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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Urban Decay Setting Spray Review


Urban Decay Setting Spray

Hello Lovelies!

Today's post will be a review on one of Urban Decay's most popular products - the All Nighter Setting Spray.

There are actually three setting sprays in the Urban Decay range so there is one available for every skin type:

 De-Slick - suitable for oily skin
 Chill - suitable for dry and combination skin types
 All-Nighter - suitable for all skin types

I have combination skin but instead of going for 'Chill' I use 'All Nighter' which is the most popular in the range and suitable for all skin types.

Urban Decay Setting Spray

I was initially a little wary of using a setting because although I wanted my makeup to stay on longer I didn't want to have a heavy, tight, sticky feeling on my face which I thought I may get from a setting spray.. how wrong I was! The spray works well as it distributes an even fine mist all over your skin.  It doesn't feel cakey or tight or uncomfortable.. it feels a little wet when on application but it dries very quickly and you wouldn't even know you had used it.  As the last step in your makeup routine it actually leaves your face feeling nice and refreshed.

Urban Decay have also got a patent-pending on the Temperature Control Technology of this setting spray.  It claims to lower the temperature of your makeup so it stays on for longer as well as resisting moisture, so if you sweat, cry, get dehydrated or are in a humid, wet or cold environment your makeup won't budge.


This spray claims to keep your make-up looking as though it was 'just applied' for up to 16 hours without melting, cracking, fading or settling into fine lines anywhere (including face, eyeshadow and lips). This is quite some claim but I agree it is entirely true.

I haven't tested this for all of the above scenarios but I have been using this setting spray for quite some time and have never been anything but amazed by the results.  My make-up will stay on from first thing in the morning to last thing at night without smudging, fading etc.  The only thing I do find i have to do is either apply a little powder or using blotting paper on my more oily areas (mostly my nose and occasionally my chin) but these areas are particularly oily for me at the moment and I have to do this regardless of what products I use.

The packaging of this setting spray is pretty standard. It is just a white bottle with a purple lid but I like this clean, simplistic look.  You get 120ml of product which lasts a good few months as you don't need to apply much at all.  You are advised to apply this in a 'T' and 'X' shape which I sometimes do but to be honest it doesn't make much difference if you apply it like this or a quick circular motion, the results are just as good.


I also love that this product is oil free (as I have combination skin) and paraben free.  It's always good if you can avoid chemical nasties!

This lovely product is priced at £19.50 on the Urban Decay Website but is also available at Debenhams, House of Fraser, Beauty Bay and Look Fantastic.  Debenhams actually have 10% off their beauty and fragrance (this is definitely online.. I'm not sure about in store) at the moment too so you can get a little extra off if you buy it from there!

This is a product that will always be in my makeup bag.

*Note: I also always use primer under my foundation and eyeshadow.

 
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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara Review

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara


This is YSL's bestselling mascara and the packaging is gorgeous.  It comes in shiny dual gold toned box and the casing is metal, gold, shiny and slim line making this mascara the perfect shape to slot into your handbag. The embossed YSL brand name over the lid and tube makes this mascara look and feel expensive.  I love the sleek, simplistic  design of this mascara which is to the point and isn't fussy.

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara

This mascara is available in a broad range of colours including:

- High Density Black
- Extreme Blue
- Burgundy
- Rich Brown
- Deep Night
- Fascinating Violet


This large variety in colour means there is something for everyone whether you want to go with your standard black like me or be a little more adventurous.

As for the wand..I love it as I'm not a huge fan of plastic applicators and this is far from that.  The distribution of the product is also great as you don't have to worry about wiping off any excess product before application.  This is always a plus for me as this isn't something you should have to do with a mascara and it can be messy!



The staying power of this mascara is good that I have found it a little hard to get off at the end of the day (and this isn't a waterproof one).  I have sensitive skin and my eye area does get sore very quickly when removing my makeup if I'm not careful so my extra caution probably plays a part in this too.

I love that this mascara doesn't make my lashes clump together as much as others I have tried, the colour is very black and it definitely adds volume! Even with just one rushed coat you can definitely see a difference:

Before:


After:


*Note - These pictures are taken without any other eye makeup or the lashes being curled.


