Friday, 28 June 2013

Tag: How much is your face worth?

So if you can't guess the gist of this tag from the name, you basically have to list the price of all the products you have used in your make-up routine and tot them all up to see how much your face is worth! I recently seem to be investing in more and more higher end products and took part in this tag mainly because I am curious to see how many different products I use in my basic daily make-up and how much it is really costing me!


So this all adds up to a hefty £225.89, which is actually a big shock, bearing in mind this is my basic every day look, so a look involving more extreme eye make-up would be alot nearer the £300 mark...oops! Luckily, some of these items were gifts or part of beauty boxes, which makes me feel the tiniest bit less guilty about how much I splash out on beauty products!

How much is your face worth?

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Benefit: They're Real Mascara

Before
After
Since the release of Benefit's They're Real, I haven't really read about any other mascaras as this one seems to be everybody's holy grail at the moment! I naturally have quite long eyelashes (thank you lord), and choosing a mascara is never really a big fuss, pretty much nothing disappoints me and nothing amazes me, until, I purchased this in a mad duty free spending frenzy!

The brush in this mascara is absolutely perfect, with firm bristles for precision from root to tip and a rounded tip for even those tiniest of lashes and the corners of your eyes! I have experienced no clumping at all with this mascara, even with a couple of layers! The longevity is amazing, to the point where this is actually a bit harder than your average drug store mascara to remove, wipes or a liquid eye make-up remover have worked fine, just takes a bit more elbow grease! The product also doesn't dry out throughout the day, I find some macara's can make your lashes look 'hard', but by the end of the day this still looks as good as when you first applied it!

As I previously mentioned, I did buy this duty-free to try and take the sting off the high £19.50 price tag, but I can honestly say it is worth every penny as it does exactly what it says on the tin! The main element the would make me want to re-purchase is actually the brush, as I hate to admit it but sometimes my mascara application is quite slack and I end up with mascara blobs under my eyes, but the tip of the brush really helps!

Boots.com are currently offering a free gift with each They're Real purchase, so this should be the perfect time for you to snap this one up!

Are you a Benefit fan or is it all just fancy packaging?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Red Lippy Week - L'Oreal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash in 'Juliet'


There has been such a buzz around this product within the blogging community since its release, and mainly because it has been named as a YSL Glossy Stain dupe, which I think has been good news all round, as I am afraid my budget just can't stretch to YSL price tags, I don't know about you?! So with a small £7.99 price tag I did not hesitate to snap this up. In comparison, I think L'Oreal's packaging is a lot nicer, and actually looks a lot more classy and expensive than the YSL tube. Although, I have not had the pleasure of testing out the YSL Glossy Stain, I'd love to hear other peoples comparisons!

A swatch of the product!

The first thing I noticed about the L'Oreal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash collection, is that the colour range is a bit samey, it feels like there should be a lot more nudes and pinks, so when choosing a colour, I had to go for a trusty red. Juliet (Shade 300) is the reddest out of the range, although you wouldn't realise until you swatch it, as it looks very pink in the tube. This colour is very wearable, on first application you are left with a bold and glossy colour, which changes as it dries on your lips. After a few hours the product leaves a 'just bitten' stain, which I think looks really lovely! 

The product is quite sticky like a lip gloss at first, but as the product dries, the stickiness disappears. My absolute favourite thing about this lip stain, is that it is water-based, meaning that your lips are constantly hydrated. Although, it does feel really strange on your lips at first, like you are dabbing water rather than a lip product, but it does thicken up once on the lip! After hours of wear, dinner, drinks and chatter this product still looked fine, there was still moisture and the thought of re-applying was distant. The longevity is amazing, and honestly, I was shocked to get such good results from a drug store product. Application is a dream with the petal-shaped wand, I think the shape makes it really easy. The only (small) downfall to this lip stain is the pigmentation compared to others I have tried, it took about 4-5 layers to get a fully opaque lip, I mean I got the result I wanted after multiple applications, but it does seem pretty excessive! 

I would love to see more colours introduced to this very small range, I think this is a perfect lip product for those girls on the go who have no time for re-application throughout the day!

