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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Henryka Jewellery

Hello Lovelies,

I recently replied to a tweet by a company called Henryka and since have been contacted by them about joining an amazing competition they are hosting.  I don't often enter competitions (I should do more really) but after looking on the Henryka website and the prize being and amazing £100 gift card this was a must. The requirement is a blog post on my favourite piece from the website but I don't see this post as just a competition entry.  It is also my opportunity to share this gorgeous jewellery with you.

Before I tell you about my favourite piece I want to tell you a little about the Henryka company. Henryka is an online retailer for specialist handmade silver and amber jewellery so no two pieces are exactly the same. It was formed in 2006 and they offer a huge range of silver and amber jewellery ranging from brooches, to rings, to necklaces (and much more). Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with amber because of the way it forms (fossilised tree resin) and how pretty it is so I love the idea of wearing it was jewellery and showing it off.
After spending far too long on the Henryka website I have finally chosen my favourite piece...

The Amber and Amber Heart Bangle


I chose this bangle as my favourite piece as it is unusual, stylish, feminine and delicate.  I like that this piece is a twist on the traditional bangle without being too 'out there' and the beautiful orbs of amber sitting inside the love heart are gorgeous. This is a piece that can be worn both during the day as well as the evening and will go with a large variety of clothes and make-up looks due to the neutral colours. See it here.

Other pieces I like:

I have tried but I can't just stop at the one piece... there are so many gorgeous items on offer I wanted to share some more with you.

Multi Amber and 6 part Bracelet


This bracelet is so delicate and pretty I had to include it.  I have small hands and wrists so chunky jewellery doesn't suit me at all. The twists of silver are beautiful and the multi-coloured amber breaks it up nicely. See it here.

Multi Coloured Amber and Silver Curved Link Necklace



This pretty necklace has a lot going on because of the intricate details but it doesn't look heavy or overpowering.  Again, it is unusual because of the multiple lines of silver running through the amber at beautifully curved angles. See it here.

Multi Amber and Silver Hollow Leaf Frame Necklace


This necklace reminds me of the Autumn because of the neutral colours and delicate leaves.  I love the shape and think it would be very flattering for a lot of different neck lines.  See it here.

Amber and Silver Teardrop Stud Earring


These cute tear drop amber and silver stud earrings are gorgeous.  They are petite and delicate so will suit a lot of people.  I tend to wear studs more often than drop earrings too as they are more convenient for work/commuting etc so these jumped out at me. See it here

All of the items at Henryka are unique, good quality pieces which are available at a mixture of prices so there is something for everyone. I believe the jewellery is great value for money and special as each item is handmade and unique Baltic amber is used.  You can be tempted by more pieces at the Henryka website here

What do you think of the amber and amber heart bangle I chose? What is your favourite piece?

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
 
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
 
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
 
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

I hope you are all having a good week.  Today I will be sharing on of my favourite products with you, the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

I'm a massive fan of REN products as they seem to work perfectly with my combination skin and this one is no exception. The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is an exfoliating mask that removes dead skin cells to renew and brighten the complexion, help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and finally help combat congested skin, blackheads and blemishes. Sounds pretty amazing eh?!

This mask is really simple to use and is relatively quick, taking around 15 minutes to apply, leave and remove. To use, you simply apply the mask all over your face using your fingers, being careful to avoid your eyes.  After leaving the mask for around 10 minutes you gently remove it using the warm, damp muslin cloth that is provided before rinsing the skin with warm water.  REN advise that this mask is suitable for all skin types except those prone to sensitivity so it is a very versatile product and something which may appeal to a wide audience.  I have reasonably sensitive skin but I have never experienced any problems when using this mask, not even the slight tingling sensation that REN says may occur.

The formulation of this REN mask is a thick jelly like substance which glides effortlessly onto your skin.  It goes a pretty long way too so you don't need to use much for each application.  The scent of mask is something which I don't think will suit everyone.  If you're not a fan of masks with a strong fragrance then you probably won't like this but it is a pleasant sweet, fruity smell that doesn't linger for long after application.

