Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Guest Post - Foundation to match your skin tone

Today I have a guest post about matching your skin tone with your foundation. The lovely Amy has contributed this piece. Hope you all enjoy!

Foundation to Match Your Skin Tone

Selecting a foundation that will meet your specific needs is easier said than done. There are so many sources that point out the best brands of foundation, and yet they fail to educate how to pick
the right one that will specifically match the wearer. What you need to achieve with choosing the right
foundation, is that you will end up having a great look, and a make up that is long lasting.

Before anything else, you need to know what your skin type is. If you have oily skin, select a foundation
that is oil-free. Those that have a matte or powder finish should be perfect. Dry skin would need a
foundation that also has some moisturizing capabilities. A creamy foundation would not give them
that infamous caked face. Those with combination skin should look for those foundations that have
moisturizers that is, at the same time, oil free. People with sensitive skin need to select a makeup that is
especially made for such. Labels that say oil-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and allergy-tested
would be perfect.

With the varied shades of foundation available, many people are overwhelmed in choosing the one
that is perfect for them. The key with a good foundation is that it should easily blend well with the face.
Typical brands of makeup group their tones into “ivory, “beige”, and “natural”. The first thing that you
need to do is to pick among these major categories where your skin tone belongs. Under each category,
there are a few more shades that you will have to pick from. Use your neck or the underside of your face
to determine the one that is right for you. Dab a small amount of the foundation in this area and blend it
in. If you are unable to tell where you applied it, then you have found the right one for you.

Apart from the above factors, you also should take into consideration the place and climate that you
re currently in. If you are always outdoors, buy a foundation that with SPF. It will also help if you buy
something that is waterproof or sweat-proof. This way, you do not have to worry about it running off
your face and ruining your makeup.

Those that live in a very cold environment are bound to experience some amount of skin dryness. A
foundation that also has moisturizing capabilities should keep dry skin at bay. However, if you already
have oily skin, stick to something that is oil-free and yet still has some amount of moisturizer in it.

Finally, decide on the kind of finish that you are going for. Sheer or natural finish requires very little
foundation and is best for those who are not a makeup person, as well as those who are blessed with
smooth, clear, and even skin. Requiring a thicker consistency than sheer finish, medium coverage should
be enough to hide blemishes, discolorations, and uneven skin tone. The matte finish is perfect for those
with oily skin since it controls oily shine and breakthrough shine later in the day. Then there is the powder finish. This is the most versatile finish as it can be used virtually be anyone. If you have dry skin,
make sure that you apply a good moisturizer first.

Amy C. is a beauty and fashion blogger. She typically writes about clothes selection and makeup
application. When she is not giving style tips, she works on the office administration and blogging
activities of DMac Industries, a b deck and steel deck fabrication company. Stay tuned for more fashion
tips on her next post.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

GFC No More!

So as of 1st March 2012, there will be no Google Friend Connect which means that most people will be unable to use it or see feeds on their updates. I'm a bit unsure as to who will or will not be able to use this but just in case I wanted to remind you all about the alternatives for keeping up with my blog :-)

Twitter

It's easier to keep in touch for some things via Twitter and always nice to have a little chin-wag with a few people so say hello - I don't bite!



Facebook

I'm a bit unloved on my Facebook page at the moment so a little love wouldn't go a-miss but it's easy to keep an eye on up to date posts!


Hellocotton 

Last but not least, we have Hellocotton. Hellocotton is getting more and more attention now, what with GFC disappearing and it's so simple and easy to use! I love the way it has a newsfeed so I can nosey at my favourite blogs as well as people receive my posts obviously ;-) It's great to categorise all the posts too and a great way to find new ones. I love it and it's so much easier to work than bloglovin, and actually GFC! It's free and simple to sign up, and you don't even need a blog yourself so I'd appreciate some more love on there!



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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sunday rant

Yes I am messy - face wipes on show! 
Thought I'd do a bit of a rambley post today about a bit of all sorts..

