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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Payday Wishlist.

Hello my lovelies :) Today I wanted to take a stab at doing my first wishlist post. They're one of my favorite kinds of posts to read on other peoples blogs, so while I've been looking through a few online stores tonight getting ideas for what to spend my next set of wages on, I thought I might as well put my choices up to see what you think! All opinions welcomed! 

Its going to be a bit of a FeelUnique haul I think... So here goes: 

 (£25)
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. This is some thing that (I'm ashamed to say) I've never actually tried!! Shocking I know. Everyone I know raves on about how good it is, and I've tried the foundation, but never this. I've chosen shade 1.5, as it looks almost the same colour as the foundation I used but a touch lighter. I'm VERY excited for this to arrive!! 

 (£12)
I absolutely adore Nails Inc nail polishes, and I already have a whole collection of colours (I think their nude colour ranges are brilliant). I was tempted by this as I was recently given a gold Barry M foil effect nail polish and I like the smooth even look that it gives. I'm not normally a huge fan of metallic colours on nails as they seem to make my hands look really pale but I actually really love the tone of the foil effect. So when I saw that Nails Inc do one I thought I have to give it a try. And its perfect for the festive season! 

 (£5.29)

When the weather starts getting colder, and the central heating starts going on, I like to stock up on some of my favorite exfoliators to keep my skin soft. This is one of my favorites. I find it great value for money, as it lathers up really well on your skin so you don't need to use much of it, and this size bottle that I get gives you 113g. This lasts me around 2 months if I use it 2 - 3 times a week. Plus the apricot smell reminds me of summer on dark winter nights :) 

 (£5.99)

I meant to do a review on Rimmel's Apocalips range a week or so ago when I first took the plunge and bought myself one. I'm more of a lipstick lover than a lip gloss girl, but when reading other peoples reviews many said it felt thick and creamy to apply, and was really more of a liquid lipstick. That is exactly what it feels like! I bought it in Eclipse last time, which is a deep red colour, but this time I thought i'd go with Nova. It looks like a beautiful bright pink colour with a hint of purple, which is right up my street. I'm very excited for this to come, and once I've tried it, I will do a full review of both colours including photos etc. 

So that's it. My Payday wishlist for the end of October. Don't think my bank balance will be as thrilled about it as I am, but when has that ever stopped me before! Thank you for reading, and as I said, any and all comments are welcome :) 

Love to you all x



Monday, 28 October 2013

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There you go :)

20 Questions...

Hello :) I know this is my second post today, but I promise this one will be a lot less word heavy! 

I got an email from one of my friends this afternoon, saying that she had checked out my blog, and she thinks I need to put a bit more about myself on here, so she gave me a list of questions etc that she wants me to type up and answer. She's thinking about starting a blog herself, and she promises that she will answer the same questions back when it gets up and running! 

So here goes I guess.... 

1. What is the one thing in life that makes you truly happy?

This is a hard one. My other half makes me happy (as boringly soppy as that is) but other than that, all I can think of is family. I'm very lucky and my family make me feel completely relaxed and happy, no matter what dramas are going on in my life. 

2. What beauty product could you simply not live without? 

Clinique make up remover. I wear makeup every day and it's the only thing that gives my skin any chance really! 

3. What is the most important item in your make up bag? 

My mascara. There are some days where I don't bother too much with foundation, but don't feel right without mascara on. 

4. What did you always want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be an English teacher. 

5. What did you enjoy studying at school (if anything) ? 

I loved English lit and Philosophy. That's what I studied at university before I started studying beauty therapy and fashion journalism. Always loved art as well but didn't like being told what to draw. 

6. Lipstick or Lip gloss?

Depends on my mood. Having a HUGE lipstick love right now though. 

7. Bronzer or Blusher 

Bronzer. No matter what shade I try, blusher makes me look like a clown. 

8. What is your favorite piece of jewelry? 

My engagement ring :) and the ring my nan left me when she died. It's beautiful.

9. Heels or Flats?

I prefer wearing heels. I think heels can make an outfit. 

10. Dresses or Skirts?

Dresses. I think I only own about 3 or 4 skirts, but I live in dresses. 

11. What is your favorite book? 

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde 

12. Where would you most like to go on holiday?

Always wanted to go to Rome. Or New York (although that would be financially dangerous for me).

13. What is your guilty pleasure? 

Eating too much rocky road cheese cake while listening to bad 80's music!! 

