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Friday, April 29, 2016

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Foundation For Oily Skin Review

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Foundation For Oily Skin Review
Friday, April 29, 2016
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I think I am in love! Not that I need anymore foundations as I think 30+ is enough but how could I resist the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Foundation?! I have wanted this foundation for the longest time and I finally picked it up. The packaging I love, I am really loving foundations in squeezy tubes at the moment as I find I can use every last drop whereas a pump doesn't let you do that. I went for the shade Rose Ivory which is the perfect match to my MAC NW20 skin. 

The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Foundation is one of the two newer additions as Laura Mercier used to only have one Silk Creme Foundation but now they have the oil free and the moisturising one. As I have oily skin most of the time (it can sometimes be combination) I usually go for oil free foundations. When I did my research, I read many reviews of this product and found it to be hit and miss with oily skin. Personally I find as long as you use a good primer, powder and setting spray most foundations will work well if they are oil free. 

Laura Mercier describe this foundation to wear for 12 hours with a full coverage matte finish. When I first squeezed a small amount out of the tube I expected it to be alot thicker in consistency but it was very light. Laura Mercier advise to apply this with a sponge but I find it applies best with either a buffer brush or a flat top kabuki brush. I personally love applying it with my Nanshy Face Brush. One layer all over the face creates a medium coverage I would say but it is easily buildable. Once I have built it up to the full coverage I desire surprisingly it didn't feel cakey and still looked very natural. 

When I looked in the mirror I couldn't believe how flawless my skin looked! It is definitely my favourite base for how it looks. After reading mixed reviews I wasn't sure how well it would last throughout the day but it didn't pretty well! I found after 6 hours I had slight shine on the corners of my nose. I applied a small amount of powder just to those area's and 9 hours later my face still looked flawless! 

Overall I am in love with this base and will definitely be buying it again. If you are looking for a high coverage, lightweight, flawless base this is for you! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Good Side of Working With PR & How It Helps Your Blog | Blog Tips

The Good Side of Working With PR & How It Helps Your Blog | Blog Tips
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Tips for Bloggers Working with PR Firms and Brands, Blog Tips For Making Money

When brands contact me to work with them i am always amazed and happy. When i started EmmysBeautyCave I did it as a hobby for me to fill up time whilst I have been off work long term due to my operations. I had been blogging 6 months when I got my first PR email and it was so exciting. I have now been blogging 21 months and have learnt alot from working with PR firms and Brands. As with anything there are definitely good and bad points to working with brands and PR firms. I am doing a two part post including the Good and the Bad Sides of working with PR.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Right?

We should all be proud of our blogs, when PR companies contact you it is kind of like a pat on the back as someone is appreciating the work you do. I have worked with small and large brands and I always treat them the same. It shouldn't matter how large or well known a brand is. PR work/Collaborations come in all kinds of forms from reviewing products to writing sponsored posts. Once a brand has contacted you make sure to keep a good conversation, keep up with timescales agreed as alot of the time the brand will come back again and work with you. 

I can usually tell from a PR email whether I need to be chatty or more formal, keep it professional but on a friendly note. Ask them how they are or how the weekend went. Don't always keep it just about blogging. You can make some great contacts through blogging which can lead to other opportunities. 

How They Can Benefit You

1. Promotion | Every time you talk to a brand/pr you are promoting your blog. Every bit of promotion is in your favour. Remember to be yourself and show your personality.
2. Media Kit | I only recently made my Media Kit but it is worth it. I usually pick the top 6-10 brands I have worked with and put them in my kit. It shows new pr/brands that you have worked with others and it has gone well. 
3. Contacts | Keep note of all of the PR Firms and Brands you have worked with so you can always contact them in the future to see if they would like to work with you again. 
4. Followers | This isn't the biggest thing for me as I blog as a hobby so don't have official targets etc but when working with brands make sure to tag them on Social Media as they may retweet or tweet about your post which will bring more readers/followers to your blog and social media.

