Sunday, 6 July 2014

St Tropez Starter Kit Review

Anyone that knows me will know that I don't tan. I never have, and probably never will. My skin, once greeted by the sun, turns freckly and red. So attractive I know! Having two older brothers with ginger hair meant of course I inherited the ginger skin. 


So I decided to take a stand - I will no longer suffer as a stark pale person, who could quite easily blend into the background of a snowy mountain (preferably with Jon Snow, for all you GOT fans). 
So I bought myself some fake tan. I almost hyperventilated taking it to the counter - images of TOWIE and Oompa Loompas came to mind, but I handed my money over any way,

I ended up buying the St Tropez Starter Kit - this cute little box comes with mini polish, moisturiser and bronzing mousse. Oh, and a handy tanning mit too. Not bad for £15! (I bought this from trusty M&S, although I know Boots also sell it)

Onto the tanning, eek! 
So I first off exfoliated my skin by using the polish - making sure any rough patches like elbows, knees and ankles were baby smooth. I then slathered on the moisturiser, and waited for it to dry.
After dancing around to the Frozen soundtrack, I put on the mit and pumped the mousse onto it. I started rubbing it onto my skin, and was greeted by a lovely golden glow. I was genuinely amazed. 
Feeling like a bronze goddess, I applied the product over my body and waited for it to dry.
I used two pumps for each arm and my chest, and four for my legs.
Now this product doesn't really have a strong 'biscuit-like' fake tan smell, in fact it was quite pleasant at first. It does slightly develop into a rich tea scent, but nothing offensive or terribly noticeable.

After it had dried, I threw on some baggy PJs and went about my evening (watching Holby City, wild I know!)
A tip: Try to not sit down or interfer with the tan for as long as possible - it's the best way to avoid patches!
I then went to bed with the  guide colour still on, and awoke to an amazing golden tan!
I was genuinely shocked at how tanned my skin was - and no patches, streaks of weird colour.
I washed the guide colour off, and was left with a lovely tan - au revior pale skin!
I have found it lasts about 4-5 days depending on how much you moisturise and exfoliate. You can also top up the tan with tan boosters or even another application of the bronzing mousse if you need to.


My overall opinion? A MA ZING. You need this in your life - I've now bought a full size bronzing mousse for months of tan, YAY!

Have you tried St Tropez tan?
Until next time,


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Boohoo Ideal Festival Blogger Challenge

Ello ello again,

The lovely people at Boohoo have challenged me to the 'Ideal Festival Blogger' challenge!
This challenge includes a list of festival-based question for my noggin to answer, lovely.


I would share a tent with...
I would say Bradley Cooper, but we know that is out of the question, so my lovely friends of course! (The clean ones anyway)

My headliners would be…
My ideal headliners would be Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and One Direction Eminem

….. would be free for all attending.
Glowsticks, because come on, everyone loves glowsticks (I felt irresponsible writing alcohol...)

The item that I could not go without would be…
Anti-bacterial gel. Those toilets give me nightmares

Wellies or Wedges?
Wellies every time. Although wedges are ideal for someone 5"1 like me!

Beach or Field?
Field! I love the beach, but there's nothing like sitting on a field surrounded by loud music and unhealthy food

The theme would be…
Fairytale! There is nothing better than seeing grown men in tights and sparkly fairy wings

Celeb spot of the weekend would be…
I would love to say The Queen, but I'll go for Jennifer Lawrence because I want her to be my best friend

This is what I would wear…         




I really enjoyed this challenge, thanks Boohoo!

What would you wear to a festival?

Until next time,



Giveaway Winner!

My giveaway has now ended, and well done to Sarah from 'The Blossom Cart' for winning!

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to every single person that entered - it means so much!
I'm sorry I couldn't give you all something, but there will be more giveaways in the future, don't worry!

Until next time,

Sunday, 22 June 2014

I'm back!

Hello hello hello! 

Sorry I haven't posted for nearly a fortnight - but I thought I'd write a quick update

I went to the Isle of Wight Festival, which was the best three days ever!
I got to the barrier for my two favourite bands - Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro (hey festival blues)
Plus loads of unhealthy food, alcohol and my favourite people meant an abandoned blog for a couple of weeks (sorry!!)



But I'm back, and I have tons of stuff to write, plan and post.
Let me know if there are any requests, reviews or ideas you'd also like to see!

