Nail Varnish Spring Collection


It's spring! Which means sunny days, flowers and bright colours. I do find it quite hard in the spring, as my clothes are all quite basic and dark, but I love bright coloured nail varnish. I was quite excited to see that Rita Ora has bought out a spring collection of nail varnishes with Rimmel, and was amazed at just how pretty the colours were. They had an offer on in SuperDrug which was buy 1 get 1 half price. So I decided to pick up two of my favourite colours.

The brush is quite wide, but I like that as it only takes 2 strokes until my entire nail was painted. In terms of the formulation, it's not sticky or thick and it glides on really nicely. I haven't had any problems with it being streaky which is why I like it so much. All together, there are 12 different shades in the collection, ranging from pastel colours to more vibrant colours.

I went for a mint green/turquoise colour, which is quite a muted colour with just one coat but brighter with two. This would look great with a simple, plain outfit just to add a subtle pop of colour.

The other nail varnish I picked up was a pastel purple colour which I think is my favourite. This is a really subtle one but looks really pretty on my nails. 

They only cost £2.99 which is a very affordable price, and I will definitely be picking up some more colours from the collection.

You can find them HERE.

Hope you're having a great week!

xx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Drugstore Make Up Starter Kit


Not everyone can afford high-end make up, and some drugstore products are just as good, if not better, than some more pricey make up bits. When I first started wearing makeup, I had absolutely no idea what to buy or where to put it. It's quite common for some younger girls to feel insecure, and feel the need to wear makeup because maybe their friends are. I was definitely like this as a kid. But I think makeup should be worn for fun, and not as a cover up, and not something to hide behind. The products I mention here aren't the things you NEED to get, you don't need everything I talk about. It's just a fun thing to have.

I don't mention a lot of products, as I think if you are just starting out, then it's fun to experiment with just a few things.

Base

For the base, I have a foundation, concealer, blusher and a powder. Of course, you don't need to buy all of these products. I sometimes only like to wear concealer, and some days I like to wear foundation and concealer. I good foundation for if you're just starting out is the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. It's very light on your skin and isn't cakey at all. A nice medium coverage, which is also buildable, and makes your skin look really healthy. I think it's quite important to test the foundation on your jaw line before you buy it, as you want it to match your skin tone. This foundation is £6.99, but I sometimes see it on offer for £5 which I think is a great affordable price. All in all, a great foundation.

Concealer wise, I like to use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Such an amazing concealer for it's very affordable price of £4.19! This concealer is high coverage, so will cover any blemishes and redness you may have. I quite like to wear just this on days where I'm only popping out somewhere, or if I feel like I'm having a good skin day. It comes in various shades and isn't cakey on my skin.

For powder, the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is my holy grail powder. One of the best powders I have tried before. I like to get the translucent one, so I don't have to worry about it adding colour to my skin. I don't powder all over my face, usually just in my t-zone as that's wear my skin is quite oily. This is a staple in my makeup bag and for only £3.99, you can't go wrong!

If you're looking to inject a bit of colour into your skin, then I think a blusher is a really subtle but nice way of doing it. I love the Sleek Blusher's as they are very pigmented, meaning it's going to last you a long time! The packaging is quite compact, so will fit in your makeup bag really nicely. I like to use the shade Pixie Pink, as I think it looks nice all year round, Only £4.49.

Eyes

I like to keep my eyes quite simple, and apply just a dusting of eye shadow, a thin line of eyeliner and a bit of mascara.

A really affordable eye shadow palette that I have used everyday since I bought it is the MUA Matte Eye Shadow Palette. It comes with 10 warm shades, which are great for an everyday look and an evening look. I like that they are matte too, as you can use them to fill in your brows too, only if you need to of course! This palette is only £4 which I think is amazing for 10 different eye shadow shades.

With eyeliner, there's the option of pencil, liquid and gel eyeliner. I like to use liquid as I think you can get a more precise and thin line which looks quite good. The eyeliner I like to use is the Soap & Glory SuperCat Eyeliner. This is also a holy grail product and I would be so lost without it! It doesn't come out sheer or a slight off grey colour, which is why I love it so much. As it's a pen shaped eyeliner with a fine nib, you can create a really nice and thin line, and is also great for a winged eyeliner. Only £6!

