12 November 2012

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm


Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm - £9.50 
I'm a total lip balm junkie, it's ridiculous! I'm not sure why I need so many but I can't help myself. When I heard Lisa Eldridge (Queen of skincare) talk about this Nuxe lip balm and mention it was matte I couldn't resist the urge. I love the 'grown up' chunky glass jar and how it sits pretty on my shelf when it's not roaming around my bag. The scent isn't really the best, to me it smells of oranges but not chocolate orange, but personally I don't find it offensive. As this lip balm is so thick you need a tiny bit otherwise it becomes a bit annoying and gloopy, a little goes a long way. I have appreciated this as I'm not in the habit of spending £9.50 on 15g of lip balm haha. 


The lip balm itself is gorgeous, it's thick and creamy but manages to still stay matte. I like to use a little of this on before applying lipstick when I'm not wearing it alone to avoid the winter cracked lipstick look. I also use this before bed and the majority of the time it's still there when I wake up which is pretty impressive staying power. Unlike a lot of other lip balms I own that look and smell nice, this gets to work straight away. A few times I have been about in the cold and my lips have started to sting, I have applied this and it's gone with in an hour. If you suffer with 'I look like I've been drinking Cherryade' syndrome, you will understand my enthusiasm haha. I will re purchase this when it eventually runs out, along with Flexitol, this has become a favourite, maybe now it is time to stop hoarding lip balms. Maybe....
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8 October 2012

Fantasy Shopper


I'd like to introduce you all to my latest obsession... fantasyshopper.com

Fantasy Shopper is a website where you can purchase items from different clothing stores with 'fantasy money' and put together outfits for yourself and friends.  You can also take part in challenges to earn coins and exclusive rewards



 I have used Fantasy Shopper before but when I changed Facebook accounts I lost everything so I've decided to get back in to the swing of things recently  When I first heard about this website I didn't think it would overly impress me but I was wrong, this website should carry an addiction warning haha. The main thing I love about Fantasy Shopper is it's a massive help to curbing your spending, you can browse a large range of UK shops so you know what every shop has to offer. I'm sure I'm not the only one who orders clothes online and then realises there is a jumper twice as awesome at another store ha. I also love the social side of this website. A lot like the blogging community you can interact with users and add your social links to your profile. This is a nice way to get talking and also have some fun or some 'me time' creating outfits for your friends.


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3 October 2012

Wishlist | Hair


GHD Pink Cherry Blossom Styler  £129 - How lovely do these straighteners look? I've always used FHI's but I've really fancied a change lately. I have naturally wavy hair that doesn't like the idea of me taming so for me reliable straighteners are a must!


Phyto Clarifying Detox Shampoo £10.50 - I love a good clarifying shampoo, I notice a huge difference in my hair using one of these every week to wash away any product build up. I've used a few different brands and Phyto is next on my list to try. One of the active ingredients is Eucalyptus which leaves a lovely mint smell, something which I love. 

Enrapture Encode Totem Styler £74.99 - I've been lusting after this beauty for months and months. It appears to be the King of all curling irons with three different settings for each section. One day I will buckle and it shall be mine! haha.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer £22.30 - OUCH! This is another one of those products where I will be buying the travel sized ha. This is suppose to revive damaged hair and improve the behavior. This is one of those products I've wanted to try for a while as I've read a lot of good reviews. As the 75ml is £12.25 I think I'll try the smaller size first and I will have Cheryl Cole hair.. One day.. Ha.
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2 October 2012

September Favourites



Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo  £6.50 - I've been wanting to try this dry shampoo for a while and I'm really glad I did. As much as I love Batiste it doesn't last as long as I'd like. It's always nice to have a change even though I thought £6.50 was expensive for a dry shampoo. When my little box arrived I was impressed by the size of the bottle, not so expensive after all. This dry shampoo is a powder, you can apply it exactly where you want it to be distributed and it smells really fresh, a lot like lime. 

Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique £16.50 - When I posted my last Wednesday Wishlist post I had an email about the Feel Unique sale. The next day I had a card from them with a further percentage off their products, this is all I needed to sway me. This Kerastase product is awesome. It is a hair protector and a leave in conditioner all in one. I apply a small amount after washing my hair and leave it to dry naturally and it leaves my hair silky smooth and shiny. Saying that, I should hope so for the price haha. 

Barry M Lip Gloss Wand - Toffee £4.49 - This Barry M lip gloss is an oldie! I've had this for as long as I can remember and discovered it again not long ago. It's a really faint nude brown colour and is barely noticeable on the lips. It's nice to add a small amount of colour when you're not feeling the in your face lip colour.  

Jemma-Kidd-Dewy Glow All Over-Radiance Creme £17.00 - A gorgeous highlighter! I've recently been giving creme products more of a chance as I'd normally stick to powder products and this has been a little gem. This highlighter is creamy, easy to blend and gives just enough colour to give you a dewy glowing look. I have this in Ice Gold and it is now my 'go to' highlighter. 
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1 October 2012

I Have A New Blog Name..

Just a quick update to let you know I have changed my blog name. When browsing the nominees of the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards I spotted a blog with the same name as mine. I didn't want to be seen as 'copying' so I decided to change the name of my blog. As there are about a million different blog names in the UK alone I decided to stick with an old username I used to use when I was 15, yes, I'm going back to the My Space and emo fringe days there ha. The only blog I have found with a similar name is a lady selling sex toys but I think the less said about that the better haha. I'm a bit sad about changing my blog name as it's been just over a year now but I probably should have done a quick search before I set everything up.