1. I just thought I'd show you a little outfit of the night from Friday. I can't really do these posts properly yet as I'm awaiting on a tripod to help me out with taking photos so the angle is quite annoying!
My blazer is from Miss Selfridge but is years old. You can't see much of my top but it's from Miss Selfridge also, from Christmas as a gift! My jeans are the most amazing thing ever, although they don't show up on camera very well. They're from Topshop and are a glittery maroon/purple kind of colour and way too tight so breathing in is a must! I accompanied the outfit with black stilettos, although I couldn't get them to show up on my dark carpet and camera!

2. I've had a shopping day and stopped by Boots and got a little bit frustrated..I'm unsure about anyone else with this problem but I'm going through a "rough patch" with my skin. I don't know what's wrong as such but it's overly dry and seems to be spreading. I've had dry skin for a while but it was just my face and wasn't as noticeable, but now it's quite annoying so I went on a spree buying tons of dry skin products, such as e45 cream and sensitive/dry skin day cream. In the past I've used other products such as Clinique 3 step skincare for dry skin but felt it's done absolutely nothing to help. Same to be said for certain foundation and make-up in general. I understand they have to cater for many different types of skincare but I hope someone out there can give me and help and advice for ultra dry skin (scalp included!). In the meantime I'll try my new products and hope I don't have to change my whole skincare and make-up collection! Rant over but if anyone has any tips on this please let me know!

3. Hope you've all had a great weekend. I'm trying to fill my time wisely at the moment as my boyfriend has just gone to Kenya for 6 weeks with the RAF so it gives me a lot of time free for other things (blogging and shopping!) On another note, has anybody any requests for new posts?

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Nails Of The Day


Friday, hooray! Friday nails are this gorgeous pink colour from Tesco All About Nails in shade 101 (i think! it doesn't list much on the packaging) It was only 99p too! Bargain, plain and simple!

What are your plans for this weekend, anything exciting??








Thursday, 23 February 2012

FOTD



First FOTD post! Now I know the picture isn't great and is ultra blurry but my camera isn't being nice at the moment :( You get the idea anyway, here's what I'm wearing today.

Foundation: 
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Ivory 

Highlighter: 
Technic High Lights *as reviewed in my older posts* 

Concealer: 
Elf Tone Correcting Concealer in shade Ivory 

Mascara:
Maybelline "The Falsies"Volume Express 

Blusher:
Elf Natural Radiance blusher in shade "shy"
Blink + Go palette blusher.

Powder:
Elf Pressed Powder 

Lips: 
Lypsyl Watermelon
Barry M Lipstick Shade 140.

I don't wear much make-up to work so this is perfect for me. I prefer to wear more eye makeup in the evening and weekend and fill in my eyebrows more. Hope you've all had a great day! Nearly weekend, finally, what a long week it's been! 







Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Treacle Moon Treats! *


 "I think this must be love...she smiled at her secret, put the letter in an envelope and enclosed a daisy chain from the meadow where she sat"
I love TreacleMoon's quotes on the front of their products! It always cheers me up plus I love to read anything when I'm in the bath/shower.
I received a lovely email from Clare @ TreacleMoon asking if I'd like to try some of their products and being into sweet smells of any sort, I decided I'd love to try out the Raspberry Kiss products. I have a few of their other products but my local Tesco doesn't stock this range, so I jumped at the chance to try them! I hadn't heard of the brand except walking past it in Tesco and loving the look and smell of them, so off they went into my basket..I'm very happy with the range, although more scents wouldn't go a-miss! I was very happy with what was sent and I recommend you all to try some of their range. I'll go through the Raspberry Kiss products I have and tell you my thoughts...


Raspberry Kiss Shower Wash -

Firstly, I just want to say how amazing the scent is. If you like sweet stuff and scents such as Lush Snow Fairy, then I'm pretty sure you'll love this too! The shower wash exceeded my expectations. It didn't look like much different to the bath and shower gel except in a different texture. Once you squeeze the tube it's a mix of a scrub and a body/shower wash. The scrub bits were quite big, which I love because it means you really feel it and it exfoliates the dead skin better in my opinion! It is definitely something I will be re-purchasing for those reasons and the fact it's only £1.99 on the TreacleMoon website!

