Friday, 30 January 2015

The Netflix Tag

Happy Friday Everyone! :)
 
I spotted this tag on Twitter after I saw Faye from fayeolivia.co.uk had completed it and as soon as I saw the words ‘Netflix Tag’ I knew I had to do it as I LOVE Netflix. This tag was started by Alice from anniewritesbeauty.co.uk and what a great idea it is – so thank you Alice! 
 
 
1. What are you favourite series' to watch on Netflix?
 
My top favourites by far are Dexter and Breaking Bad – I was completely hooked to both of these series from start to finish and I’m still having some withdrawal symptoms now that I have finished watching them. I also love Orange is the New Black, Skins, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Black Mirror and Prison Break.
 
2. What are you currently watching on Netflix?
 
I am currently in the middle of The Vampire Diaries and it is amazing! I am completely hooked.
 
3. If you could have any series, old or new put on Netflix, what would it be?
 
At the moment I would definitely say The Walking Dead. I am in the middle of watching the series and it is hard to find it as it was recently taken off Sky, if it was on Netflix it would be perfect!
 
4. What is your one peeve about Netflix?
 
I have to say I haven’t yet come across anything bad about Netflix that has really annoyed me… the only thing is maybe if it doesn’t have a film or programme I want to watch it is frustrating but I can’t complain too much as there is quite a good choice.
 
5. What are your essentials for a perfect night in with Netflix?
 
Essentials are most definitely the following; my bed, cosy pyjamas, a glass of wine and some kind of chocolate or ice cream (preferably Ben and Jerry’s).
 
5. Recommend one series or film for someone else.
 
If you can handle blood and gore then I definitely recommend Dexter, it is amazing! If you prefer something more girly (even though they aren't massively girly but you get what I mean) my absolute favourites are The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.
 
 
I tag anyone who is reading this post and uses Netflix to do this tag! I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s answers so far and finding out new series to watch, so if you do take part please send me a link to your blog! 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Illamasqua Blusher 'Naked Rose'

Illamasqua 'Naked Rose' - £21.50


Sorry for the serious lack of blog posts at the moment! I am struggling to juggle everything – a full-time job and house-hunting! Not really an excuse I know, so many wonderful bloggers have full-time jobs and balance everything – but it’s going to take a bit of practice I think for me.

Anyway, onto today’s post. I am talking about this Illamasqua blusher which I got as a present for Christmas this year. Up until now I have never owned anything from Illamasqua but have always wanted to as it is so highly rated. There are so many great reviews about their products from bloggers I love so I knew I had to get my hands on something soon and see for myself. One thing I really love about this brand is the packaging. I love the simple black design and the font of the writing – but it also has a lovely unique and quirky feel to it as well. The design of this blusher is gorgeous and it is very petite and not bulky at all – oversized packaging is something that often annoys me!

 As for the colour, Illamasqua have a wide range of blushers available and it did take me awhile to choose which one to go for. Eventually I decided on ‘Naked Rose’ which is a neutral, beige pink shade. I did feel it looked particularly light when I saw it and did look past it at first, however after speaking to the lovely lady at the counter she explained it isn’t that light when on the skin. She was definitely right, when I swatched it, the colour I feel in love! I’m not one for bold, bright pink cheeks and this shade is just perfect to give yourself a lovely but subtle colour.

Naked Rose is a powder matte blusher, which is definitely my preferred option as it is very wearable during the day, good for contouring and it doesn’t highlight any pores – it is great for oily skin. The texture is so creamy and soft, it picks up really well on a brush and blends really well. The colour payoff is amazing, you literally only need a tiny bit on the brush to get great results. Bare that in mind as at first I made the mistake of covering the brush with product and ended up looking like a clown! I’ve been using this most days since I got it and have barely made a dent in it – it still looks brand new so I’m guessing it is going to last ages which is great.

 After having a quick browse on the Illamasqua website, I noticed they say this blusher can provide up to five variations of the same shade depending on how lightly or intensely it is applied. It can also be used wet for a bolder colour pay-off –and can even double up as an eye shadow. This is great as it is so versatile, I find it perfect for everyday use but if I wanted to add more effect for an evening look it would definitely work!


Overall, I am really happy with this blush and I think it is really reasonably priced at£21.50. Illamasqua have so many shades of blushers which all look gorgeous so I can’t wait to get my hands on another one hopefully soon!

Have you tried this? What do you think? Are there any other Illamasqua blushers you recommend?


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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette


One of the presents I was lucky enough to receive at Christmas was this Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette. I was so excited when I saw this as I am such a big fan of neutral shades and the colours in this palette just look amazing. 

The packaging of this is absolutely gorgeous. It comes in a long rectangular case with a brown marble pattern and elegant gold writing. It is very thin and compact when closed, and contains a large mirror on the inside and a brush. This makes it perfect for travelling when you are limited with space which is something I always look out for when choosing a product.


The palette contains six eyeshadow shades with a mixture of mattes and shimmers. Starting from left to right - 'Bone' is a light ivory shade which is absolutely perfect for highlighting the brow bone and inner corners of the eye. 'Champagne Quartz Metallic' is a light shimmery pink/ gold shade which works as a great base colour on the eyelid. 'Malted' is a soft matte taupe shade which is can be used either as a base eyelid shade or for some subtle colour in the crease line. 'Gold Sparkle' is my favourite of them all - it is a stunning gold shade which is so glittery and perfect for a party eye look. 'Sable' is a matte chocolate brown which would also be great for in the crease - though I have been using this to fill in my brows which works well. Finally, 'Espresso' which is a dark matte brown - this shade is perfect for using along the lash line. 