I have also had to change my Twitter handle to @misslisablog and I have a new email address, apart from the change of name everything will still be the same as before with regular reviews and posts. Sorry for any confusion caused xo.
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3 September 2012

Inglot Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel - 77

I've been a fan of eyeliner since about 14/15 so  I've tried and tested a lot of different types and brands. Gel has fast become my favourite type to use and I hit eyeliner gold when I bought this little beauty. I first heard about Inglot liner when watching LittleKiva, she is one of my favourite make up artists on youtube and I respect her opinions on products as she is normally spot on. I couldn't contain my excitement when Inglot finally started allow you to order online.

I'm a huge fan of 1950's pin up make up and sometimes I think that's the only make up I wear. Black winged eyeliner is a big part of the 'look' and in the past I've been frustrated with other types of liners. Pencils smudge and don't give you a clean line, liquids flake, felt liners are no where near as good in colour and some gels have a tendency to fade and flake. Obviously, not EVERY liner is guilty of these things but it takes a lot of trial and error to find a good product that works for you.

Inglot Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel
For winged liner my preferred choice is gel, I've tried a few but nothing has come close to Inglot. The great thing about this liner is that it's waterproof, when you apply it it's there right up until you take it off. Lasting power is something I've always had problems with so this is the main things I love. Colour payoff is also another positive about this product, I bought number 77 which is jet black which stays this colour until removed with no fading, smudging or flaking.

The only downfall of Inglot gel liner is removal. Just like waterproof mascara it can be a bit of a nightmare to take off, especially if your tired and just want to climb in to bed. The best method of removal I have found is an oil based cleanser or make up remover. Gently using one of these with warm water will remove the liner with no scrubbing or extra pressure to the eye area.
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31 August 2012

August Favourites


Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel - £28.60 
After having a surprise breakout of adult acne months ago I have been very interested in skincare. After clearing my skin (acne clearing post here) I decided to shake up my routine and have been ever since. Elemis Enzyme Peel is an exfoliating facial mask that purifies the skin. I have been using this a few times a week and have noticed an impressive difference in the hyper pigmentation I have been trying to fade for years. I have used this among other peels and this seems to be the most gentle, I didn't experience any stinging or burning and the smell is gorgeous.

John Frida Sheer Blonde -  I bought this when I had blonde hair then completely forgot about it. I've been having a major clean out and giving my room a bit of TLC this last month (this includes painting my ceiling while singing top note to Beyonce) and came across a few things I forgot I had. I'm impressed how nice it leaves your hair. As it's designed for blondes, who if are not naturally blonde put their hair through a lot, it's very thick and moisturising  That said, it's light enough to use every time you wash your hair. As my hair is mostly my natural colour now it has made my hair shiny and soft and seems to work wonders with a hair oil.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir 30ml £9.90 - I love this spray, as it has a heavy price tag, I wish I didn't. Although I haven't noticed a huge difference in my skin, I have noticed it wakes up tired looking skin and have thoroughly enjoyed using it this month. I like to spray this on my face after cleansing and let it sink in. I don't know what it is about this product, but I really like it. Like, really like it. The smell is very strong, I've seen a lot of people say they're not that fussed but I think it's refreshing. To me, it smells of strong peppermint mixed with something I can't quite put my finger on. Yes, I'm that amazing at describing scents.

Aphogee Keratain Treatment- Another product I swore I was going to use religiously then forgot about. Aphogee Keratin is another lightweight treatment that for the last month I have been using once a week. It provides moisture and strengthens your hair without leaving it weighed down. I really like the effect this has on my hair and should really stop being so lazy and stick to my weekly hair masks.

4kg Kettle bell An odd favorite but I've noticed a difference in a short time I've been using this. Using this with normal kettle bell exercises and as a weight when doing toning exercises I feel and look a little more toned in the areas I've been working on.
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30 August 2012

KISS AND MAKE UP IS ONE!


My little blog is one today! 
Thank you to everyone who has followed and commented along the way and read my posts of me dribbling on when I just don't know when to just shut up haa. I've received some lovely comments over the year so I just wanted to write a small appreciation post xx.
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29 August 2012

Wednesday Wishlist #1



Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze Universel £30 - I really can not justify spending so much on a bronzer. I think this is one of those 'point in the right direction when it's close to my birthday' products. I've wanted this little beauty for years but have never got around to buying it. The only reasons I have so far are:

1. I don't own any Chanel make up
2. I don't own a cream type bronzer
3. It's Chanel
... Maybe when I get to 5 ahaha.

K√©rastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique Nourishing Care for Dry Hair  £16.10 - This is next on my hair care list. Although it's pretty expensive it should last a long time as it's 150ml and a leave in conditioner. It apparently also cuts down drying time for a smoother and quicker finish. I've never tried Keratase before so I'm looking forward to trying trying this, I just need to use up my other 500 half used bottles of hair conditioner. 

Laser Hair Removal System This is something I can guarantee I'll never buy but I thought I would add it in anyway. I hate hair and my body hates hair removal. One of these would be amazing. Unfortunately they cost about £250-£500. 

Ikea Vika Alex Drawer Unit £55 - I was reading Elysa's blog and she had written a post on her dressing table/vanity set up and it really caught my eye. Elysa kindly sent me some pictures so I could see what everything looks like in 'real life' and I'd really love to have the same set of drawers. As I'm organising my bedroom at the moment I decided I need to invest in a small drawer set as I'm running out of space. These seem to be the ones I keep coming back to. 
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24 August 2012

Product Warning | No Bump


I wasn't sure if I should write this post as a lot of people seem to love it. I bought this a while back when trying out some ingrown hair lotions and potions. Reading the back of the bottle I came across this: 

This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. 

