Thursday, 29 August 2013

London Bound

Hey everyone, Thought I would write my first lifestyle post today having been away for quite a while. Recently I took a short weekend trip to London with my family to do some sight seeing, shopping and to clear my busy brain. Having never been to London before this was quite an experience! Yes in 21 years I have never been to London when it is only 4 hours away ha ha !

I absolutely loved the city, completely different to where I am from so it was quite a culture shock! I can safely say after my two wonderful days I could possible see myself living there in the future. I somewhat felt completely comfortable in the city and I couldn't believe how much there was to do and how big it actually was. This has to be one of my favourite places I have been. Here are a few snaps I took on my little adventure :)

Thursday, 22 August 2013

My week in photos

Did you know Aldi has amazing bargains? || Chicken salad & Peach tea for lunch, delish || Some apple green alcoholic drink || Girly time with a friend, much needed || Tasty hangover orange juice, always needed ha ha || Sweet potato bites, these taste amazing || Trip to my local beach, beautiful windy day || Boyfriend & the iron men || more sea, very calming.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Maybelline colour tattoo pomegranate review

I am a huge fan of the Maybelline colour tattoo eyeshadow's, and have worn the colour bronze near everyday since purchasing. Whilst I was in Superdrug I fancied trying another shade to add to my collection, I was stuck between the beautiful blue shade or the pomegranate. Having blue eyes I went with the most practical colour for my eye shade and chose pomegranate.
Pomegranate punk is a shimmery metallic purple shade, It is probably one of my favourite colours. I found this needed around 2 coats to have the perfect coverage so really good considering the price. This shade is slightly more sheerer than the bronze which I previously purchased.

When I got home I was very excited to try this colour but was slightly disappointed with the outcome, on my eyes I felt it  gave me the 'I haven't washed my makeup off' Look, like slightly dirty, but maybe that is against my skin tone. I was really hoping this would be amazing like my first purchase but that didn't seem to be the case.

Performance wise, These are amazing. They last at least 10 hours on my lids which is great for when I'm feeling lazy! Another thing I love about this product is the packaging. It is very handy to have, for travelling, nights out and days where you simply can't be bothered to give yourself a makeover. I usually just use this with my fingers and it is very practical. I would probably use this eyeshadow as a base colour underneath a purple rather than on its own so I will still get my wear out of it.

Price: £4.99
Availability: Superdrug, Boots & most online makeup stores.

Have you tried this product? what did you think?

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Lacura Beauty Concealer Pen Review

I love testing out new concealers all the time, Having used my Collection 2000 lasting perfection for ages, I decided to be more open minded and tried a even cheaper brand. I remember people comparing the Aldi Concealer pen to the Touché Éclat, I was easily please, especially knowing what a bargain this product was. 

Since I was near a Aldi this week, I decided to pop in and see what they had to offer. I seen that this concealer was around £3.59, absolute bargain for what I heard. Since they only had 3 shades I decided to get the lightest as I was mostly using this for highlight.
Another little bonus about this product is that it has not been tested on animals!

Firstly the packaging, it is basically the same as the YSL Touché Éclat but probably more cheap looking. At first it took a few attempts to actually get the product out as it's a clicky pen but once you get the hang of using the product, It only takes at least one click for you to get the amount of product you need to conceal.
I found the texture to be quite light when applied, you only need the slightest bit too so it saves! 
My only disappointment about this is that it dries too quickly before you get the chance to blend it in. A few times I have applied this as a highlight and it has dried before I had the chance to blend the product in, which is so annoying since the actual conceal itself lovely.

This concealer is not the best for coverage but its lovely if you are in need for a quick fix! I usually use this for a contour so under the eyes, chin, nose and forehead and it works great. This also lasts all day for me which comes in handy if your travelling or out and about all day.

I wouldn't say this is my ultimate favourite concealer but its something I will always have in my makeup collection. I would say this is on par with the Touché Éclat, if not better as your only paying a cheeky £3.59 woohoo!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Top 5 drugstore lipsticks under £5!


Revlon 'Volcanic Red'
This lipstick was around £3.50, cheap for nice red lipstick. I bought this over a year ago and I still use it all the time, not only is it long lasting but it comes in beautiful sturdy packaging!

17 Supreme shine 'Bella'
This is probably the second time I have purchased this lipstick, mainly because its a pretty shiny nude that's perfect to throw on when your in need of a pick me up! I usually use this when I'm in a rush because its pretty and long lasting. I payed around £3 from boots and will probably keep repurchasing until I find something similar.

Rimmel 'Notting Hill Nude'
Out of all the lipsticks this is probably my favourite. I am probably quite fussy when it comes to nude lipsticks, some shades suit my skin tone others don't but I'd say this is the perfect colour for me & I hope to see this again. The best thing about this product has to be the price, cannot complain for £1! Goood eh?

