Friday, 29 August 2014

How to look good at work

Going to work doesn't mean you have to slack on your makeup. Whilst it may not be appropriate to wear false lashes and heavy foundation to work you can work a number of products into your routine that make you look great without trying too hard.

This little guide uses mostly Avon products, unfortunately I can't point you to where you can buy them as they're no longer available, but you can obviously buy products wiht similar colours and consistencies.

1. Once you've applied your base get a lengthening mascara and apply to your top and bottom lashes.

2. Get a creamy brown eyeshadow crayon and slowly shade the eyelid area. A crayon with a silky texture will add a little more allure to your eyes.

3. Get a hot pink blusher and apply to the apples of your cheeks for that cute just been for a run look.

4. Looking pale? Bronzers great for giving a little warmth to areas that would naturally catch the sun - the nose, cheekbones and forehead.

5. Last but not least get a hot pink lipstick to seal the deal. It will give your lips a feminine tone without looking too much like you're getting ready for a night out.

Voila, you're ready to show your work colleagues what you can achieve by revamping your routine.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Seventeen Flawless Poreless Primer: How does it perform? Tried and tested review

Seventeen Flawless Poreless Primer is a smoothing skin perfector that helps to hide pores allowing for makeup to stay on longer.

As the tagline claims it's for skin that's flawless, poreless and gorgeous.

The colour of the primer is light beige in the compact but unlike most primers I have tried I was surprised to find that this one was virtually transparent all when I applied it (hence no swatch). With minimal colour it's good for all skin tones which is a real bonus. It felt very silky and smooth on the first touch but if you really run your fingers around it becomes more greasier.

Now I don't think I have many  visible pores so that part of the product won't really work for me. It was quite hard to apply as you can't see it and it was pretty greasy but I did manage to smooth the product somehow over my face. I didn't use powder with the primer and found that the oily areas of my T-zone felt a lot more matte. Once dry the product was quite silky and left my skin smooth allowing for easier foundation application.

It comes in a compact pot which again is unusual for primers but whilst it looks like there's not much there, the product does go a long way. Unusually for compact products it doesn't have a mirror so there's no chance of sneakily whipping it out on the train to touch up your makeup.

Overall a average product that helps to smooth your skin and keep your foundation looking great for just that little bit longer.

I give it 3/5

Get yours for £5.99 at Boots

  • The transparent colour means it's great for all skin tones
  • Has a mattifying effect
  • Makes skin smoother
  • Your foundation just glides on
  • At under £6 you can't go too wrong! (it rhymes, amazing!)
  • No mirror
  • Encourages skin to become oiler in patches
Monday, 25 August 2014

Hide the worst of your blemishes with Seventeen Heavy Duty Undereye Concealer

Blemishes suck. False stop. Seventeen help to wage the war with those pesky spots and under eye circles with thier heavy duty under eye concealer Phwoarr Paint.

The product reminds me of Benefit's Boi-Ing industrial strength concealer in some ways as they both aim to cover the worst of the worst. It has a smooth creamy consistency that quickly warms to touch and a handy mirror for application on the go.

I do have quite bad dark circles so I focused on that area. As you can see from the picture the darkness is instantly covered, although it's better to use only a small amount as too much makes you look a bit like a panda. The light reflects off the concealer and makes my face a lot brighter.

Overall a great little product that does the trick and hides those blemishes that you don't want the world to see.

I give it 4/5

  • Comes with a useful mirror so you can apply it anywhere you go
  • Creamy consistency that's easy to apply
  • Blemishes are covered instantly
  • If you apply too much the texture can go all flaky and the covered area will look mottled  
Get it for £5.49 at Boots
Friday, 22 August 2014

Accessorize Aqua Marine 3d nail manicure review

Accessorize 3D Nail Manicure in Aqua Marine gives you everything you need to create stand out nails without paying through the roof.

At only £6.00 you'll get a light green nail varnish with a pot of shimmery turquoise glitter specks. With a simple guide on how to get started on the back I gave my toes a little update.

1. Paint your nails
2. Dust the glitter on to each nail so it is completely covered
3. Pat the glitter together to make it more compact

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Birchbox August review and reveal

Bored of Glossybox? Perhaps it's time to try Birchbox, the upper class, more sophisticated monthly beauty box.

If you were reading this blog a few years ago you'll probably remember my posts on Birchbox. It started off with Carmine, a really fun beauty box that only ran for a few months. They were bought out by Jolie box and then renamed to the now Birchbox. Initially I wasn't too impressed but after seeing a offer for six months of Birchbox for 6 months I decided to give them another go.

So here's the low down.

August is of course holiday season and Birchbox wanted to reflect that in this months box. It comes with a really cute insert to help you getting ready for your holiday including a packing list, advice on a easy summer up do and the best products to keep your skin looking great this summer. I love the little wash bag it comes in and feel it certainly makes a change to the traditional draw string cloth bags.

Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel
A luxurious multi purpose body wash/bath gel that helps to moisturise the skin and leave it smelling great.

On sale for £7.15

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect
Does your hair love to tangle when it's wet? This super handy conditioning spray helps to make your life easier by detangling and protecting your hair from heat and sun damage.

On sale for £20.00

Liaison De Parfum
It may not be cheap but it certainly seems pretty and is perfect for adding a little romance into life and travel.

On sale for a eye watering £105.00

Sarah Mcnamara Beauty New York Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm
Get skin looking tip top with this skin friendly exfoliator. With micronised magnesium-oxide crystal and natural extracts the product works to smooth, refine and polish for gorgeous summer skin.

On sale for £25.00

Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow
She might not be in the charts anymore but Louise Redknapp has been busy making her name in the beauty world. Wild About Beauty is a long lasting, satin textured eyeshadow from Louise and Kim Jacob's new range. It's all paraben free y'know.

On sale for £13.00

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry
It's only a taster but Chapter 1 of this romantic comedy is destined to get you rushing out to buy the book. Spanning 1950's London and present day NYC this spellbinding and romantic novel will draw you in.

On sale for £7.99 

Get your Birchbox here



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