Wednesday, 30 September 2015

14 Life & Beauty hacks

These are my quick and easy 14 life and beauty hacks just to make your life that little bit easier! Some of these you may already know and some of them you might not so I hope you learn something new and can be that little bit lazier in the future.

1. Soak your beauty blender!
Beauty blenders are a great tool for when apply your make-up and they are huge at the moment, but some of you may not know that soaking your beauty blender in water before you use it will help with a smoother application. 

2. Masking tape for the perfect wing!
I always use a small strip of masking tape on the edge of my eye to help get that perfect sharp and straight line for my winged eye liner. One important thing is make sure you use masking tape because regular tape is to adhesive and could irritate your skin.



3. Spray Bobby pins with hairspray!
If you struggle with keeping you up do in place and the Bobby pins always slid around or fall out, then try spraying them with a little spritz of history before you put them in. This will help them grip to your hair and stay in place.

4. Don't dot, Triangle!
When applying concealer under your eyes do not just dot it in a straight line underneath, draw a triangle under your eye and this helps avoid a thick appearance and brighten up the area.


5. Don't pump, Twist!
I see so many people pump there mascara to try and get more product on the wand!! NO! This pushes air into your mascara and makes it dry out a lot quicker. So to get more product on your wand twist it as you're pulling it out this helps prevent your mascara from drying out and therefore it will last longer.

6. Cut the tops of bottles for left overs!
When you think you have finished a product and you're about to throw it away try this first and you'll be surprised at how much product is actually left. So about 2 inches down the tube cut right across, you can then use the top part that you have cut off as a lid and VUALA! You have more to use.



7. Vaseline around your varnish bottle!
You know when your varnish dried up and its next to impossible to remove the lid! Well here is a hack that can get rid of that! Rub Vaseline all around the neck of your varnish bottle and this will stop your varnish from gluing shut.

8. White shadow to brighten up your eyes!
When doing your eye make-up you want your eyes to look wide and bright, to do this you can apply a white eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eye and it will make a HUGE difference.

9. Cold spoon for eyes and spots!
If you're prone to red puffy eyes, or a big nasty red spot has appeared on your face here is a nice quick and easy hack to solving that! Pop a teaspoon in the freezer for a couple of minutes and then rest it over your eyes this will reduce the puffiness and if you hold it over any spots this can help reduce the redness.

10. X on your cupids bow!
To help get that perfect lip line draw an X on your cupids bow to help define it then outline the rest of your lips as normal and apply the lipstick.



11. Quick dry nails!
I always realising minutes before I need to leave that I haven't painted nails, and I rush to do them and they end up all smudge and ruined because I'm not allowing them to dry. This is a super quick and easy way to dry your nail varnish, once you've painted them dip your nails in really cold water for about 10/15 seconds and you've got dry nails in no time at all.

12. Scrub your lips with a toothbrush!
If your lips are a bit dry and you want them to look nice and smooth under your lipstick this is a clever little hack that you can add to your beauty routine. Gently scrub your lips in circular motions with a toothbrush and this will remove any dead skin and help smooth them out and plump them up a bit.

13. Vaseline before your perfume!
If you want your perfume to last a bit longer throughout the day then apply a small amount of Vaseline to the areas you're spraying and this will help the perfume almost stick to your skin so you can smell lovely for the rest or the day.

14. Keep make-up wipes next your bed!
Now I have a make-up removal and cleanse routine before bed, but sometimes you either forget or you just cannot be bothered! The amount of times I have got all comfy into bed and then realised I have still got my make-up on is ridiculous, you then have to get out of bed and get to work but with this hack you can forget that! Keeps some make-up wipes next to your bed so on those lazy days or when you just forget you can stay in bed and just use a wipe to remove your make-up.

I hope you guys have enjoyed my Life and Beauty hacks and these will help make your life that little bit easier! Leave comments with your favourite hacks because I am constantly looking for ways to make my life simpler cause I'm lazy!

Talk soon x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumnal Make-up

This is my darker autumnal make-up as promised! I am in love with this look and I hope I am daring enough to wear it out and about more often because it's Autumn and that means dark cosy colours. These are the products that I used to create my wonderful autumn look.
Arbonne - Perfecting Liquid Foundation, Honey Beige
Revolution - Bronzer, Bronze Shimmer Highlight
Revolution - Eyebrow kit, Light Medium
Urban Decay - Naked palette
Maybelline - Master Precise liquid liner
MAC - Matte lipstick, Diva 

I went for the typical Autumnal look with a lovely gold and brown eye shadow with a good old cat flick eyeliner, and of course I chose a gorgeous dark red/purple berry lipstick, Diva is a perfect shade for Autumn time I am soo in love with it and I have my boyfriend to thank for this lipstick! Such an amazing present!!