This mascara is available at many places and is priced at £23.50 at Boots and YSL Beauty.

What is your favourite mascara?

TIP: For the best results, apply your mascara by start at the inner eye, moving up the lashes root to tip whilst wiggling the wand and pushing downwards with your eyes onto the wand.  Repeat this process right across the eye to the outer corner.

 
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Friday, 29 March 2013

How to Import Blogs to Blog Lovin' from Google Reader


How to Import Blogs to Blog Lovin' from Google Reader

Hello Everyone!

Most people would have heard the rumours by now that GFC and Google Reader are closing down at some point in the near future.

This will mean you will lose all of your lovely followers and also lose all of the brilliant blogs you like to keep up-to-date with and read.

Consequently, I thought a useful post to some people may be how to import all of the blogs on the Google Reader over to Blog Lovin'.  If you haven't used Blog Lovin' before it is really quick and easy to sign up and personally I find it much easier to follow the blogs I love on there rather than using Google Reader anyway.  You can also like and comment on your favourite posts from there which is a nice added extra!

Below is an example of how posts are displayed.  You click on it and then your blog opens.



So to import all of the blogs you read is super easy.  Just follow these steps:

1) Go to www.bloglovin.com and sign up if you haven't already
2) Once you have signed up go to www.bloglovin.com/import
3) Click on 'Google Reader'


4) Click on 'Allow Access'
5) Your blogs will now automatically start to transfer over to your Blog Lovin' account.  This process doesn't take long at all and even tells you how many blogs are being imported.. I think a lot of people have been suprised by the amount the follow!


6) You can see a full list of all of the blogs you follow by clicking on you profile name > following


OR clicking on your profile name > my profile


If you have a smart phone Blog Lovin' has a great free app you can download too so you can view all your favourite blogs whilst on the go!

Did you find this tutorial useful?

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Beauty Blog Hop - Come and join in!

Hello Everyone!

This week I am lucky enough to be Co-hosting a Blog Hop with the lovely Jessi in Wonderland- how exciting! This is a great way to discover new blogs and also tell people about your own so we can share our posts, reviews and photo's!  So if you're a beauty blogger and you want to join in.. keep reading, you can find all of the details below!
Beauty Blog Hop

 
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1) Please follow the host & co-host

2) Please share to say you've participated in this blog hop so others can join too! (Via social media, or by placing the blog hop button on your site).

3) Choose at least three other participants to follow along

Extra Info:

- The Blog Hop is open from Friday - Sunday every week and a different Co-host is selected each week.
- If you would like to be a co-host for next weeks Beauty Blog Hop, please email jessiswonderland@hotmail.com

 
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Thursday, 28 March 2013

New Blog Layout

Layout


Hello Everyone!

If you are reading this post and have visited my blog before then you would have noticed the new layout design and domain! I'm now at www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com but you will also be redirected to my site when using the old link.

To match my new domain I fancied a change in the layout so I have spent the morning deciding on my new theme and creating the relevant graphics.  I am planning on making a couple of other minor changes but nothing major.

I would love to get your feedback on the new design - pro's and con's :)

To see my past layout please look here.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to mention Blog Lovin' to you.  There are a lot of rumous going around at the moment that GFC and Google Reader will be disappearing soon.  This means I will be losing all my lovely followers and you will no longer be updated when I do a new blog post.  Therefore, if you enjoy reading my blog can you please join me over at Blog Lovin?  Hopefully see you there :) Click here to follow.

I have done a review post today also, so you want to to take a look it is below this post :)

Thanks!


P.S Don't forget to enter my International giveaway! There's only a few more days to go! Click here!

Real Techniques Blusher Brush Review


Real Techniques Blusher Brush
 
Hello lovelies!

Today I've got a short review about the Real Techniques blush brush. This brand of brushes has really kicked off and is well known in the beauty industry. They were created than no other than Pixi Woo who is You Tuber I'm sure many, if not all of you would have heard of.

Real Techniques Blusher Brush

I couldn't wait to try out these brushes as everyone is raving about them so I recently ordered the blusher brush and core set (which I will be reviewing at a later date). I love the look of these brushes because they have a pop of colour but still look sleek and expensive. I also love the dual-toned brush head.