I use this mask no more than once a week and admittedly although I have tried to get into a routine I don't remember to do it every week so sometimes I can go a little longer.  However, I have found this doesn't negatively affect the results.  For me, this is definitely one of those face mask where you can see an instant result.  My face looks clean, fresh and radiant, my skin soft and smooth, even the following day.  This facemask is priced at £30 at REN and I think it is worth every penny.  REN products are also available at Marks and Spencer but no longer supplied at Selfridges.

What do you think of this face mask? Have you tried it?


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Monday, 29 July 2013

Body Shop Haul

 
The Body Shop Haul
 
Today’s blog post is a haul! I haven’t done one for a while and I wasn’t actually planning on going on a spending spree in The Body Shop.  It was more a case of, I need to nip in there too get one thing, oh they have an amazing sale, eeeek I’ve come home with loads of stuff! Haha Anyways, on to the haul.
 
 
Body butters
I first starting using the body butters years ago but for some reason stopped. I’ve heard a lot of hype around them again recently so I wanted to buy another one. I chose my favourite scent – Coconut but was also introduced to Peach by one of the sales people.  It smells A-mazing and as there was 50% off and buy one get one half price I decided to splash out and get both.. it was too hard to decide on just one.  The lovely people there also wrapped them beautifully so they would make lovely gifts for people too. Priced at £6.50 each.
 
 Lip gloss
After smelling the gorgeous peach body butter I started to notice more things in this limited edition peach range around the store.  I decided to get the peach lip gloss which on first appearances is a pastel/transparent orange with a very slight shimmer.  It looks and smells incredible! Priced at £7.00.
 
Baked to Last Blusher
As the promotion at The Body Shop was to buy one and get on half price I decided to get another product to team with my lip gloss.  The blushers were the first thing which caught my eye as they are baked and looked so pretty staring up to me from the shelf. This is a blusher, highlighter combo in shade Petal.  Priced at £12.00.
 
Gift box
 It was one of my best friends birthday’s on Sunday and I thought a gift set would be the perfect pamper product to go with the present I had already got for her.  I went for the pretty White Musk Libertine scent which is floral but not at all overpowering. Included in the gift set is an exfoliator, bath wash and body lotion. Priced at £6.00.
 
 Shaving foam and applicator
Okay these two purchases aren’t actually mine, they are for my other half but as they were also from The Body Shop I thought it was only right they were included.  I have been told by my man that this is ‘the best shaving foam on the market’.. quite some claim! Priced at £8.00 and £7.00 respectively.
 
Almond Conditioning Hand wash 
 I got this hand wash for free when I signed up to the Body Shop reward card. It smells lovely and looks super creamy. Priced at £5.00
 
 
I can’t wait to use my new goodies and my friend loved the gift box I got her! This amazing promotion is on until the 4th August.
 
What was your favourite purchase?
 
 
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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Tutorial: Wrap around bun

Tutorial to Create a Wrap Around Bun

Hello Lovelies!

Today’s post is a tutorial on how to create a wrap around bun.  I will probably do a video tutorial for this too, if you want it?

This is the perfect summer hair style as it keeps you cool, is neat and tidy and quick and relatively easy to do. It stays in place all day so you don't need to worry about having to touch it up and is suitable for both day and evening wear.  You can add extra accessories to this look too/

Here’s what you need:

1)      A bun ring
2)      Bobby pins
3)      Hair brush
4)      Hairspray
5)      1 thin hair band

Here’s what to do:

