Monday, 29 June 2015

Blackhead Killer Face Mask

I love face masks! There's just something about putting on a face mask while having a chilled evening that makes me feel so relaxed and content. I was recently given the opportunity to try out the 5-pack Blackhead Killer face mask from Lux Style. I couldn't say no to face masks! 

The first thing that I liked about the face mask was that it was black (just realised this matches quite well with the fact it's a BLACKhead killer too - that was probably obvious!). I don't know, I just think it looks cool? (probably why I decided to take so many pictures and selfies..). Secondly, there is a good amount in each sachet so you could easily get away with using half of a sachet and putting the rest in the fridge for another time. Thirdly, once it dries it literally just peels off so it's a lot easier to remove than other face masks.

As the face mask dries on your face it is supposed to suck out the pimples, blackheads and the oil and bacteria that cause them out of your skin. It also claims to lift away dead skin cells for a refreshed look and lift away red and irritated skin. Wow.. quite a face mask! but does it actually work?...

After removing the face mask my skin felt SO refreshed and smooth which is always nice. I have noticed that the past few days after removing it my skin definitely hasn't been as spotty and I haven't had any major break outs. In fact my skin is probably looking the clearest it has been in a while.. although that could be partly due to good timing? and the fact I definitely haven't been wearing as much makeup lately? There are lots of factors that come into play when it comes to skin so who knows?! All I know is that this definitely did something good to my skin!

What's your favourite face mask?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Avon Makeup Setting Spray

One of my Mum's friends has recently become one of those Avon sales representatives which means every few weeks we get an Avon catalogue delivered. I'd never really tried anything from Avon before but it's super cheap so I thought I would try out a few things. The makeup setting spray appealed to me as I've never actually tried a setting spray product. I always have trouble with staying power when it comes to makeup. Some people can maintain a nice face of makeup all day but unfortunately I am not one of those lucky people. My face just doesn't seem to hold it very well? It either dry's out (dry skin probs) or goes patchy and just looks generally bad.

So did the setting spray help?...

First of all, because it's a spray it obviously adds a bit of instant hydration to the face which is beneficial for my skin. In terms of staying power, I was impressed with how my makeup didn't go as dried out or patchy as it normally does. It definitely didn't stay immaculate all day.. but it did just sort of wear off in a more low maintenance way (normally I have to remove it, moisturise and re-apply). To be honest, the days when I have used this product haven't been very hectic and I'm not sure how well it would work on a hectic and busy, long day out.

This product didn't completely amaze me but it's definitely a helping hand when it comes to makeup maintenance and keeping my skin looking nice throughout the day. I will definitely be trying setting sprays from some different brands just to see how they compare.

Do you use makeup setting spray? What brand do you use?

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sekonda Ladies Temptations Watch

By now you will probably be aware of my love for rose gold. Well who doesn't have a thing for rose gold these days?! In light of my rose gold obsession, I was able to get my hands on a Sekonda ladies temptations, rose gold, two plated, bracelet watch (what a mouthful) from House Of Watches. It actually features a lot of silver as well.. which I love! I'm really loving the whole mixing metals thing when it comes to watches and jewellery. 

The watch is big enough to be quite statement, yet not so big and bling that it looks OTT and can't be worn with certain things. Because It's so pretty, I think it adds such a nice touch and accessory to my usual quite plain outfits. The diamond detailing isn't normally something I would like, but I actually think it works with this and doesn't look tacky like it can do with similar pieces. 

As already mentioned, the watch was from House Of Watches (£42.00 - down from £49.99) which is a great online shop that sell a huge range of designer watches for really great prices. From Gucci to Marc Jacobs to Sekonda (obviously). 

Do you go for high end designer for watches or stick to the cheaper kinds?.. or do you not wear a watch at all? - I try and wear one all the time but quite often I take it off to have a shower and then end up forgetting to put it back on..!

