27 February 2014

ELF Studio Makeup Brushes | Review

I don't have an extensive amount of make-up brushes, but I always tend to go to ELF when I need to buy anymore. I can't afford to buy Real Techniques, MAC or any other high-end brand all the time, and I've always found ELF studio brushes to work and last just as long as the expensive ones I own. I thought I would branch out on my brush collection, and ended up going on a bit of a haul on ELF during one of its 40% off offers.

I have never owned a flat powder brush, so I was intrigued to see whether I would get on with this or not. I tend to use this brush to quickly apply powder without literally brushing it on - I gently pat the product on like I would with a sponge applicator.

I do worry that this shaped brush will disturb my foundation, as its not the softest of brushes. The bristles are soft, but it's so compact together that there's no real movement and doesn't glide nicely on my skin. Does that even make sense?!

Perfect for contouring on the eyes, this brush is really soft and yet helps you to be accurate when applying eyeshadow. It's quite comfortable to use, as I tend to use it for the creases and for base eyeshadows. I also like the fact it's angled, so it's easier to apply your make-up.

This is my first angled foundation brush, and I can't say I'm totally won over yet. The angled brush helps you to apply liquid foundation evenly, but it's not totally necessary to own! It does help you to be more precise when applying foundation around creases though, so I'll give you that one.

You can't go wrong with a good blusher brush, and this one fits the bill. It offers precise application, is nice and soft on your skin and just does the job for both blusher and bronzer. Some of my other blusher brushes tend to malt on me... I end up with bristles all over my face! This one doesn't do such thing though... So far, so good.

Have you tried ELF's make-up brushes? What's your favourite make-up brush brand?

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24 February 2014

L'Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss | Review

excuse the non-blended eyeshadow, yeah? it was fixed before i left the room. promise.
L'Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss in Sin For Peach, Fall For Watermelon & Dare The Dragonfruit - £6.99 each

I really love Clinique's Chubby Sticks at the moment, but I can't handle the hefty price tag each time I want a new one. My mum actually found this range by L'Oreal and bought me a couple to try out. The two vibrant colours (Fall For Watermelon & Dare The Dragonfruit) are mine, whereas the Sin For Peach shade is my mums... But I had to 'borrow' it for blogger purposes, of course ;)

L'Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Glosses are gorgeous and perfect to keep in your handbag for a top-up. It's a great mix between a lip balm and a lip gloss. It's so easy to apply - it literally just glides on your lips. It doesn't dry your lips out, and offers a lovely glossy shine to your lips with more than enough colour. In fact, the photos above don't do these products justice!

As for the shades, Sin For Peach is a pale/nude pink shade (which isn't my cup of tea, but my mum loves it). Fall For Watermelon is a fab coral/pink colour, whilst Dare The Dragonfruit is a vibrant pinky/berry shade, which is possibly my favourite! All three of these glosses are slightly shimmery, but you can get away with wearing these during the daytime. The colour in each of these glosses really show up well, and you can obviously tone it down by not applying too much if preferred.

Overall, I'm really impressed by this range! For under £7, you really can't go wrong and are a great (and cheaper) alternative to Clinique.

What do you think of the Glam Shine Balmy Glosses? Gosh that's a bit of a mouthful for a name...

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22 February 2014

We're on each other's team | Outfit

New Look shirt and jeans | Converse

I went on a bit of a New Look spending haul a couple of weeks ago... OOPS. I've been looking for a new pair of jeans for ages, but didn't fancy the Topshop price tags when I don't wear them that much. These skinny acid wash jeans from New Look are perfect and a great fit. They're quite light and thin, so will be better to wear when the weather is a bit friendlier.

I also almost instantly fell in love with this mint green polkadot shirt. It's one of my favourite colours at the moment, fits like a dream ands adds a lovely splash of colour, but subtle enough to still look smart at meetings!