My giveaway is still open too, it closes at 7pm on 24/6/2014! 

How has everyone else been? Let me know!
Until next time,

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

100 Bloglovin' Beauty Giveaway!


So I amazingly hit 100 followers on Bloglovin', and decided to celebrate with a giveaway - yay!
Thank you to every person that follows me on Bloglovin', it means so much!

Please note this is a UK only giveaway

One person will win:

Clarins Satin-Smooth Body Lotion
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser - very dry to dry combination skin
Clinique Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser
Maybelline Color Show Street Artist in 'White Spatter' polish
Revlon Shadowlinks in 'Cobalt' and 'Petal'
Yankee Candle in Black Cherry

I will leave all the instructions below for you, good luck!

To win, you must:
Comment on this blog post, with your twitter and bloglovin' usernames

Please use the giveaway generator below, as this is the only way to validate your entry!

The giveaway will start on 10/6/2014 at 7pm GMT, and finish in 2 weeks on 24/6/2014 at 7pm GMT

Good luck everyone!
xx


Monday, 9 June 2014

Navy Blue Smokey Eye Tutorial


I always wear brown, black and grey. BORING.
So I decided to actually apply some colour onto my lids, and came up with this smokey navy blue eye.
I love wearing navy, but I'm not so adventurous when it comes to eyeshadows, so I thought I'd give it a go.
As always, enjoy!



I used the Revlon Shadowlinks for this tutorial - which are miniature shadows that click onto each other to create your own personal palette.
 Great idea huh! And at £2.99 a 'link', you can't go wrong!


I first applied 'Bone', which is a matte cream base colour - perfect to sweep all over the lid.
Using my trusty Crown Brush Chubby Shadow, I apply this all over the lid and up to the brow bone.
The pigmentation of these shadows are really great, and have a buttery, smooth texture.


I applied a strip of tape under the eyes - this is a fool-proof way to create a perfect straight line with shadows and liners, and can really transform a look!

I then applied 'Cocoa', a satin-finish chocolate brown shade, with my MAC 217, and buffed it into the crease for a bit of definition.


I then decided to apply a little more to the lash line, and darken the crease - this adds warmth and really helps to shape the eye.


Now comes the blue!
I use 'Cobalt', a satin-finish navy blue, and applied basically over the mocha shade. The mix of these two creates a beautiful smokey effect, without clogging the eye up excessively.


I kept blending this over the crease, and through the lash-line until I was happy with the finish.
I really love navy blue, as it adds colour without being too 'I've been punched in the face 20 times' kind of look. Unless you're going for that, then keep piling it on!


And of course, eyeliner. You'll get bored of reading that soon, but I just look tired without it.
I also feel with this look you need liner just to break up the shadow. 


I used the Maybelline Superliner in 'Blue Black'. This is my new favourite liner; it glides on effortlessly over the eye, and creates a subtle navy blue effect. I really really love this product!


For the finishing touch, I take the tape off - obviously, and apply a small amount of navy shadow under the eye and smoke out. This just blends the look together, and adds a little darkness to it.
I tightline and waterline with MAC's 'Fascinating' eye kohl, and apply shed loads of Lancome Hypnose Drama.
Oh, and fill in my sucky brows too!


And there we go!
My finished blue look is complete.
I love this look for a night out when I'm wearing a plain outfit, and can really add some colour and smokiness.

I'm blue da-ba-dee-da-ba-di

Until next time,






Friday, 6 June 2014

The Liebster Award




Thank you to the stunning Atlanta from Alantas Alley who nominated my blog for the Liebster Award - go say hello!
I was really shocked to be tagged, as I'm still a newbie to this Beauty Blogging, and it's so lovely to know people take the time to read my blog. Don't know what the rules are? Well, here you go!


THE RULES
  • I thank the blogger who tagged me.
  • I say 11 facts about me.
  • I answer the 11 questions written by the person who tagged me.
  • I write my own 11 questions.
  • I tag 11 up and coming bloggers.

