Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Look #1

Simple smokey eye

I am in no way a make-up artist or professional so this may not be my finest hour but i am going to try! I absolutely love the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and use it practically everyday because you can do so many looks with it.  I thought i would do a series of posts on some eye shadow looks that i like to use on a day-to-day basis!
So here goes:

Eye shadows i used:
1. Base Colour: Foxy - a matte cream
2. Crease Colour: Snakebite - a dark shimmery brown
3. Definition Colour: Busted - an even darker shimmery brown.

So i started off applying 'Foxy' all over the eyelid as a base.  I applied this using a Real Techniques Base colour brush! I then, using the same brush, applied 'Snakebite' in the socket of my eyelid to create the smokey eye effect! I then, using the R.T. Deluxe crease brush, blended the shadow out slightly to soften it.  I then, using the accent brush, applied 'Busted' in a line up from the outer edge of my eye.  I then blended this with the deluxe crease brush.  I put on some eyeliner (L'Oreal Super Liner in black) and some mascara (Benefit 'They're Real) and there you go! Doesn't take long!

I am really sorry about the lighting in the picture and the left side looking darker than the right! 

Crazy hair!

Thanks for reading and i hope these posts will improve in the future! Hehe

Blog soon!

Sarah xxx

My favourite combination!

Bronzer, blush, highlighter trio...

As an everyday look, i usually go for the same combination of products, especially when it comes to bronzer, blush and highlighter!  I tend to use the Real Techniques Blush Brush as it is the perfect size for contouring and applying blusher!

Ok so the products i use:

Bronzer: NARS Laguna!

Blush: MAC Gentle which is a raspberry colour with a shimmer.

Highlighter : MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle!

The trio on my face!
Thanks for reading!

Blog soon!

Sarah xxx

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Beauty wishlist!

As an extreme lover of beauty, i always have a wishlist of things i would like to try out/buy!
Some of the products are potential re-purchases but most are ones i have never tried!

So here we go...

1. Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm

I have almost run out of my usual Liz Earle 'Cleanse and Polish' cleanser so i am thinking of trying a new one out after i finish it.  This Emma Hardie one seems to be a favourite among beauty bloggers and looks to work well on sensitive skin! Sounds good to me!

2. NEOM organic body scrub

I have never tried an 'upmarket' scrub.  I use a soap and glory fruity scrub, which works perfectly well but i am always looking for others! I love NEOM candles and have never tried any of their body products so would love this!

3.  Liz Earle Botanical Body cream and Orange Flower Bodywash

I received a gift set for Christmas which included these two products.  As a big fan of Liz Earle i was always going to like them, but i absolutely love the smell and application of both of them.  They work great together.  They are quite expensive and i always have some sort of body cream and wash hanging around so i am waiting for an excuse to buy these! :)

4. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

This is a huge cult product that i am yet to try.  I think i would go with the smaller sized one as i think it's quite expensive for basically a toner.  But would love this just for a beauty 'pick-me up'.  I want to venture into space-nk (very dangerous) and give it a sniff to see if i like the smell as i'm a bit picky with smelly things on my face!

5.  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Another cult product! I had some samples of this lying around and absolutely loved it! Left my skin feeling great and strangely awake (can skin be awake?) in the morning which is always a good thing!  Haven't purchased yet because my bank would be looking very unhappy so may have to try and get some more samples! Hehe!

6.  Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oils

I've tried a small Revive AA bath and shower oil and i really enjoyed using it!  It is so relaxing in a Sunday night bath and beauty routine! Would definitely like to try more 'flavours' (for lack of a better word!) Again, it's expensive so hasn't been bought (yet!).

I hope you have enjoyed reading my beauty wishlist! I have definitely enjoyed writing it!
(By the way...does anybody else go to online shops and just add loads of stuff to the basket to trick yourself into thinking you have bought it? Don't know...probably just me!).
I am sure more of these posts will be made in the near future!

Blog soon!

Sarah xx

P.S. Song i am absolutely loving at the moment: 'When I Was Your Man' by Bruno Mars! Have a listen! It's great! :)

Monday, 11 February 2013

NOTD | No. 2

It's (supposed to be Sunday) nail day!

Here is today's look:

I applied my usual Essie 'grow stronger' base coat! Then two coats of a 'flip your colour' Rimmel polish in 'Purple Reign'.  I really like this colour, it's a sort of plum/purple metallic! Decided on no nail art this week, wanted a plain, effective nail and this one does the job quite nicely! :) Then i applied the Nails Inc. 'Caviar' topcoat! 

That's it for today! Thanks for reading!

Blog soon!

Sarah xx

Any nail polishes to recommend? Would welcome any nail tips and tricks!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Hot ribena :)

I wanted to dedicate a WHOLE post to how amazing hot ribena is when you are ill! Why does it taste so good and so different from cold ribena! It's so sweet and, in my opinion works better than the blackcurrant lemsip!

Statement: the only good thing about being ill is hot ribena!


Sunday, 3 February 2013

NOTD | Sunday is Nail day!