Making Money

For me not one I focus on too much, like I said my blog is a hobby not a job for me. Sometimes brands may contact you asking you to review products or promote something and in return you get the product plus a percentage of any profits made using your discount code. 
Sponsored posts are a popular one, if a brand asks you to promote something on your blog and you think but what's in it for me? Alot of bloggers will charge a fee in order to write a post on behalf of the brand. Some brands will have a post they want or will ask you to write one up on a certain topic. Each bloggers fee will vary. Some pick a fee by the amount of followers they have or the amount of readers they get per post etc... 

Psst... If you do make money from your blog you do have to declare it for tax purposes. Even if you only earn a tiny amount. 


This is one i think is good and bad but i will include it in this post rather than the bad side. It is obvious some bloggers do it just for the freebies which is just so wrong in so many ways. When brands offer to send me products to review of course im happy i have got a free product who wouldn't be? But that doesn't mean i don't put in the hard work. I spend alot of time trying to get the photo's right and make sure the content is perfect. At the end of the day the post will tell the brand whether they want to work with you again or not. I am honored with all of the products i have received and still can't believe some of things i get sent. I am very thankful. 

As you can see there are many good things that come from working with brands/pr firms and everyone will take different things from it. Keep your eyes peeled next Wednesday as i will be posting the "Bad Side" to PR.

Aches & Pains Be Gone | LightStim For Pain Review*

Aches & Pains Be Gone | LightStim For Pain Review*

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LightStim For Pain Review, Joint Pain Relief, At home muscle pain tips

LightStim For Pain Review, Joint Pain Relief, At home muscle pain tips

Aches and Pains are something I have dealt with for a long time now. If you are long term readers of EmmysBeautyCave you will know I had major reconstruction surgery on my leg last August. I am still not fully mobile and still in alot of pain everyday. Not only is the pain with my leg but I also suffer with alot of back and hip pain. I was contacted by the lovely Harlen who actually contacted me regarding a beauty review but then she also offered me to try the LightStim For Pain after she had been reading my blog and came across my post regarding my surgery. It was nice to see a PR who actually reads my blog and took the time and effort to get to know me. 

LightStim For Pain isn't something I had heard of before so I was keen to see what it was all about. LightStim For Pain is used to reduce Arthritic Pain, Muscle and Joint Pain, Reduce Inflammation and Stiffness. I suffer with all of these so it sounded like the perfect product. The packaging I love! It comes in this sleek white box which has a slide out box with two compartments one includes the LightStim Product and the second includes the plug and a bag which you can keep it in. In the original box it has a flip over lid which opens up to two full pages of how the LightStim For Pain works. 

So how does it work? All you have to do is plug it into the main switch and then turn it on... as simple as that! It beeps when you turn it on and then the lights turn red. You can use it for 5-30 minutes at a time. I have used this on my Knee, Back and Hips for a range of time depending how bad the pain was. You don't feel any heat and there is no discomfort. You simply place the LightStim For Pain on your skin and slowly move it round in circular motions. One thing i noticed is that it helped reduce bruising quickly (not in my knee) when i fell and bruised my arm and it slightly swelled. The LightStim helps increase blood circulation to heel area's quicker. 

LightStim For Pain Review, Joint Pain Relief, At home muscle pain tips

When i first started using this I was a little skeptical if it would do anything for me. Now after 3 months of testing it out I can 100% honestly say it works. Of course it hasn't completely heeled my knee as I had reconstruction surgery but it has helped reduce swelling, reduce the amount of pain im in and also helped with my back. I have noticed a huge difference in my back pain. My mum has also tried using this as a long time ago she fell and her ankle has always been sore on and off. When it was sore she used this for 20-30 minutes and it reduced the pain massively. 

For people who suffer with joint pain, muscle pain, swelling and bruising etc this is such a handy item to have. It is on the pricey side at £249 but it is something that helps massively. If you are a long term pain sufferer this would help you alot. LightStim also sell the LightStim For Acne £116 ($169) and LightStim For Wrinkles £249. The lights are different colours as they work different ways. 

I honestly cannot thank Harlen enough for sending me this product as it has made my recovery process that little bit easier. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review and Swatches

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review and Swatches
Monday, April 25, 2016
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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review and Swatches, Matte Liquid Lipstick

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors, Matte Liquid Lipstick, Revlon Lips
Spring Lips are here! I always prefer Spring/Summer lips over Winter. I like that you can have more fun when it's summer. Play around with colours and try out new looks. I recently tried out a few of the NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks (review here) which I found far too drying so I was a little hesitant when i saw these Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors had been released. I decided to pick a few up anyway and hope for the best. 

