Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Rimmel London Competition

I recently entered the Rimmel London nail art competition on Twitter and was luckily enough to be chosen as one of the 5 winners! 

I just wanted to write a quick post to say a massive thank you to Rimmel London for choosing me as a winner! As an added bonus of winning I get sent a Rimmel nail varnish goody bag which I cannot wait to receive. I will be sure to do a blog post on the nail varnish goodies I receive!

Below is the tweet announcing the winners (be sure to check the other winners out on twitter as their nail art looks were pretty cool!) Also the image on the right (which you may recognise from a previous blog post is the nail art look I entered into the competition...

A massive thank you again to Rimmel London!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Sleek Blush by 3 Candy Collection

As mentioned in my last post I picked up the new limited edition Sleek 'Blush by 3 Candy Collection'. I love the look of this product shown in the image below. Keep reading to find out exactly what I think of the blusher trio...

I have never tried Sleek blusher before but I have heard lots about them on other beauty blogs and Youtube. To me this looks like the perfect blusher and the colours look just right for the blushers I normally go for on a day-to-day basis. 

As you can see from the images above, I absolutely LOVE the packaging. I really like the bright colours on the cardboard packaging and I feel the simplicity of the black casing makes it look professional and bares some resemblance to high end blushers such as Nars. I also like how the blush fills the entire packaging and there is no wasted room for things like a portable brush (which I never personally use). With there being 2 powder blushers and one cream blusher it is perfect for everyone what ever your preference. 

The packing claims that the palette has been 'formulated with intense pigment' and I feel the image above shows that this is not a lie. When trying the product myself they are very pigmented, particularly the blush on the far left and right of the product. With the powder blushers I only had to apply a small amount on my brush and got a strong colour on my cheeks, as shown in the image below.

I was very impressed with the staying power of the blusher as the colour was still very much there at the end of the day. You can use the colours by themselves, as I did above (using the far right powder blusher) or mix the colours together to create your required colour and intensity. I also used a highlighter on the tops of my cheeks as I feel this helps to enhance the blusher and create a really healthy looking glow on your cheeks. 
With the palette costing just £9.99 I feel this is a great price as you get 3 highly pigmented colours at a high street product price!

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone thinking of making a purchase and I hope if you do purchase this palette that you enjoy using it as much as I have! 

Thank you for reading :)

Thursday, 20 June 2013

MUA Lipsticks

Today I went on an impulse shopping trip mainly because I wanted to purchase the new limited edition sleek blush trio that I saw on Insagram last night (which I will review in my next blog post) . Whenever I go into Superdrug I can never resist looking in the MUA section because their make up is so cheap, with the majority of their products ranging from £1-£4! I have tried the MUA lipsticks in the past and was impressed with look they give off for the amount they cost (just £1!!). So when I went into Superdrug today I couldn't resist picking up a new lipstick.

I picked up shade 13 and it is a red colour with a slight orangy tinge to it. I was looking for a colour to wear with a neon yellow/green dress and I feel this colour is perfect to wear with many neon colours. I am really impressed with the colour pay off of this MUA lipstick as you can see from the image below. I also love the texture of the MUA lipsticks as they are really creamy and easily to apply if you're in a rush or on the go. As for how long this lipstick lasts on the lips... I have been quite impressed! I have had this on my lips for around 2 hours and it doesn't seem to be budging. The other MUA lipsticks I have purchased in the past don't seem to last as long as this one but perhaps it is because this colour is quite a bit more intense than the other shades I own. 

I also own MUA lipsticks in light pink and and orange colour (shades 4 and 7) which are in the image below...

I am a huge fan of the MUA lipsticks and would recommend them to anyone on a tight budget and who prefers a slightly creamy, easy to apply lipstick.

Thank you for reading and make sure to look out for my next blog post on the limited edition sleek blush trio!! 

Monday, 17 June 2013

Ombre Nails

I have always seen lots of pictures of people creating an ombre nail art on instagram and pinterest look and I never tried it myself .. until now. Below is the ombre nail art I created, keep reading to find out how I created this look ...

I chose to do a variation on the standard ombre nail and added daisy flowers over the top. I feel this created a really summery nail and I personally loved this look!

What will you need?

As you can see in the image above the ombre nail look is really easy to create and requires very few materials. All you need is two shades of nail varnish (I used the pale pink and coral) and a sponge to create the ombre effect and then I used a white and yellow nail varnish and my nail art tool to create the daisies. 

How to create the look ...

