Sunday, 29 June 2014

Lorde has a MAC COLLECTION!?!?!

When this email landed in my inbox I was in shock, Lorde has a MAC collection? The girl has taken over the world lately but I was still so surprised, for some reason I feel like MAC are quite picky with their celebrity endorsements, even though they usually have a lot they don't have one for every Tom, Dick and Harry.

But! All is not as it appears...Lorde literally has a lipstick and the penultimate eyeliner in her 'collection'. And her lipstick is a deep purple called 'Pure Heroine', like her album. Sound familiar?? MAC's permanent collection holds a deep purple lipstick called Heroine. Safe to say, I won't be purchasing from the Lorde collection, and after getting so excited about the 3D Glitter Collection, this seems a real let down from MAC!

Long story short, I don't know who failed here... MAC's team or Lorde's team but come on guys!!!!

Side note - If you were wondering why I'm posting on a Sunday, my designated day off blogging, I'm making up for my lack of post on Thursday from my failed deleted post. Aaaand I only put up one video this week. Sacrificing my Sunday is my apology!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

New Video - Bronze Smokey Eye Tutorial

New video has gone up today on my YouTube channel! 
Take a look at my other videos and enjoy. Please send me photos if you recreate this look and let me know how you liked it.

Friday, 27 June 2014

The ultimate summer accessory! - And a Sky Broadband FAIL!

This is the second attempt writing this blog post, if you follow me on twitter you'll know that this post was completely finished. I pressed publish aaaaand the internet broke. It's been crashing on and off all day so I should have seen it coming, but I lost everything from the don't judge anything that may not be grammatically perfect I just want to get this post up!!! Screw you Sky Broadband.

With Glasto this weekend there's one underrated summer accessory that is going to be seen everywhere! The straw hat! 

I have been a big fan of the trend since I first went to a festival, almost 4 years ago now! They're perfect for festivals, camping and beach trips where you're going to be spending a few days out in the sun. You can cover your head from the heat, while still having a nice breathable material so you don't feel suffocatingly hot! Also, you can hide any greasiness that dry shampoo hasn't resolved, because who queues for hours for a shower when you're missing your favourite bands?!!

I picked this one up at Camden market for £10, I probably could have haggled but I just wanted it too bad. Put it on while still out and about that day, and haven't taken it off since. If you have seen my Fishtail Braid Tutorial on youtube, you probably saw the guest appearance by this hat. 

And in case you needed any more incentive to pull out a hat for festival season, this is it! Ultimate hipster Kylie Jenner and Beiber's Bae Selena Gomez rocked the summer hat trend in Coachella this year! 

I am so in love that I felt like I had to write a quick post before everyone ran away to Glasto! If you're going, or you're going to any other festivals this summer let me know in the comments! And if you are, will you be trying a straw hat?!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer - NEW OBSESSION

I have a new miracle product! I've previously loved the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer, and mentioned it here and there in videos, but only bought the concealer without the corrector. I went back and purchased the corrector for something new to try, because I don't have that many Bobbi Brown products.

This corrector is a miracle at cancelling out those under eye circles so that you can slide on a little bit of concealer and actually look awake! It also means you don't have to layer on really thick concealer that cakes to manage to cover those evil dark circles. I'm obsessed with it, and the pinky undertone in my shade - Extra Light Bisque - not only cancels out the blue of dark circles but brightens them too.

The formulation is really light and creamy, which means it doesn't really crease, although I find all products crease a little, especially for a long all-day wear. You also don't feel like you're wearing another layer of makeup on when you wear this, I don't know if it's because you use less concealer but it adds no extra weight to your makeup.

The product is available in all sorts of shades to suit your skin tone, and I find Bobbi Brown has a brilliant shade range! I definitely recommend it, let me know if you've ever tried this corrector, or the creamy concealer!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation - Double Take

The Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation was my favourite drugstore foundation when I first started blogging and making videos, so when I was in a sneaky trip to Boots a few weeks ago I repurchased it!

I picked up the lightest shade available just like last time, this was Light Porcelain. I don't know whether they have a different shade range now or whether my skin has changed, but this colour does not do it for me! It's PINK!!!

Straight up pink, like my touché éclat level of pink. I'm so confused because it looks terrible on my skin! I always go for a yellow undertone to my foundation, it just looks better on me, and translates well when I decide to fake tan! So I'm a little bit at a loss of what to do with the product now! I'll probably wait it out until winter when I'm a little paler or mix it with a darker foundation with a much stronger yellow undertone.

