Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Keeping Your Make Up Slip Proof In The Heat


It seems that we have come over in a heatwave here in the UK which is great as we severely lack the sunshine in the best of summers. Now I am the first one to love the heat and sunshine I just don't like the awful humid heat that we seem to be prone to in such built up areas especially because it seems to melt your make up right off and lets face it no one really wants to look like they went ten rounds with a five year old and a baby wipe once they get to where they are going.

Lets talk about base products first because they really are the key to starting off your make up. Some people like to just get rid of them altogether in the summer but I personally can't because I hate the way my skin looks at the best of times and in the sun I really need something that stays put so that is where my Illamasqua Skin Base comes into play or my Vichy Dermablend Foundation as they are both long wearing high coverage foundations. To thin them out a bit as they can feel heavy on warm days I add a little bit of MAC Fix+ as it really works well to give it a lighter consistency with the coverage still there plus it really helps with keeping it all in place.

Its all well and good creating a good base for your other products but if you don't set it properly you will definitely start to notice the slip so I find using a powder like Vichy Dermablend Loose Powder really works to not only keep your make up put but also to smooth out any flaws that are left on your skin giving you a completely even base to put your other products on. I usually leave out bronzer as the heat sets in because I don't feel the need for it half the time and want to keep my make up looking as simple as possible so just stick to blusher like the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush as it really does stay put throughout the day.

For my eyes I always go with a mascara that stays put and is completely waterproof like Diego Dalla Palma Semi Permanent Mascara and if I venture into wanting some colour on my eyes I will swipe on one of my Maybelline Colour Tattoos as they really stay put for the whole day with such minimal creasing. To finish off and set my make up I use a fixing spray with my favourite being Mac Fix+ yet again as it really does pull all your make up together making it look fresh and helps to keep it in place all day - I also keep it in my bag to freshen my face up through the day.

What do you do to keep your make up put in the warmer weather?


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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Simple Sincare: Kind To Skin Giveaway

Simple Skincare and I are collaborating to bring you a great goody bag filled with Simple Skincare!

Living in the city can be so harsh on the skin which is something I know all about living in the hustle and bustle of London's city centre. Elements such as pollution, stress, weather and artificial environments cause redness, dryness and flakiness which are all signs of sensitive skin. Your skin can be sensitive to the city which is why having a good skincare routine is important to combat the effects of city life. Simple is the brand you can trust to be kind to your city skin, as sensitive skin experts. The range contains no artificial perfumes and colours and no harsh chemicals in their products which is absolutely great as you know you are safe in the knowledge of knowing you aren't allowing any more nasties to enter your skin.


The winner will receive a goody bag filled with Simple products which include

Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion
Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner
Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser
Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash
 Simple Kind To Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream

To enter just complete as many or as little entries on the Rafflecopter form below.
The giveaway is only open to entrants in the UK and Ireland

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Good luck!


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Monday, 14 July 2014

Keeping Your Hair Frizz Free in The Heat

Something I hate about the summer is how much my hair just seems to get bigger and bigger as the day goes on, I have natural curls as a lot of you may know but sometimes under all them curls I get so hot so I have to opt for the smoother sleeker option of having my hair straight but then I run the risk of the humidity getting to it and my hair starts to form a frizzy halo with curly roots and ends that start to kink. I have however over time nailed the whole smooth non frizzy hair with a few simple products.

First off you need products targeted to how you want your hair to be and for fighting the frizz I have found the Umbeto Giannini Frizzi Range to be perfect for this as they really work and if you have read my review of them you will know that I highly rate them and have repurchased them a couple of times since I was introduced to them. After using the shampoo and conditioner I apply a hair oil with my favourite of the moment being the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil and a small amount of Clynol Sealed Ends Hair Repair Cream, these really help to tame any sort of frizz and make your hair look smooth and gives the effect of damage free hair.

I then get a paddle brush to blow dry my hair directing the heat downwards so not to rough up the cuticle. I am absolutely loving the Remmington Silk Paddle Brush* for doing this as it has ceramic around the head which helps reduce drying time, ionic nylon bristles for helping to keep your hair sleek and a handy little sectioning pin in the handle. Once I do this I do follow with straighteners just to make sure my hair is completely smoothed over. Once I am happy with how my hair looks I then brush through with the Braun Satin Hair 7* brush which has iontech which helps give your hair more shine, tames frizz and reduces flyaways so I always make sure I also carry it with me to keep my hair in tip top condition and looking smooth throughout the day.

What are your top tips for keeping your hair frizz free in the heat?