A little heavy for an ingrown hair treatment? I think so. I'm not sure what chemical causes the problems or anything really about the product or brand but I have decided against using this product. I'm sure some people are fine with it and have read reviews about it working brilliantly but it isn't for me. This post is not a don't buy from this brand but more of a heads up. If I had known about the warning on the back of the bottle  I wouldn't have bought it. 

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18 August 2012

July Favourites


Philosophy Purity Cleanser - I was happily enjoying my Avene cleanser until summer struck. I don't deal with heat well let alone the heat wave type weather the UK has had lately. The sticky hot and bothered feeling is really not for me so I've switched back to my Philosophy Purity cleanser. It leaves your skin feeling like there isn't a trace of dirt or oil so it's perfect for me in the hot weather. My only gripe is that as it seems to remove all traces of oil it can make your face feel dry if you don't put a cream on straight away.

Castor Oil - As effective as Castor Oil is I never thought I would have it in my monthly favourites. I have lately decided to grow my eyebrows out as I've become a little tweezer happy and in a short space of time I have noticed a difference. Castor Oil also washes out of your eyebrows easily, unlike your hair.

Nars Laguna Bronzer - I've never been a bronzer person, I find the majority are shimmery and the matte types are invisible on the skin. Laguna is my perfect shade to bring some colour back in to my face without like a disco ball. In future instead of wasting money on cheaper brands I will probably re purchase this.

Mac Watch Me Simmer - As soon as I seen this lipstick I loved it but with the dull weather it got put in my collection and forgotten about. Typical impulse buy. Watch Me Simmer is a lovely bright coral colour which adds a nice pop of colour to natural summer make up.

The Fifty Shades Of Grey Trilogy - Yes, I know, everyone and their goat has been reading these books. Lately this trilogy's popularity has exploded and I have enjoyed slowly reading the last installment of the Trilogy in July.
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2 July 2012

HOW TO // Oil Hair Mask (Moroccan Oil)

I have been quite the fan of Moroccan Oil since I purchased it a few months ago. I have been completely converted by hair oils and have been wondering why I've not used them before? I've always suffered from greasy hair and thought adding more oil would make it worse. Oh how little I used to know about hair care. Since I entered the world of hair oils I have been religiously adding oil to the ends of my hair after every wash and have seen a vast improvement in the texture and appearance of my hair. Even though they have improved my hair, sometimes it just needs that little bit extra to soften it up and give it a little bit of TLC. Some people might already do this but I thought I would write a small post anyway.

An hour or so before I know I'm going to wash my hair I gently dampen it and add  Moroccan Oil all over my head. You don't have to use Moroccan Oil, there are hundreds of oils to chose from now this is just what I have been using. Once it's everywhere, which normally includes my face as well as my hair (great times haha), I add a little bit more to the ends of my hair because that's what needs to more TLC and then loosely clip it up. Leave the oil in your hair for about an hour+ or until it has dried into your hair and then shampoo and condition as normal. I very rarely use a hairdryer to dry my hair but if you do, try to use the lowest setting and heat protection. Your hair should be left soft, shiny and should feel nice and conditioned.
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29 June 2012

May/June Favourites



Soap & Glory Heel Genius - I'll admit that I'm one of those people who totally neglect their feet. I always have good intentions to keep them nice and soft but I always forget. After wearing wellies for most of the Winter due to lots rain my feet have become horrible. Heel Genius has started to soften them up and make them lovely and soft again just in time for summer even though it's raining again so I'll probably end up back to square one ha.

Lush Dream Cream -  I received this as a gift for Valentine's day but didn't really pay it much attention until I decided to give it a whirl this month. I have been pleasantly surprised! Dream Cream is really lovely for sensitive skin, something which I have always suffered from. I've started to use this every time I shave or epilate my legs and it leaves them soft and smooth and it's a lot lighter than the Cocoa Butter that I normally use.

Bioderma - A make up remover that doesn't leave my eyes stinging for hours after?! Although pricey I have been enjoying this product and don't dread taking my make up off as much. NO MORE PUFFY SKIN!

Nuxe Reve de Miel - What a little beauty! I discovered this little gem when watching Lisa Eldridge's video on French Pharmacy skincare and fancied giving it a try. It's matte, nourishing and smells orangey. Kind of. Although it is pretty expensive for a lipbalm it does last a long time, and I have well and truly given mine a hammering ha.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre - Most people have something beauty related they can't quite get right. Mine is face cream and eye cream. I suffer with dry and oily skin so it's normally hard to find something to fit both. This is a really nice light cream that sinks in really fast and leaves your face feeling smooth without that heavy feeling. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Another lip product to add to the other 500, yes ha. I have been lusting after one of these for ages. They're strongly pigmented, soft and they dry matte. They can become a little bit slippy if you apply too much so the trick is to add more when it's dried to build up the colour intensity. I'm really impressed with these. 

Avene - I've switched back to my Avene Gel Cleanser lately. Apart from the fact that I always manage to get it in my mouth, I really like it. I find this Avene cleanser better for keeping acne at bay more than 'healing' it although this could just be my skin. Rubbing this in your face for a few seconds leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh, and to me, there is no better feeling in the the hot sticky weather.

Clarasonic Mia - I've had my Mia for a fair few months and can honestly say that I love it. I normally use it in the evening to thoroughly wash away everything but now it's hot, humid and raining I like to use it morning and night.