Raspberry Kiss Bath and Shower Gel -


I've used the other different scents of the TreacleMoon so I knew what to expect with this product. Personally I love using it to create lots of bubbles and smell amazing. Straight out of the packaging this smells very raspberry however, when I put it in the bath and it creates the bubbles I do think it smells a bit like the Lush Snow Fairy but maybe that's just me! It's also a great medium consistancy quite thick, which I prefer as it stays on my skin longer.




Raspberry Kiss Body Butter -

I was looking forward to trying this the most as it is rare I use body butter, mainly due to laziness and I have quite a lot of the Body Shop Body Butters at the moment still yet to use up! The texture is very creamy and a good thing is it wasn't sticky. The scent lasts for ages which I love, obviously not great if you're not a raspberry scent fan! I probably wouldn't buy the body butter again, at least for a while but I do love the Body Shop ones quite a lot although there is a big difference in price!

If you like the look of them , you can buy them all here! Or alternatively they are stocked in Tesco! Have you tried TreacleMoon range, which is your favourite??


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Big Skincare Mystery


I received a few samples of the big skincare mystery and was a little confused at first. I used it purely as a cleanser to find out that it is a 2 in 1 mask too, so second time round I used as a mask so here are my thoughts on the secret 'big skincare mystery', soon to be revealed on 1st March! I think I have a good idea what it is though and if my feelings are correct, I can definitely see why they've done it and it's great marketing as it isn't a brand I'd normally choose for a face wash.

Overall I think it's good, but then again it doesn't feel any different to any other cleanser such as Garnier, The Body Shop etc. I love the idea of the 2-in-1 as sometimes I'm lazy and like to leave something on for a while, while I do something else plus it saves money - although they haven't stated pricing etc as of yet. I wouldn't say it particularly smells of anything, maybe I've missed the point of this but I do like a nice smelling cleanser, especially to start the day! It made my skin a bit brighter and I would definitely purchase it once it's released.

What's everyone's thoughts on this, have you tried it? Any ideas of what it could be?

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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Happy Friday everyone!




Just a quick post, hope everyone's had a great Friday! Having a few blogger problems and layout been deleted etc so will be doing a new one over the weekend! On a happier note, yay, weekend has begun and its LFW for those interested! How are you all spending your weekend?


Hair care for soft, shiny hair!


I think the picture and title gives it away but I just wanted to express my love for Herbal Essences when it comes to their range and scents. I can't use their products all the time unfortunately as I have a very dry, itchy scalp most of the time. That and having coloured hair means I alternate between several shampoos but I found this treatment in Superdrug and found it pretty amazing. 

It's supposed to be a weekly treatment and is for use all over from root to tip. The directions for use are:
Lavish me from root to tip...Leave me luxuriating for up to 5 minutes, then rinse me away! 
To enjoy your colour vibrant look, let me spark you for at least once a week. 

After I use it I tend to get softer locks than normal, however I cannot comment about the shiny part. Unfortunately, it may just be me, but due to having blonde coloured hair I find that I can never quite get the shiny locks that we all desire. I've searched around, tried several products but I'm still yet to find something! 
It is great as a "treat" and for the price (currently £1.95 in Superdrug). 

So get yourself a bargain and see what miracles it does for your hair!



Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Beauty Tag


1) HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU WASH YOUR FACE A DAY?
Twice a day – morning and evening

2) WHAT SKIN TYPE DO YOU HAVE? NORMAL/COMBO/OILY
I have dry/normal. Sometimes an oily t-zone too!

3) WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FACIAL WASH?
The Body Shop Passion fruit wash.

4) DO YOU EXFOILATE? FACE/BODY?
Yep, I expfoliate both, face not as often (oopsy) although a few times a week is best when I remember!