The packaging is one of my favourites for lip products. They come in these frosted plastic tubes which still show the colour of the product. Revlon have really hit the nail on the head with the applicator! I hate drugstore brands that cheap out on the applicators. This one has two flat sides which have a slight curve to make an easy application. It is similar to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer Wand. 
The three shades I picked up are Seduction, Devotion and Flirtation. 

Seduction | The perfect nude. You can't have enough nudes right?! Considering I am pale it doesn't show up too dark which is perfect, when looking at swatches online it suits darker skintones too. 

Devotion | To fulfill that girly girl inside you. It is the perfect pretty pink ready for Spring. It isn't a pale pink nor is it an in your face pink it's kind of in the middle. 

Flirtation | A nude, a pink and now a pop of colour. Flirtation is an orange toned coral. I find some coral shades more on the peachy side whereas this definitely has distinct orange tint. It is quite bright.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review and Swatches

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Swatches Devotion Seduction Flirtation

One thing I found interesting is that they don't dry fully matte even though it is meant to be a matte lip product. At first they apply quite creamy and take around ten minutes to fully dry. Once dry they are matte but not drying. They last extremely well, even when eating the colour still stays put. 

For £8.99 I don't think these are badly priced at all and they are perfect for Summer months.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer Review | Full Coverage Foundation

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer Review | Full Coverage Foundation
Friday, April 22, 2016
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Foundations are my weakness, I must own 30+ right now! I literally don't even want to know how much money I have spent on foundations alone. A while ago I asked on Twitter what everyone's favourite Full coverage foundation was and someone recommended the Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer. I have to admit I don't know why but I assumed Stila foundations were lighter coverage. I decided to go for this foundation and ordered it from Beauty Bay. Picking foundation shades online is a mission but I usually do ok. 

The Stila Stay All Day Foundation packaging really intrigued me. You get 30ml of foundation like most brands but the lid seemed quite large. You flip open the top part of the lid to reveal a small pot of concealer. The compartment concealer isn't very deep but I guess it is handy if you are travelling. The concealer is quite thick so I find it best for covering breakouts. Now the foundation doesn't have a pump it has something I haven't seen before. It has this scoop type applicator that at first look I didn't like but I was wrong. The scoop actually works really well and I can imagine it working even better when im running out of product and I can really scrape every last ounce of product. 

The foundation itself is quite thick, as you can see on the scoop it isn't running or anything. Even though the formula is thick it is still extremely creamy and blends like a dream. I found it blended best when I used a buffer brush, I love to use my Nanshy Buffer Brush. It is definitely a full coverage foundation but that being said it doesn't feel cakey or heavy. The shades do run more on the yellow side which I don't mind. I do usually go for pink toned foundations but with Summer coming, once im tanned I go more yellow toned. 

Aha I nearly forgot! This little tiny brush you get with it, hmm i don't know how to explain it. It is a flat brush which I find has no use whatsoever. It is far too small for foundation and it is the wrong shape for concealer. Just seems like an unnecessary thing to include. It wouldn't put me off buying this foundation again at all. When I buy foundations I do worry how well they will last on my skin. I normally have very oily skin then now and again I get small dry patches on my cheeks. This honestly lasts amazingly well! I am super suprised with this full coverage foundation. 

For £27.00 I think it is definitely worth it and will be buying it again. I won't be overlooking Stila again, next on my list is the Stila Liquid Lipsticks!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What The Boyfriend Thinks Makeup Is | Lifestyle

What The Boyfriend Thinks Makeup Is | Lifestyle
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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Ever wondered what your partner actually thinks makeup is for? Well i decided to ask mine after seeing Kirsty from LifeInExcess ask hers. I have been with my partner for six years so he must of picked up some tips by now right?! I asked him what each product is and wrote down his exact answer. 

Primer: The thing before you put on before makeup, the thing you put on first.
What does it do: Stops your face getting oily

Foundation: The main colour thing.
What does it do: gives you a slag line if you put it on wrong, makes your face have colours.

Concealer: Hides shit, like spots.

