Sunday, 19 January 2014

Guide: Top 6 Emergency Beauty Essentials For Your Handbag

Hey Everyone,
So, I'm sure that most people have been in a situation where they wished that they'd kept something in their handbag.
Today, I thought I'd share with you the top six emergency beauty essentials that I like to carry around
Lip Balm
 I can't stress how important it is to carry lip balm in your handbag at all times, especially if you live in the UK. This cold, unforgiving weather is very harsh on our lips and so applying lip balm regularly is the only way to combat this. My favourite lip balm at the moment is the baby lips hydration balm. It gets rid of dryness and feels great on chapped lips.

Hand Sanitizer
If you regularly travel on public transport you will understand how important it is to carry hand sanitizer. No one wants germs all over their hands, especially if they are digging into food. Hand sanitizer can also be used before you reapply make-up to ensure that you have clean hands to work with. My favourite hand sanitizer of all time is bath and body work's vanilla sorbet. Not only does it smell amazing but it does a great job of keeping your hands clean. If you are in the UK, it may be hard to get a hold of bath and body works items so any hand sanitizer will work well in your handbag.

Wipes
I always carry around make-up wipes as they are so handy when you are having a beauty emergency! They can be used for all sorts of reasons- being a helping hand if your make-up has run down your face, being used to clean hands etc. Although you  may not find a use for them straight away, you will thank yourself later on when you really need them. I prefer using 'Simple' face wipes as they are gentle on my skin but even baby wipes can do the job.

Mints
Now, these may not be the most useful in a beauty emergency but when coping with said emergency, no one wants bad breath! There are many times that eating mints are essential, especially after that tuna sandwich that you just had to eat. I prefer mints over chewing gum because they don't lose their taste or freshness but its up to you what you use as long as your breath stays minty fresh.

Compact Mirror
There's nothing worse than thinking your make-up has smudged or that you have food in your teeth without actually being able to check. This is where a compact mirror comes in handy. You could probably use your phone but nobody wants to look like they're taking a selfie in the middle of a busy street. If you don't have time to constantly go to the bathroom and check in the mirrors, then a small compact mirror is definitely useful and can even be used sneakily to check out a boy movie style!

Concealer
I'm sure there will be a lot of debate over which make-up product is more useful in a major beauty crisis but in my opinion, concealer remains on top. Concealer can be used to hide a multitude of sins such as dark circles and a spot/volcano that randomly appears  on your face in the middle of the day. Many people bring their make-up with them anyway but if you can only afford to bring one thing then concealer should be first pick. The concealer I am using at the moment is rimmel's match perfection concealer. It is very blend-able into the skin, conceals fatigue and is easy to apply when you're on the go.  

Ofcourse, there are many more things that you could squeeze into your handbag if need be but if you're armed with these beauty emergency essentials then I'm sure you'll be able to encounter any problems faced and still look great.

What are your emergency beauty essentials that you carry around with you? Is there anything you never leave the house without?

Let me know, 


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

First Impression: Lush 'Shoot for the Stars' Bath Ballistic


Hey everyone,

Has it really been 6 whole months since I last blogged? How time flies, eh?

Anyway, today's post is concerning Lush's 'Shoot for the Stars' Bath Ballistic, a new addition to my growing collection of Lush items. As the winter season draws nearer, I often find myself venturing into lush with the hope of discovering a bath product that can deliver in appearance but one that is also beneficial to my skin. 

The Claims:

"This one's for all you star gazers out there, creating a magnificent bath with swirling lustres and beautiful colours. As various and enchanting as the night sky"

My Thoughts:

Appearance:

-As soon as I saw this bath ballistic, I knew I had to get it! I'm all for gimmicks and this just roped me in. This little beauty looked just like a beautiful nights sky with specks of blue, pink and white, and yes, it even had an actual shooting star. (see pictures below)

Smell:

-I hate to say this, but, being the controversial soul that I am, I'm going to go ahead and say it. Smell? What smell?. I'm sorry Lush but you would think that a bath bomb as beautiful  as this would have an outstanding smell, but it just really didn't deliver. I searched the internet high and low in the hope that there was something I was missing out on, a hidden scent, yet I am left disappointed that whilst others where smelling a mix of orange oil and honey, I was smelling zilch. Saying this, maybe I just got a dodgy, unscented bath ballistic so be careful of any of those lurking about!