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Red Lippy Week - MAC Russian Red


So this week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week and The Eve Appeal have launched The Red Lippy Project between 9th - 15th June 2013 to raise awareness, public knowledge and understanding of the role cervical screening plays in cervical cancer. Prevention is lower and cervical screening uptake is declining. This week aims to help raise awareness of the role cervical screening plays in cervical cancer prevention through range of events, campaigns, media coverage and material distribution, to get involved we will be posting about our favourite red lippy's this week!

Russian Red by MAC is my go-to at the moment! It is described as an "intense bluish-red", until you compare the two lipsticks, you could probably mistake this for Ruby Woo (as reviewed by Alice here), once they are actually swatched together you can see that Russian Red is a more lighter/brighter red. Russian Red has a matte finish (although, nowhere near as matte as Ruby Woo), so I personally like to prep the lip with a lip moisturiser to avoid any obvious drying out. This colour is fully opaque on first application and the finish means the colour lasts for hours! In simple terms, I would describe this as a more girly red, rather than a seductive red. This colour can be dressed down with simple make-up and then dressed up with heavier eye make up. I would say this is a must have colour for any make-up bag!

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Red Lippy Week - Ruby Woo Review

This week is Red Lippy Week, a project set up by the Eve Appeal to raise awareness of cervical cancer. We thought we'd get involved by posting about a different red lipstick everyday! So to kick this off I thought I'd choose a highly acclaimed (and if you look at the pictures of mine, a very much loved) MAC's Ruby Woo!!


The classic MAC Lipstick. This retails for £14.50
My very much loved bullet. I'll soon have to get another one! This beauty
has served me well!!
What it looks like on!


This is a blue-toned red, which means pearly whites, a very welcome bonus, it's also super bright, so not for the faint hearted, but ultimately this is my go to red lipstick. I love using this when I've had a long day at work and am heading out for a night on the town, with a quick layer of this, my day (and rather dishevelled) look is instantly transformed for a night of painting the town, well, red. If you layer this up and blot in-between applications, the longevity of this lipstick is brilliant, I've worn this on a night out and many a time and not needed to reapply that often, if at all. Blotting though is very important because this product is notorious for leaving your lips feeling cakey and tacky, so remember - blot, blot, blot.

This is a classic shade of red, which will suit a wide range of skin tones, and is an all round cult favourite. I would highly recommend this lipstick to add to your collection if you're after a big, bold lip. As I mentioned before this is no subtle lipstick so do keep that in mind if you're just after a wee tint.

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Friday, 7 June 2013

Soap & Glory: Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean: £7.00
I am still slowly working my way through my Soap & Glory Best of All set which I bought at Christmas time, and this is one of the products that was included. As the bearer of an oily t-zone I thought this product would be perfect as it is advertised to tackle clogged t-zones. After removing eye-make up, I massage this into my cheeks and then my whole face in circular motions and rinse with warm water. The bottle says to repeat twice on oily areas such as the nose, forehead and chin, but I have been using this product twice over my whole face as this product does not give the deep-clean I would like.

Once I come to use toner and moisturiser there seems to still be a bit of make-up left on the skin, this cleansing milk seems to tackle the majority of make-up on the surface of the skin but will not unclog all make-up from deeper within the skin.

During the first few weeks of using this product I found my skin to be very dry, especially on my nose and under my eyes. I had to use a thick helping of moisturiser over night, which is not usually necessary. During the daytime I also found the underneath of my eyes and cheek area to be very itchy. On the other hand, after a few weeks usage, when I was nearing the end of the bottle, my skin seemed to settle and get used to the product, and I actually quite enjoyed using it. There was no redness, or itchiness and I was pleased with the results. I really think this product will have different effects with different people, and that maybe there is an ingredient in it that my skin wasn't used to!

The thing I love about this product is it contains peach extract and smells absolutely divine! I would really love to hear the experiences other people have had with this product!


