Friday, 2 October 2015

Make-up Gallery Pro Liquid Eyeliner Review

When it comes to different types of liners, the industry is no stranger. Having given us gel, liquid and pencil of all variations- the choices are never ending. A product that undoubtedly, (whether you use it or not) is in every girls makeup bag; and for good reason. Liner of any kind can make your eyes appear larger, darken and draw attention to your peepers. Above all, adds great definition for any desired look. The question is, are we spending too much on liners that crack and fade?

 Undeniably, some of the greatest eyeliners out there are pricey, but who are we kidding trying to resist a £1 eyeliner? The Poundland Make-up Gallery Pro Liquid Eyeliner is petite, minimal in design and a great staple for the everyday fierce winged girl-or boy. The packaging itself is standard. Nothing snazzy, just a simple black plastic very much like the Collection liquid liners. With a lightweight feel, the brush is unusual; in a sense that it imitates a soft thin lip brush, and isn't your typical felt tip or dingy thin brush. Application is almost unthinkable- it's that easy, and the product glides on steadily even with the shakiest of hands. Despite the only downfall being the size, and amount of product you get. It's surprisingly very pigmented and works fabulously for both a thin or thick desired line. Coming from someone with reasonably oily lids- this absolute steal put up a good fight. With pigmentation, durability, design and the price point all in mind- you really can't go wrong!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Makeup Essentials for Starting Uni/ Freshers

Starting University will be both the greatest and most difficult change, in your life yet as a young-adult. Whilst many of you will be worrying about what washing detergent to buy, or trying to find the cheapest non-stick pan, for now you should be looking forward to Freshers. If you're looking for the perfect reason to top-up your makeup bag, starting uni is a great excuse. Here are some makeup essentials that will help you slay university- beauty wise of course. 

If you're anyone from a typical selfie queen, to a self confessed Facebook document-er then a full coverage foundation is going to be essential, for your nights out. Think about it? All that sweat and flash photography in the clubs will not do anyone justice. Something with a durable or long-lasting selling point, will work fabulously to tame an oily appearance, and keep you looking flawless. Concealer if already isn't an essential for you, will become one. A holy grail product that will not only contribute to flawless makeup, but will help hide a multitude of sins the morning after. Those late nights and early morning seminars will catch up with you, but you'll definitely have your lecturers fooled, with a light-weight brightening concealer in your makeup bag. 

Say goodbye to the likelihood of waking up early, having a nice hot shower and plenty of time to get ready. If you're anything like how I was, everything will be a rush- especially in the mornings. After a night out and an early seminar start, dry shampoo will become very important to you, as will makeup wipes. It's like a cheat hair wash and facial cleanse, nothing wrong with that right?

This will be the perfect chance to venture out, and experiment with your makeup. You know that orange lipstick you've always thought was too daring? Go for it. A bright lippy can perk up your overall look, and add a little something extra to any outfit. The MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers come in an array of colours, particularly those that are bright. The formula is a matte finish, and might even have the durability to last on your walk of shame home. This is the perfect opportunity to come out of your shell, and be whoever you want. Why not start with your lipstick?

There's no denying that you'll want to look good for freshers, but taking only one pair of your favourite £7 lashes won't get you very far. If you're a constant lash user, then bulk sets of lashes will become life-savers after messy nights that involve your face on the floor- or near a toilet. Powder is of course a no-brainer and a clutch staple. It will help to set your foundation, and then touch-ups will provide coverage all night long. The MAC Studio Fix Powder is pigmented and is great for blotting.

Whether this means drinking water to save your skin, or moisturising when you get the chance. All the alcohol, late nights and risque clothing in cold weather, can start to effect your complexion. Nobody likes dry patches/ cracks in their skin when putting foundation on for a night out (it's happened to the best of us). 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Travel Photo Journal | Bulgaria

