Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Spring Wishlist

With any hope, springtime may start anytime in the next four to five months. Bloody weather. As a slightly "curvy" girl I tend to wear darker colours to cover my shape but this year I am determined to add more colour into my wardrobe, and with my new job starting next week, it's a perfect excuse to revamp my look.

1. Everyone and their wife seems to be investing in the latest YSL Volupte Shine Lipsticks at the moment; a sheer coverage in a range of colours are all perfect for spring. 
2. I tend to buy high heels and then cry from crippling pain after 20 minutes of wearing them, so this spring I plan to purchase some more comfortable and wearable heels for work. These cobalt blue mid height wedges are perfect for trapsing around London and running around a busy office (but can be worn on the weekends too).
3. Skater skirts have always caught my eye and this teal coloured skirt from Topshop is no exception. A steal at £16, it can be dressed down for a day at home or paired with tights and black suede boots for work.
4. This candy pink jumper from New Look makes my inner Twitter queen squeal with joy. It's amazing. Enough said.
5. I cannot get enough of this gorgeous scenic clutch. A little bit pricier than what I would spend on a going-out bag, but the colours are gorgeous and has an attached chain so I can wear it over my shoulder.
6. The Topshop lip crayons are all gorgeous colours. Although white makeup packaging is one of my pet peeves, Topshop is completely forgiven because all of their lip products are deeply pigmented and come in the best shades.
7. Finally, this has to be one of my favourite mascaras of all time. This summer I am loving flushed cheeks, bold lips and big lashes with minimal eyeliner and/or eyeshadow. The Lancome Hypnose Drama never fails to deliver, never dries out and gives my lashes a life of their own. A definite must.

What do you want this spring? :)

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter Nails

Happy Easter everyone!

Beauty bloggers and fanatics love to use the holidays as an opportunity to combine colours and create looks suitable for that time of year, and Easter is no exception.

Although the weather seems to think it's being funny by making it snow in March and April, the pastel nail polishes are still going to dust themselves off and make an appearance this weekend, to celebrate the possible arrival of spring time, and the definite arrival of easter eggs!

I find that for fun colours, it's always better to opt for drug store polishes. Barry M never fail to deliver in this category, with what seems like hundreds of colours to choose from. For my easter nail colours I used Barry M "Berry" (the lilac colour) and "Blue Moon" (the pale blue colour, obviously). Teamed with 17's "Fairy Cake" (the bright pink in the middle), the trio of colours are fun and happy spring colours, but are still wearable (as opposed to yellow and green polishes which really do not tickle my fancy).

I was particularly surprised by the thick formula of the 17 polish, and expected it to be very opaque and paler than how it appears in the bottle, but this was my favourite polish of the three, delivering a quick drying and no-chip coverage.

What are your favourite colours for Spring? :) 

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Leave in Treatment

Mid to long hair. Dyed 2-3 times a year. Blow-dried and straightened three times a week. This is my hair for the past ten years, so it's no surprise that it's not in the greatest condition.
I am always on the lookout for moisturising and repairing hair care products that can bring my hair back to life so I couldn't resist the latest release from Lee Stafford.

This leave in treatment has worked wonders for my dry and damaged ends. Even after just a few uses I can already feel the length of my hair coming back to life! The instructions suggested that I put a "brazil nut" sized dollop of product into my hands (I'm not going to lie...I had to Google brazil nut), run the treatment through the mid length and ends of my hair after towel drying, and then brush through and style as usual. It made my hair instantly smoother and easier to brush, and my hair felt silkier and stronger after just one use. The consistency of the treatment is thinner than I thought it would be, but this actually bodes well for my greasy/dry/damaged/stupid hair type, as I dread product build up and that thick, gloopy product feeling.

The product doesn't have its trademark Lee Stafford scent, but it does have the added Jojoba Oil which does smell great and gives my hair a much needed drink. Severely damaged hair can use this product after every hair wash but I have decided to save this product for my Sunday night pamper - a night where I only use my holy grail products ;-)

What are your favourite Lee Stafford products? 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Valentine's Look

While Valentines day is hated by many, it's also a great day to force your boyfriend to buy you overpriced roses and massive heart shaped boxes of chocolates. The least you can do in return is look gorgeous for him when he takes you out for an expensive meal that he doesn't even really want to attend.

While hunting through my makeup stash for a simple yet slightly dramatic look for an evening out, I came across a MAC eyeshadow quad that had all the perfect colours for a romantic Valentines look. They're outlandish, but not too dark. Shimmery, but not glittery. MAC's Naked Lunch, Paradisco, Star Violet and Hepcat can all create an easy-to-do, romantic look without looking too plastered or vampy. Teamed with a flick of liquid eyeliner (my all time favourite is myface.cosmetics slinky liquid eyeliner), some natural looking lashes and a slick of clear lipgloss, your face will be food-proof and snog-proof for the night!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Cream Eyeshadows - Hit or Miss?

Cream eye shadows have become increasingly popular over the past 12 months. As someone who prefers to use brushes for all makeup application, I was skeptical of sticking my fingers in pots of coloured cream and rubbing it willy nilly all over my eyes.