N-Spa Lemon Souffle Body Scrub - I could smell this all day! This smells of gorgeous sweet lemons, a little bit like sherbet, and is really refreshing and gentle. N Spa need to make this in to a normal shower gel.
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18 June 2012

How To // D.I.Y Facial


I've always liked the idea of going to a posh salon to have a facial and other snazzy treatments, unfortunately, I've never liked the price tag. As much as I'd love to go and have a pampering session I think a lot of the prices are ridiculous. As Google and myself are pretty tight I went in search of D.I.Y pointers to help give my skin a bit of a spruce up at home. 

Things you will need: 
Cleanser
Exfoliator
A bowl with warm water
Face mask
Moisturiser

Cleanse
Firstly you will need to cleanse your skin to wash away any make up or dirt. If you don't use a Clarasonic in your skincare routine spend a few extra minutes working the cleanser in to your skin. I always concentrate more on my T Zone.

Exfoliate
After you're cleansed and squeaky clean use an exfoliator of your choice. Gently rub your chosen exfoliator in a small circular motion all over your face. Again, I tend to concentrate on on my T Zone or 'greasy' areas. Also, make sure that you rinse your face thoroughly as exfoliators can be drying to your skin. 

Steam
This step is where the bowl comes in. If you don't have a bowl you can use your sink, no one will judge you haha. Fill up your bowl/sink with warm water NOT boiling. Pop a towel over your head covering the edges of the bowl/sink and let the steam drift up to your face for a few minutes. This step opens your pores and target some of the 'deeper down' dirt. 

Face Mask
Relaxing time! Chose a face mask that is suited to your skin and apply to your face avoiding your eye area. Leave on for as directed and if you're not impatient like myself, you can add some cucumber to your eyes to brighten them up.  Rinse thoroughly.

Moisturise
When you have thoroughly rinsed all that attractive face mask away pat you skin dry. Leaving water to dry naturally on the skin can dry it out. The only thing that you have to do is gently apply moisturiser, try to use a basic one as ones with AHAs could irritate your skin. 
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21 May 2012

Crea Clip

Crea Clip UK
Crea Clip - £19.99

Crea Clip is a unisex handy two piece device that lets you cut your hair at home without having the struggle of cutting freehand. This little kit comes with a long curved clip for a stylish cut and layers and a shorter straight clip for a straight cut and fringes (bangs). Both clips also have a small spirit level to ensure that you get a straight and even cut and 'teeth' inside of the clips to brush out any remaining tangles before cutting your hair. 

About the clips
The white curved clip allows you to give a stylish cut by just simply cutting along the line. It is curved so you get hair a little longer at the back than at the front (see picture, I'm terrible at explaining.) This can be used to cut or trim your hair or to even cut layers in to your hair with ease. The smaller blue straight clip allows you to give you a straight cut to to your hair and fringe. Both clips have a rotating levels so you can cut at any angles. This is used more on the blue straight clip because you can cut either a straight fringe or a side one. 

Crea Clip UK

How to use
To use either Crea-Clips you need to brush out your hair so there are no tangles and clip your hair at the roots then slide down to where you would like to cut. Someone can do this for you or you can do it yourself by brushing all your hair over your head. Once you know how much you want to cut you just need to make sure the spirit level is balanced and then trim along the line. It's always better to go with cutting less when you first use this and you can go back and repeat if you want to cut more. There are videos on You Tube with demonstrations on how to use the Crea Clip and they also have their own channel with demonstrations on how to cut all different types of hair. 

Review
When I first seen this pop up on the side bar on You Tube I was pretty impressed. I've attempted to cut my hair myself before with terrible results and tend to avoid hairdressers because I always end up complaining about the cut. After seeing the Crea Clip I went to investigate where I could buy one, knowing it originated from America and not wanting to pay customs charges. I found a cheaper dupe on eBay and was pretty impressed with myself, until it arrived. The cheaper dupe looked cheap and fragile and before I even clipped my hair the level fell off. Complete waste of money. After a shoddy haircut I went to Google again to find out if  I could order one from the UK. The only place it seemed available was the Crea Clip website BUT they have a warehouse in the United Kingdom. The clips are 100% more sturdy than the cheap dupe although were a bit more pricey. Both clips cut my hair at ease and I love that I can cut my own layers without having to to a hairdresser. I use the blue clip to cut my hair and white to cut my layers. Unfortunately, the blue clip isn't amazing at cutting my side fringe. Every time I have attempted to do this I've ended up with a block fringe that looks terrible. As much as I dislike the way my fringe cuts with the Crea Clip, I wouldn't be without it as it gives me the freedom to cut my hair whenever I want and gives a neat and tidy finish. The Crea Clip is $29.99 which is approximately £18.98 and $9.99 for P&P which is approximately £6.30. This may seem a lot for two pieces of plastic to some people but it does save silly amounts of money on hair cuts and saves a lot of time you spend at a salon. I've had my Crea Clip for over 6months and think it's one of my best purchases and would certainly repurchase if I ever broke or lost mine. 

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4 May 2012

April Favourites


Sorry this post is sooo late. The last 2 weeks have been filled with toothache, constant headaches and illness :(

Bikini Zone - Some people might think this is a little bit TMI, but this has been a firm favourite this month. Bikini Zone is a medicated cream you use after shaving/waxing to help stop irritation.  I think I've found a holy grail product!

Inglot Matte AMC Gel Liner - The only gel liner I will be buying in future. Matte, amazing colour pay off and completely waterproof. 

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm - Every girl (or boy) loves a good lip balm. My favourite of the month has been Burt's Bees, soothing and rich that leaves your lips feeling minty and fresh.