In The Bath:

-You know what Lush, I'm going to completely go back on my criticism of the smell because when this thing fizzed, it really fizzed. As soon as I placed this in the bath, there was an explosion of swirls of colour. I did try to capture this in a single picture but I'm afraid it might not do it much justice. 
-This lasted for about 10 minutes before the colour faded to a deep shimmery purple.

Beneficial?

-Now this is a difficult one. Whilst in the bath my skin felt amazing. The bath bomb made my skin feel smooth and soft but there was a residue left on my skin.
-After the bath, my skin didn't feel very different from before so although it didn't claim to do this, I would have hoped for some skin benefits

Rating: 8/10

I was impressed with this bath ballistics 'wow factor' with the appearance and fizzing etc. but not so much with the smell and how beneficial it was for my skin.

Would I recommend it?

Yes. This could make for a great christmasy gift or just something you can pick up on a cold winter weekend. For lush virgins to diehard fans, I do think this bath ballistic is worth its retail price of £3.25. 

Left- Shoot for the stars Bath Ballistic straight out of packaging

Right- Initial fizzing phase when placed in bath 



















Monday, 8 April 2013

Wishlist: April

Hi Everyone!
Here is my spring wishlist, I am aware its mostly beauty products but I hope you enjoy!



From left to right| Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in Shade 101|Jack Wills Floral Milholme Bikini top & bottoms| Barry M 'Gelly' Nail Polish in the Shade 'Lychee'| Models Own Scented Fruit Pastel Nail Polishes| Benefit Cosmetics 'They're Real!' Mascara| 

Thanks for reading!

Let me know if you have tried any of these products in the comment section




Friday, 5 April 2013

Review: Rimmel Apocalips


Hello everyone!
I know it's been a while but I'm back and ready to review. I thought I would do a review on a product that's received a lot of hype lately-The apocalips lip lacquer by Rimmel. I purchased the colour 'celestial' from my local Asda for £5.00 which I believe is cheaper than the drugstore price- You know I like a good bargain!


My Thoughts:
-To be honest, after applying, the colour appeared stronger than I had anticipated. From the packaging it appeared that the colour would be a fairly nude  pink colour, although this wasn't the case (Saying this, I do have a naturally dark lip colour so this may be the cause) I was happy with the final results. 
-I was worried that the formula would be too glossy however I was pleasantly surprised as it  simply had a 'sheen' to it and wasn't too extreme. The lip lacquer also lasted all day for me without any application however the colour did fade, as expected due to drinking etc.
-In terms of application, it was easy to apply with the doe foot applicator and glided on smoothly. I also noticed that if you blot after using the product then it can appear like a lip stain which is useful if you don't want the intense colour.










Before Application
























After Application





















Rating? 8/10

Would I buy it again?

Yes definitely! I love the formula and I am eager to try the more 'brave' colours within the range and if you want to see my thoughts on these then just ask! Overall, I would recommend this as I think although the range isn't that large, the shades are very pigmented and the formula is creamy and smooth.









Saturday, 10 November 2012

Wish List: November

Hi Lovelies!
Today I thought I would share my wishlist right now, as believe me, I am wishing for a lot of things! All items will listed below with pricing in case your interested




From left to right| River Island black rib high waisted tube pants- £35.00| Essie Nail Polish in 'Muchi Muchi' - £7.99| Body Shop Slanted Kabuki Brush- £15.00| Taylor Swift Red CD - £10.00| Topshop Fur lined Parka- £95.00| 

Thanks for reading!

Let me know if your eyeing any of these up!


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Tag: This or That?

Hello Lovelies!
I initially planned to do a face of the day post but my computer decided to decline me of doing this by secretly hiding all of the photos I took... Sneaky.

Anyway I thought, as I am in a blogging mood, I would have a go at doing the This or That Beauty tag. Although I wasn't tagged, I saw this on emzo600's blog, and thought I'd give it a whirl. Feel free to do it yourself and comment a link to your post. 