I do however still love the consistency of this foundation, it's thicker rather than a runny liquid when you pump it out, so gives you a little bit of a heavier coverage and I'd say a nicer ability to blend. A dewy finish which everyone loves, and the magic touch of a shimmer that doesn't show on our skin but makes sure your skin doesn't look dry by the end of the day!!

Basically, I need to find a better colour that's this pale still but yellow instead of so pink.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Fishtail Braid Tutorial

I posted a new video yesterday!A tutorial on how to recreate a fishtail braid!

Let me know what you think of this video and if you want to see the makeup from this video.
If you enjoy take a look through the rest of my youtube videos.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Moon Beam - Discontinued?

This post will be filled with sorrow and mourning over the loss of something dear to me. Moon beam highlighter by Benefit has been DISCONTINUED?!? I had no idea and now it's too late to stock buy my staple summer highlighter!

This beautiful highlighter was in the same line as high beam, but rather than leaving a pale pinky iridescent finish, moon beam was much more yellow based with a darker pink shimmer running through it. This highlighter was basically everything I wanted in life...and now it's gone!

Benefit do have an alternative to High Beam with their product Sun Beam which is a much more bronze based product and almost reminds me of Nars Laguna Illuminator that I previously reviewed.

You can see from the photo it's pretty well loved and I use it a lot! What I want to know now is...Do you have any dupes? Let me know in the comments section, or share your horror stories of discontinued products.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

MAC 3D Glitter - New Shades

This is the most excited I've been for a MAC collection in a long time, even the Maleficent collection didn't really do it for me. But MAC have updated their 3D glitters with 7 new shades and I can't wait to go and try them out.

Basically from the descriptions on MAC's website, each of the shades has a '3D holographic multicoloured glitter' with a specific colour base. These new shades are, from left to right in the photo:
  • Silver
  • Black
  • Brass Gold
  • Lavender
  • Pale Mint
  • Pink
  • And Platinum.

I'm dying over the pale mint, and really want the platinum colour as well! I definitely need to get in store ASAP to swatch (and buy!). 

Comment below if you want to try any of these products? Or if you're excited by any of the other MAC collections?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

I'm going BLONDE?!

I've finally posted a video! Since I've been posting on my blog for a little bit already, I thought it was about time I started up with my videos again. So here you go:

You can watch more videos like this on my youtube channel! I would love it if you could take a look and subscribe!
I'll be back tomorrow with another post! :D

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

I have a new obsession, and it's something that I'd never thought I'd say. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray has been my absolute go-to for the past few months. Which is so unlike me! I can literally just wash my hair and leave it with nothing else done to it and not flinch at going out like that.

I never usually bother with texturising sprays, mousses, even hairspray. My standard is leave in conditioner, heat protectant and if I'm feeling fancy shine spray.

BUUUT I've recently gone super light with my hair and got a whole heapload of highlights so I'm actually making an effort with it and trying to get really into hair care a lot more! I'm trying to make sure I use as little heat as possible, so when I want wavy/curly hair this has been my go to, so I don't cause more damage to my hair.

You might have seen if you follow me on instagram that I've been working some heatless waves into my routine by plaiting my hair before bed, and spraying surf spray all over!

I really like the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray because unlike other texturising sprays I've experimented with in the past, I don't find that it makes my hair really dry. Which is my ultimate hatred, I like soft shiny hair so anything that dries I run away.

It's been really hot in the UK too, so I basically am doing everything I can to look like I've just rolled off a beach 24/7 and Surf Spray definitely does the job!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Top 5 Summer Products

Colour Tattoos
These have been talked about for the longest time, and I buy into the hype completely. I have about 4 of them in all sorts of colours, but my two favourites are Rose Gold and Bad to the Bronze! They're so great for the summer because they DON'T BUDGE! I can wear them from morning time, go out on a night out and still have to remember to take it off when I get in. I genuinely think I could go and get in the pool and get out with these colour tattoos in tact.

Lumi Magique Foundation
During the summer I tend to try and minimise the amount of foundation I wear, especially on a  day to day, I go with a BB cream or Tinted moisturiser, but I love to have a dewy foundation in my collection for summer. This is my choice for the moment, I really love it, I think it makes my skin look fresh and most importantly for me, hydrated! The dewy finish really helps to counteract any dryness in my skin and makes me look all over healthier.