Epicare Threading System - When looking for an alternative to facial waxing I came across Epicare. When I learnt how to use it correctly (it took a while haha) Epicare removed any un wanted facial hair with out being left with sore skin and didn't leave red scabbed patches from waxing (one of the many joys of being female haha)

Oxy Benzoyl Peroxide - I've mentioned this before in my post about clearing up acne. My skin has been having little tantrums through the last month so this has sorted out any blemishes and disinfected the skin to stop any new spots developing. 

OPI Start to Finish - I'm one of those girls with good intentions of looking after my nails but I always tend to skip the base coat step. OPI Start to Finish is great as a base coat and top coat which has made my nail varnish last a lot longer than it normally does. I always tend to get to about day 2 and discover a chip.. Rage.  I've been really impressed which is unusual as I normally pay out for a top coat and think "is that it?".
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10 April 2012

HOW TO // Starting A Beauty Blog

How To Start A Beauty Blog

I know this post isn't going to be overly useful to anyone that follows my blog as you have all probably started your own Beauty Blog already but today I seen a thread started on Beautylish by a girl asking for advice on starting a blog. I remember when I first started to use Blogger I had no idea, the blogs I followed seemed to be perfect and everyone seemed to know what they were doing. It was a little daunting at first. I thought a short little post would be useful to someone if they are anything like I was and too shy to email someone to ask for help. 

Picking a name
This is the part that took me the longest, I just couldn't settle with one ha. Your blog name can be anything from a saying, phrase or even your name. It doesn't matter what you choose, just make sure you like it as you're probably going to be known as "your name" from "your blog name" in the blogging community haha.

Design and Layout
Going for a simple design to start with is probably best. If you're not a whiz with HTML it's going to make things easier on yourself if you leave the fancy blog designs to a later date. My first blog layout was just a background I got from Google which was changed multiple times before sticking with good old plain white.

Photographs 
Natural day light is your friend. Clear photographs of whatever you're blogging about attracts people a lot more than a blurry photo. Natural day light is probably the best way to get clear photos and will save you a lot of hassle so you don't have to mess around with lighting. I wish I could go back and take my own advice when I started blogging, a lot of my earlier pictures are terrible ha.

Content
Regardless of everything I've just said, your content is the most important as it's what people are coming on your blog to read. "What to blog about" was also something that was asked in the thread so I've made a little list of blog posts that I blog about or seen repeatedly on my dashboard.


  • Reviews
  • Hauls
  • Nails Of The Day
  • Tags 
  • Monthly Favourites (March Faves/April Faves)
  • Face Of The Day (Make Up)
  • Product Swatches
  • Hair/Skin Routine
  • Eyes Of The Day (Eye Make Up)
  • Pet Peeves
  • Wish lists (Things you would like to buy etc)
  • Outfit Of The Day
  • Update Posts
  • Book Reviews
The Golden Rule

YOUR blog, YOUR rules
Everything I have written in this post is a rough idea about starting a blog not a post on what you should do. You make the rules and should be writing about what you want, even if it's about your favourite pair of socks haha. Never let anyone dictate to you about what you should be writing about or how your blog should be designed. I'm no blogging expert but if you have any questions feel free to ask :)  
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5 April 2012

March Favourites

Please excuse the overly bright photograph, my camera decided to play up

Batiste Dry Shampoo - As we did have a lot of hot weather, this has had a lot of use in March. When it's hot my hair tends to get a little more greasy, especially the fringe area when I'm pushing it back etc so this has restrained me a little from everyday hair washing. I love the Fresh fragrance because it's well... Fresh? 

Moroccan Oil - If you read my last post about the 6 Week Hair Challenge you will know I've been using this after I trimmed my hair. Yes, you've all seen it repeatedly on Blogs and YouTube but I had to add this in as it's my most used product in March. Since using this the texture of my hair has been transformed, it doesn't have that 'crunch' anymore.

Lee Stafford Argan Oil - I bought this before the Moroccan Oil and was impressed, it actually smells better as well. I don't think it's as nourishing as Moroccan Oil but it's still had it's fair amount of use.

Palmers Cocoa Butter - This is my 'go to' heavy duty body lotion.I like to use this once a week to keep my skin smooth, it's a bit heavy for every day use though. I've recently had a routine of exfoliating, epilating and then using this, my skin feels so much smoother and less irritated after. 

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara - I'm sure most of you had this sample from Glossybox, I really love this mascara! It hold my lashes in place really well. Only downfall? It's a nightmare to remove.

Elf Conditioning Lip Balm - This awesome for the warmer weather, a tinted lip balm with a lovely colour pay off with nice packaging. Winner. This weather change up from cold to hot to cold again is playing havoc with my lips so I've been reaching for lip balms over lipstick this month.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique - I'm terrible at describing scents, so I won't but I've been using this a lot in March as it's really light. 

Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Brushes - I'm so glad I purchased the Core Collection from Boots a while back, I have used them all and really love the finish they give when applying make up. My favourite have to be the Buffing Brush and the Contour Brush. They're really good quality and are reasonably priced as they cost roughly £20 for the set so that's about £5 a brush.