I didn't actually see the blusher brush  before I bought it as unfortunately, I couldn't find a Boots that stocked them. So instead, I decided to take the plunge and order online. This isn't something I like to do as you really can't make a good judgement on what you are buying by just looking online. I found this with this blush brush as I was surprised by the size of it when it arrived. The brush head is huge and much bigger and fluffier than any blusher brush I had used before (My favourite is the Sigma F10). My first impression was that this was going to be far too big so I actually started using it as a powder brush instead.


 
Since getting this brush I have used it to apply blusher once and sadly I did find that for me the brush was just far too big so I didn't get a precise enough application. I know this is a little controversial as most people seem to be big fans of these brushes and I'm not saying it isn't good, I just personally find it more suitable to use as a powder brusher (although I would like it to be a little fuller for this purpose).
 
I haven't been put off buying more of these brushes as the quality is good and I do use the blush brush to apply my powder regularly but I would do more research in future and make sure I see this brushes in person before ordering.
 
 
 
What did you think of this brush? What is your favourite brand for brushes?
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Tangle Teezer Review

 


Today I will be talking about the Original Tangle Teezer, which is a product I put off buying for a while because I consider the price tag to be pretty big for such a small brush with no handle but I took the plunge and here are my thoughts...

The Tangle Teezer I have is purple with flecks of glitter throughout which is a really simple yet pretty design. The brush doesn't have a handle which I thought would be a bit annoying and uncomfortable to hold but the plastic is moulded perfectly to the shape of your hand so it's actually really nice to use. It is ergonomically designed for a palm friendly non-slip fit. A small downside I find is that the bristles are quite pointed so they make my hands a little sore when removing the hair so I find this a much more tedious task with the Tangle Tweezer than a normal paddle brush.




I have long, curly, fine hair which is particularly prone to getting tangles and knots after I have washed or slept on it. The Tangle Teezer is good at getting rid of the tangles completely pain free on wet and dry hair and it is easier to get through tangles than your average hairbrush. I have found it is best to work from the bottom of your hair slowly up towards the roots and gradually all the tangles are gone.  However, I think people with very thick hair may struggle to use this unless they split their hair into sections.


I keep reaching for my Tangle Teezer and I really like it. It is super relaxing to use on your scalp as it feels massaging, plus de-tangles and has the novelty of not having a handle.  The Original Tangle Teezer is available from Boots for £10.99 and is available in a range of colours as well as compact sizes (these are slightly more expensive).






Have you got a Tangle Teezer? What do you think of it?



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Monday, 25 March 2013

Epic Fail.... Organic Coconut Hair Mask Review

 

 
As you may have guessed from the title I'm afraid today's post is on the negative side.  I've read a few positive reviews about using coconut oil as a hair mask and loved the sound of it because I really like the smell of coconut and it is so white, pure and silky I thought it could do wonders for my hair. How wrong I was!
 
Let me explain this product before we go any further.  This isn't actually a product designed for hair care, instead it is a food product and is often used in cooking but as I say I had heard good things about it so I thought why not?! Baring this in mind I won't go into detail about the packaging as it isn't aimed at the beauty market.
 

The consistency of this product is strange. It is completely solid in the jar but after a few seconds of massaging it into your hands it turns into a serum like substance. You then simply apply this onto your hair like you would any other mask and leave it for a while.  I say 'a while' because I rarely leave these on the recommended time.. I get impatient and bored so only end up leaving them on a couple of minutes. 
 
Anyway, as soon as I rinsed the coconut oil off my hair I could instantly feel a difference.  My hair was left super smooth and soft but extremely heavy.  Thankfully the smell wasn't that strong either as it wasn't actually that pleasant.
 
I left my hair in a towel to dry for a short time and then proceeded to dry my hair as normal.  I sprayed a little leave in conditioner and heat protector spray but very sparingly as my hair already felt very heavy and I didn't want to add too much product to it.  Drying my hair took an absolute age! It was as though my hair was resisting the heat and only patches dried.   These 'dry' patches were rather strange too.. although they felt dry they actually looked wet and greasy.  As the drying process went on my hair got heavier, sticky and started to separate into smell strands.  My hands were also left greasy from where I had been touching it. 
 