5) WHAT BRAND DO YOU USE? EXFOILATER?
I have various although quite a few Body Shop ones again.

6) WHAT MOISTURIZER DO YOU USE?
FACE: Clinique Dramatically Different moisturising lotion. 
BODY: More Body Shop products haha.. at the moment it's Shea body butter..

7) DO YOU HAVE FRECKLES? FACE/BODY?
I have a few on my nose area but they're quite faint! 

8) DO YOU USE EYE CREAM?
I have lately (in a recent Glossybox) been trying out Bionova Eye Wrinkle Treatment

9) DID OR DO YOU HAVE ACNE PRONE SKIN?
Not particularly, I'm lucky when it comes to break outs and acne. But never say never!

10) WHAT FOUNDATION?
At the moment I'm alternating between Rimmel Wake Me Up and Bourjois Healthy Mix.

11) WHAT CONCEALER?
Elf Tone Correcting Concealer.

12) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF FAKE EYELASHES?
I like them when they're "natural" looking. Although I cannot put them on myself!

13) DID YOU KNOW YOUR SUPPOSE TO CHANGE YOUR MASCARA EVERY THREE MONTHS?
Yes although I kind of admittedly wait until they dry out.

14) WHAT TYPE OF MASCARA DO YOU USE?
Maybelline "The Falsies". I have such short lashes that I try and find whatever works. It's working so far and I love the curved brush.

15) WHAT MAKE UP TOOLS DO YOU USE WHEN APPLYING MAKE UP
Fingers, Brushes, Eye Lash Curlers..ermm think that's it? 

16) DO YOU USE MAKE UP BASE PRIMER FOR THE EYES OR FACE?
I've only just started to "dabble" with primer. I've recently started using the Murad skin primer although I find it doesn't make a difference to the make up lasting on my face. As for eyes though, I use the Elf primer which does the job!

17) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EYESHADOW COLOR OR SHADE?
I'm not one for Eyeshadow as I can never quite get it right but I'd go for neutral shades such as beiges and browns.

18) DO YOU USE PENCIL OR LIQUID EYELINER?
Hmm it varies depending on the colour and occasion but both!

19) HOW OFTEN DO YOU POKE YOUR EYES WITH AN EYELINER PENCIL?
Erm not that often I don't think - ouch.

20) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PIGMENT EYESHADOWS?
Pigmented or as in a brand? Either way, I explained above..

21) DO YOU USE MINERAL MAKE UP?
Rarely, I find it is too minimal, even for me!

22) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LIPSTICK? LIPGLOSS?
Barry M Lipstick in shade 140. I rarely wear lipgloss but I've used the Cargo one a few times and have been quite impressed. It's rare I find a non-sticky one.

22) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BLUSH?
I like 2 elf ones actually, the studio blush and natural radiance. Both pretty good. You can't go wrong with Bourjois little round blush though.

23) DO YOU BUY YOUR MAKE UP ON EBAY?
I have in the past yes!

24
) DO YOU LIKE DRUGSTORE MAKE UP?
Yep.

25) ARE YOU CLUMSY PUTTING ON MAKE UP?
Not usually, unless it's liquid mascara.

26) NAME A MAKE UP CRIME THAT YOU HATE?
Thick, spider lashes
Foundation line of death around the face (sure you all know what I mean)

27) DO YOU LIKE COLORFUL SHADES OF MAKE UP EYESHADOW, LIPSTICK OR NEUTRAL ONES?
Not for me to wear personally, although I am a fan of wearing bright pink lipstick. That's as far as it goes!

28) IF YOU COULD LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH ONE MAKE UP ITEM WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Foundation, it makes me feel like I have a mask on even though my skin isn't even bad.

29) WOULD YOU LIVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKE UP ON?
I do a lot, although I prefer to have it on for confidence.

30) DO YOU THINK YOU LOOK GOOD WITHOUT MAKE UP ON?
I prefer to have make up on but I don't feel have to wear it. :-) every woman is beautiful without make up! It's just to accentuate your features that you already have!