When the Maybelline Colour Tattoo range came out though, I began to sway. The word "tattoo" really got me thinking "could a wet cream really stay longer on my lids than a dry powder?" On and On Bronze is my favourite colour of the bunch, producing a warm coppery tone infused with gold shimmer, perfect with almost any eye colour. The formula truly is long lasting and not too hard to blend with fingers or a brush. Additionally, the amount of product in the pot is insane compared to the amount that you would get in a powder shadow.

The Benefit Creaseless creams are another favourite but apparently they are being discontinued which is so annoying! A little more on the pricey side but there are definitely an array of great colours, again with a great formula and consistency.

The downsides are that they are probably more unhygienic to use - sticking your dirty fingers in them over and over can create a battlefield of germs in the pots. Additionally, creamy makeup products have a shorter lifespan than powder products do, so even if you do get more product in the pot than a powder, you'd have to use it pretty frequently to really get your money's worth. 

At the end of the day, I think powder eyeshadows remain at the top of my list. I'm not as hesitant to buy them as I was before, but I prefer to use these creams as a base for a powder shadow, rather than using them on their own. 

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 3 February 2013

The Perfect Flick

Renowned for being one of the most famous and timeless makeup looks ever, the black eyeliner flick will suit almost any eye shape and can completely transform any makeup look. The only problem with the flick is that with even the slightest motion, it can go oh so terribly wrong. From a wobbly hand, to a line that's far too thick, the infamous flick can make your eyes go from glamorous to gothic. And nothing (and I mean nothing!) is worse than uneven flicks. THE HORROR!

I first discovered eyeliner when I was about 10 years old. Far too young some of you might say, but my Dad was always a firm believer of letting me experiment at a younger age and getting it wrong when it was acceptable because I was young and silly, instead of being a 20-something female who didn't know the different between a lipstick and a pink highlighter pen. I have found that over many years of trial and error, I have somewhat perfected the art of the flick.

A lot of it comes down to practice, of course. Knowing your eyeshape and understanding where the flick needs to be drawn in terms of the position with the corner of your eye are key in obtaining said flick. Your upper lid fluid line should always reach the end of your eye, as the point of the flick is to elongate your eye. It can't elongate our eye if the flick begins halfway alone your lid line!

A straight line needs to be formed that aligns with the end of your eyelid and the just after the end of your eyebrow. Creating this initial line is key for your flick to form. Of course this is much easier said than done, so I have made a video to accompany this blog post which will show you in detail how to know where to position the line to begin your flick, and how to fill out the shape of the flick to perfect the look.

Having a good quality eyeliner is crucial. You won't be able to create a flawless flick without an eyeliner that's going to flow well on your lid and last all day. My all time favourite eyeliner that I strongly recommend to create the perfect eyeliner flick is the myface.cosmetics slinky liquid eyeliner in "paint it black". A dramatic and long lasting eyeliner, myface.cosmetics really pulled it out of the bag with their most recent line of liquid eyeliners.

 It's available in an array of matte and chromatic shades (including silvers and golds for crazier party looks, but also deep browns blues and blacks for my sultry looks) the density of this liquid eyeliner delivers a strong and long lasting line which will not move, smudge or crack throughout the day or night. The brush is tiny yet precise and is able to get into all the difficult areas around the eyelid, and is capable of delivering a thin line as well as being fluid and supple enough to build up for a more dramatic look. I seriously consider this to be the staple item in my makeup bag, and the one makeup item that I would not leave the house without wearing. Have I sold it to you yet?! This product is amazing!

I hope that the video and post help you in the uphill battle that every woman faces with eyeliner. The key things to remember here are practice and a good quality product. Even professional makeup artists struggle to achieve the perfect flick, so remember that you're not alone! Practice makes perfect :-)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Winter Body Skincare

When listening to the radio this morning, Sara Cox revealed that if she removed her tights, there would be a dessert spoon full of Ready Brek- like dead skin in each tight leg. Gross. It made me realise that no matter the season, or whether youre bearing your skin or covering it up, taking care of your skin is never unimportant. Ageing is something I don't really have to worry about at 22, but it will become a problem if I don't take care of my skin now!

Enter my favourite body skin care picks.

Body Shop Shower Gel in Peach & Mango
A continuous repurchase for me, the smell of this shower gel wakes me up instantly in the shower and teamed with my loofah, is a great cleanser for my skin.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub
This little tub of heaven gets rid of any rough or dead skin in a heartbeat. It smells like lime Starburst and has the texture of raw cookie dough (which seriously confuses my brain, it's a real struggle not to eat it!). An absolute dream skin care product!

Vaseline Essential Moisture Body Lotion
Oddly, my favourite thing about this lotion is the size of the bottle. I go through a bottle a month of body lotion because I love to use so much, so the fact that this practically comes in bulk is a real perk for me! Smells amazing, soaks in quickly, not expensive, great product overall!

Without these three products my skin would truly suffer. Although I do love a higher end product, my body is unfortunately bigger than my face, thus I have more skin to take care of, and I can't afford to spend  €100 a month on cream for my legs haha.

What are your favourite body care products? X