1. Brush your hair up into a pony tail and tie it in place using your thin hair band.  Make sure you remove all lumps and bumps as you will not be able to do this later. 
2. Put your bun ring over the pony tail so it is sitting at the base i.e. on top of the hair band
3. Hold onto your pony tail at the base (above the bun ring) and gently pull it so it is wider.
4. Start wrapping your pony tail around the bun ring holding it in place with one hand and wrapping with the other.  Occasionally pull the hair which is on the inside of the bun ring tighter to get a neater finish that covers the entire bun ring.
5. Continue wrapping your hair around the bun until you reach the end.  Once you have, tuck the tips of your hair under the bun ring.
6. At this point you have a perfectly formed bun that looks like it will stay in place but looks can be deceiving.  You now need to insert bobby pins around the base of your hair to make sure you bun will stay in place all day.  I use maybe around ten but use as many as you require… there is not limit.
7. Finally spray your bun with hairspray to help stop any flyway's and get everything in place.  If you want the hair on the head to also be smooth, spray a little hairspray onto your hands and smooth them over your head.  This will keep flyway's at bay whilst still maintaining a soft finish to the hair.

Note: To go for more of a messy version of this style here are some tips:

1)      User your finger tips to pull your hair up into the pony tail instead of a brush
2)      Tie your pony tail as loosely as possible
3)      Don’t be quite as tidy when wrapping your hair around your bun.

What do you think of this look?
 
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Friday, 26 July 2013

Beauty/Skincare/Haircare Tips #2


Beauty, Hair Care and Skin care Tips

Hello Lovelies!

Today's post contains 10 beauty/skincare/haircare tips and is the second post in the series.  To read the first post please click here

TOP TIPS
  1. Add structure to cheek bones - To help emphasise your cheek bones add bronzer under them and highlighter on the cheek bone (above your blusher).  Remember to blend so you don't have any harsh lines. 
  2. Helping your makeup last longer - You can help your makeup last longer by using primer before you apply your foundation, using powder after you have applied your foundation and use a setting spray once you have finished your makeup. 
  3. How to add volume to your hair - There are various ways to add volume to your hair such as using volumising shampoo and conditioner, root booster sprays, oomph powders and back combing.  Also, if you blow dry your hair upside down it helps (I do this every time I dry my hair!).
  4. How to dull down blusher - If you got a little over excited when applying your blusher to dull it down you can blend it out using either powder or your foundation.  It's best to use the excess that is on your brush (especially for the latter) rather than adding more product to do this.  Keep working at it and eventually your blusher won't look quite so bright. 
  5. Fuller lips - You can get fuller lips by using a lip liner.  These can be a little scary if you haven't used them before so start with a nude colour which you will be able to use with a variety of lipsticks.  To make you lips even fuller add a little lip gloss to the centre of your lips.  Alternatively, lip gloss makes you lips look plumper than lipstick when applied all over. 
  6. Always moisturise - It is a common thought that if you have oily skin you shouldn't moisturise but the opposite is actually true.  You should always moisturise, no matter what your skin type as it hydrates your skin.  When you skin is de-hydrated you actually produce more oil. 
  7. Stop mascara from clumping - To help prevent your mascara from clumping when you apply it start at the root of your eye lashes, look down, push your lashes gently against the brush and wiggle the brush when applying the product.  Also, get to know your mascara as they may require a slightly different type of application.  For example, some may look better with two coats, or a thin layer before using the above technique.  Practice makes perfect.
  8. Natural makeup - If you want a natural makeup look - go matte instead of shimmer and glitter - suggested by Boo @ Blooming Boo Boo
  9. Perfect lipstick application - Some bright shades of lipstick can be tricky to apply and it is very easy to get into a mess.  A top tip is to use a small detailing brush to apply your lipstick and you will get precise application and smudge free, crisp lines.
  10. Protect your skin - Your skin is delicate and goes through a lot every day.  Think about all the different products we are regularly adding and taking away and the effects they could have.  Therefore, it is really important that you use SPF on you skin, especially if you use strong products such as Liquid Gold by Alpha H that exfoliate and strip the skin.  You will be much more prone to burning so use as high a factor as possible.  Even though my moisturiser and foundation has SPF in, if I have used Liquid Gold I will also use at least factor 30 sunscreen too.

