Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Five top tips on the best festival beauty routine

When you're hitting the festivals you still want to look great – despite rocking out in the heat amongst crowds of bodies. With a weekend of music at your fingertips the last thing you'll want to do is spend all day touching up your make-up, especially when your closest thing to a bathroom is those rather grotesque portaloos. Whether you're heading to Glastonbury or Reading Festival you can still create a pretty dewy look that will actually last by using five key make-up items that prep your skin the right way.

The best star to your day is a soft base to put your make-up on to. Shiseido Pureness MatifyingMoisturiser is a oil free lightweight moisturiser that is perfect for letting your skin breathe in the hot sun. If your skin isn't too dry conserve the amount you apply and rub into spots that actually need it.

Sweat is a make-ups arch enemy as it removes its resistance and staying power. During the summer the need for a heavy foundation isn't so necessary as the suns rays help to brighten your skin tone which will reduce how noticeable any blemishes are. BB cream mixed with waterproof sun tan lotion makes a great alternative to foundation and is much lighter on your skin. Try Decleor Hydra Floral BB cream with 24 hour moisturising effects.

The sun can quite easily melt cream or liquid formulas so when it comes to making your skin glow try to stick to a powder bronzer. Instead of applying it to larger areas like the apples of your cheek or bridge of your nose, use a small brush to to dab it on to the top of your cheek bones and keep your stroke around one inch. La Prairie Cellular Treatment Bronzing Powder13.5g is a luxury powder that gives your complexion a golden glow whilst protecting your skin.

The eyes are the key to your soul and show just how much you're enjoying yourself. There's nothing worse then jumping around to your favourite band and someone telling you your mascara is running down your cheeks because you're sweating so much. The key to keep your face smudge free is waterproof mascara. Christian Dior DiorShow Waterproof Mascara Backstage 11.5ml is a staple of the catwalk and perfect for your festival make-up routine. Lashes are left thickened and curled with the Aquastop technology keeping your eyes dry.

Make sure your eye make-up lasts by applying less mascara on your top lashes and leave your bottom lashes bare. If your lashes are long there's no need to curl them as the oil from your lids will smudge the look. Add long lasting definition to your eyes using a long wearing eye-liner pencil. Kohl pencils are the best because they can be easily smudged to give you a smokey eye and won't run if any sweat gets around your eyes. ModelCo All About EyesSmokey Eye 3 Piece Set includes a fabulous eye-liner that you can use to showcase your eyes.

However you choose to wear your make-up during festival season the key is to simply have fun! Let your hair down, paint a few flowers on your cheek and put a flower in your hair and jump up and down to the music because it's time to enjoy.

You can buy all the makeup/beauty products feature at Click Fragrance
Monday, 28 July 2014

What's in July 2014 limited edition Stars and Stripes Glossybox? Find the exclusive reveal here!

If you didn't know July 4th was Independence day in America you've probably been living under a stone for a while. To celebrate the iconic occasion Glossybox themed their July edition on the Stars and Stripes of the sunny USA.

Each product is either linked to the colours of the American flag or originated in the states. I love the limited edition Glossybox style and it certainly stands out in comparison to the typical girly pink theme. The products are worth well over the price of the box but I can't say everything was really to my taste. Check out my video as I first opened the box - don't forget to comment and let me know what you think!

As ever if you can't wait, here's the scoop below.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick
This cult American favourite is formulated with completely natural ingredients including natural waxes, mineral pigments and antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Not only are there no nasties in the ingredients but it offers long lasting colour and protection against the sun.
  • Glossybox offers a full sized product. Get yours for £20 at Bellapierre
Absolute New York Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer
This oil free creamy formula evens the skin tone around the eye area to make eyeshadow application a lot easier. It keeps eyeshadow crease free and helps colour to stay strong for a long lasting look.
  • Glossybox offers a full sized product. Get yours for $4.99 at Nicka
Carmex Lip Balm
Adored by celebrities and makeup artists all over the world Carmex is the lip balm that inspired all lip balms. Made with menthol, camphor and beeswax, this au naturale product works to keep your lips nourished, conditioned and protected form the elements all year round.
  • Glossybox offers a full sized product. Get yours for £2.69 at Graftons Beauty
Color Club Glossy Seal
Color Club nail polish are made exclusively in New York and are renown for their non toxic and cruelty free ingredients. The shade Glossy Seal is completely unique and was made exclusively for July's Glossybox.
  • Glossybox offers a full sized product. Get yours for $8 at Color Club.
Dr Bronner's Magic Liquid Soaps Baby Mild Liquid Soap
If your skin is very sensitive and can't handle many soaps then Dr Bronner's Magic Liquid soap may be perfect for you. Cultivated with a blend of Organic coconut Palm, Olive, Hemp and Jojoba Oil as well as pure Vitamin E the soap is gentle enough to be used on baby's skin.
  • Glossybox offer a sample size. Get a full sized 237ml product for £5.99 at Dr Bronner
What do you think of July's box, would you buy it?
Friday, 25 July 2014

Goody Good Stuff launch a range of sweets that cater for those with food intolerances

If you're a vegetarian or have a gluten free diet, finding sweets to suit you can be virtually impossible. Goody Good Stuff saw the gap in the market and went on a mission to find the solution. The result was a fantastic range of sweets that cater for those with food intolerance's. The 8 varieties vary from the traditional cola bottles to the more unusual Tropical Fruit and contain natural ingredients that make them good.