Urban Decay Naked 2 - Last but not least is my Naked2, after all the hype and excitement when buying this palette after a few weeks I neglected it. I have now rekindled my love for it. I'm also really excited for their new create your own palette system but I think the United Kingdom might have to wait a while. Let's hope Kelly is OK this time, guys haha.
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28 March 2012

HOW TO // The 6 Week Hair Challenge


6 weeks ago I decided enough was enough with being blonde. Through silly amounts of hair dye and peroxide my hair was in terrible condition, falling out and snapping so I decided to set myself a little challenge to try and repair my hair as much as I could. I expect most of you have heard the advice that you should trim your hair every 6 weeks to strengthen your hair, well, I've never been one to stick to that but I decided it would be a good place to start. Begrudgingly, I cut a fair few inches off my hair to a length a bit longer than a 'bob'. I wasn't overly impressed by this but my hair was so damaged I needed to do it.As my hair was blonde, I then had to put a semi permanent brown dye on it to tone down the bleach/platinum colour as it would look even more obvious that I was growing out my hair. Not a great look. I was now ready to say goodbye to my straighteners for 6 weeks...

The "6 week challenge" is mainly about avoiding using heat (hair dryers, straighteners, heated curlers, curling irons) for a few weeks to give your hair a break but there are other things you can do to help the repairing process. 

Trim
You don't have to cut your hair, but it would be better as it helps to strengthen your hair. You only need a small trim, I cut mine myself.

Heat
The main part of this challenge is to cut back on using heat. If you have hair like me that is frizzy and unmanageable you might need to use heat at some point if you feel you need to. Try not to use heat but if you need to use the low setting on all appliances. You can also check YouTube for no heat hair styles, I've noticed they have become more popular lately. 

Heat Protection
If you use heat to style your hair you should be using a heat protector anyway, heated appliances can leave hair dry and frazzled. As Summer is just around the corner we normally focus on protecting our skin, but neglect our hair. A heat protection spray that protects from UV is worth the purchase to protect your hair and scalp from the sun. It doesn't have to be expensive, some reasonable drugstores/chemists (Bodycare/Savers) sell sprays for as little as £1 or you could opt for Boots own brand products. Just check the label to see if it protects from UV.

Hair washing and Dry Shampoo
When I was a teenager I knew nothing about hair care. I used to be obsessive about washing my hair everyday, sometimes twice and that was as far as my hair care routine went. I'm no expert but I know washing your hair everyday isn't great. Try to wash your hair every other day if you're like me and suffer with oily hair. If you can get away with washing your hair only a few times a week, you're very lucky haha! If you hate the feeling of hair that isn't freshly washed, try a dry shampoo. You only have to spray it in, rub and brush through and it leaves your hair freshened.

Hair Masks and Deep Conditioning
This point doesn't really need a lot of explaining. After shampooing and conditioning using a hair mask or a deep conditioner can really add a lot of moisture in your hair and they only take about 5 mins normally. This isn't so time consuming when you're not washing your hair everyday.

Leave In Conditioner and Hair Oils
Writing all this down it sounds like you're going to need to wash your hair again after putting so many products in haha. Adding in a leave in conditioner is just adding a bit more moisture to your hair and a little more protection. I used to be a big fan of leave in conditioners but they ran out too fast and don't have the same effect on my hair as an oil does. I never apply any products to the roots of my hair as it makes it greasy, just the ends. I use Lee Stafford Argan Oil and Moroccan Oil at the moment.


I've just come to the end of this challenge and I've noticed a big difference in my hair. In the next few days I'm going to have trim number two and smugly brush my hair without having lots of it snapping. I'm not a hairdresser nor am I training to be, this is just something I have done personally to try and repair my hair and can only give advice on my own experiences. 
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21 March 2012

Illamasqua Cream Pigment - Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment is a colour-rich matte, water resistant and crease resistant product that can be used on eyes, lips, face and body. 

I don't think this product receives the praise it deserves. Normally when there is a product that's pretty amazing Bloggers go crazy but I've never seen a review on this (not saying there are not any floating around.) All of these Cream Pigments are multi-use. They can be used on the lips and with a little gloss have a lovely lasting effect. They can also be used as an eye shadow base to keep your eye shadow in place as this product has amazing staying power. If I'm wearing neutral eye shadow (browns) I normally reach for this over any other eye primer. The Illamasqua website states that you can also use this product on your body but personally, I haven't had any need to use it on my body area so obviously can't make a comment on that. Lastly, my latest use for this product is contouring. I seen someone use 'Hollow' as a Contour on YouTube and thought "why didn't I think of that" haha. Using a Cream as a contour can take a bit of practice if you're used to powders but can have a beautiful effect once you master it. As this product is water resistant, it lasts all day. Depending on your taste, you could also use this as a contour base and add powder, but that's mainly personal preference, some people like to contour darker/heavier than others. I've had this product over 6months and looks as if it's hardly been touched, it now a staple in my make up bag and I will be re-purchasing.
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12 March 2012

Glossybox | March 2012 - The Harrods Edition


Glossybox  - March 2012 - The Harrods Edition

How exciting! I noticed a few posts on this months Glossybox on Saturday and was becoming stupidly excited to receive mine. This is only my second box and I'm so glad I joined, I would have been so disappointed to have missed out on the Harrods box!



1. Valentino - Valentina Eau De Parfum
A daring & adictive, orienal, floral fragrance. A true feminine classic, twisted with the pure insolence of Italian ingredients.

2. Molton Brown - Vitalising Vitamin AB + C Bath & Shower
Vitamin-rich fruit extracts boost the skin and invigorate the senses. 

3. Skii - Skin Signature 
An anti - ageing moisturising cream which helps to re-condition the skin, improve it's resilience and leave the complexion smooth and radiant. 

4. Lancome - Hypnose Drama Mascara
Instant full body and volume mascara

5. Clarins  - Extra - Firming Body Cream
A formula rich in regenerating and firming plant extracts which immediately help to lift and tone, for firmer skin and younger looking body.