14. Got any hobbies? 

You mean other than blogging? I like to paint :)

15. Who is your favorite singer/band?

That is an impossible question!!! It depends on my mood, and there are so many new bands coming out all the time. But my one true favorite has to be the Rolling Stones. 

16. What is your favorite colour? 

Purple.

17. What is your best memory? 

I can't pick just one! Both of my big sisters wedding days! 

18. Who are you closest to in the world? 

I'm closer to my other half than I am to pretty much anyone. Only my two sisters and my best friend Hayley that could match it! 

19. Bold colours or Sultry darks? 

Give me bold and bright all year round.

20. Describe yourself in one word......

Indecisive ;) 


Well there we go! There's a bit more about me for all you amazing people to know. If my lovely friend ever gets round to starting her beauty blog I shall let you know, and in the mean time, thank you for reading!

Love to you all x


Reviews.... :)

Hello everyone!

Even though I think I completely missed the whole of the storm that hit the UK last night, and have woken up to beautiful sunshine, it's still a bit cold outside, and as I have the day free to do nothing, I feel like its going to be a blogging kind of day. 

On Saturday night, I posted a pic on twitter about what makeup I used to get ready for a night out, and today I'm going to do a quick review of all the products for you. As the pic was taken on my iPad, for some reason it's not letting me upload it here...?! Will consult my techy other half and see if I can sort this out later! 

Ok, firstly, we will start with concealer. I'm not normally a fan of concealer. I think it can leave my face looking too caked with makeup, and I could never seem to get a natural coverage whenever I used it, and believe me I tried LOADS of different ones. Then I found this....

I't a smooth and creamy liquid concealer, which contains tea tree oil to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. It's the only one I've ever tried that gives me a natural looking even coverage for me to apply my foundation on top of. I use the medium shade, and only apply under my eyes, and where needed. It's great for covering annoying spots, as it treats while it hides! Amazing. 

I bought mine from this little boutique shop I LOVE in Doncaster, near where I live, and I paid around £2.99 for it. I'm not sure that you can buy it in shops anymore, but I've seen it on amazon and ebay ranging from 99p to £3.99. So it's pretty cheap, and it really works.

Next, I'll move on to foundation. I like to try different foundations all the time, and I am definitely a sucker for marketing. Whenever I see the big headlines and the word "new" slapped across the screen, I fall in love and must have it! I know, I'm naive. At the moment I'm using Revlon Beyond Natural, which is a skin colour matching foundations. I've never had much luck with these in the past, and I've always thought they come out as a generic beige colour, but this one really does blend into my skin tone, and gives it a healthy shine too. It looks white when you squeeze it out, and stays white until you start rubbing it in. Then it blends (seamlessly for me) into your natural skin tone. I also use the medium shade of this, and picked it up from that same shop in Doncaster, but that was quite a while ago. As I mentioned, I like to try a lot of new products, so they tend to last me ages. I paid around £4.99. 

Two of the products I used I have already reviewed back when I did my MUA haul, and they are the pressed face powder and the black eyeliner with hints of glitter in. I won't go into too much details about these, as you can always just scroll down and check out my review, but I will say that I am getting along with these products nicely, especially the powder (which I don't normally use, but a brush of it on my nose seems to hugely improve the whole look of my face. Magic huh!?) and since that haul, I have purchased quite a few other bits for my collection!

Right, next to review will be both my Burt's Bee's lip balm with pomegranate oil and my Calvin Klein lipstick in Ethereal. As lip balms go, its the best I've ever tried. It has a slight hint of colour to it, so it can be worn on its own, but I find that when worn underneath a lipstick, it keeps your lips hydrated and stops the appearance of nasty looking cracks. Plus it smells gorgeous. It was a present from when my sister went to America, but I think over here it only costs a few pound if you look around online. My CK lipstick was a birthday present I received back in June. I guess it is more of a summery colour, but I'm not a lover of the whole A/W dark lip shades. I'll take nudes and light pinks any day. The lipstick isn't very hydrating for your lips, hence why I use lip balm first, and If I'm completely honest, It doesn't stay on for very long either. You will need to top up the colour after an hour or two, but the colour you do get, for me, makes it worth it. It has a lovely clean finish, and  for lack of a better word, looks really.... pretty.