I'm really not to fussy with mascara. I've used a mixture of high end and drugstore mascaras in the past and they have both been the same. Although, some that I have used in the past do sometimes make my lashes look a bit clumpy. The mascara I like to use is the Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara. It's so affordable, makes my lashes look natural and doesn't make them clumpy at all. A great mascara for only £4.99.

Lips

I love the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in shade 16 as a nice pinky colour. I think it looks great in the spring and summer time, as a 'your lips but better' colour. A very moisturising lipstick and also very pigmented. I think it's a great lipstick for if you're just starting out, and it's only £5.49 which is a bonus!

What's your favourite drugstore finds? Do you prefer high end makeup?

Hope you're having a lovely week!

xx







Sunday, 15 March 2015

2 WEEKS LEFT - Make Up Revolution Bundle GIVEAWAY!


There's only 2 weeks left on my Make Up Revolution Bundle Giveaway!

So if you would like the chance to win a bundle of make up, click this link and you can do just that!

Click THIS link to enter!

Good Luck!

xx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Spring Eye Make Up Favourites


Spring is my favourite time of the year. It's the right balance between hot and cold, which is great because I hate both haha! Spring is the time where I like to change up my make up a bit, experiment with my eye make up, which is something I definitely need to do more of! I was getting a bit bored of doing the same thing to my eyes every day, so decided to change it up a bit.

I feel like pink eyeshadow looks really nice in the spring time, especially shimmery eye shadows. Also, I really like brown as well, because as the weather is getting warmer, I like my make up to look quite warm as well.

The Maybeline 24hr Colour Tattoo's have been out for a while, and I went crazy when they first came out, left them for a bit and rediscovered them a week ago. These are the best cream eye shadows I have tried before. They are so long lasting and don't feel wet or sticky.

I like to apply the Pink Gold shade all over my eyelid. With these, I apply them with my finger as for me personally, they don't go on well with a brush. I then apply On and on Bronze into the outer corner of my eye, just to warm up the eye look. I would have taken a picture of my eye make up but I wasn't happy with how the picture turned out haha!

I like to finish of the look with some thin winged eyeliner and a few coats of mascara.

You can find the link to these products here.

Have you tried these before? What's your favourite eye products for the spring?

Hope you're well 

xx

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Born Pretty Store 10% Off Code

Click on the picture and it will take you to their store!

I just wanted to quickly share with you a 10% coupon code for the Born Pretty Store. I stumbled across this website when looking for some new jewellery and I'm so happy that I did, because their products are stunning! A nice wide variety of different jewellery and accessories, you'd be sure to find something you like. It's also really affordable and has free worldwide shipping! 

If you use the code SMART10 you can enjoy 10% of your order!

Hope you're having a nice week!

xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

How To Run A Beauty Blog On A Budget


I'm a jobless teenager with about 80p to my name. It can be quite hard to blog when you have little money, so I thought as I am definitely on a budget that I would do some little tips that might help a few of you that don't have a lot of money.

Nothing to post about?

You might feel like you need to buy new make up to write a blog post, but that isn't always the case. I often rumage through my make up bag and try to find some inspiration. Here's a few blog post ideas without having to buy new make up:

Seasonal Make Up Look (Autumn, Spring etc.)
What Make Up I'd Pair With A Red Lipstick (or any lipstick of your choice)
(A certain product, like bronzer etc.) That I've Been Loving This Month
Every Day Make Up 
Make Up Look I've Been Loving Recently
Current Eye Make Up
What Is My Face Worth? (Add the price of the make up you use everyday)
Product Empties
Products I Will/Will Not Buy Again
(A celebrity of your choice) Inspired Make Up Look
Make Up I'd Wear To (party, day with friends, school etc.)

Free Samples?

There's a website that I found quite recently called Latest Free Stuff that allows you to get free samples and also enter giveaways where you get the chance to win some beauty products. I've managed to get some free beauty products sent to me as a free sample, such as hair oils etc. It's great because if you enjoy the products that you are sent, you can blog about them and write about what you thought of the product.

Giveaways?

Enter a few giveaways that some other bloggers are hosting. You have a chance to win some amazing prizes, which you could potentially blog about if you love the products! I'm actually hosting a giveaway at the moment as I hit 50 followers on BlogLovin'. The link to that is here.