Powder: Tap it on your face.
What does it do? Stops you getting oily.

Blusher: Give's your cheeks a bit of colour, when you do your pout face.

Highlighter: To make your cheekbones shine.

Contouring: Give's your face structure, like your cheekbones. 
whilst saying this he is pointing to his cheekbones!

Bronzer: To make you look bronze.

Mascara: For your eyelashes, make them look long.

Brow Pomade: Make your brows look like lovely shit?
He is looking quite confused right about now.

Brow Gel: To gel your eyebrows? It's like hairspray.

Setting Spray: A Spray? Stop's your face sweating. It's that shit you spray everywhere.

Eye Liner: That little black thing you put round, makes your eyes stand out. 

Overall im quite impressed how much he knows so it shows he does actually listen! My favourite has to be his answer for the foundation.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlight Review and Swatches | Summer 2016 Collection

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlight Review and Swatches | Summer 2016 Collection
Friday, April 15, 2016
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Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighters

Urban Decay what have you done to me! The Urban Decay Summer 2016 Collection is just stunning. When i saw what products were launched i new i need to try the Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighters, with Summer on it's way i need to get my glow on! Over the past few months i have really been getting into highlighting, i own mainly drugstore highlighters which work amazingly well. 

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighters are stunning! The packaging is as always perfect. They come in a silver compact with the Urban Decay Logo on the front with this criss cross design underneath. There are three shades available and i got two of the three shades. 

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlight Aura

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlight Sin

Aura | This is such a stunning pink champagne shade, i can't describe how much i love this. It looks amazing on pale skin. I find some highlighters can look too dark on me but this is the perfect match. 

Sin | This is a gold toned highlighter. It is such a gorgeous shade, it looks a little too dark on me but once i have a tan in the Summer i can imagine this looking amazing. I definitely recommend this shade for medium-darker skin tones. 

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter Aura and Sin Swatches

Look at that highlight! It is literally perfection in a pot! I highly recommend you pick one of these up. They retail for £19 which i think is good for Urban Decay. I got mine directly from the Urban Decay website with free postage and they arrived within a couple of days. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Why Im A Naughty Blogger

Why Im A Naughty Blogger
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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As bloggers there are things we are known for doing or things we all want/own. I hate when people stereotype bloggers as a beauty blogger yes I love makeup and probably own more than I need but that's what I like. Some people like playing computer games or collecting items, so why should we as bloggers be stereotyped? Since blogging there are some things I have done or bought because of blogging, if i didn't blog I probably wouldn't of known about them. So what makes me a naughty blogger?

1. I don't buy hyped about items unless I know i will actually use them
2. I do own the Ikea Malm Dressing Table but I don't own the Alex Drawers (but I need to!)
3. I haven't been to a blog event, not because I don't want to but because I had major surgery. Once Im able to move again I will definitely look at attending one
4. I only started wearing lipstick about 6 months ago!
5. I SUCK at winged liner, literally suck
6. At home I live in joggers so being a fashion blogger is out of the question
7. I sometimes take my makeup off with baby wipes when im too lazy to wash it off properly
8. I used my Iphone to take my blog photo's up until a few months ago
9. I don't get the hype about Lush... Sorry not Sorry
10. I often write a post the day it is due to go up
11. I always forget to do #FF (follow Friday) on Twitter
12. I don't own anything copper
13. I wash my makeup brushes often then forget for quite a while...oops
14. I haven't been to Sephora (bring on NY in November)
15. I haven't a clue when it comes to Google Analytics
16. I didn't know what Broken Links were until a year after blogging. (See how to fix yours in my "Broken Links" Post HERE)
17. I have never tried a Maybelline Mascara
18. I HATE the Nars Concealer, far too drying and just hated it!
19. I can be useless at replying to emails then other times i reply within minutes!
20. I am yet to try Charlotte Tilbury

What Makes You A Naughty Blogger?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Brows 101 | My Go To Brow Products & Tools

Brows 101 | My Go To Brow Products & Tools
Monday, April 11, 2016
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Who knew eyebrows were so important! Everyday I will spend a bit of time on my brows until they are how i want them. I look back at pictures from when i was 13/14 and think where the hell were my brows?! Nowadays 90% of people do something to their brows whether it be threading, tinting, filling in etc. I have found my favourite brow products in every form. I do sometimes tint my own brows at home for under £10, which I will share soon.