My hair looked and felt absolutely awful and before I even attempted to finish drying it completely I gave up and washed it twice more to wash all of this 'mask' out.
 
 
Needless to say,  I will never, ever use this product on my hair again! It's place is definitely in the kitchen rather than my bathroom!
 
This product is available from Tesco for £6.99.
 
Have you tried this type of hair mask? What is your favourite hair mask? Have you had a beauty disaster?

 
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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Would You Rather Tag

 

Would You Rather Tag

Hello Everyone! I spotted this tag on the Beauty Book blog by Becki and thought it would be a laugh to do. It was also an excuse to create a little title graphic :) So here goes....


1. Only be able to wear eye makeup or face makeup?

I'd rather only wear face makeup because having a good base is important. It would also cover any blemishes etc. so I would feel less self conscience if I had a break out/redness etc. I would really miss mascara, though as it really opens up your eyes.


2. Cut off all your hair or never cut your hair?

I would rather never cut my hair. I've always had long hair and panic every time I go to the hairdressers that they will cut off too much!

3. Always have to wear clothes either too big or too small?
 
I'd have to choose clothes that are too big because I think there's nothing worse than when someone squishes themselves into something which is way to small. At least with too big you could accessorise to pull things in tighter too.

4. Only buy clothes or makeup if you were given £1000?

I'd buy clothes because £1000 worth of makeup would just be crazy and I'd never get through it all.
 
 
5. Wear lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

Eyeliner as lipstick.. sore looking eyes is never a good look.
 

6.Wear MC hammer (harem) pants or cycling shorts?

I would rather wear cycling shorts.. it would be freezing with the weather we are having at the moment, though! There is snow outside!
 

7. Never be able to fill in your eyebrows or use a sharpie marker to do them?

Never fill them in... I'm not liking the sharpie look!
 

8. Never pluck your eyebrows or never shave your legs?

Gosh this is a hard one.. I'm going to go for never pluck your eyebrows because it wouldn't look as bad as having furry legs.... which I can't stand!


9. Never shop at MAC or only shop at MAC?

I'd say never shop at MAC. I really love MAC but off the top of my head I'd do fine never shopping there if I had to.. Chanel for foundation.. Urban Decay for Eyeshadows... YSL for Lipsticks.. pretty much sorted! Haha I wold REALLY miss it, though!
 

10. Only wear one shade of eyeshadow or one shade of lipstick for the rest of your life?

Only wear one shade of eyeshadow. I always go for a neutral look with my eye makeup but I like to mix it up using different lip colours.


11. Wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

Winter clothes in summer because I'm cold most of the time plus England doesn't often get that hot.

 
12. Never be able to paint your nails again or never wear lipgloss?
 
Hmm...never wear lipgloss because at least I'd have lip stains/sticks etc. to cover that whereas with my nails there wouldn't be an alternative.
 
 

I tag EVERYONE to do this post :) If you do please leave you blog link below as I would love to read it.
 
 

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Saturday, 23 March 2013

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Satin Shine Review

 

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Satin Shine
 
 
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Satin Shine


Today's review is on Brilliant Brunette Satin Shine by John Frieda.  This product is a finishing creme that illuminates multi-dimensional brunette tones without adding any colour, adds shine and helps to create soft separation.  It can be used on natural, colour treated or highlighted hair.

I have used this product for years and I love it.  It smells gorgeous and it is a very forgiving product meaning that if you put on a little too much, after smoothing it out over your hair and brushing it through you get away with it.  You can apply this creme several times a day without making your hair flat or greasy and it adds beautiful shine and definition to curls or layers.  It also really helps to smooth your hair and stop those frizzy flyaways!

A big down point to this product is the packaging.  I like the shape and colouring but this squeezy bottle makes it really hard to control how much product comes out and I often find myself with a big blob that I'm desperately trying to squish back into the bottle.  This is annoying but it hasn't put me off buying this  because I really like the actual product.

Brilliant Brunette is available at Boots and Superdrug at a reasonable price (I'm pretty sure it's under £5.00 but unfortunately it isn't coming up on either website so I can't include the actual price or be 100% certain).  I only use a pea size amount of this product on each application and this bottle easily lasts me a year if not longer.

Top Tip: To add shine to your hair wash it in cold water.


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