I tag all of you to do this post :-) Hope you all had a great Valentines Day!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Technic High Lights!


Today I decided to review something that is very new to me, both the product and the brand really. I know that Technic is quite a lower end brand price range so I was dubious when I heard this was a supposed “dupe” to the Benefit high beam highlighter. Now, I’ve never actually tried a highlighter so can’t even compare it to the Benefit but I imagine that Benefit would be better (supposedly?) I had to read the instructions and do a bit of research how to make it work better to your skin and shadows etc but found it worked better on my high cheek bone for me.

The consistency is creamy, kind of a water based liquid which was easy to blend however a few times I went a bit o.t.t and it went all over my face - oops! I still don’t think it’s something I’d use as I’ve coped without it for 21 years but maybe the Benefit High Beam might change my mind! As for the technic one, for the price £1.99 in Bodycare, it’s perfect for the price however I am unsure on my views at the moment.

Has anybody any ideas how I could give this another shot in a way I haven’t tried, or even another highlighter?

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation


As most beauty girls do, I panicked when I realised yesterday that I forgot foundation when I was staying over at my boyfriends. Stopping in the nearest Superdrug, I decided to get something reasonably cheap as I have others at home and just needed one for going out last night as I wasn't home. I'd seen that Rimmel had lauched a new foundation recently so decided to give it a try. I tried a sample from a magazine a few days ago and liked it, although the shade was so dark I had the nasty foundation death line. (Sure you all know what I mean!) The bottle has a bright orange lid which stands out. I wasn't overly impressed by the shades. As I'm pretty pale, I went for the lightest and noticed ivory was the lightest shade. I thought I'd try it anyway, it blended ok and for the majority it's been fine but I would ideally have liked one shade lower, but hey that's just being picky.

Anyway, it seems quite a light coverage which is great for me, with a nice scent as well that's a bonus! I've still not found that perfect foundation for me with my ultra pale skin but for now I'll keep looking! Has anybody else tried this? Any tips on the best foundation for pale, dry/normal skin?

Edit: I've had this now quite a few weeks so have a few more thoughts on it. I've compared it to the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and decided I prefer that! Even though I was unsure on the shades, when I've compared it to the Bourjois Healthy Mix, I felt that shade was more orange. I think I need to buy the shade lower definitely next time, but as for the Wake Me Up, it was great at first but then my t-zone went very oily and my face looked very "fake" and orange. I'm unsure what's happened but as for the sparkles everybody has mentioned in this foundation I'm yet to see it! 

Would I re-purchase?


Probably not, I was so excited and loved my sample but with my skin tone and texture being quite off at the moment I will go back to my Bourjois Healthy Mix!


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Hair Favourites



So I thought I'd do a post on my hair. Without it we'd all be bald and look totally different so I like to try and keep my mane in tame (lolz). I have a few new products I've been trying out lately and some that aren't so new.
I'll jump straight in as there is quite a few:

Batiste Dry Shampoo - We all know what this is. Some people love it, some people hate it. That's life but personally it has helped me out in many situations. I used to have an awful habit of washing my hair once, sometimes even twice a day! Now that my hair is quite long that's an absolute pain, so this gets me into a routine of washing every 2 or 3 days using this in between! I go through about only 2 of these bottles a month (is that normal?!) but for the price I love it. Also, people complain about the "grey" colour, I can see the problem but with me having lighter hair, it brushes out easily.

Angel Fish Straightening Mist - I'm sure a lot of you are like what is this?! It is a cheap and cheerful (and gorgeous smelling) that I use before straightening or waving to make it smell coconut-ty fresh and protect it! I haven't seen much of it lately so going to have to find another alternative soon!

Charles Worthington Time Defy Body Revive Leave in conditioner - Long name... Anyways, this is great for after shampooing, rinsing everything out and removing excess moisture. It gets quite "foamy" and can be a bit dangerous to use if you use too much, I've found it can make your hair too greasy if you use too much.