6. Shu Uemura - Cleansing Beauty Oil
A 3-in-1 cleanser, make-up remover and eye make-up remover that leaves skin soft, balanced and non-oily.
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9 March 2012

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Benefit Porefessional is a primer/balm that helps to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines. It also helps to blue imperfections and leave a smooth surface. 

I bought this online on a whim as I have a few noticeable pores that I was fed up of noticing after applying make up. I've heard a lot of good reviews on this product so decided to give it a go. My first impressions were not great. The product seemed to have a tint to it and gave the impression it would be oily. There isn't anything quiet like jumping to conclusions haha. 

The consistency of this is actually light so it blends in instantly and does minimise the appearance of pores. It doesn't completely make them invisible but it does certainly help. The Porefessional works best, in my experience, if you apply it then pat it in to the skin then let it sink in before applying foundation. This product has the potential to be lovely on it's own if you only have big pores. Unfortunately  I have patchy skin so I have to use Foundation or BB Cream with it but it certainly improves the appearance  I suffer mostly with large pores on my T-Zone and majority of my forehead so I have a large surface to cover  and was pleasantly surprised with the small amount that you need to cover your imperfections so although it may seem pricey for the size, it should last anyone a a substantial amount of time. Another positive of this product is that you can apply it over your foundation. I have used this and needed to touch up certain areas after applying my make up and it blends in just as well over make up as it does with out. The only flaw I find personally in this product is the staying power. As great as it is, it would be even better if it lasted. This could just be my skin as everyone is different but I find after a few hours my pores tend to re surface. The Benefit website does state that you should carry it with you for touch ups. Apart from the staying power, I have enjoyed this product and so far it has been the only successful product that has minimised pores.
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29 February 2012

January/February Favourites



Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer – A big lover of this concealer! One side is skin tone; the other is a Salmon colour for under the eyes. It also has a setting powder all in one little kitsch package.

Mac Lipstick – Ruby Woo – My ‘go to’ lipstick. I’m a huge lover of Red lips so this is a firm favourite at the moment.

Benefit POREfessional – At first I wasn’t so sure about this Primer for the price that I paid but soon changed my mind. It blurs pores and imperfections giving a smoother finish to your make up.

Lush A Million Kisses Lip Tint – I was given this cute little pot with my Valentine’s gifts. It gives you a lovely red tint on those days you can’t be bothered as much with full lipstick/gloss. Also, a little does go a long way as I found out while sporting the clown look after being a little too enthusiastic when applying ahaa.

Philosophy Sweet Talk Shower Gel and Bubble Bath & Body Lotion – Sweet Talk Shower Gel and Body Lotion are Philosophy’s Valentine’s products for 2012.  The scent is a lot like sweets with a hint of lemon which is bottled up in Philosophy’s signature packaging. I love that the scent of the body lotion lasts for ages unlike a lot of other scented lotions.
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28 February 2012

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

To be honest, the first thing that attracted me to this concealer was the kitsch packaging. I'm a big Soap & Glory fan so allowed myself to pick one product to try out when they released their make up range. 
Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

This product comes in two shades, light and medium. This isn't brilliant and it would have been nice for Soap & Glory to cater to other skin tones. I hope more shades are released in the future.

The concealer has two parts; a salmon/peach colour for under the eyes and a complexion colour. It is a creamy consistency and is pretty much full coverage. Personally, I love the salmon under eye concealer. It's thick enough to camouflage dark circles and discoloration a ease with out that cakey feeling. I like the complexion concealer, just not as much. It does conceals but I find the staying power on my skin isn't as great as others. Saying that, I do have a terrible habit of touching my face so that could be the reason.  

Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Lastly, this product comes with a light weight, translucent finishing powder. You apply this after the concealer to stop any creasing and to give it a longer lasting finish. When I've applied this after concealing under my eyes (which is what I mostly use it for) it has stayed in place without creasing all day. I'm really impressed with this product and think it's a great little kit for a drugstore price. I hope in the future Soap & Glory produce separate concealers and in other shades.
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7 February 2012

HOW TO // Clear / Improve Acne


For a long time now I have been a sufferer of Acne, if you suffer yourself you will know how horrible it can be. It sometimes feels that you clear one patch of skin from the pesky spots your skin decides to have another breakout. I suffered most in my teenage years and dealt with it through using Acne face washes and cleansing pads but over the last year I've had really bad breakouts. No matter what I tried, nothing would work. I first came across this method of clearing skin from Wayne Goss (gossmakeupartist) on YouTube, you can watch the video here for a detailed description. 

The method:

1. Make Up Remover
If you wear a little or a lot of make up, it's important to thoroughly take it all off before you start to clean your face, this is probably really obvious but I thought I would write this point anyway ha. It doesn't really matter which brand or type you use, as long as it does the job.

2. Cleanser
A cleanser that cleans your face but doesn't irritate it is important, if you're suffering with Acne the last thing you want to do is aggravate it anymore. I tried Avene Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser but personally didn't see much difference in my skin. This product is designed for Acne prone skin but I think it's more for keeping Acne at bay than to clear it. Once my skin has cleared up properly I will go back to using the rest of the Avene Cleanser. Avene could work for you, it's all about finding what works and helps your skin, everyone is different. I now use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser which I love, it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean and in no way irritates it. I would recommend Cetaphil to anyone trying to clear their skin.

3. Toner
Again, probably an obvious step but here it is ha. Any Toner that you find suits your skin is fine. Personally, I use Boots Essentials Cucumber Toner and find that works fine for me. As well as suffering with Acne I have sensitive skin so anyone with the same sort of skin I would advise only using a Toner in the night to start with if you don't already. Toner takes out any remaining impurities out of the skin so I only Tone at the end of the day. Like I have said before, your skin could be different and this post is based on my experience with this method.