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick '107'
I just love this brand, especially because of the matte lipsticks. I do love a good gloss but a beautiful matte red is just perfect for all occasions. I loved this in winter and over used it! I has some purple tones in too and looks perfect with winged liner. At around £4 this is the most expensive lipstick out the bunch but defiantly worth to have in your collection.

Miss Sporty Perfect colour lipstick '054'
I really hate lipsticks that are named with numbers, although they are easier to find, I feel the brand could have been a little more creative. I bought this a few years ago as I was looking for an affordable coral lipstick. I absolutely love this brand, my favourite thing is that is smells of watermelons! I have reused this many times and always get compliments when wearing it.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Products I would never purchase again

Here are few beauty products that I have found highly disappointing and would never purchase again. These might work for some people but for me It was a complete waste of money.

Firstly, good old nail polish remover. I bought this when I was away for a week and was in desperate need in taking my chipped nail polish off. As this was the cheapest one I could find where I was, I thought it would just be as good as my 80p one at home. I hate this and so did my nails! Not only did it make them dry, but took at least half of the bottle to remove it.

Now this Instant shine dry conditioner looks like something good, I use this brand for my silver shampoo and realised after I picked this product up that it was a conditioner. This made my hair oily and greasy when I have naturally dry hair. I still have a full bottle of this and would probably never use it again. It did give my hair a boost of shine but not in a good way!

I purchased Clinique Clarifying lotion when I was suffering with a little acne on my chin. I wanted a skin care regime that would reduce the redness and oiliness on my skin. As advertised by the lady on the counter I thought I would give the 3 step plan a go. Since I received a sample as well as this, I used that up first to see whether I liked it. If anything I found this regime to break me out more than I did and again was a complete waste of money. However this does work for my mother so not always a waste.

Having going through a rough time, all I had done was cry. Not looking like I wanted to be makeup free all the time, I was in need of some waterproof mascara and something that wasn't too pricey. I came across this in Asda for around £2 and I think its the worst mascara I have ever used in my life, too make matters worse I picked up the colour brown which also looks silly on me, I can never seem to find a good drugstore waterproof mascara that gives great results. Any recommendations? :)

I wear lipstick everyday, so when I seen this product I could not resist buying. Long lasting wearable lipcote I thought was right up my street. I actually can't stand wearing this product, I have used this 3 times and the times I have used this I have experienced burning lips and then I usually get some sort of pimple, I wish I could love this product but it just aint for me.

Lastly the ever most popular stay matte powder by Rimmel. Anybody else hate this product? I have a very shiny forehead and chin and no matter how many times I have attempted to love this product, It never works. I am not the biggest fan with powder anyway but this made me look like I had a thick layer of makeup on.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Makeup brushes on a budget!

Having not had the best of everything and having to live on a tight budget, I have always looked out for the cheapest and best quality makeup products I could find, Here are a few I have picked up over the last year and I thought I would share.

Left to right.

Fraulein 3.8 Eyebrow brush
I received a set of makeup brushes from my boyfriend as a gift, this brush is from eBay in a set of 20 and cost around £9! I use this brush on a daily basis for my brows and it is my ultimate go to eye brush.

Fraulein 3.8 Flat brush 
I use this usually for my lid or under my brow, this is also from the set from eBay and it basically came with around 6 of these flat brushes in various sizes.

Megaga Professional blending brush 
If you are looking for a super cheap blending brush then this one is for you. This cost me around £3 again from eBay (yes you can tell I love eBay!) This is such a bargain brush, The wooden texture gives it a sturdy feel and the brush itself works a treat! Just as effective as a MAC or Crown brush.

Elf Blending Brush
Now I would not call this brush a blending brush, it feels more of a pencil brush. I adore this brush, Whilst not having a wide variety in brushes over the years, this has been useful for many things. Priced around £0.99 I would say this is the cheapest brush you can possible buy with the best quality.

M.Y.B Pencil Brush
Now can you guess where I purchased this brush from? ;) Yesss its eBay but I adore this brush! I payed around £3.99 so more expensive than the others but totally worth it. The quality is amazing and these brushes are long lasting so you get your moneys worth.

Fraunlein 3.8 Flat Brush
I use this everyday for my brows, this gives you the perfect shape brow and is super soft! Again from the set above.

My week | Instagram obsessed

Yummy garlic and ginger noodles || £7 bargain Asda || One of my favourite shows ever!! || Super white clouds nearly blinding me

Teeth whitening results || Italian Rosary Beads || Another new favourite show || Vintage Book I picked up at a little boot sale

Monday, 12 August 2013

My week in makeup

I recently began ' My week in nails' but as I'm very lazy with them lately I thought I would switch it up and do My week in Makeup. Here are a few makeup looks I have been wearing this week, hope you like!