11 SLIGHTLY INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ME
1. I live on a little island called the Isle of Wight, and sometimes I really love it
2. Self-confessed cat woman right here 
3. I have 11 piercings and 3 tattoos
4. Big boats/ships scare the hell out of me. Seriously
5. I cried like a baby when I passed my driving test first time
6. I'm obsessed with perfumes. No-no to BO thank you
7. My favourite song ever is Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. My idea of fun is taking a road trip, whilst blaring out cheesy music
9. I have a massive crush on Ian Somerhalder. Mmmm
10. Lefty
11. Buy me a Disaronno and I'll be your best friend

ANSWERS FOR QUESTIONS 
  1. What are you mostly looking forward to?  - The Isle of Wight Festival; I need a weekend of loud music, drunk people and greasy food
  2. Do you have an idol? If so who? - My Dad, he's been through hell and back and never once moaned about it. He just gets on with it. He would do anything for his family, and would put himself last. Incredible man, more men should be like him.
  3. If you won a lot of money what would you do with it? -  Give my loved ones some of course, then a massive shopping spree, and finally take my friends on a massive holiday (first class of course)
  4. Where would you like to travel to? - America, Italy, Australia, New Zealand (EuroMillions please?)
  5. If you had one wish, what would you use it for? - To make sure no one I love is ever hurt (awww)
  6. If you could have your hair any colour what would it be? - I would love to be blonde, but I'd look hideous! I wish I could suit naturally blonde hair.
  7. Do you regret anything? - We all regret things!
  8. Do you have any pets? If not would you like one? - I have two cats who are like my children. No joke.
  9. Who's your favourite blogger? - I love A Yellow Brick Blog, if you haven't, go check it out!
  10. What would you tell your self if you could back in time? - Don't let stupid arguments end friendships!
  11. Do you have a favourite item? If so what is it? - My opal ring my Grandparents gave me one Christmas
My Questions For Bloggers

1. What is one trend/style you don't like?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. If you could only buy one beauty brand, what would it be?
4. Do you prefer drug store or high end products?
5. Who is your favourite blogger?
6. What is one product you couldn't you live without? 
7. What's your biggest fear?
8. Favourite food?
9. If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
10. If you could see any band/performer live, who would it be?
11. Do you prefer online or in-store shopping?

I nominate these lovely people:

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

May Favourites 2014



I know everyone says this, but I cannot believe it is June already.
What?!
I've fallen in love with several products as I do every month, and thought I'd share them with you.

Enjoy!


Clarins Ever Matte, £27



This foundation is my holy grail. My whole outlook on foundation has changed since using this - my skin looks so much smoother, shine-free and corrected. This foundation has an SPF 15, which will be great in the summer, and the coverage is build-able so feels light on the skin. The coverage is light to medium, but you can layer if you need more correcting. 

Clarins Ultra-Matte Rebalancing Lotion 50ml, £26


I bought this after using a sample, and I really love it. I apply this before moisturiser, and it helps to unclog my pores, and mattify the face. I use two pumps, and this will cover the entire face. It also smells really fresh which is nice in the morning. If you have dry skin, I would avoid this - but for oily-skinned girls this will be your life saver!

Clarins Lotus Face Oil 30ml, £32



I also bought this after loving a sample, and I use this as my night moisturiser now. I've also found this has dramatically changed the oiliness in my skin, and I don't suffer with it much now (which is a blessing!!) 
I apply this after toner - warm up in the palms and pat all over the face. It smells incredible, and it sinks in over time and makes the skin super soft.
I have blemish-prone skin and this oil hasn't interfered with it too much. 

Maybelline Super Stay Stain in 'Forever Fuschia', £6.99



This has been a complete re-discovery!
I prefer lip stains anyway, but I love this one as it's super hydrating and glossy.
It smells really fruity, but the smell doesn't liner for too long.
And this really does stain too! I find this will last all day  on just one application - and the colour doesn't fade hardly at all.
If you're looking for a really pigmented stay-put lip stick, you will love this!

Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion 50ml, £6


This is only a small size, but I already know I'll be buying a full sized one!
This is the same as BB Prep, but for coloured hair. I spritz this on wet hair on the roots, and then brush through. I find this helps my hair styles last longer, and it seems to amplify the volume in the roots.
 It also smells of mint which is super refreshing!

Tresemme Shine Spray 75ml, £4.99


I love this gloss spray as it makes my hair look super shiny!
I spray this on both wet and dry hair, and it gives my hair so much silkiness and gloss.
I also prefer this to oil sometimes, as I find this a little heavy on the hair sometimes.

