27 January 2014

Plum Lips




Even though Christmas has been and gone, Winter is still well and truly here. Therefore that doesn't stop us from wearing dark plum lipsticks! I got this particular one a way back now and I've fallen in love with the shade. This Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Rule Breaker (£4.49) is a win win in my books and has quickly become my go to lipstick when I'm getting ready for a night out. It is a deep red with plum undertones and looks classy and stands out of an evening, regardless of where you're going.

It's not too matte where it dries out your lips and isn't too glossy either, it glides easily onto your lips easily leaving them feeling smooth and refreshed. Overall, I've been loving the Seventeen Stay Pout Lipsticks and definitely plan to add more to my collection!

What do you make of Seventeen's lipsticks?

26 January 2014

This Week #6


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Sundays simple makeup // Baby lips // Sleek matte me lips // My makeup brushes new home // FOTD //  Being naughty // Waffles! // SATC // VIVO cosmetics haul // Two new palettes

My weeks seem to get busier and busier as they progress. This week I've been worrying about uni deadlines and all the things I've got to do next week! I've tried to blog as much as I can but my schedule is so cray-cray at the moment it's ridiculous. 2014 has been great and so busy so far! Let's keep it that way!

Hope you have a good week guys!

15 January 2014

Tresemme Salon Silk


Tresemme Salon Silk Shampoo & Conditioner available at Superdrug and Boots
£4.99 for both - on Superdrug 2 for £7 deal

University has officially started again and as you can see it's starting to take over my life once again. So sorry for the lack of blogging at the moment! The first week back is always really hectic. Anyway, on to the post! Tresemme has always been known for the affordable and professional finish it gives to your hair and if I'm honest, I'm still yet to be wowed by any of their shampoos or conditioner. I have really terrible hair, it's so frizzy and really difficult to manage so I'm constantly on the look out for a new shampoo that might actually work.

This particular shampoo and conditioner works slightly, however I wouldn't say that it leaves me with 'Salon Silk' feeling hair. After I wash it, I normally always leave my hair to air dry as it's so thick it takes forever to blow-dry it! When my hair is dry it's so frizzy it's unreal. I feel like a cavewoman!! Additionally, this is the same thing that happens when I use another one of their shampoo and conditioners. When I straighten it, it does feel slightly softer but it still hasn't impressed me.

The only reason I got this is because they were on offer in Boots, I wouldn't pay the original £5 for them as I do not believe they are worth it. Although having said this, when it comes to any shampoo and conditioner claiming that it cuts out frizz, I never think that they actually work on my hair. Maybe I just have really difficult hair!

If any of you guys find or use a Tressemme product that cuts out frizz and actually works, please let me know!

10 January 2014

REAL TECHNIQUE DUPES





Instead of having an extremely picture heavy post all about these Real Technique dupes, I decided to split it into two halves (You can read the first half here). So for £9.99 you get this 5 Piece Makeup Brush Set from eBay and I have to say I cannot recommend these enough. If you're strapped for cash then these are a great alternative for the Real Techniques. They feel amazingly soft on the skin and apply and blend makeup really well.

They don't have names as such which is slightly annoying but you can decide to use them as you please. There are brushes for buffing foundation, setting concealer, applying powder and blush as well as a contour brush. You can choose from three colours so I decided to go for this pinky/red as it sets them apart from my actual Real Techniques. One thing that I can notice is some of the brush hair has actually come out already so I don't think they'll last as long as the Real Techniques but when you get 5  brushes for £10 you can't really complain. They're a great piece to add to makeup brush collections so I'd recommend getting your hands on them! They are from China and took around 2/3 weeks to get to me but they are worth the wait.

Have you ever tried these Real Technique dupes?

4 January 2014

ELF Baked Blush




From left to right:
peachy cheeky, rich rose, passion pink

*wearing Rich Rose on my cheeks

As you may know by now, I'm obsessed with ELF products. I have a ton of their Studio blushes (see post here) and quite a few of their lipsticks too. I'm trying to venture out of just purchasing their blushes but they're so beautiful I can't stop myself! When I first saw a picture of these blushes, I was reminded of MAC - I'm not sure why, maybe it was the packaging and the fact that the blushes are raised but I just fell in love. I've got 3 out of the 4 shades and plan on purchasing the last one as well! Call me crazy, but they're perfect. I love the shades, I would like to think that they're very different to the other blushes I own.

They're quite pigmented but don't look cray-cray when you apply them as they don't come out very bright so you can build the colour up if you wish for a more dramatic look. They're so cheap at only £3.75 but that's like most of their products really. They're really affordable and they act like a much more expensive brand than they actually are.

I'd definitely recommend as a cheaper alternative as they look so natural on. What do you think of ELF blushes?

1 January 2014

NYE: The Makeup


Last night I decided instead of going out with friends this year that I would stay in with my family. We ended up dancing to loud music, drinking and watching endless clips on my favourite app Vine. Even though I stayed in I still decided to do my makeup - it makes the time go quicker, any who.

I tried something a little different, not being that daring as I was actually staying in - but still a little more adventurous for me all the same. I started off by contouring and highlighting using Sleek's Light Contour Kit (£6.49). I actually really liked it as it was my first time using it, the contour wasn't too dark and it was easy to blend in and the highlight wasn't too shimmery. I also used a little bit more highlight from my Avon Ideal Luminous Highlighter just above my cheek bones. I blended this in using my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (£9.99), I have this in the shade 53 (I should have got a 52 as it's a tad too dark!) - this kept the contour and highlight in place but blended in the sharp lines so it looked more natural. I then used my Natural Collection Cover-up Cream in Fair (£1.99) for any blemishes I still had visible on my skin. For cheeks I used this beautiful shimmery pink blusher by Dainty Doll in the Shade 002. It looks frightening before you use it as it's so bright but it's quite subtle on the skin. To put that all together I used Soap & Glory's One Heck of a Blot (£12.00).

For my eyes I went for something quite drastic and done a dark brown smokey eye. I used my Revlon Palette in Addictive and the Maybelline Eyeshadow Mono in Iced Fudged. All together I think it looked okay - maybe I went a little overboard on the shimmer! I swiped a little of my MUA Eyeliner in Jet Black (£1.00) on the tops of my lids and a little on the bottom waterline and finished my eyes with the Maybelline Falsies Mascara (£7.99). I lastly applied my ELF Matte Lip Colour in Rich Red (£3.75) to finish the look and to pull it all together. Overall, I think it looked nice but I'm a bit sceptical as to whether I will do this look again! It was fine as I was in the house but maybe a little more subtle when I go out, maybe a light brown smokey eye and a nude lip. I think putting the dark smokey eye and bold lip together was a little drastic!

How did you do your make for NYE?