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

FOTD Night Out in Torquay

Today I have another face of the day post for you.  This time it was for a gig I went to in Torquay on Friday night.  The weather was gorgeous down there so I wanted to wear a fresh, summery look to go with my tan. The gig was amazing and we enjoyed spending the day and evening strolling around the area.  It was a shame we couldn't stay a little longer and relax around the pool in the sun :(

Face of the day photo

What I used:

  • Primer: Photo Finish by Smash Box as my foundation base and Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eye lids.
  • Foundation: Vitalumiere Aqua by Chanel.
  • Concealer: Benefit Erase Paste
  • Powder: MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Natural (Shade Medium Plus)
  • Bronzer: Nars Laguna
  • Blusher: Nars Deep Throat
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft and Gentle
  • Eyeshadow: MAC Woodwinked
  • Eyeliner: Upper L'Oreal Liquid Super Liner, Lower L'Oreal Color Riche Le Smoky pencil in Black Yelour
  • Mascara: Smash Box Full Exposure mascara
  • Lip Balm: Dior Lip Glow
  • Lip Liner: No lip liner
  • Lipstick: Girl About Town by Mac
  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Beauty Birthday Box

Mum's Beauty Birthday Box

Mum's Beauty Birthday Box


Today is a post I have been wanting to share with you since April but for one reason or another I haven't got round to it.  It was my mum's birthday and this year I decided to put together a big beauty hamper full of makeup, skin care and hair care products.  I knew the hamper was going to be big so I planned what kind of items I wanted to include and gradually bought them so I didn't have to rush to buy them all in one go.  This way the expense was also spread out over a good few weeks. I loved the idea of creating this present because you can make it unique and it different from the usual gifts people get.

Some of the products I included are:

  • Denman Paddle Brush
  • Lush Honey Bath Bomb
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo
  • MUA blusher
  • Astral Moisturiser
  • Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in shade 107
  • Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss stick in Plum Jam
  • Argan Oil
  • Barry M Nail Paint
  • Real Techniques make up brushes
  • 17 Va Va Voom mascara
  • Soap and Glory Flake Away
  • Rimmel Bronzer
  • Rimmel Match Perfection foundation
  • L'Oreal Super Liner
  • L'Oreal Color Riche Le Smoky brown eye liner
  • VO5 Heat Defence spray
  • Marks and Spencer shower gel, moisturiser and bath foam in Rose
  • Rimmel Apocolips
  • Rimmel eye shadows (purple)
  • Boujois eye shadows (neutral)
  • Soap and Glory Scrub of your life exfoliator
  • Soap and Glory Clean on Me bath wash

What do you think of my beauty birthday box idea and the products I included?


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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Neutrogena Concentrated Hand Cream

 
 

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the lovely weather! Today's review is on the Neutrogena concentrated hand cream which if I'm honest hadn't ever come across before.  It isn't a product I went out to buy either, it was more of an impulse buy at the till because I needed a new hand cream for my desk at work but kept forgetting to get some.

The packaging of this hand cream is pretty basic but I like the compact size as it is handy for travelling and can be neatly tucked away.  However, I am disappointed with the product itself. Hand creams that I have used in the past have always been more of a cream/lotion so I was surprised to see the formulation of this Neutrogena one is a transparent gel.  The consistency is very thick and it turns white before absorbing into the skin, which actually takes a while.  It works okay on the back of my hands but I do find a slightly greasy/sticky residue is left on the inside of my hands which takes a while to go and isn't ideal when I want to get on and work.  Instead, I feel like I don't really want to touch anything. You are only meant to use a tiny amount of this product to try and prevent this but I find it hard to find the right amount, which can be frustrating.  I either seem to use too much and end up having greasy hands or not enough so I don't get good coverage. The smell is also pretty bland to me.  It's not horrible but it definitely doesn't smell as nice as some of the other hand creams on the market such as Dove, Nivea and Jergens.