Step 1: First of all I painted my nail in 2 coats of the pale pink colour to create a base.

Step 2: Once the pale pink varnish was dried I then blobbed a small amount of the coral nail varnish onto a piece of paper. Next I dipped the sponge into the coral nail varnish and dabbed this on top of the pale pink up to about the middle of each nail. I repeated this sponging step twice over, moving up my nail each time in order to make the coral darker towards the top of the nail.

Step 3: Once the coral was dry (which was pretty quick as sponging only adds a thin layer of varnish onto the nail) I used my nail art tool to create the daisies in the usual way I create flowers in all my nail art looks. 

Step 4: Finally I added a top coat over my nails in order to prevent chipping and smooth out any bumps created by the sponging. 

Thanks for reading! Hope you love this look as much as I do :)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Butterfly Fancy Dress

At the weekend it was my uni's summer ball. As well as live music and spending time with friends before going our separate ways over summer, a huge part of the summer ball is fancy dress. There is no theme and therefore you can go dressed as whatever you wish. I planned to go with my twin sister Hollie and my best friend Georgia and we wanted to go as something really girly which would allow us to create a funky make up look. We all decided to go as butterflys and below are a selection of photos from summer ball...

As you can see from the photos above our outfits consisted of a purple metallic skater skirt, a black and white tie dye crop top and the butterfly wings. I will put links to where these can be purchased at the end of this blog post. Aside from the outfit a big part of our look was our hair and make up. These aspects can be seen in more detail in the images below.

We decided to style our hair in very tight ringlets. We used a curling wand to achieve this look and I'm not actually sure on the model of wand we used as it was my sisters and she has it at uni with her, but it is the style of wand where you simply wrap your hair round and hold it in place (you do not have to clamp you hair into the wand itself). We split out hair into about 6 layers in order to achieve a really curly hair style. With the make up, we really wanted it to tie into our outfits and therefore we focused on the colours purple, pink and blue. Below are the products you will need in order to create the make up and face paint look. 

Aside from my usual make up (foundation, powder, bronzer, blusher, highlighter, eyeliner and mascara) above are the products needed. I began by doing my usual make up look and added slightly more highlighter to my cheeks than I normally would in order to make my face sparkly and glowy. I then applied eyeshadow in bright colours from the pallet shown in the third picture. I put pink in the inner corner of my eyelid, blue in the middle and purple in the outer corner and crease and blended all the colours in. I then applied fake eyelashes, we used the Katy Perry colour pop eyelashes in the green shade. We also applied a lipstick in a light pastel purple colour and added a light pink lip gloss over the top.
Moving onto the face paint. As you can see from the first image above we used Snazaroo face paints in the colours pink, purple and light blue. Using the sponges in the fourth picture we applied the face paints in square like shapes all down one side of our face, blending together where necessary. Once the face paint was dry we added a sort of Aztec pattern over the top of the face paint using a black liquid eyeliner. Next we used glitter, as shown in the second picture, and placed this inside the black eyeliner to add sparkle to the look. We did a similar pattern down one of our legs to add a bit of body paint. 

Overall we were really happy with the outcome of the look and I hope you have enjoyed reading how we achieved it. Below are links to the outfit pieces, as we purchased them all online :) ...

Thanks for reading !!

Monday, 3 June 2013

My Two Favourite Moisturisers

There are 2 face creams/ moisturisers which I am loving at the moment. One is a day cream and the other is a night cream, and because I am a student they are relatively cheap to purchase and can be picked up from high street drug stores such as boots or supermarkets. Keep reading to find out which products these are ...

Product 1 : Olay Essentials - Complete Care

I picked this day face cream up from Sainsbury's for around £5. This product is great if you're in a rush in the morning as you only have to wait a few minutes before your face is ready for foundation as it is a thin cream and does not take too long to soak into the skin. Also another bonus of this product is that it has spf 15. This means it is great for the summer to apply underneath your make up, if prehaps your foundation does not already have spf in for added protection from the sun. 

Product 2 : Nivea Daily Essentials - Rich Regenerating Night Cream

Again I picked this cream up from Sainsbury's for around £5. This product differs from the one above as it is a night cream and therefore has a much thicker consistency to the Olay day cream. I love this product as the thick creamy texture really helps to moisturise the skin. I usually apply this product just before I go to bed and the next morning my skin feels very soft.

If you're on a budget and are looking for face creams which leave your skin feeling soft and looking radiant I would recommend these products above!