Now enjoy some pictures of my Autumnal face...





(My attempt at winking! Oh how I wish I could wink)

Talk soon x

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Arbonne products

I recently found out about this company called Arbonne and I fell in love the second I tried their products so I had to order some of the products for myself! Arbonne are an amazing company who take great pride in the quality of there products and there customers. Check them out to find out a bit more about them Arbonne I have fallen in love with this company so much and have decided that I want to work with them, I just couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with such an amazing business, so you will definitely be hearing a lot more about them in the near future! 
For the time being here is the few products that I have bought from Arbonne.

First of all I purchased the Perfecting Liquid Foundation in the shade Honey Beige for £32
This foundation leaves you with such flawless skin yet it feels like you're not wearing any foundation at all, because it's beyond light!

I also got the Setting Pretty Translucent Loose Powder for £26
I had to buy the setting powder as well because this with the foundation is just unexplainable I love my face with these two products! I'm not even joking the amount of compliments I get about my make-up when I use these is unbelievable!

This is what the Perfecting Liquid Foundation and the Pretty Translucent Loose Powder look like. These two together are beyond magical, it literally feels like I'm not wearing any make-up on my face but I feel flawless and my skin feels so soft when I'm wearing these! I can not express my love for the products enough in words!

(Yes I am watching the Sugg Christmas special in the background! Don't judge)

 I decided to buy the Cosmetics Brush Set for £30
I could not resist these brushes I had to buy them because they feel like all things soft and beautiful and amazing! I wish you could stroke the screen and feel them for yourself! Also it would be rude not to buy them when they are such an amazing price!





I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and you all need to go and check out the Arbonne website and find out more about the business because they are just the best!

Talk soon x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

How I clean my make-up brushes

Cleaning your make-up brushes is a mundane task but it is one we all must do!! It is so important to clean your brushes I would say at least once a month, every day you use those brushes to apply your make-up your picking bacteria that is on your face, you then leave the brush and let the bacteria sit there, you then come back the next day and use the same brush you're now rubbing bacteria into your face and picking up more bacteria into the brush. It's just one nasty cycle and if you suffer with acne or spots from time to time this could help sooo much! I know no one really wants to do it but we have to and here is how I clean mine.




First off all I pop my brushes under running water, keep in mind that you don't want to use hot water because if it gets too hot it can start to melt the glue and loosen the bristles in the brush! So I use cold or warm water to wash my brushes.



I will then put a pump of hand soap on all of my brushes and my beauty blenders. There are products out there which are specific soaps for cleaning brushes I have never invested in those because soap works perfectly fine for me! I will then rub that into my brushes and beauty blenders and you can watch all the old product squeeze out! Do not rub or pull on your brushes to hard because eyou could pull out the bristles.



I will then put them back under the running water and give them a gentle rub and with the beauty blenders continuously squeeze them until the water runs clear. You can repeat the soap step again if the water still doesn't run clear but just remember not to be to ruff with the brushes.


I tend to spin my brushes in-between my hands, I don't like to whip them to try and dry them because this can be quite harsh on the glue which may have loosened up in the process of cleaning. I give my beauty blenders and good squeeze to try and get most of the water out.



I then leave them hanging off a side so that they can just air dry I tend to leave them there for the rest of the day and over night! Just look at how clean they are now, that makes me so happy that the tips of my brushes are now white again!! Although it doesn't stay that way for long. Just remember how important it is to clean your brushes, so if you're reading this thinking to yourself "When was the last time I washed my brushes??" Then go do it now!!

Talk soon x

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Autumnal Make-up look & Hair style

 Autumn is here!!! Autumn has to be my favorite season of the year, it is a warm cosy season where you can snuggle up on the sofa with a nice fluffy blanket, drinking hot chocolates with beautiful scented candles all over the place!! Ohh heaven!
I decided to do an Autumnal inspired make-up and hair look, this make-up probably isn't as dark as I would usually go for in Autumn but that is because I wanted to create a look that a lot of people would be comfortable with trying out, and I know that dark eyes and lips are not for everyone! I will be doing another Autumnal look which is a bit darker for those of you who are feeling a bit more daring.
I have also gone with a nice, simple and easy up do for my hairstyle I love plaits in the autumn I think they just suit the season, if that makes any sense at all!