*Gifted item*

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Inks Box

I love beauty boxes and the element of surprise that comes with receiving a box full of goodies when you have no idea what they will be. I was lucky enough to be sent an Inks box from the lovely Sarah who writes the blog Everyday Concepts.

The Inks box that I received was based on three different themes; Fashion, Beauty and Stationary & Crafts. You can purchase a mystery box which features items from the different themes or personalised boxes that are perfect for birthdays and weddings.

The box arrived beautifully packaged with pretty printed tissue paper. I am a sucker for pretty packaging and this definitely catered to that need! As you can see, the box contained an amazing range of products/items - I really wasn't expecting as much as what I got! The box contained bath products, lip balm, makeup, a watermelon candle (which smells amazing) a wellington boot keyring, a photo frame, earrings and various other bits and bobs. Quite an impressive array of things! I really think this would make such a lovely birthday present for someone if you're not sure what to get them OR maybe something just to treat yourself to.

If you're interested in purchasing a box - click here 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

10 Reasons To Start A Blog

Blogging and everything that comes with it is basically my favourite thing ever. 

Here's why...

1. It's a great hobby
I didn't really have a proper hobby before I started blogging but I've finally found something that I enjoy and that I've actually stuck at for a reasonable length of time.

2. It helps to improve skills
Blogging has allowed me to improve on lots of skills and learn new things without even realising e.g. photography, writing, marketing, website design, SEO and just lots of technical stuff that I wouldn't have really been aware of before.

3. It looks good on your CV
Having a blog is something that looks great on your CV (especially for marketing/PR/SEO/Social media jobs) as it demonstrates the skills listed above but also displays your level of dedication and passion. I have come across a lot of bloggers who say that their blog is they have their latest job. Hopefully it will help me when I've finished my degree and am on the job hunt!

4. Making friends
Having a blog allows you to network and come across other likeminded people. I have made a whole bunch of friends since starting this. I would have never found them if it wasn't for my blog!

5. Blogger events
I am yet to actually attend a blogger event and have had to turn a lot down due to difficulty getting to them (not living in London problems).. but I really hope I am able to at some point in the future. Once again, going to events is a great way to socialise, have fun and meet likeminded people.

6. Exciting opportunities
Oh the excitement when a brand you like sends you an email asking you if you want to collaborate with them! Since starting my blog I have had some amazing opportunities and have been able to work with so many different brands such as House of Fraser and Daniel Wellington. 

7. It takes your mind off things
Sometimes when life gets all to much, it's nice to be able to zone out and take some photo's or read through comments.. just to take your mind of the stress of everyday life!

8. It gives you a better excuse to buy makeup/clothes you don't need
Who's with me on this one? You can buy stuff and just be like 'IT'S FOR THE BLOG'. Perfectly acceptable excuse.

9. A platform to share your passion
Sometimes it's difficult to share your passion for something, especially if you don't know anyone who shares your passion! Whether it's beauty, fashion, lifestyle travel etc, a blog gives you a little space on the internet where you can talk about what you love and then network with other people who love it too!

10. The blogging community
I'm aware there is often a bit of shade thrown round the blogging community... buuut on the whole I think it's such a nice little (big) group of people that it's so nice to be a part of.

What's your favourite thing about blogging?

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Celeb Look Playsuit

Outfit posts are back!.. well I say 'outfit posts' but this is literally just a black playsuit. Not exactly a full outfit, but I like it! I thought I would share it with you. 

Since the weather is finally getting a bit warmer * touch wood * it's now actually possible to wear strappy playsuits without having to layer up with a long sleeve top underneath or a jumper on top. It also means it's a whole lot nicer to go outside and take outfit pictures (..partly why it's been so long since I've outfit posted).

The playsuit is from Celeb Look and I think it's a really simple but nice piece. As I always say, I love playsuits since they're just so easy to throw on and they look a bit more dressed up than the standard jeans and a tee. The playsuit has lace trim which I think is really pretty and I love the ruched style of it. I swear it makes it seem a lot more flattering?