I will finish this tube of hand cream as it is only small but I wouldn't buy it again.  Instead, I'd rather stick to my usual cream/lotion formulations.

The larger size of the Neutrogena hand cream is available for £3.85.  It is 50ml rather than the 15ml miniature I have.

What do you think of this product?

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Campus Books Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway Winner

Hello Everyone!

The day has come to announce the winner of my Campus Books Giveaway.  The response was great and it was so nice to team up with Campus Books to offer my lovely readers the opportunity to win a $25 discount on textbook rental.  More information on this giveaway can be found here.

I am pleased to announce that the winner is:

ERICA ARDALI

I hope you enjoy your prize and find it useful!


A big thank you to everyone who entered! The winner was picked by random using the rafflecopter generator.

 

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Monday, 22 July 2013

What is in my Travel Make Up Bag

What is in my Travel Make Up Bag


Hello Lovelies!

As I've mentioned in a couple of posts already, I went to Portugal last week for a few days.  It was a work trip so I was only able to take hand luggage so I was extra picky with the beauty products I took with me.  I couldn't have too many liquids and also I didn't want to bring loads of different products as I didn't fancy making my handbag even heavier than it was already.

So here are the products I decided to bring with me:

  • Primer - Luckily when I placed my last order with Smash Box I received a sample size of the Photo Finish primer.  This was perfect!
  • Foundation - I'm still loving my Vitalumiere Aqua foundation so this was a must to take with me.  I haven't actually used a different foundation for ages.
  • Powder - My MSFN was a must as I was expecting hot weather and thought I may get extra shiny.
  • Blusher - I brought one blusher with me and the one I opted for was by MUA.  Initially I chose it because I didn't want one of my high end blushers to crack and as the MUA ones are so cheap I knew I could easily replace it.  The blusher is a beautiful, natural shade too which I love.
  • Eye shadow -  I was afraid my powder shadows would get broken with all the travelling so instead of bringing one of my eye shadow palettes I decided to bring one cream eye shadow instead. I chose the Maybelline Color Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze' which looks great for both a day time and evening look.
  • Mascara - Instead of bringing a large mascara I brought the Smash Box Full Exposure miniature I got from my Try Me Kit. It was perfect as it was so compact.
  • Lipstick - I brought two products with me. Firstly, Chatterbox lipstick by MAC, secondly a Clinque Chubby stick.
  • Eyebrows - I brought my MAC eye brow gel and MUA powder to fill in my brows, however, I didn't actually bother doing this in the end!



Products I didn't bring:
  • Primer - As I had a cream eye shadow which has amazing staying power on it's own it wasn't necessary for me to bring my well loved Urban Decay Primer Potion.
  • Highlighter - The only highlighter I own in Soft and Gentle by MAC.  It is pretty big and I was worried the product may get damaged so I decided it was best to leave it at home.
  • Eye liner - As I was away with work I knew I was going to wear minimal makeup.  I don't often wear eye liner to work so I didn't feel the need to bring it with me.
  • Lip liner - I don't always lip liner and I didn't really need one with the lip products I was using so this definitely wasn't a product I needed.  It also meant I didn't need to bring a sharpener, bonus! 
  • Setting Spray - My Urban Decay setting spray was too big to bring with me as I was only allowed up to 100ml per item.  I really didn't want to leave this behind as it makes my makeup last longer but unfortunately I didn't have a choice.

What do you think of my product choices?


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Sunday, 21 July 2013

FOTD 1930's Hen Do

Firstly I want to apologise for my lack of posts over the past week.  I can't quite believe how hectic things have been! Last weekend I had to fly out to Portugal for a few days for work and I was so busy getting everything together I unfortunately didn't have a chance to write up any blog posts before I went like I had planned.  When I got back I then went to my friends gig and had a couple of days away in Torquay with my boyfriend before returning for one of my best friends hen do so this has been the first opportunity where I have been able to sit down, relax and blog!