The Body Shop InstaBlur 25ml, £14


Oh. My. God. I love this. 
This is the best primer I've EVER used - it beats any other pore-unclogging primer!
This has a very silicone, soft texture and glides on to the skin easily.
It creates a soft layer on the skin, and gives my foundation a balanced flawless look. I find it soaks up any excess oil, and banishes shine all day.
Oily skin? You need this. 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'Ivory', £5.49



I've been using the same under-eye concealer for so long, that I wanted to try something else.
I really love this as it makes my skin glow, and lifts it instantly. The colour matches perfectly, and blends like a dream.
For a drug store product, it's really really good!

Benefit High Brow £15.50



I use this under the brow and around the tear duct to highlight and light the eyes.
I love this product - it's really creamy, and luminates the brow and eyes beautifully.
As always, Benefit did good.


That's my May favourites, what are yours?

Until next time,


Monday, 2 June 2014

Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder review


Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder 4.8g, £18

I love Smashbox. I mean I really do.
I  have stopped going into Boots to stop the natural gravitation I have towards the Smashbox counter.
However, as always, I ended up buying something from them.
Since picking this up a few weeks ago, I cannot believe I waited so long to use it!
Oily-skin people? You need this in your life. PRONTO.


The powder is white, but once blended onto the skin, it has literally no colour. This doesn't affect or alter my foundation at all.
I apply this all over my face once my foundation has set, and it gives my skin a soft, matte finish that lasts all day. 
My oiliness is no more, and my makeup doesn't melt away. Yay!



You don't get a huge amount of product, but you only need a small amount to cover the whole face.
I really love this, as I actually hate smothering my face with powder - but this is super lightweight and doesn't make me look like I've rolled around in powder.
In a nutshell, is it worth it? HELL YES.

The beauty assistant also said you can blot this over lipstick to stop it bleeding and fading throughout the day - I haven't tried this yet, but I will have to.

Have you tried this powder yet?

Until next time,

The Body Shop Tea Tree Review - Scrub Cleanser, Toner & Oil


We all have those days when you look in the mirror, and see your face has started a war with your ego. Red, painful, rank marks all over your face that make you feel anything other than pretty. Oh how we all love spots eh?

So today's post will be reviewing my new favourite skin care remedies for blemished skin - The Body Shop Tea Tree range.
Now I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop, but this is my favourite collection they sell. It's targeted mainly for those with blemish-prone skin, but I also find it works wonders for my oiliness.
Fear not dry people of this world though - it will still work on your skin don't worry!

As always, enjoy!

Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub 100ml, £6.50


Oh I love this, simple as really.
I picked this up as my skin has been horrendous this past month, and I needed something that was going to calm the skin, whilst scrubbing away those nasties.
I use this at night time as my cleanser and scrub; I just massage into my skin and wash off with cold water. I love how cooling this is, and I find my skin feels wonderfully clean and soft afterwards. As all the tea tree range in Body Shop, it does smell of tea tree - but I love the smell so it doesn't bother me!

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner 250ml, £5


Now I'm a big toner girl - I really believe toner makes a difference in my skin routine, and I always notice my skin declining when I don't use it for some time.
I have gotten bored of my previous toner, so decided to give this a try. I use this primarily at night, and sweep all over dry, cleansed skin. Again, it does smell of tea tree, but the smell fades once it's sunk in.
You have to shake the bottle to mix the ingredients together, otherwise it can be a little watery. This also has willow bark in, which naturally has salicylic acid in, and we all know that's good for spots!

Tea Tree Oil 10ml, £7


I've heard so many good things about this oil, and decided to finally give it a go. And I really really like it.
I apply this after the toner has dried, and simply dab a small amount on the blemished areas. I find this can sting a little, but it doesn't last for more than a few seconds.
I've noticed a huge difference in my skin since using this! My skin isn't as red, and the spots have definitely died down. If you really hate the smell of tea tree, wear a peg on your nose whilst using it - it's so worth it!
If you suffer with dry skin - mix some of this oil in with your night cream, and it will still work just as well.

In terms of my oily skin, I have found these products have helped in drying my skin up. I'm one of those unfortunate souls to just have really crap skin. Never mind eh! 
However, if you do have dry skin, perhaps spread the use of these products out, rather than using them all in one night.

So to summarise - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE
Body Shop you did good.

Do you like The Body Shop's Tea Tree Range?

Until next time,



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