Lastly then, we have my beloved Clinique High Lengths mascara and my Eyeko Skinny Mini liquid eyeliner, both in black. As anyone who's read my blog before knows, I love Clinique. Whatever I've tried by them, I've loved, and I don't think my life would be complete without their mascara and make up remover. I paid around around £20 for this mascara back in July, although I think the prices have gone down a touch now. The curved plastic applicator is amazing. You don't get a single clump. I have quite long eyelashes anyway, this just adds to them, gives them an amazing depth of colour, glides on perfectly and because you don't need to use much to get a dramatic look, it lasts ages!! So although it is quite expensive, it's totally worth it. My fave item in my makeup bag! 
The Eyeko eyeliner was something I first tried when I got one as a free gift in a magazine. I'd never really tried liquid eyeliner before, but found it easy to use, and it stays on for ages without smudging. When mine ran out, I did buy another one for around £8. I have to admit it's something I don't use very often, but as liquid eyeliner goes, its probably the only one I'd choose. It's so simple to use that I would recommend it to anyone who wants to start using liquid eyeliner for the first time, as the fact that it comes in a thick-ish pen style applicator means you don't have to worry about little tiny brushes or shakey hands. 

Wow, sorry I've waffled on so much in this post. Just feels like a day for reviewing and I guess I got a bit carried away. Will post something a bit less word heavy next time! 

Before I go, I just want to leave you with my reviews for everything waffled on about above....

W7 Tea Tree Liquid Concealer:  4 stars! 

Revlon Beyond Natural Colour Match Foundation:  4 Stars!

Burt's Bees Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil:  3.5 Stars

CK Lipstick in Ethereal:  3 Stars

Clinique High Lengths Mascara:  (kinda obviously....) 5 Stars!!! 

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner:  3 Stars

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this, and any comments would be hugely appreciated! 

Love to you all x












Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I'm Back!!

Hello again!

Firstly, I want to start by saying sorry for my recent absence. I've moved house, and have been stuck without the internet for a while now, but I am back up and online, ready to go! Although I still haven't managed to get my hands on a new camera, and feel totally lost without one, so sorry also for the lack of photos. Am trying to buy a new one asap but can't seem to swing the idea by the other half.

Right, so today, I am going to be attempting to do my first hair care related post....

For such a beauty addict, I have to admit something. Please don't judge me... I'm not a huge fan of using hair products. My hair care routine is normally limited to John Frieda colour care shampoo and conditioner, and heat protection spray. That is it. I rarely use hair spray or any kind of hair mask treatments because I never really have a lot of problems with my hair, so I've honestly never seen the point. But recently, I think it's because I've been a bit run down. my hair started to feel a bit dry, so I decided (after reading a lot of hair care blog posts) to try this......



At first, I was worried about it making my hair greasy. Call me naive, but something just didn't seem right to me about putting oil in my hair just after I'd washed it, but I gave it a shot. I bought mine from feelunique.com for £22.95, so it was a tad more than I'd normally pay for something like this, but I couldn't argue with the reviews I'd read.

Now for my verdict. I may be converted.

As much as the price was a bit of a stretch for me to be ok with (I mean prices like that are normally reserved for my old faithful beauty and make up staples) you only need the tiniest amounts for it to be effective, so it will last a long time.

After the first use, I couldn't tell much of a difference. I mean my hair was a bit shinier, and it smells lovely, but the ends still felt dry and unconditioned. I persevered, and now I'm really glad I did. After 3 - 4 used, my hair feels like I've been to a salon every time I use it. I'ts shiny and soft, in MUCH better condition, and it doesn't make hair feel heavy or greasy as long as you don't use too much. I have quite long hair (about 5 inches past my shoulders) and I only use 1 - 2 pumps of it, and never apply anywhere near the roots.

I have to say I do like Redken, and have used their products before which is why I went for this brand, but I know you can buy essentially the same kind of product elsewhere quite cheap. I was talking to a friend about it the other day and she uses a brand of argan oil that she picked up in superdrug for around £3 -£4 which might be worth a try. I may try that another time and do a comparison for you, or if any of you have used other cheaper brands and have loved or hated them, let me know!

It isn't something, however, that I think I would use all the time. Unless the weather is really hot or really cold, or unless I'm getting run down, my hair is usually in pretty good condition without using it, but from now on, I am going to make sure I have some in at all times for those days when your hair just looks like it needs a touch of TLC.

Time now for my rating!

Redken all soft argan-6 oil = 4 stars!!

Here is a link to where I bought mine from:   http://www.feelunique.com/p/Redken-All-Soft-Argan-6-Oil


I have to say, it feels good to be back and blogging, and this time without the internet was depressing, but now I'm back, will try to post a few times a week from now on. I promise :)

Love to you all x