I went to the hen do last night which had a 1930's theme.  We were asked to wear any accessory from this time rather than going for the full look with outfits so after much research I opted for pearls.  I'm not the most confident of people when it comes to fancy dress so this subtle, pretty accessory was perfect for me.  I also decided to put more effort into my look by doing 1930's makeup too. Again, I did a lot of research and found that a popular look was the classic neutral eyes with black eyeliner and mascara as well as bright red lip.  This was my final look:

Face of the day
 
 

What I used:

  • Primer:  Photo Finish by Smash Box as my foundation base and Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eye lids.
  • Foundation: My all time favourite foundation  Vitalumiere Aqua by Chanel.
  • Concealer: Benefit Erase Paste
  • Powder: MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Natural (Shade Medium Plus)
  • Bronzer: Nars Laguna
  • Blusher: MAC Tenderling
  • Highlighter: I didn't wear any highlighter as I thought it would be a bit much with the bright red lips.
  • Eyeshadow: Naked from the Naked 1 palette all over my lid, Mac Copperplate in my outer corner and crease and Shroom in my inner corner/tear duct.
  • Eyeliner: Upper L'Oreal Liquid Super Liner, Lower L'Oreal Color Riche Le Smoky pencil in Black Yelour
  • Mascara: YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils
  • Lip Balm: Dior Lip Glow
  • Lip Liner: Dior Natural Beige
  • Lipstick: Russian Red by MAC
  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter

We went to a 'secret' bar in London called the Evans and Peel Detective Agency which fitted the 1930's theme perfectly.  It is not somewhere I have ever heard of before and it is in a very discrete location. The idea was that it doesn't look like a bar because in the 1930's it was more of an underground type place so people pretended to go there to get the help of the detectives when in reality they actually just wanted a night out!  It was very different from any kind of bar I have experienced before but no where would have fitted the theme quite so well and we all had a lovely time.

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Beauty, Skincare and Haircare Tips #1

Beauty, Skincare and Haircare Tips

Today's post contains 10 beauty, skincare and hair care tips.  This is going to be a series with an accumulation of 10 tips per post until I reach the ultimate tips post in August which will hopefully contain input from all you lovely beauty bloggers/readers too.  To be involved please scroll down to the bottom of the post for more details.

TOP TIPS
  1. Makeup remover wipes - This is a very popular way to remove your makeup but it doesn't remove all of it well.  Therefore, it is best to always use a cleanser or balm in addition or instead of (I use it in addition) and toner too.  This way you can make sure you skin is completely clean and make up free.  This will help prevent spots and blemishes.
  2. Self tanning - When applying self tan you should always exfoliate and moisturise 24 hours before and immediately before you apply your self tan add moisturiser to your problem areas, such as knees, ankles and elbows.
  3. Applying Mascara - When applying mascara never pump the brush because it pushes air into the tube which will dry out the product.  Instead, twist the brush around to mix up the product.
  4. Soft, Shiny, Healthy Hair - To make your hair look smoother, healthier, softer, shinier and grow quicker, regularly use a hair oil.  I noticed the difference from the first application and haven't looked back.  My favourite is Moroccan Oil.
  5. Cleaning Brushes - Regularly clean all of your makeup brushes as product build up can cause spots and blemishes. You makeup will also apply better when using a clean brush.
  6. Cleaning Brushes - Brush cleaner can be expensive and a really great alternative is to use baby shampoo.  It is cheap and smells nice but it does take longer for your brushes to dry.
  7. Skincare - It is always tempting to change your skin routine and add in different products but your skin is sensitive and it can take up to a month to adjust to a new product.  Therefore, you need to be patient to see if things work and introduce things slowly, one at a time to help prevent break outs.
  8. Eye Cream - In order to reduce puffy eyes keep your eye cream in the fridge before application.  Also, always make sure you gently tap your eye cream when applying it rather than dragging it as you don't want to pull the fragile skin under your eyes.
  9. Blend, Blend, Blend - The key to good makeup application is to blend, whether it be your foundation, eye makeup or blusher.  You want everything to look natural and this is the perfect way to achieve this.
  10. Less is more - Always remember that it is easy to add more product but much harder to take it away.   It's easy to go overboard but check your makeup in different lights if you can and build it up slowly so you don't end up with heavier makeup than you intended.  A key thing to be wary of is the different pigmentation of products such as blushers.. sometimes you can get a nasty surprise if you forget!