The Natural Brow aka The Pencils

I was sent this product over a month ago now and I have fallen in love. It comes with a spooley, powder highlight and pencil. The pencil is shaped with a slight angle which makes it perfect for the arch area of the brow. The more defined you want your brow the more pressure you apply.

I recently won a blog giveaway and got a £50 Beauty Bay voucher so I finally picked up the brow wiz. I have tried the ABH Dipbrow Pomade which I liked but found it lasted far too long and the product dried up and I ended up wasting half of it. This pencil is perfect for being more into the detail, if you need extra hairs creating this is your tool. The crayon is quite thin but works effectively. 

The Strong Brow aka Pomades & Powders 

Freedom Brow Products

I love brow pomades. I have been loving the Freedom Brow Pomade lately, I am now on my second pot. For £5 it is perfect, if it lasts ages and a little dries out I won't mind whereas the ABH one costs £15. It is super creamy and a little goes a long way. If you want a really strong brow a pomade is the way to go. 

I have used powders on and off but I love how this has two shades. It is very similar to the Sigma ones but at a much cheaper price. I was surprised how pigmented these are, again like the pomade a little goes a long way. I find i can create a really strong brow with this powder compared to many others. It can also create more of a natural brow depending on what you apply it with.

The Stay In Place Brow aka Gels

Rimmel Brow This Way Sculpting Gel

I never used to bother with brow gel until i tried this one. I find my brows look so much better when I use a gel as it just keeps any stray hairs in place all day.

This is a tinted brow gel which adds colour to the brows. I find this works best when I use pencils as it fills in any area's that look a little sparse. You can also use it on it's own if you have well shaped brows unlike me!

The Instagram Worthy Brow aka The Final Step

Freedom Pro Conceal Palette

Freedom Pro Conceal & Correct Palette | £5.00 | Link
Once I have filled in my brows with one of the products above I always like to outline them and neaten them up. Using a creamy concealer works best and I love this Freedom Palette as I can mix shades depending on how light I want the outline. Even if you just outline the underneath of your brow it adds so much shape and definition. 

My two favourite brushes have to be the Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush is perfect for when you use a powder or pomade. When outlining my brows I use the Nanshy EB03 Flat Definer Eye Brush (pictures above with the Freedom Palette)

What are your favourite brow products?

Friday, April 08, 2016

The Brush That Changed My Mind | Oval Makeup Brush

The Brush That Changed My Mind | Oval Makeup Brush
Friday, April 08, 2016
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Oval Makeup Brush Concealer

Oval Makeup Brush

A Makeup Brush that looks like a toothbrush?! Yes it is real! Oval Makeup Brushes have been on the hype lately, but for me paying £60 plus for one brush is not an option as i have cheaper ones that i already love. That being said i was intrigued by the design and to see if they actually work so i popped off over to Ebay like i always do... Yes i am that girl you will find on Ebay at 3am when i can't sleep and i buy alsorts. I found this oval brush and didn't know what to expect, i ordered it and it came within a few days. It only cost a HUGE £2.59, breaking the bank or what? So if i didn't like it i wouldn't have been upset as i didn't spend alot. 

When it arrived i stared at it for a while and the first thought... It looks like a toothbrush! The length of the brush is about the same height of a toothbrush but the head is bigger. This brush is definitely not big enough to apply foundation all over the face so i decided to try it with concealer. I apply concealer on my under eyes in a triangle shape and also on my nose, chine, forehead and under my cheekbones to highlight. I used this brush in a swiping motion and oh my i jumped for joy. My under eyes looked flawless!! I found using this brush to swipe the concealer rather than a patting motion helped prevent creasing. It also blended my highlighted area's like a dream. 

Small Oval Makeup Brush

Using this brush definitely helps stop concealer looking heavy under the eyes. I also love using this brush on the outer corners of my nose as i find when applying foundation with a brush i can never get into those area's fully so this little brush helps to blend out foundation in smaller area's. I now use this brush everyday! Who would of thought a brush for less than £3 could now be my little life savoir.