I hope these tips helped some of you! Let me know if they did and if you have any other tips!

Hope you're having a nice week!

xx


Saturday, 7 March 2015

NO HEAT Overnight Curls


For someone who uses heat on their hair every day, I've been trying to find ways of styling my hair without using heat. My hair is quite damaged and I want my hair to look a bit healthier than it currently does. I've found a way of getting beachy waves without having to actually curl my hair. I don't have a name for it, but feel free to leave a few suggestions in the comments.

This is best to do once you've washed your hair at night, as the hairstyle (which I'm about to show) drys in that position, which gives you curly hair. It's great because you don't have to worry about spending hours in the morning curling your hair. I split my hair into 2 sections straight down the middle.


I then twisted my hair away from my face. I feel like this opens your face up a bit more.


Once I have twisted my hair, I secured it with an elastic, just so it doesn't fall out as I do the same on the other side. 

 

I then put both of the twisted sides into the middle and secured them with a hair tie. I then went down a bit further down towards the ends of my hair and did the same.

This wasn't uncomfortable to sleep in at all. I suppose you could do the same but behind your head instead of at the front, but I feel like this is an easier way to do it.

When I woke up and took my hair out of the hair ties, this is what my hair looked like!



This is great if you always seem to run a bit late in the morning, like I usually do!

Let me know what you think, and if you're planning to do it yourself!

Hope you're having a good week! 

xx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

GIVEAWAY - WIN A Make Up Revolution Bundle


I recently hit 50 followers on BlogLovin'! I know that isn't a lot to some people but to me it's amazing! So I decided to run a giveaway, just as a little thank you!

I've heard a lot of great reviews about Make Up Revoloution and thought it would be nice to pick a few things from there collection to giveaway to one of you lucky people. I chose the Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 1 because I've heard that it's a dupe for the Naked 1 palette, so definitely worth a try. I also chose the Make Up Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit, which I think looks quite good, and would go nicely in your bag. I then chose a Make Up Revolution Lipstick in Dazzle, which is a dark pinky colour, great for the spring season! Finally, I chose the Make Up Revolution Nail Varnish in Beautiful Helps, which is a coral colour!

This giveaway is only open to residents of the UK. Winner will be contacted, and if there is no reply within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

THANK YOU FOR 50 FOLLOWERS!
Good Luck!
xx



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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Few Simple Beauty Hacks


I love reading blog posts about everyday things serving different purposes, and have come across a few that really work for me, so I thought I would share some of them with you.

Using hairspray as a replacement for a brow gel

I can't remember where I heard this one from, but I really recommend trying it if your eyebrows are like mine and don't like to stay in their place. Simply spray your finger with hairspray and lightly swipe your finger over your brows. I noticed that my eyebrows looked a lot better after I had done this. It's great because your hairspray serves 2 different purposes, to hold in your hairstyle and to hold your brows in place.

Apply Vaseline around your nails for a neat manicure

I'm so awful when it comes down to painting my nails, especially when I paint more of my skin than my actual nail. I heard that if you apply Vaseline around your nails and on your cuticles then it's easier to remove any nail varnish that gets onto your skin. I love this hack and I'm so glad I found it. Maybe I'll start to enjoy painting my nails a bit more haha!

Spray heat protectant onto a brush to evenly distribute the product

I discorvered this one myself, it's not the most amazing hack but it definitely works for me. My hair is quite dry due to all the heat I put on it. I put heat protectant on my hair but wasnt seeing any changes to my hair. So I sprayed it onto a brush instead and since then have seen a noticeable difference in my hair. I think it's because when you brush the product through it sinks into the hair more than just spraying it. Definitely worth trying if your hair is quite dry.

Apply lipstick to the centre of your lips and smudge with a lip balm for a more natural look

I also discovered this one myself. I don't really own any natural looking lipsticks and wanted to see if I could wear any of the lipsticks in a natural way. I applied a dark red lipstick I owned only to the centre of my lips and took a slightly tinted lip balm and smudged it out. This created quite a sheer red colour on my lips and I really liked how it looks. Will definitely be continuing to use this method!

What beauty hacks do you know? Are there any that you stand by?

Hope you're having a good week!
xx