Lace Detail Strappy Playsuit | Celeb Look | £14

*Gifted Item*

Saturday, 13 June 2015

IWOOT Mason Jars

I swear drinking out of a mason jar makes any drink (especially water) seem about ten times more fun to drink...just me? 

Anywaaaay, I got my hands on a pack of four mason jar drinking glasses from I Want One Of Those (IWOOT). I've wanted some mason jar glasses for a while as I think they're perfect for smoothies and milkshakes. I've also been trying to drink more water recently so these are definitely great for that. I think it looks so nice if you add chopped fruit, ice and colourful straws as well. Not that it makes a huge difference but hey, life's too short to not drink pretty drinks. 

If you've never heard of IWOOT then it's basically a website that sell unique gifts, cool gadgets and home stuff - all at very inexpensive prices. I really like this website for when I'm struggling to think of birthday present ideas. With fathers day coming up, they have a great range of gift ideas so you should definitely check the website out if you're still not sure what to get your Dad this year! Why are Dad's so difficult to shop for?!

What are you getting your Dad for Fathers Day this year?

*Gifted Item*

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Hong Kong

So if you follow me on Twitter/have read a few of my previous blog posts, you will know that I spent the last week in Hong Kong. It was without a doubt one of the best weeks of my life - Hong Kong is such a beautiful place and I would quite happily live there if I could!

I flew there on my own and then met up with my friend once I arrived. I'm not going to lie, the day before going I really didn't know if I could do it. The prospect of flying on my own and finding my way round 3 different airports (my flight involved two transfers) literally terrified me. Especially considering I had never done anything like that on my own before... but for some reason, as soon as I arrived at the airport to be dropped off, I actually felt fine (and so so excited). I have now come to realise that there is really nothing to be worried about when you're travelling on your own. Airports are surprisingly easy to find your way round and people are always happy to help if you're not sure where to go/what to do. I really don't know why I got myself so worked up about it! 

During the week I pretty much explored the whole of Hong Kong - saw lots of amazing sites, shops, scenery and ate delicious food. I also met some amazing people and made friends which was so so nice and really added to the trip! I took a huge amount of photos but I tried to select some of my favourites just so that this post wasn't too photo heavy! As you can see, the scenery in Hong Kong is absolutely incredible. Everything is so shiny and colourful. England seems so dull and dingy in comparison!

I only got back yesterday but I'm already thinking about where I want to travel to next. Even though this trip was short, it really opened my eyes to how much I want to travel and see the world! Although it may seem like nothing to some, I'm SO glad I did this as I conquered a lot of my fears and realised that I actually can do things that I thought I couldn't do e.g. find my way round and travel on the underground by myself. Yay for independence!

Where do you want to travel to the most?

Thursday, 4 June 2015

A (Very) Lengthy Makeup Revolution Review

I have been trying out a LOT of Makeup Revolution products at the moment so I thought I would attempt to be useful and let you know my thoughts. 

Affirmation Palette

The Affirmation palette contains 32 'Ultra Professional Eyeshadows', all of which are nice neutral shades. I never wear any eyeshadow shade that isn't neutral - I just don't think anything colourful suits me at all. 

The range of shades is amazing. Brown tones, grey tones, cream tones and dark shades, perfect for the outer corner and crease. This has pretty much got every shade I could ever need (they also all have cute names which I like a lot). As always, the shadows are nice and pigmented but I still recommend an eye primer just to make the shades even more vibrant and give them more staying power.

Naked Underneath Palette

The first thing that caught my attention about this was the palette itself. The front of it is all furry with a big faux diamond heart. I do like the furry aspect because it's quite quirky but I definitely think it would probably get quite messy if I left it in my makeup bag! 

The eyeshadow shades are a bit different than what I would normally go for. I mean they're not too crazy but I normally go for very neutral shades and this palette has a few green/blue-y tones to it. I have to say, I've been quite enjoying trying out shades that are a bit different. Neutrals will always be my thing though!