I can not recommend this enough, seriously get your little bum over to Ebay and buy it! Ebay do also sell different sizes of this brush so i might pick up a larger one and try it with foundation. 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

What's In My Muji Drawers | Lipstick Storage

What's In My Muji Drawers | Lipstick Storage
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
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What's In My Muji Drawers

Makeup storage posts are one of my favourites to read, i guess i like to be nosey! Who doesn't?! I recently did a "What's In My Dressing Table" Post which went down really well so i thought i would share what is in my Muji Drawers, well technically there are not Muji Drawers but just Acrylic Makeup Drawers i got off ebay much cheaper (between £12 - £15) but they look exactly the same. At the moment i have a two drawer acrylic storage unit with a removable unit on the top. I also have a Acrylic Lipstick Holder which i also got off Ebay for £5!!. 

makeup storage

In the top part of the storage i have a mixture of products including skincare such as Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub, a PIXI Glow Tonic Sample, ColourPop Lippie Stix and more. 

muji drawers

In the top drawer I keep my most used concealers. If you read my Concealer Low-Down post you will know I own alot of concealers. I do try and switch up ones in this drawer but at the moment I love Maybelline Fit Me, Maybelline Eraser Eye and Collection Lasting Concealer all for under my eyes. Urban Decay and MAC Prep + Prime are both to highlight and im testing out the new Bourjois Radiance Concealer which I am not loving. I also have my Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector which is just amazing if you suffer with dark under eye circles. 

liquid lipstick storage

In the second drawer I keep some of my lip products, I do switch up this drawer too so I can make the most out of the products I have. I am loving the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Satin and Matte Lip Crayons. My ultimate liquid Lipstick is the NYX Liquid Suede in Sandstorm. I also got some of the NYX Lingerie Lipsticks which i like but they are just far too drying. I also have a couple of ColourPop Lippie Stix including Lumiere and Cookie. 

Lipstick Storage

Acrylic Lipstick Holder

MAC Lipsticks

Lipsticks are something I only started wearing about 6-8 months ago. My favourite brands have to be Soap and Glory, Seventeen, Essence and MAC. I definitely want to get my hands on more Soap and Glory ones!

MAC Lipsticks Left-Right:
Faux | Brave | Honeylove | Syrup | Blankety | Plumful

Say Goodbye To Dull, Dry Hair with an Affordable Hair Detox | Colour Excellence Hair Detox Review*

Say Goodbye To Dull, Dry Hair with an Affordable Hair Detox | Colour Excellence Hair Detox Review*

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Colour Excellence Hair Detox before and after

Colour Excellence Hair Detox review

Dull and dry are two words i would use to describe my hair lately. I have been dying my hair since i was about 13, yikes that is just over 10 years ago (feeling old). If you dye your hair you will know your hair can often become dry but also dull. I haven't dyed my hair for around 6 months, so it is looking a little boring and needs a bit of life putting back into it. I often use leave in conditioners and hair masks but i have never heard of a Hair Detox before. When i received the Colour Excellence Hair Detox i was extremely intrigued. 

The Colour Excellence Hair Detox is said to deep cleanse and revitalise your hair colour. Sounds perfect right?! The bottle itself looks like most hair dye kits, it comes with a yellow coloured liquid. The liquid looks quite oil like. You also get a sachet of Vitamin C which you pour into the bottle and then shake, shake and shake again. Once mixed and shaken you have to use the mixture within 1 hour. Shampoo your hair as normal (do not use a 2-in-1 shampoo) and towel dry. Apply the mixture over your hair, i mainly applied this from the mid length to the ends as that is where my hair has lost most colour and become dry. Also i have extremely thick hair so it would take two bottles to coat all over fully. Comb through to ensure it is evenly spread all over your hair.

I left mine for a minute to let it soak in mainly due to my hair being so thick. I then rinsed and applied conditioner as normal. Because the product had an oily texture i made sure to blow dry my hair straight away as i find if you leave hair to dry naturally it can become greasy. Once my hair was dry i noticed it already felt softer. Before using this my ends were in terrible condition and too dry but now they feel amazing. As you can see in my before and after photo's my hair looks so much smoother in the second picture (note both of these pictures i straightened my hair). The colour looks so much better, i definitely feel the product has done what it says. 