NOTD no.1

Sooo... as today is Sunday and tomorrow is the start of a new week, i like to refresh my usually chipped and unsightly nails with a new coat of nail varnish and more recently a try at some very amateur nail art!

I did the usual nail routine - clean all the dirt out of underneath the nail...bit gross, and shape them etc.
I applied my Essie 'grow stronger' base coat.  Have been really enjoying this recently.  I find it has really strengthened and increased the rate at which my nails grow (always a good thing)!  Let that dry and layer on 1 coat of Essie 'Funny face'.  It looks really pink and kind of fluorescent in the picture but in 'real life', it's a bit darker. I do two coats of that and let it dry!
I then thought it would be cool to do a gradient glitter on my ring finger as a sort of accent nail look- i have seen this done on various Instagram and Pinterest posts so thought it would be nice to try!  I am no nail or nail art expert but it came out quite well (it does look better in real life than in the pic but heeey!).  I used Model's Own 'Purple Haze' which is a gorgeous sparkly dark purple (no way!)
And then finally put one coat of a sample of Nails Inc. 'Caviar' topcoat which i received in a Glossybox a few months ago! Love it - definitely prefer it to Seche Vite!
So there it first NOTD post! I hope this will become a regular blogpost on a Sunday! :)

Thanks for reading!

Blog soon!

Sarah xx

Would love to see anybody else's NOTD posts? Anyone else tried a gradient glitter nail look? X

Friday, 1 February 2013

Battle of the BB | Clinique vs. Dr.Jart+

Ding ding....

I have slightly got onto the BB cream band wagon but how can you not when they are available everywhere!

I bought the Clinique BB cream about 6 months ago - (summertime), so the shade is too dark for me now. I decided recently to buy a Dr.Jart+ one since they are the 'original' (Asia's wonder product) and they were also on offer in Boots!
I am going to outline my favourite points of each of the creams and then outline the things i don't like and compare!

Ok to start...Clinique! I went in to my local beauty department store and got colour matched to a shade 02.  It comes in three different shades which is a bonus as i know many BB creams only come in one universal shade! It has quite a thick feel to it which i thought was surprising for a BB cream as they are meant to be a sort of tinted moisturiser.  This BB cream is said to 'conceal, help prevent premature signs of ageing with UVA/UVB protection, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, defend against the environmental aggressors, instantly soothe, work beautifully under foundation, make skin feel soft, smooth and look brighter and perfected'.  Wow.... a very long list of promises! It has no fragrance which is good and an SPF 30 which is great for me- a sensitive-skinned, pale kind of girl who burns at any sight of the sun!

It blends nicely with my 'Real Techniques Buffing brush' and leaves a nice base for my bronzer etc. and lasts well.
I would expect this to be a good product for older women with all the promises of anti-ageing but still works nicely as a BB cream for me! I will be using this more in the summer as i lighter base than my usual foundation.  BB creams are fantastic for when you are having a 'good skin day' as they are slightly heavier than a tinted moisturiser and lighter than a foundation.  This Clinique BB cream provides an ok coverage- i would say medium coverage! It contains a leaflet with lots of information about how to use and remove (of course with other Clinique products) the product.
In terms of packaging, it is nice.  It is the pleasant mint green colour of many of the Clinique products.  The tube it comes in is easy to use and travels well.

Ok onto the Dr.Jart+ BB cream.  I went into Boots just to see what was there and ending up coming home with this 'Regenerating BB cream'.  I tried some of the other Dr.Jart+ BB creams on my hand in the shop but thought this one suited my skin and skin tone best. This BB cream contains 'cutting-edge active ingredients' which 'cover and conceal imperfections whilst helping skin regenerate'.  The product claims to be a sort of triple threat - cover blemishes, act as a sunscreen and activate skin regeneration.

I don't know why i've gone for two BB creams that defy age! I'm 18!

This contains some great, promising ingredients; e.g. sunscreen, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, snail (say what.....!) secretion (wait..eeww!) filtrate and simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil!  It also is SPF 30 which is fab!  I really like the feel of this BB cream.  It is really light yet provides a great coverage (i'm finding myself wearing this everyday in place of my foundation!).  It blends beautifully but i do find my skin gets a little oily towards the end of the day but nothing a bit of powder can't fix!  Dr.Jart+ BB creams don't have a range of colours, but for me, this colour is perfect with a bit of blending!
In terms of packaging, i really like it.  Nice and simple, yet a bit fancy at the same time.  The tube is small which is great to carry.  It sort of has a blurred mirror effect on the tube which makes it stand out on my dressing table!

I would have to say that i prefer this Dr.Jart+ BB cream to the Clinique one simply because it feels and sits a bit better on my skin.  In terms of price, the Dr.Jart+ comes in at £21 (but i bought it for £14..bargain!) and the Clinique comes in at £25...more expensive but you expect that for a brand like Clinique.  You also get 10ml more of the Dr.Jart+ than the Clinique.  I would say therefore that the Dr.Jart+ BB cream is better value for money than the Clinique BB cream.  I am glad i bought both the products and would recommend them.  

Thanks for reading!
Blog soon...

Sarah xx

Have you tried any of these BB creams?  Have any recommendations for other BB creams to try?