Blush, Bronze & Brighten

This palette is so nice! It has three different products - a bronzer, a very shimmery bronzy/highlighter kind of product, and a blush. Lots of pigmentation and easy to create a strong contour with. The shimmery product is so good for adding that highlight and bronzed holiday glow. It's sort of a cross between a bronzer and a highlighter which I think is good because I've never really come across a product like that before. The blush is a nice natural shade. Not overly Barbie pink which I like. Just a subtle pink that adds a nice pop of colour to a pale face!

Protection Palette

The palette is so versatile. It contains three concealers, an anti shine powder, a contour bronzer, a blush and a contour highlighter. Basically everything you could need for your face bar foundation!

First of all can't comment on the anti shine face powder as I already have dry skin so powder is a big no no for my face! The bronzer is amazing! All you need is a tiny swoosh of your contour brush and there's more than enough for each cheek. I also love how the bronzer is not remotely orangy but more of a natural looking brown. Similarly the blush is a very natural peachy pink shade and is almost as pigmented.  

The highlight powder is less pigmented but I think that's probably a good thing for me as I can go a bit overboard with my highlight! 

When it comes to the concealers, I have only used the lightest one as I have super pale skin. I haven't used the concealer very much as my skin has actually been on my side at the moment..touch wood. The few blemishes that I've used it to cover it has worked really well though. It completely covers them and really doesn't budge all day if you combine with a good primer.

Blush in 'Wow'

The freezing cold winter in England means that my skin is always super pale and I can sometimes look completely washed out. A bit of blush is always needed just to add a pop of colour. This shade is perfect because it adds a nice sheer glow at the same time as brightening up my complexion. When I first used this I didn't realise how little you actually need. The blush is SO pigmented and so a little definitely goes a long way. There's nothing worse than over done blusher really is there?! 

Iconic 2 Palette

The shades are all nice and pigmented. I always use the Makeup Revolution eye primer before applying these shadows which I find makes the colour so vibrant and it really does last all day. I'm not quite sure how well it would last without the primer though?
 It's also not too big so you can easily take it with you if you're going travelling, and the range of 12 shades gives you lots of options. You can create a dramatic dark look or just go natural using the paler shades. 

The One Blush Stick

I've been trying out 'The ONE Blush Stick'* in the shade 'Dream' by Makeup Revolution. I also got mine in the matte version but you can get the none matte version depending on what finish you prefer. It says on the back you can either use them on their own or you can blend them with water for a more sheer effect (I prefer doing this as it looks more natural).

As you can see a little from the picture you get quite a lot of the product in each stick. And since you only need a tiny bit at a time, the product won't be running out any time soon! I love the finish of the blush and the shade 'Dream' is a lovely pale pink so just adds a little pop of rosiness without looking too much/unnatural. I definitely fancy trying a few more different shades out!

Iconic Dreams Palette

This palette is great as all the shades are neutral and so wearable (except for the green-y one which I find a bit to green for me - it would look great on people with green eyes though!). I love the mix of shimmer and non-shimmer shades and they're all super pigmented so it's easy to build up a bold look. I would say this palette is great for a beginner or someone like me who is just getting into wearing eyeshadow a lot. 

And that's everything. Overall I've been impressed with the quality and am definitely on board with the whole blogger Makeup Revolution hype. 

Have you used any MR products?

* Gifted Item *

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Yves Rocher Dry Oil

So this product sounds kind of weird. I mean I had never heard of dry oil before? It turns out it's the most perfect Summer product to give your skin a smooth and shimmery/glowing look. 

As you can see from the picture, the product itself is gold and very very shimmery. Even though it's oil, it's not actually 'oily'. I guess this would explain the 'dry' aspect of the name! It sinks into my skin so nicely and obviously you can apply as much (or as little) as you want - depending on how glowing you want to look. I love to put it down the front of my legs as it essentially contours and makes them look more toned.

I love the way this looks anyway, but I seriously think this would look incredible on tanned skin. The gold shimmers would enhance a tan so nicely! 

Have any of you used a product like this before?