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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks


Essence has been a brand that I had wanted to try more of ever since I had received a couple of their products from a giveaway I won a few years ago from a blogger in Ireland so I was really excited when these dropped through the door, especially when I saw the colours.

Firstly from a brand that is very affordable the lipsticks do not scream cheap to me, with their sleek black packaging and coloured bands which help with knowing what colour you are grabbing in a busy make up bag or lipstick collection is definitely a selling point. The formulation of the lipstick itself is absolutely amazing that I could actually say they are comparable to a lot of the higher end brands, they are moisturising and glide on well while packing a great bold colour in a couple of swipes.

I've found the wear time on the red is far more significant compared to the pink with the red lasting around five hours and the pink barely reaching three but for the price and the quality I really don't mind. I also love the fact that it has the 'e' embossed in the bullet as it just gives that added little touch that makes them feel that little bit more special.

You can buy the essence range at Wilko's stores in the UK with the Long Lasting Lipsticks retailing at only £2.29 in a whole host of colours.

Have you tried anything from essence? Are they a brand you have been wanting to try?


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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

iBed iPad Lap Desk

Recently I was sent an iBed iPad Lap Desk to try try out which Panga has taken a love to as she uses my iPad more than I do. She has found that it makes it so much easier when she is watching movies and music videos in her bedroom as she no longer has to hold the iPad in place, she can just pop it in the slot and place the desk on her lap or just place it on her bed as it just sits nicely by itself anyway.

The iBed has a beanbag like bottom so it really moulds into the lap for comfort, although I haven't used it much I have heard great things from Panga.

You can pick up the iBed on ebay for around £14.00


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Friday, 27 June 2014

Rosey Hues

L-R Burnout from Naked 3, Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Vintage Blush, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold and Buzz from Naked 3

Lately I have been leaning more and more towards rose gold hues when it comes to my eyes, I just love the way they seem to brighten them up and make my eye colour pop. Another thing I love about them is how versatile they are for taking your make up from day to night.

I absolutely adore my Naked 3 Palette and I think it is probably one of my most used items of make up along with the original Naked Palette, it has the perfect amount of rosey golden hues which can be used in so many ways but recently I have been using Burnout and Buzz as my every day eyeshadows.

I popped into Superdrug last week and picked up a couple of other rosey hued eyeshadows in the form of a Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Vintage Blush and a Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold. I love the colours and I think its quite obvious to see why as they both look quite like my two current favourites from Naked 3.

The Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil is an absolute winner in my eyes as it is so soft and glides on the lid effortlessly while blending out like a dream. I have worn this for a full day and it had such minimal creasing which is brilliant for something you can pick up so cheaply not to mention the colour is so beautiful. The eyeshadow pencil is completely waterproof which I can confirm as I had a little cry while wearing it, don't worry no one upset me I'm just an emotional wreck when it comes to my TV shows.

The Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold glides on really smoothly and dries to a semi matte finish while keeping its full on metallic look which is something I love about all the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. It does end up creasing after around 8-10 hours but I am fine with that as the creasing is completely minimal and hardly noticeable.

Have you been enjoying rose gold hues recently? What are your favourite eyeshadows of the moment?


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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Summer Blushers


When the warmer weather comes I almost instantly switch up my blushers for brighter ones or ones which work well with a tan, now for the last couple of years I have been leaning more towards more coral/peachy toned blushers as you can see from last years post - Top Three Summer Blushers which ironically feature these three brands too... Can you tell I like their products?.

First up I have Illamasqua Naked Rose Blusher which I absolutely adore and wear so much, its one of them ones if you have no idea what blush to go with this will absolutely do and go with any other make up on your face. I think its quite an understated blusher in the beauty world and it looks less than appealing on the Illamasqua website swaying to an almost brown colour when in fact it is to me more of a mauve pink which is completely matte and gives a really nice flushed my cheeks but better look. This looks absolutely brilliant with a tan when you keep your make up really understated and simple plus it also looks fantastic when you are on the paler side too.

Next is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Glisten which is a peachy pink toned blush with a gold sheen which works amazingly well with a tan. The peachy pink tones really brighten you up and the golden sheen seems to enhance your tan while adding a nice subtle highlight, this was my go to blusher on holiday and the one I use most days.

Last up is Sleek's Life's a Peach which is the perfect bright blush that really does make you look absolutely alive with colour but not in the way that you look like a five year old who got hold of her mothers make up bag. This is perfect once your tan starts getting darker as it really defines your cheeks but to be honest I do use it all year round as with a lighter touch it gives you a lovely colour. This is the closet match to my favourite blusher of all time Pan Tao which was also by Sleek.

What are your favourite summer blushers?


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