If you dye your hair or suffer with dry hair this product is perfect for you and the best part? It is affordable at £7.99!! You can also buy this from Boots. If you have highlighted hair they also do the Colour Excellence Highlights Brightener which is also £7.99.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Current Lip Favourites + Swatches | Spring Lip Shades

Current Lip Favourites + Swatches | Spring Lip Shades
Monday, April 04, 2016
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Spring Lip Products MAC Lipstick NYX Suede

Trying out new lip products seems to be my thing at the moment. Usually lip products are the last product i would tend to buy but the last few months i have gone wild! Im loving different finishes at the moment depending on what im doing. I thought i would share my top 5 lip products at the moment. 

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip "Pretty Muted" | £3.50
This is a new release from Soap & Glory which they only released about a month ago. I only picked up the shade Pretty Muted which is gorgeous! It is a matte finish as the name suggests, super pigmented and really affordable. The shade is quite pink which i don't usually go for but this works really nicely. 

This lipstick i really need to wear more. It is the perfect subtle nude shade. When im wearing a basic makeup look or a no makeup, makeup look this is the lipstick i reach for. It adds just a little shine as it is an Amplified Creme finish.

This is one of my newer MAC Lipsticks and i can safely say it's love. This shade is stunning! It is a brighter plum shade which i find perfect at the moment, i can see myself wearing it alot in the warmer months. Plumful has a Lustre finish which creates such a gorgeous shine. It is super long lasting too.

Wow just wow. This is my ultimate favourite product/shade at the moment. I had never tried the Suede ones before until i noticed Boots finally stocked them online. The pigment in these is insane, they apply amazingly well, the applicator is perfection and they last so long! This is a grey toned brown, on me it shows up more greyish brown than in the swatch so i think it all depends on your skin tone.

I had wanted these way before they were released a month ago, when they finally hit Debenhams i ordered this shade asap. The formula is incredible, it doesn't feel like you are wearing anything once it has dried. It dries to a semi-matte finish which is perfect as i don't like anything too drying. They last well too. The shade is my favourite thing ever! 

NYX Suede Lipstick Sandstorm Swatch

There you have it my top 5 lip products at the moment. Which shade is your favourite?

Friday, April 01, 2016

Beauty Products On Trial

Beauty Products On Trial
Friday, April 01, 2016
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boots drugstore haul

Lately i have bought alot more drugstore products as i haven't for a while. It is nice to test out some products i have never tried before. I also recently won a giveaway which included a couple of these products so i thought i would share with you what products i am currently trialing. 

This priming water is amazing! I have never used one before but so far i am loving this one. I apply moisturiser, then the priming water and then a normal primer. I find using the priming water definitely helps makeup apply better and it also helps my makeup last longer.

This has been on my list forever! It isn't released in the UK yet but i got mine off Ebay for around £11 including postage. I have read so many reviews so i am excited to try it out. So far i have only worn it once and applied it with a brush and i wasn't too sure so i am going to try it with a beauty sponge and different primers and see how we go.

If you read my blog you will have seen my Concealer Low-Down post as i own alot of concealers but this hyped about product is one i have never tried. I was so happy when this came in the giveaway i won and so far i am in love!

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip | £3.50
Soap and Glory released these about a month ago and i picked up this gorgeous pink shade. The formula is matte but not drying. I love the pigmentation too. 

I actually got this sample size in the blush set for Christmas and forgot about it. So far i am loving it, the wand is amazing. It definitely adds length but i love pairing it up with my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara so i get both length and volume.

This is a new release from Bourjois but i have to say so far i am not loving it. I find it doesn't provide much coverage not for dark circles and it doesn't really brighten either. 

I have recently reviewed and swatched my full Makeup Geek Eye Shadow Collection so i thought i would pick up one of the blush shades. I got Head over Heels which is a gorgeous pink shade. I am loving the shade, you definitely have to apply a little at a time.

This i did actually try last year but after two uses the powder went funny and i had to bin it, i don't know if i got a dud but i have seen a few people say this has happened to them. I got this in the giveaway i won so i am excited to try it again and see if it works any better. 

Have You Tried Any of These Products & What are The Products You Are Trialing?

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