Fake Up Concealer
Sticking to the skin theme, I am obsessed with the Fake Up concealer by Benefit and will even say my ho-ish concealer tendencies are being put to one side. This concealer is a stick, which to me usually equals dry and for blemishes, but it's not! The actual colour of the concealer is surrounded by a sort of balm that makes sure it stays super moisturising and is perfect for under eye circles. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. I love it. Like seriously just buy it.

Coralista Blush
Benefit is getting pimped again in this post with Coralista blusher, usually in summer I jump straight into the cream blushes, especially MAC creme blend in Something Special, but for some reason, I've barely used it! I've been wearing Coralista almost every day, I think there's something about the gold sparkles that make it so perfectly summery and glam at the same time. So although it's a powder, which always gets a thumb down for me. I'm a cream kind of girl, this product is amazing!!

Colossal Waterproof Mascara
I always come back to Colossal mascara, there's something about this bright yellow tube that I can't avoid. But I recently picked it up and bought the waterproof formula on accident, which is usually a no-no. Something about waterproof formulas, no matter what the mascara, irritate me, and I can never put my finger on it. I'm happy to say though, I've really been enjoying this product! I've got all my favourite things about the Colossal mascara plus the added bonus of mascara that isn't smudging when my eyes water the tiniest amount.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Coconut Oil!

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, from both the beauty and health community, you would have heard of Coconut Oil for sure! It's everyone's new rave about product for everything!

coconut oil and it's benefits

I might have bought the wrong one, and picked up coconut butter, but shush. You don't need to say anything, it's made of 100% coconut oil anyways, as soon as you melt it a little, it's the same as the oil!

Now everyone knows coconut oil for it's moisturising properties, I love running this through my hair and leaving it for a while. But I will say wash it off after an hour  or so, if you leave it on for too long you will have the itchiest scalp! At least I did, and a quick google search told me depending on the person it can make your scalp itchy.

I also love to put this on my ankles, wrists, elbows and knees the day before fake tanning to make sure there's no dry spots. Another good fake tanning tip is that if you have patchy spots, layer this on kinda thick and leave it for a few hours, then when you shower it off, it should be really easy to scrub the fate tan away compared to usual!

Coconut oil also has a natural spf, so if you're a big tanner and like to use oil, coconut oil will be brilliant for that because you still get about 8-16spf.

The next most popular uses of coconut oil is to do with it's numerous health benefits! Everyone seems to have jumped off the olive oil wagon and onto the coconut oil. This is because coconut oil has what's called a high smoking temperature, which basically means that you can heat it a lot without it losing all it's benefits, unlike Olive oil which has a pretty low smoking temperature and is only really good for you if you pour it over a salad etc.

Coconut oil has also been a big contributor to the new craze, which I'm a bit weirded out by called Oil Pulling?! It's basically a way to clean your teeth by swishing oil around your mouth. If you want to read more about the process, Food Matters have a really informative article about it.

Randomly it's so good for conditioning leather too! So if you have a leather sofa or an old leather jacket that's looking a bit tired a quick wipe with coconut oil will make SUCH a difference.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Charles Worthington - Salon at Home Shine Booster Kit

As a Christmas present I got the Charles Worthington Salon at Home Shine Booster Hair Shine Kit (that's a mouthful, huh?) because who in my family doesn't know I'm obsessed with beauty products? I finally started testing it out last week and wanted to let you know my opinions!

First thing is first, I want to talk about the texture of the masque itself,  it's basically a standard creamy texture but I noticed after I use it that my entire hand had little shimmers on it. That was super confusing when I noticed it. I had a moment of looking round my room trying to figure out, what have I touched that's shiny? But it is nice to know that you get an extra shine boost because the product literally has shimmer through it. 

The smell of the product is incredible, and the shampoo and conditioner have the same scent too. I'm about 99.9% sure all Charles Worthington products have the same scent, because this brand used to be my mum's and therefore my own, favourite shampoo. So this scent is kinda familiar from when I was a kid.

The results are what you'd expect, super shiny soft hair.

I also want you to know that this was a gift so I have not looked at the price and am not going to look it up because it would be rude, so this has been judged without context of price and value for money.