Enjoy! 














Products used:
Revolution - Ultra base corrector palette
Rimmel London - Lasting finish foundation
Collection - Lasting perfection concealer
Revolution - Vivid baked highlighter
Revolution - Bronze simmer highlight bronzer
Make-up Academy - Baked bronze bronzer
Revolution - Focus & Fix eyebrow kit
Revolution - Unicorns Unite eyeshadow palette
Revolution - Just Me eyeshadow
Maybelline Ney York - Master precise eyeliner
Revolution - Awesome lash mascara
Revolution - Ultra velour lip creme - Say yes, it's what we do best
Make-up academy - E1, E2, E3 eyeshadow brushes
Real Techniques - Domed shadow brush & Multi task brush

I hope you have enjoyed this Make-up and Hair inspiration post for Autumn, if you recreate this look be sure to tag me on instagram or twitter.

Talk soon x



Friday, 18 September 2015

Make-Up Academy haul

I have mentioned this company once before, and that was in my What's in my make-up bag post, I have bought the highlighter powder and I remember saying that I've never heard of Make-Up Academy but it was really good quality. My friend Charlotte had recently purchased an eye shadow palette and a blush from MUA she said to me how amazing they were and how cheap it was, so I had decided because I do love my highlighter it was probably worth investing in some more products from them, so I went online and just bought a load of stuff to try out, so here it all is for you!





These are the MUA LUXE whipped velvet blush, they cost £3 each which I thought was amazing!! so I decided to buy 4 of them! They are in the shades (from left to right on the swatches) Rococo, Spry, Hedonic and Chichi. They are lovely creme blushes and I'm very excited to try them because I've never used a creme blush before.


This is the Undress your skin Baked bronze, I got this for £3! This is GORGEOUS I love the detailing in this and I can't wait to see what effect it has on the skin! But if my face ends up looking as beautiful as this bronzer I will be happy.


This is the Undress your skin, Illuminating liquid glow in the shade Champagne and this cost £4. I was tempted to buy this because so far I have only used powder highlighters and I think you could get a better effect from a liquid, I could be wrong but now I can find out!


This is the Brow define tinted brow mascara, in the shade fair and it was only £2!! For that reason alone I had to buy it, but honestly I have never used any brow product I always just leave my brows au natural so I thought I would join the craze and see how good I could get my eyebrows looking.


 

This is the Undress me too Eyeshadow palette I got this for £4 which I think is an amazing price for a palette! The reason I bought this was because it was the one that Charlotte had and as I mentioned in my August favourites I am loving gold shimmer shades so this palette is perfect for me and I can't wait to play around and see what looks I can create.



Finally I decided to buy a setting spray, this one is the Pro-base mattify fixing mist and it cost £5. I wanted to get one of these because I have never tried one and I want to see if it actually makes a difference and helps keep my make-up on for longer. I also liked the look of this one because it is a matt spray so it will hopefully help prevent my face from looking oily throughout the day!


There was an offer on at the time, I think it's over now, but because I spent £30 I got three free eyeshadow brushes! They are super soft and quite full so I'm excited to try them out and I'm guessing I will be investing in some more of there make-up brushes because first impressions I love them!!

I hope you have enjoyed this little haul and it has helped you with deciding what to spend your money on next! Also let me know what your favourite make-up brand is so that I can splurge out on some more make-up!!

Talk soon x

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Mac Lipstick Wishlist

I don't know why I've done this to myself! I went through every Mac lipstick shade and picked out all the ones I would like to buy, when I got to my basket and realised the grand total was £341 I died a little inside and come to the quick realisation that this was a WishList and not a realistic Shopping list! 

I have tried to put them in shade order, and none of these pictures are mine (obviously because I don't own the shades) I have got them off the Mac website http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/

Nudes

  




From top to bottom left to right - Freckleton, Brave, Half n Half, Kinda Sexy,  Mehr, Twig and Taupe.
Pink & Purples









From top to bottom left to right - Syrup, Sweetie, Chatterbox, Sunny Seoul, Please Me, Pink Nouveau ,Flat Out Fabulous, Rebel and Instigator.

Reds







From top to bottom left to right - Vegas Volt, Russian Red, Ruby Woo, Chili, Cockney and Relentlessly Red.

One day I will own all of these! One day!!
I also have found that the colours of the lipsticks in the pictures appear quite differently when you test them but I still love them all!!

Talk soon x