The brand has worked hard to make their sweets:
  • Fat free
  • No artificial colours
  • Dairy free
  • Gelatin free
  • Gluten free
Cola Breeze tasted very similar to normal cola bottles and would probably be my favourite out of the selection. They were quite soft and cxhewy and the taste was very faimilar to a traditional sweet.

Koala gummy bears were a selection of fruity gummy bears that were very soft and jelly like.  I could certainly taste the fruitiness but wasn't too sure on the feel of the sweets consistency.

Strawberry and Cream were a selection of tiny strawberry and cream sweets. The strawberry drops lacked flavour and had a bit of a funny aftertaste. I did think the cream tasted a lot better and were a lot more enjoyable.

Summer Peaches had quite a intense, strong peach flavour that tasted really natural. The sweets were so soft they virtually melted on my fingers, great for little kids or babies.

Cheery Cherries were probably one of my least favourite out of the selection. They tasted quite artificial and had a dry taste that made chewing them quite unpleasant.

Sour Fruit Salad were certainly more lemon like then sour. With a pleasant fizzy lemon taste these sweets were less tongue twisting and more like a refreshing drink on a hot day.

As well as offering large bags of sweets Goody Good Stuff offers a small range of 25g bags that would be suitable for those who only want a few or want them all to themselves.

Sour Cheery Cherries were very sour but didn't taste as artificial as the original Cheery Cherries. I did feel you could taste the cherry more after the sourness had gone.

Sour Koala Gummy Bears were so sour I had to take a bit of time eating them. They were quite pleasant and still had the fruity taste once the sourness had gone.

I really feel it's fantastic to find a confectionery product that caters for the minorities on the market. Whilst many of the sweets were pleasant, I did feel that the texture is something you'd have to get used to as it's very different to a traditional gelatine sweet. I wouldn't be able to eat many in one go but then perhaps that's why they're so good for those on a diet!

Goody Good Stuff shows originality, real invention and the ability to offer something for those who struggle to find products to suit what they can eat.

I give it 3.5/5

You can find them at Nature's Health Box

  • Caters for the minority and those with food intolerance's
  • Has a large range of small and bigger bags
  • No artificial colours
  • Pleasant fruity taste
  • Some of the sweets are very jelly like and have a consistency that's very different to normal sweets. This does take some getting used to. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Victoria Green launches a new range of beauty bags at Debenehams

Victoria Green is a British textile and home product designer with over 20 years of experience including designs for large brands like Marks and Spencers and The White Company. Her first solo collection of beauty bags are fresh off the factory floor and currently available at Debenehams.

The range is designed for women who love prints, style, colour and prints combined with outstanding quality. 

I was lucky enough to test the Spot cosmetics pouch and was struck instantly by how cute it is. With a fresh spot print the bag really stands out on my dresser and is really roomy so I'd have no problem fitting lots of products inside.

I give it 4/5

You can get the Spot cosmetics pouch for £8 at Debenehams

  • The pouch is really roomy and has lots of space for all your makeup products
  • At under £10 this product is a little bargain
  • Cute spot design
  • None that I can see!
Monday, 21 July 2014

Protect your feet from the pain of blisters with Compeed blister relief plasters

We all love our kitten heels and sparkly wedges for completing our outfit and making our feet look glamorous. What we don't love are the blisters it creates.

It doesn't matter how low the heel might be, new shoes have a habit of rubbing your skin till it bleeds or a blister forms. With its cushioned protection Compeed blister plasters is a life saviour in a little box.

The clear plaster is really easy to apply - simply peel the two white tags off the front of the plaster then peel the Compeed label off the back and apply to the sore area. You get 5 plasters per box and they act as a second skin to protect the shoe from making the injured area any worse. The plasters can be left on for a few days till they become loose to aid the healing of your blister and help you to continue wearing your favourite shoes!

A fabulous product for the fashion conscious lady.

I give it 4/5

Get yours for £5.49 at Superdrug

  • Stops the pain of blisters or sores by cushioning them from your shoes
  • Lasts a few days without needing to be replaced
  • Comes in a handy little box which can easily be slipped into your handbag
  • Some may prefer plasters which are probably a lot cheaper



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