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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Travel Supermarket's Worldwide Wardrobe Competition



Joni Jeans from TopShop - £36, Crop Top from Topshop - £10, Leopard Print Socks from New Look - £3.99, Biker Jacket from Missguided.com - £58.99, Shopper Bag from Zara - £39.99, Boots from New Look, £59.99. Total £208.96

After having a few trips around London shopping like mad, we've learnt a few things to make the 
process a little easier. A loose fitting tee and a nice comfy pair of jeans, like Topshop's Joni Jeans should make navigating Oxford Street on a busy Saturday that little bit easier, and as they're quite stretchy, a breeze for a heap of wardrobe changes. Having loads of accessories on can get in the way and get caught, but if you still want to jazz up an outfit, this embellished faux-leather jacket can give you the glitz you want but can be removed instantly, and placed neatly in the Zara Shopper Bag. This would give Mary Poppins' bag a run for it's money, providing lots of space for all your new purchases, even if that includes the kitchen sink. A trusty pair of boots is a staple in any girls' wardrobe, so we've picked this pair from New Look. These sport a small heel so shall remain comfy throughout the day, will keep your feet nice and warm and shielded from the rain, but also have a nice cut-out detail to show off your favourite pair of socks, this leopard print pair are a personal favourite of ours!!



Dress from ASOS - £50, Bangle from TopShop - £14, RiRi Woo Lipstick from MAC - £14.50,  Wedges from Zara - £29.99, Clutch Bag from Zara - £39.99. Total - £148.48

After a long think, there really couldn't be any other dress to wear out on a night on the cobbles in New York City, whether you think you're a Carrie or a Samantha, you cannot fault the LBD. We've picked this fabulous little number from ASOS, with a halter-neck, lots of lace and is backless. And with a LBD it is almost criminal not to pair it with a statement lip, and with the release of Rihanna's line with M.A.C and the new retro matte shade 'RiRi Woo' we thought it would go greatly with it. A nice statement clutch such as this tiger clutch from Zara would be perfect to keep all the necessities in and tie in beautifully with the rest of the look. Another item from Zara, the nude wedges are great if you've spent the day exploring the Big Apple and you've got a pair of slightly worn feet. With such a classic dress with a halter-neck, you don't want to ruin it with too much jewellery so this wire bangle will add the right amount of glam while keeping the outfit all about that beautiful dress!



Midi Skirt from ASOS - £28, White Shirt from ASOS - £25, Ballet Shoes from ASOS - £25, Hair Bow from TopShop - £10, Earrings from Urban Outfitters - £30, Casio Watch from Urban Outfitters - £40, Butterfly Bracelet from Urban Outfitters - £6, Handbag from Zara - £49.99. Total £213.99


Paris is known as the city of love, so if you're heading there to meet the man of your dreams, knock him dead with this ensemble. We've selected a few pieces of dainty jewellery, such as these earrings, Casio watch as well as this butterfly bracelet from Urban Outfitters, and this hair bow from Topshop. A nice pair of flats will be amazing hopping off and on the metro and ticking all your boxes on your trip. A reasonably sized bag to fit in your camera and your souvenirs like the very much loved Zara Office City Bag would be brilliant and look great with the classic Parisian look. The flowy midi skirt is a homage to style icon, Audrey Hepburn, who believed 'Paris is always a good idea' which we think is very true indeed and this collared shirt also from ASOS would compliment the skirt, making the outfit smart yet comfortable which would brilliant whether you're drinking wine on the streets of Montmartre or pretending you're a princess at the Palace of Versailles.


Kaftan from River Island - £28, Sandals from New Look - £39.99, Bikini from TopShop - £25, Saddle Bag from ASOS - £14.99, Headband from ASOS - £6, Bracelet from River Island - £10

After you've been experiencing the wonders of Thailand and hearing about infamous full moon parties, a look which meets beach chic and festival style slap bang in the middle will be perfect. This River Island kaftan and Topshop bikini will work amazing for the main pieces of the outfit, the detailing on the kaftan omits the need for a necklace so this ASOS headband and River Island bracelet are simple pieces to wear as well as this cross-body bag to keep all the valuables in and a nice pair of sandals to tie it all together. This outfit is great for summer as coral screams summer and tie dye was made for the beach. A lot of these pieces you can recycle for the day time too so if you're backpacking your way around Thailand, these items will be great for that capsule wardrobe.


What do you think of our looks? Making these has certainly fired us up to go travelling this summer, and we hope we've leant you a little bit of inspiration to look down right fabulous on your travels!!
We nominate Thunder & Threads, Sprinkle of Glitter, Zoella, BeautyCrush and Tanya Burr to have a go at these!! How can enter too by checking out the Worldwide Wardrobe Let us know what you think, we love to hear from you!!