4. Exfoliating and Salicylic Acid 
Acid on my skin? Yes, that is what I thought! Now, I'm not going to give you a detailed description of why it works and pretend I know what I'm talking about because if I'm honest, I don't. All I know that two key products to clearing Acne are Salicylic Acid and Benzonyl Peroxide (which I will explain below) but I have no idea why. I know, that is very helpful haha. St. Ives Apricot Scrub is probably one of the oldest scrubs there are, I remember using this when I first had Acne as a teenager. Apricot Scrub is a blemish fighting exfoliator for oily or blemish skin. It is oil-free and contains one of the key ingredients, Salicylic Acid. I find this scrub to be a lot less abrasive than it used to be but some people find it to still be a little to rough on their skin, so if you do use this scrub, please go easy with it! I personally love this scrub, it makes my skin feel soft and smooth and takes away dry patches. If you're not a fan of the St. Ives scrub you can use any exfoliator and use another product that contains Salicylic Acid. I know that Neutrogena do a range of Acne products you just need to check the ingredients.

5. Benzoyl Peroxide - What clears Acne.
Another product that sounds like it shouldn't be anywhere near you skin. This is the product that clears the Acne. You can get this in a cream/gel form product called PanOxyl and Oxy10 and are available in different strengths. It is always advised to start with a weaker strength and build up depending on how severe your Acne is. Benzoyl Peroxide is very strong and can dry up your skin in just one application. I use Oxy10 and I stupidly didn't use a moustiriser straight away so my skin took longer to heal as it was dry and flaking. You ALWAYS need to read ALL of the instructions that come with either products as they are so strong.

6. Moisturiser and Sun Cream
As I said, Benzoyl Peroxide is very strong and will dry out your skin. This is how it clears Acne. You need to use a strong moisturiser with this product as soon as you start using it to avoid the same mistake I made. A lot of lotions are not strong enough to deal with the dryness that Benzoyl Perozide causes so sometimes depending on your skin it's good to use a Suncream. As I've been using this product a while I now just use a normal Nivea Soft lotion but if I notice dryness I switch back to Sun Cream.

Other Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid lots of junk food, sugary fizzy drinks etc
  • Don't wear make up if you don't need to
  • Take make up off as soon as possible
  • Try not to touch your face (germs you have on your hands are being transferred to your face)
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My skin is not yet completely clear but has improved around 90%. I still get the odd breakout and have Post-Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (scars/red marks under the skin caused by Acne) so my skin is not 100% yet. I am really pleased with the results so far and only have a few tiny pimples at the moment.

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16 January 2012

Sleek Pout Paints

Highly Pigmented Lip Stain 8ml

I have been meaning to write this post for ages but have been putting off taking the pictures because I knew it was going to get a little messy. I have eventually moved my bum and am going to write today about Sleek's lovely Pout Paints. Since buying my first Pout Paint (You might have seen my very over the top blue lips already) I have built a little collection and they become one of my favourite lip products. 

Pout Paints have a large selection of colours to choose from and have been compared to OCC Lip Tars (I don't own a Lip Tar so I can't comment). The range also comes with a blue (Peek-A-Bloo) and white (Cloud 9) which, if desired can be worn/used on their own but can also be used to mix with other colours in the range to make a brand new colour. I was really impressed with this, little minds and that haha. 

Sleek Pout Paint Review Swatches Mixed Peekabloo Cloud 9 Pin Up Rosette Minx Pinkini Milkshake
163 - Peek-A-Bloo
153 - Cloud 9


Sleek Pout Paint Review Swatches Mixed Peekabloo Cloud 9 Pin Up Rosette Minx Pinkini Milkshake
154 - Mauve Over
Mixed with Peek-A-Bloo
Mixed with Cloud 9



Sleek Pout Paint Review Swatches Mixed Peekabloo Cloud 9 Pin Up Rosette Minx Pinkini Milkshake
157 - Pin Up
Mixed with Peek-A-Bloo
Mixed with Cloud 9 



Sleek Pout Paint Review Swatches Mixed Peekabloo Cloud 9 Pin Up Rosette Minx Pinkini Milkshake
158 - Rosette
Mixed with Peek-A-Bloo
Mixed with Cloud 9 


 Sleek Pout Paint Review Swatches Mixed Peekabloo Cloud 9 Pin Up Rosette Minx Pinkini Milkshake
161 - Minx
Mixed with Peek-A-Bloo
Mixed with Cloud 9



Sleek Pout Paint Review Swatches Mixed Peekabloo Cloud 9 Pin Up Rosette Minx Pinkini Milkshake
160 - Pinkini
Mixed with Peek-A-Bloo
Mixed with Cloud 9


Sleek Pout Paint Review Swatches Mixed Peekabloo Cloud 9 Pin Up Rosette Minx Pinkini Milkshake
162 - Milkshake
Mixed with Peek-A-Bloo
Mixed with Cloud 9


Pout Paints are extremely pigmented and as they are a stain, last! As you can see they can also be mixed to produce beautiful, yet interesting colours. I can honestly say I have never seen a Green/Teal lip gloss haha. You also only need the smallest amount so they last for ages, I have had these months and have used hardly any. These are perfect for a more dramatic look to a neutral eye or if you're like me love creating dramatic looks. Sleek Make Up are fast becoming my favourite Make Up brand, I haven't recieved a bad product yet.
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