Here's where I need YOU.. the ULTIMATE beauty/skincare/haircare tips

I want to go one step further with this beauty tips series and do a supplementary post to this one containing as many tips as possible.  In order to do this I would like the co-operation of my fellow beauty bloggers and readers to get as many tips as possible and spread the word.  I love hearing people's ideas and I think it will be really nice to work together.

I will choose the beauty tips I find are most helpful (the number depends on how many entries I get but there will be a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 50) and share them in the blog post along with your name and blog as credit to you. The tips can be for haircare, skincare, beauty or nails.

In order to be included in this post can you please email me your tips (as many as you like) to kimberleyjohnson03@gmail.com with your name and blog address. Entries close on the 1st August and can you please include 'Beauty tips' in the subject and it make clear in your email which section your tip is for e.g hair care.

What do you think of these tips? Are you going to join in with the ultimate beauty tips blog post?

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Miniature Products for Travelling

Miniature Products for Travelling

Miniature Products for Travelling

Miniature Products for Travelling

I'm going away to Portugal for a few days on Sunday with work and I'm only to take hand luggage.. PANIC!! After contemplating how I'm going to fit everything into one tiny bag.. straighteners.. shoes.. hair dryer.. clothes? I moved on to think about my toiletries.  The airline is only allowing liquids of 100ml each so the hunt was one to find my favourite products that matched this criteria.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was and how many products are on offer, I'm sure there wasn't as much choice a few years ago but then again I've never actually had a need to buy miniatures before so maybe I just didn't notice.

Here's what I picked up:
  • Palm Olive Shower Gel - I love this shower gel because it's very creamy and smells delicious! I was so happy to find it as a miniature form
  • Aussie Moisture Moist shampoo and conditioner - My favourite shampoo and conditioner are available in mini's but sadly they weren't included in the deal so I decided to go for Aussie which is another brand I love.
  • Palmers Cocoa Butter Moisturiser - After being in the sun you need to make sure you moisturise and re-hydrate your skin.  This moisturiser is my favourite to use after tanning and it supposedly helps to keep your tan longer too!
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo - I love Batiste and although I can't take this on the plane because it's an aerosol I needed one more product to complete my set so this was a must.  I find this size useful when travelling or to keep at work so I know I will definitely use it. I got my favourite scent, Tropical too!
  • Tres Semme Heat Protector Spray - I haven't actually tried this heat protector spray before because I love the VO5 one but unfortunately they didn't have a small version *cries*.  This was the only one available so fingers crossed it's a good one!
  • Simple Eye Remover - I haven't used this eye remover before and it was the only one available.  I figured something is better than nothing and Simple is a good brand so fingers crossed it works well.
  • Ambre Solare Sun Lotion/Sun Screen - I got this miniature factor 30 sunscreen which I am hoping is big enough to last me the three days.  This wasn't included in the deal and was pretty expensive priced at nearly £6 although it was on a half price offer.  I still think that pricey for such a small amount of product but there wasn't a big selection to choose form.
  • Colgate toothpaste - This one is probably the least exciting but none the less an essential product! I wasn't really bothered what toothpaste I got for a couple of days to be honest so this was more a case of grabbing the first one I found.

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