Clairol Professional Sleek Down Gloss Cream - Now Clairol isn't a brand that's around much anymore, if at all? But I've had this soo long and it's lasted me all that time. You only need the tiniest amount and it does all my hair (just past my chest length). I use this after I've straightened, or even curled my hair and it gives it a little shine and makes it feel silky smooth.

Avon Naturals Shine Drops - Like the above, I use this after using styling tools and using only on the ends to give added shine and smooth out and fly-aways. This can look a bit scary at first as it has quite a bit of glitter in it, but you can't actually see that in your hair so it's all good!

Moroccan Oil - The incredibly hyped Moroccan oil that I spell wrong every time. Don't get me wrong, I love this stuff but it's so pricy. I've seen a few alternatives lately on the market that I'm keen to try but for now, this is great and makes my hair feel a lot healthier. I hate using products styling etc but with having coloured hair every month, I need something to make it feel not as harsh on my hair.

Schwartzkopf Pro Styling Heat Protectant - As the title suggests, it's a heat protectant and does the job. Need to update my heat protectant once this runs out! These type of products last me forever as I don't use much of them or else my hair gets incredibly greasy :(

What are your favourite hair favourites, any recommendations I should try, especially for coloured hair?

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser


Now I'm sure this has been raved about but as I wanted to find an alternative to the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser  and had a No7 voucher to use up which I normally throw in the bin (silly me!) but saw this and thought it's worth a try. The normal price is £10 but with my voucher I thought it was a bargain at £5 for a 200ml.

It is a thick, creamy texture that looks similar to the Liz Earle one as I've seen, except I haven't actually tried that so can't compare! It comes with one muslin cloth which isn't the best, quite thin and easily gets dirty obviously, although I am told you can buy it separately.

How to use as it says on the back of the packaging:

Close your eyes, using your fingertips, gently massage over dry skin in upward circular motions.  Run the muslin cloth under comfortably hot water, wring out the excess and place cloth over your face and relax whilst the hot cloth gently opens your pores.  Then, using  the cloth, lightly polish off the cleanser in circular motions, to remove any impurities.  To finish; splash your face with cold water, to close your pores, and pat dry.     

Personally I feel that after using, my skin feels a lot cleaner, brighter and I feel very refreshed. My skin is quite dry mostly so I don't like to use harsh chemicals as it makes it worse but this is fine for my skin type and I prefer to take my make up off first before using this as it can sting your eyes a little! If you have a No7 voucher, I'd definitely recommend it but otherwise you can buy it here!

Have you tried this or the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, let me know your thoughts or any others I should try! :-)




Friday, 3 February 2012

Glitter Babes



Quick post. Anybody tried the H&M Confetti Kisses? Did something a little different with my nails today. :-) What do you all think?

Used a Nails Inc base coat in Basil Street but can't photograph as unfortunately my camera has now died?! :-(
Then on one half used the Confetti Kisses. Simple and easy to do! I love it!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Crest 3D White!


Do I wish I had a Hollywood smile? Of course, it's not as easily achieved with a toothbrush and "teeth whitening" toothpastes so I decided to take the matters into my own hands! Since professional teeth whitening is SO expensive, I thought I needed another option. I had a look round numerous different websites and finally decided after countless reading that Crest whitening strips were the way forward. They are highly raved about in the States but becoming a little more common over here.

So I looked around Ebay and found a seller doing 14 days worth of teeth whitening strips for £11.99 so I thought why not, I'm now in day 5 and I can see a difference already. I've seen the 2 hour advanced strips which are of course a lot harsher on your teeth, but I will try them another time. They're so simple to use, you just basically peel off the strip and stick it on your teeth for about 5 minutes (I've left it for longer and it's been fine!). I will keep you updated, but if you're sick of your usual routine and want a new thing to try, I'd definitely recommend it. It's made my teeth a little sensitive but it's nothing that straws and Sensodyne toothpaste can't sort out!

Have you ever tried the strips, especially the 2 hour express? Try them here: