24 October 2014

Why You Should Invest In Lip Liner

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Lip liner used to scare me; It conjured up images of Victoria Beckham, Pamela Anderson and basically anyone else who wore lipstick in the nineties. This put me off trying lip liner for ages until I discovered it powers after reading Lisa Eldridge recommend it. 

My favourite way to wear lip liner is to use it as a lipstick. I trace my lip line with a pencil followed by shading in the whole lip. This looks really nice worn alone and is great for altering your lip shape and creating the perfect pair of pillowy lips. You can also layer a lipstick on top, this will help your lipstick stay on longer too. To avoid the lip line looking too harsh and unnatural, gently rub the edges with your finger tip to blur the outline. If you wanted a more natural look you can add a subtle hint of colour by applying lip liner over lip balm. To cheat a Jolie-esque pout, apply a gloss in the center of your lips and cupid's bow over your chosen shade of liner and say hello to your new bee-stung pout.

My go to brand for lip liner is No7. I love that the pencil doesn't need sharpening and that the formula is nice and soft which helps to apply the product. 'Nude' is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade, slightly pink with a hint of brown. I also adore 'Blush' which is a soft, delicate red. Rimmel and Max Factor also do good lip liners. 

Thanks to celebrities such a Kylie Jenner being pro-liner it seems more people are embracing its lip-enhancing goodness. If you're yet to try it I recommend giving it a go, let me know how you get on!

23 October 2014

5 Mini Reviews

Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy* £17.99
I'm a huge fan of oils. Face, hair,body, nail - any kind of oil will do. This hair oil is a cocktail of 5 oils designed to improve the condition of and strengthen your hair from within. I tried massaging this into dry hair before washing out and also used it on the tips of damp hair. After both methods my hair was left feeling heavy and slightly greasy looking. I found this just too oily for my hair which is a shame as it smells lovely!
Dove Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner Spray £3.59
I have naturally quite dry hair so I have to use something after washing to keep it hydrated. To apply this you spray over damp hair or use it on dry hair for an instant, healthy boost. The spray leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft and less frizzy. This sprays out in a light mist so would work well for those with fine hair. It also makes my hair smell beautiful, always a bonus.
Maybelline Brow Gel 'Dark Blonde' £4.99
My brows have a mind of their own. If I didn't use brow gel I'd end up looking like Hagrid. This tinted gel comes in three different shades, I have the shade 'Dark Blonde' which isn't overly pigmented. The product looks natural once applied but I had trouble using the big brush. The wand has a ball on the end making it difficult to use on the ends of my brows. I get on better with a more traditional style wand so I don't think I'd repurchase this.
Roger&Gallet Body Sorbet* £14.00
The new hydrating sorbet body lotions from Roger&Gallet are perfect for the drying,colder months. Available in 4 different fragrances; I have Gingembre which helps to firm the skin and also stimulate the mind. The lotion has a very light, almost water-like texture which melts into the skin quickly without leaving a greasy film. Skin is hydrated for up to 24 hours and left deliciously perfumed.
Sali Hughes: Pretty Honest hardback* £22.00 
I love a good beauty book but this one is different to anything I've read before. You won't find unachievable makeup tutorials, outdated tips or over-photoshopped models here. Pretty Honest is  full of smart, practical advice for real women. It's funny too, I love Sali's honesty and straight talk. There's no beauty bullsh*t in here. Chapter's include - 'To Wax or Not To Wax', 'Teen Beauty' and 'Saving The Best For Now'. A really interesting read for anyone obsessed with beauty. This would make a great Christmas gift and I've seen it a bit cheaper on Amazon here.

Have you tried any of these products?

19 October 2014

Beauty Advice I Would Give To My Younger Self

Aaah those innocent younger years of experimenting. I spent most of middle school with no eyebrows, cringey blonde highlights and an over powering scent of Versace Red Jeans. Mum, why did you not stop me? I've burnt all photos of me from 2002-2009 and come up with a few beauty tips I would give to my younger self.

- Don't cut off your side burns. Everyone has them, they are normal.
- Cheap shop bought wax strips will end in you crying in the bath trying to gently remove the strip.
- Don't share mascara.
- Hair mascara is never ok; unless it's for fancy dress then proceed.
- Don't put Typex on your teeth to whiten them.
- Powder should not be worn alone all over as foundation.
- Stop picking split ends, it's just making them worse.
- Expensive products don't always mean they will be any good.
- Your mum knows best.
- Stop trying to cover up your freckles.
- Don't buy that foundation three shades darker than your skin colour because you want to look like you've spent 2 weeks in Ibiza.
- Stop rimming your entire eye with black kohl liner.
- Always wash your hands after self tanning.
- Don't shave your eyebrows or anywhere on your face for that matter.
- Stop matching your headband with your cardigan and tshirt.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

18 October 2014

TK Maxx Beauty Haul

If you didn't already know, TK Maxx stock some really good beauty brands. I often see brands such as Neom, Elizabeth Arden, Real Techniques, This Works, Ciate, Estee Lauder and Dior plus loads more. I made a visit to TK MAxx  last week during their Big Brand Beauty Drop where they dropped millions of beauty products instore. As every store is different you may not be able to find the exact same products as me but I'm sure you'll find something you will love.

Korres Suncream Face Cream Yoghurt SPF 30 £9.99
Skin Therapy Cosmetic Blending Sponge £4.99
Essie Nail Laqucer in 'Mind Your Mittens' and 'The Girls Are Out' £7.99 for two
Chesapeake Bay Candle in '05 Golden Amber' £7.99
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap £3.99
IntensivEye Collagen Under-Eye Pads £4.99 for 5 treatments
Stylfile S-file £2.99

Have you checked out TK Maxx for beauty bits? 

15 October 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System Review

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La Roche Posay fans listen up, you're gonna want to hear about this. Their cult beauty buy Effaclar Duo is now available in a three step kit for your skincare pleasure. Effaclar Duo+ is the only product I'd tried from the brand so I was intrigued to see how I would get on with the new system. It combines three simple steps designed to combat oily, blemished skin. The kit claims to provide visible results in just 24 hours and significantly clearer-looking skin in 4 weeks. I've been using these products for just over a month now and here's how I got on.

Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser
I tend to avoid foaming cleansers because I read they aren't good for your skin. I haven't had any trouble using this wash which doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or stripped like some can. To use, you wet hands, lather a small amount and massage into skin. It doesn't have a strong scent and is suitable for sensitive skin. The thick gel helps to reduce excess sebum and remove bacteria which may lead to spots. My skin is left super soft after using this and ready to move onto the next step! 
Clarifying Toner
New to the UK and designed to reduce the appearance of pore size and mattify the skin. It's quite hard to tell if this does make my pores appear smaller but my skin looks matt and feels smooth after use. The soothing toner is gentle enough to use twice a day and controls my oily t-zone.
Effaclar Duo+
I've used this product in the past and enjoyed it. I've only been using this on my blemishes and used a separate moisturiser to hydrate the rest on my face. It does help to reduce to appearance of red marks and unclogs pores. Read my full review here.

I'm impressed that all the products are full sized so they should last around 6 weeks. My skin is clearer but my blemishes haven't gone entirely and a few have recently appeared on my chin. I'll continue to use these three products in the hope that it quickly gets rid of any new spots and doesn't cause scarring. I love how affordable La Roche Posay is, especially considering all their products are such high quality. Oily skin gals might want to give this kit a go.

The 3-step regime* is £32.50 and exclusive at Boots here
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