With a tank full of petrol and a semi-cheery disposition. We just missed the rain, and arrived to the scorching sunshine of Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. Where we enjoyed several or so mojitos accompanied with endless amounts of chicken and shopska salad. Unfortunately, the mannerisms of the Eastern European weren't as pleasant as the beaches, and the horror of being served blackcurrant squash as a 'Cosmopolitan' was heartbreaking. Calamari for breakfast was definitely a highlight, as was the relaxing aspect of the holiday. It was an experience full of fun, sun and fake ray-bans that I am happy to have had, but I would recommend travelling away from the tourist parts of Sunny Beach. Simply because the smaller towns are quaint and cheap- Sunny Beach being neither of those. 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Current Favourites | July 2015

From the dry shampoo that delivers oomph, to the perfect brown lip duo. These favourites have very quickly worked their way into my everyday routine, and will happily remain there. July along with its' temperamental weather has overall been a delightful month. Working IMATS left me fragile on my feet, and just that bit poorer than usual. On an even higher note, the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser (what a mouthful aye?) has been working wonders for my combination/ dry skin. The formula itself is creamy, nourishing and soothing, but then when used with the hot cloth, slightly exfoliates and removes all nasties from the skin's surface. Who would have thought it, cloth and cleanser- the dynamic duo of the skincare world. Superdrug's Naturally Radiant line is almost always on offer, but even at its' standard price it's still only £5.99 and claims to 'Awaken skins natural glow'- who wouldn't want that? Another product that has been fabulously contributing to my complexion, is the brand spanking new Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation. With supposed 'Invisible Cover', this foundation is as light as a feather on the skin and blends beautifully. A battle commenced when trying to get this product at IMATS, but after a lot of dedication and shuffling, I got my hands on it. The packaging is sleek, and classic of course, and the 'ultra' formulation has a medium to build-able coverage. When applied to the skin it 100% has a more natural, sheer finish in comparison to the HD Original. Great product for those of us who don't like a lot of foundation on the skin.

 Having not really been a fan of cat-eye glasses, these Topshop Sadie Cateye Sunglasses have not left my side. They're my personal Summer essential, and really frame my face well. Despite being a controversial pair for some, there's no denying that they instantly add class to any outfit. Speaking of Summer... oily hair is always a no, but with all this heat and sweat sometimes it's inevitable. The Batiste Dry Shampoo has been in every magazine, blog and favourites- and for good reason. It's not only a quick solution for those of us on a busy schedule, but is also great for adding instant volume to flat and dull hair. For hair that gets really oily really quickly, this is a can sent from heaven. For those who don't know, I am the real brown lips queen- not Kylie. A fellow friend and MUA recently recommended 'Cappucino' Lip Pencil by Rimmel, and in her words..."It's like Wonderbra for lips". The colour is brown with an ever so slight warm tone to it, making it fab for plumping your lips without all that shot glass business. It works well when used to define the natural lip line, and is perfect when married with MAC 'Taupe' Lipstick- yes, another brown. This typically creamy and pigmented lipstick by MAC, has just the right amount of warm undertone to make your lips look and feel fuller. 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Clown Contouring, Worth the Hype?

There's no doubt that both Instagram, and YouTube are home to a number of controversial trends. Clown Contouring being no exception. This extreme correcting, highlighting and contouring method is all the rage thanks to Beauty Guru's BellaDeLune and MakeupBy_Alo. Having made its way around the world, supposedly the trend stemmed from hurtful comments received via Instagram. Minimal, subtle and natural are words you won't find associated with this craze, and if you're used to your practical and sufficient coat of mascara in the mornings- this may come as a shock. 

Trend Tested 
So, by using darker shades of either cream/ liquid foundation you are able to follow the traditional technique of contouring. Doing this will create shadow on areas like the temples, cheekbone and jawline- therefore creating the illusion of a more sculpted and defined face. To then add contrast and brighten the higher points of the face apply lighter concealer/ foundation. Something with a little peachy/ pink tone to it, will help to correct dark circles and brighten your under-eyes. Green concealer can be added to the clown mask to reduce redness, and purple for brightening a dull complexion. Apart from being very time consuming, this trend requires a hefty amount of product, leaving skin heavy and very unrealistic for a normal day. Despite being impractical, it is a lot of fun to experiment with, perfect for drag, but definitely not worth the hype. I also found that with the application and idea of actually recreating a clown, you end up getting very carried away- with dry skin as an added feature. Blending every bit of product to a T, is a working girls worst nightmare, and very time consuming. Make sure to have a beauty blender at hand or you'll never make it out the door. 