Makeup-

Blush or Bronzer? - Blush
Lip Gloss or Lipstick - Lipstick
Eyeliner or Mascara? - Mascara
Foundation or Concealer? - Concealer
Neutral or Colour Eye Shadow? - Neutral Eye Shadow
Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows? - Pressed Eye Shadows
Brushes or Sponges? - Brushes 

Nails- 

OPI or China Glaze? - Haven't tried either, but I'm going to go for OPI
Long or Short? - Long
Acrylic or Natural? - Natural
Brights or Darks? - Brights
Flower or No Flower? - Flower

Body-

Perfume or Body Splash?- Perfume
Lotion or Body Butter?- Body Butter
Body Wash or Soap?- Body Wash
Lush or other bath company?- Probably Lush at Christmas, but as an all rounder,The body Shop

Fashion-

Jeans or Sweat Pants? - Jeans
Long Sleeve or Short?- Medium?
Dresses or Skirts?- In summer probably Dresses, for winter I've been liking skater skirts
Stripes or Plaid?- Stripes
Flip Flops or Sandals? - Sandals
Scarves or Hats? - A good old chunky scarf
Studs or Dangly Earrings? - Studs
Necklaces or Bracelets ?- Erm...Bracelets? I am a fan of my pandora
Heels or Flats?- Flats 
Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots? - Riding Boots
Jacket or Hoodie? - Jacket
Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe? - Forever 21
Abercrombie or Hollister? - Hollister (It smells amazing in there!)

Hair-

Curly or Straight?- I have naturally straight hair so I really like wavy/curly hair on me
Bun or Ponytail?- I would like to say bun but they are just so unachievable so ponytail
Bobby pins or Butterfly Clips? - Bobby Pins
Hair Spray or Gel? - Hair Spray
Long or Short? - Long
Light or Dark? - Light
Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs? - Side Sweep Bangs 
Up or Down? - Down

Random- 

Rain or Shine? - Rain
Summer or Winter? - Hmm.. Can't decide
Fall or Spring? - I love fall fashion, so fall
Chocolate or Vanilla? - Vanilla 
East Coast or West Coast? - I'm not american so I'm going to stay unbiased on this one I think!

Thanks for reading, if you haven't done this tag then I tag YOU! 


Saturday, 3 November 2012

First Impression: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash & Moisturiser


Hello all!
So for my first blog post I thought I would do a review on Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit facial wash and moisturiser as I picked them up today from Boots ( they were on offer, I got them both for only £5.00, can you say bargain!?) 
Before I start my review, I thought that I would give you a bit of background on my skin type etc. as obviously what might work for me may not do the same for you.

Skin Type? Oily/Normal and fairly sensitive
Regular Skin Appearance? Mostly clear apart from some mild blemishes around my t zone area
What I use? As I am a teenager and I have fairly clear skin, I prefer to only use a cleanser and a lightweight moisturiser 

The Claims: 

- The Cleanser helps to eliminate spots and blackheads with an uplifting clean feel.

- The moisturiser hydrates, cleans and refreshes and helps keep your skin clear and soft without blocking your pores


My Thoughts:


The Cleanser- 

- To apply the cleanser, I wet my face, squeezed a pea sized amount and applied it in circular motions 
- The actual formula lathered up fairly well, and the subtle fruity smell was a great addition
- After washing away, my skin felt fairly smooth and almost matte like, most redness was gone however it didn't seem anything 'special' and I don't necessarily believe that it made much of a change to my skin

Rating? 7.5 

The Moisturiser-

- I have mixed feelings for this moisturiser as when I first applied it, it felt uncomfortable on my skin, especially on my blemishes. It also produced areas of redness
-After allowing it to sit for a while, my skin once again felt smooth, the moisturiser didn't feel to heavy, but I don't feel as though it produced much of a difference in comparison to the cleanser
-Although this moisturiser did leave my skin feeling okay and less oily, it didn't feel as moisturising as I would have liked

Rating? 6/7

Overall:

-I have heard mixed reviews on these products and I was a bit sceptical as I didn't want to suffer from a major breakout
-From my first impression experience I think these products are okay, however I think that the pink grapefruit may be the only reason people buy it and not for its skin benefits

Would I buy it again?

Probably not, no

Well that's it! Thanks for reading and if you have used this product then you can let me know what you thought of it in the comments