This weekend is going to be a pretty good one, as I'm off out for a bit of shopping with my mum after going to the cinema to see 12 Years A Slave :) followed by a visit to a vintage fair in Worcester with Alex on Sunday! It's been ages since I've been to a vintage fair, so I really hope it doesn't disappoint. Hopefully I'll find a few bargains!

p.s. I hate Lorde, but damn this song is catchy.

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20 February 2014

My Beauty Compare | Review

My Beauty Compare

I'm always after the best deal when it comes to buying expensive products, so I got a little bit excited when I found out about price comparison website My Beauty Compare.

Specifically for beauty products, all you need to do is fill in a quick questionnaire about yourself and your needs when signing up, and then it automatically pulls out a selection of recommended products that should suit your skin and hair types.

You can also look for a specific product and find out where you can buy it for a good price, as My Beauty Compare will list all retailers that the product is available in. Pretty decent, yes?

There's also a forum available so you can talk to others for advice and tips on beauty, along with product reviews, blogs and video tutorials to help you to create certain looks. There's so much more to this website than purely price comparisons, making it more credible and interesting for us beauty fanatics :)

When I filled out the questionnaire (which only took a minute or two), I was quick to look at each category to see what products were recommended for me.

I already use the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, so I was pretty impressed that was listed! There's a few other products that I'm aware of but haven't tried, and even some new additions that I've never even heard of. Whether they will actually suit my skin type, I'm not 100% sure, but I'll definitely look further into each product to find out more!

I can see myself reaching out for My Beauty Compare again, as I can only imagine it'll get bigger and better as word spreads. I've already tested it and searched for my beloved Bare Minerals foundation and a cheaper option came up (which I was already aware of after spending so much time searching, but still!) so it definitely works and could save you time next time you need a beauty haul :)

Have you looked at My Beauty Compare?

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18 February 2014

Photoblog: February 2014 (Part 1)

1. NOTD | 2. OOTD. | 3. Crisp sandwich and tea heaven. | 4. Date night. | 5. Love. | 6. NOTD. | 7. Train, it's been a while. | 8. Sheffield, my love. | 9. Congratualtions (typo intended). | 10. FOTD. | 11. MacBook Pro day. | 12. OOTN going horribly wrong. | 13. Sober. | 14. View from my hotel room. | 15. Breakfast frittata. | 16. Hi Frankfurt. | 17. Meeting time. | 18. Champagne truffle ice cream. | 19. Tired FOTD. | 20. Valentines. | 21. Wedding excitement.

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16 February 2014

Sing with pride | Outfit

Topshop top and skirt | River Island boots (also found here)

Jumping on the blogger bandwagon, but I really couldn't resist this gorgeous gingham skirt! It's just too cute and it needed to be in my wardrobe. It's been ages since I've actually fallen in love with items of clothing, to the point that I didn't blink my eyelid when I found out I just spent £36 on a skirt... £9 less than what the boots cost me! Bloomin' eck. Alex was pretty disgusted at the fact I bought it too, BUT IT'S TOO DAMN LOVELY.

These boots are so comfortable to wear, and a really good RI buy at £45. I love the subtle stud detailing, the small chunky heel and the cut out sides. The buckle is dangerously close to my heel though, but thankfully, after loosening it slightly, it no longer rubs them.

I'm currently trying to make the most of the weekend by relaxing... And that's about it. After a quick 24 hour visit to Germany for a work meeting, it's really knocked me back and I've felt ill ever since. I'm such a rubbish traveller :( but hey, it's made me want to go to Germany again and also learn the language even more than before... Y'know, go back to my roots and all that.

It's a shame I felt so rough the next day, as that day happened to be Valentine's Day so Alex and I couldn't really do much other than rest and eat takeaway (which was actually quite the perfect evening). After exchanging cards, Alex surprised me with a little scrapbook full of photos, gig tickets etc... Basically, a book full of memories so far. I'm not sure whether it's because I was so surprised and touched by it, or because I was so ill, but I got a bit emosh!

Also, I'm in such an Olympic mood recently, are you? I wish I could ski/snowboard/ice skate...

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