Though it's important for people to understand that this is a lot of makeup to wear on a day-to-day basis, and is completely impractical. What better way to fuel your haters? 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

How To Get Perfectly Glowing Skin

Glowing, dewy and radiant looking makeup has been an on-going trend for what seems like forever. This sort of finish, when done correctly can add a natural glow to the skin, making it celeb worthy and summer ready. Hydration, amongst a solid skincare routine will contribute more to this look, than that shimmery highlighter you bought, and hoped would give you a fresh, radiant appearance. The concerns of, is there a fine line between dewy and oily, are always lurking near, but whether you have oily, combination or dry skin. Here's how to achieve radiant, J-LO skin with simple products, and time on your side.

Start by brightening the darker points of your face. Use concealer a few shades lighter than your actual skin tone, and apply to the center of the forehead, bridge of your nose, the cupid's bow and finally, under those little bags of doom. Pinky/ peach under-toned concealers work fabulously to achieve a brighter face, and can be found in the form of both drugstore, and high-end products. The Maybelline Instant Anti-age Concealer is light, blend-able and perfect for creating a radiant base. If you would prefer to correct then conceal, that is completely up to you, but the idea and focus of this whole makeup look is minimalism. We don't want layers of concealer bunching between every wrinkle, or patches of cakey and dry product. With this in mind, it's time to get that glow. Choose a foundation that again, is light and promotes a dewy finish. Apply sparingly and only in the places that you really need it. Aim to blend everything together- as apposed to creating too much coverage. The Bourjois Healthy Mix range, is outstanding for radiant skin at an affordable price. MAC Face & Body, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and Rimmel Wake Me Up, are all foundations that also help to achieve a dewy, flawless and radiant skin finish at varied prices.

Now, on to highlighting. An essential ingredient that can either make or break your final look. Some say cream, others say powder- I say both! Liquid/ cream highlighters are great combined with other liquids, so to really get that radiant outer-glow mix in with your moisturizer or foundation. The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter (shade unknown), is a handy tube of goodness that proves very versatile when it comes to makeup application. Mix in with your favorite liquid foundation, or even dab it on the higher points of your face, and you will achieve a fabulously fresh face. Oilier skin types should then use a translucent powder to set only the t-zone, Illamasqua Loose Powder in '010' smells lovely and tames oil perfectly. If you feel like you need some extra oomph, go over the places where you applied the cream highlighter very lightly, with a large fluffy, and your chosen powder highlighter. Set it and protect- my favourite step (especially with the 35°C  weather). Setting Sprays are sometimes cliche and there's always this question of 'do they actually work', but products like the Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water and MAC Fix+, are all the rage and help to finish off your look. The Avene product is like a light mist of heaven that helps to add radiance to your skin, it moisturizes and sets the work you have just created.

My advice from this point is to steer clear of glittery products that will result in you looking like a Las Vegas Showgirl. Use a light hand, and of course- less is more. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Boots Botanics Organic Facial Oil Review

Although facial oil might be the last thing you want to apply in the Summer, it can often be just what your skin needs. Used to restore moisture and suppleness to the face, oil contains such a high amount of concentrated vitamins and anti-oxidants, you can finally say bye to flakes and dehydration.

I came across this organic bottle of goodness whilst having a browse in Boots. The natural and minimal packaging was enough to intrigue me, as was the italic 'nourishing rose hip'. With 25ml of product, it claims to 'lock in moisture for 8 hours' which I've found it definitely does when used in replacement of night cream. The organic essential oils all work together to not only replenish your face, but also restore your skin's 'natural glow'. Ingredients include rose hip which works beautifully to calm irritated skin, and naturally condition red areas. Bergamot then acts as a natural antiseptic, with cicatrisant properties (meaning it is very effective for scarred or marked skin). In spite of all these fabulous organic ingredients, no one really wants oil sitting on their face all night, and that's what makes this product a gooden. It is very emollient, absorbing into the skin almost instantly when massaged into the face. If you're on the hunt for something extra to add into your skincare routine, this £6.66 gem is definitely one to consider for any budget.