As you can see, there is such a range of colours which are so versatile and can be used to create lots of different looks. This for me is what makes it worth its expensive price tag at £37.50. 


The colours are very light, so it is best for creating soft, natural eye looks and it is perfect for daytime makeup. You can how light they are in the swatches above, I struggled to get them all to show up. 'Bone' on the far left you can barely see! I'm not sure if this was just the lightening, but I can guarantee when I use it to highlight the brow bone is is great. The pigmentation of the four matte shades is really good, especially 'Sable' and 'Espresso'. As for the two shimmery shades, the pigmentation is still good but not incredible. What also is great is that there is hardly any fallout when applying the eyeshadows which can sometimes be a problem - this is good as there is no product being wasted!


I must mention at this point how great the double ended brush that comes with this palette is. You can see above one end, which can be used to apply the eyeshadow all over the eyelid and in the crease area. It is quite small so it allows you to be precise where you apply colour and it is so soft.


The other end is this eye liner brush which can be used with the darker matte shades to line the eyes. I love this brush the most, it is so firm and allows you to get a precise and even line - I have also been using this to fill in my eyebrows and it works really well. I love it when a palette comes with a good brush, as they can be so expensive when sold separately. This eye liner brush on it's own is £22.50 on the Bobbi Brown website. 

I think this palette was limited edition for the Christmas period and when browsing online I couldn't seem to find it in stock anywhere unfortunately. If I am wrong please let me know! I did however come across the Bobbi Brown Cool Eye Palette which looks incredible as well - I would love to get my hands on this!

Have you tried either of these Bobbi Brown Eye Palettes? What do you think?

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Benefit- They're Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner - £18.50

I actually can’t believe how long it has taken me to write this post. I bought Benefit’s They’re Real Push Up Liner a few months ago, back in September I think. When I bought it was around the time it seemed to be appearing on almost every blog I followed, there were reviews popping up everywhere and there was a real mixture of positive and negatives about this product. I wasn’t actually going to buy it as it was looking to me as if the cons outweighed the pros, but there was an offer in Benefit where if you buy two products you get a free makeup bag and makeup session. So, unsurprisingly I was swayed and ended up purchasing it. I was also so intrigued to form my own opinion about it as there were so many different ones out there and see what everyone was talking about!

The reason I have been putting off writing this post so long is because I feel it is a rather difficult product to review and it has taken me awhile to decide whether I actually like the product or not. I have a few pros and cons to it so I will go through these and give you my overall opinion of it.

I’m sure most people already know how They’re Real! Push Up Liner works, but just in case you don’t I will explain briefly. It is a gel eye liner in a pen form. There is a twist up feature at the bottom which allows you to release the product into a small top section, then it comes out of an even smaller section which you can see in the picture below. This allows you to control the product and apply it to your lashline.

Benefit says on their website: "It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye! "

In theory it sounds amazing, but I did experience some difficulties when applying. To begin with, when you are not used to the product it does take a while to get to grips with the speed of which the gel comes out and how much you need to twist it. There is also the problem of if you do release too much product, it then becomes wasted and I find this quite annoying considering the price of it! This then can lead to the problem of making the application of it difficult, I had a couple of occasions when I ended up with a much thicker line of gel then I wanted because there was too much product coming out.

However, once you do get used to controlling the amount of product you want, and also how much pressure to use when applying, it does become a lot easier. You can see in the picture below (I got a bit carried away practicing on my hand) how it can be difficult to get a neat thin line, but it is possible - it just takes a bit of practice. A positive point to this though is that on the occasions when I do want a slightly thicker, heavier eye look, this works great to achieve this. It really is a gorgeous dramatic, black colour which I love.


     They're Real! Push-Up Liner is waterproof and Benefit says it won't smudge or budge! This is definitely true. With some liquid liners you can find after all day on your eyes they dry out or begin to rub off. This liner has incredible staying power, it honestly does not budge all day, so for this reason I find it ideal for when I know I am going to have a long day and want long lasting makeup. This does also mean that it can be difficult to remove. I have heard that the They're Real Remover is amazing, but I am yet to try this as it is quite pricey. I normally use Garnier Micellar water which works well, though it does take longer to remove than other eye liners. This can be frustrating, but overall it isn't actually too bad, and I'd definitely rather have something long lasting - even if it means a bit more work to remove.

      A plus for me is how convinent this liner is to apply. Most other gel eyeliners come in pots and you need a brush to apply it. So, having it in this pen form is great and does allow quicker application. However, as I mentioned above if you accidentally let too much product out, it is wasted and can get quite messy.

      The final big plus about this liner for me is that it works incredibly well on the waterline of the eye. I often find with pencil liners that they don't work well in this area and this is somewhere I usually like to put eye liner. This liner shows up very well on the waterline and has great staying power as well.

     As you can probably tell, there are quite a few pros and a few cons to this product, so it is a rather hard one to make your mind up about. Overall, I definitely don't regret purchasing this liner. It has been a really interesting product to try as I haven't come across anything similar. Even though it is quite pricey at £18.50, I have been using this on my waterline almost everyday and it seems to last a long time.

      As for whether or not I would repurchase this, it really will depend on how I feel when it runs out and whether or not I miss it and feel I have had my moneys worth out of it. The most likely reason I would buy this again would be down to how well it works on the waterline (it really is amazing!)


     I hope this review has been useful if you are thinking about purchasing this product, it is a lot of money to spend and I wouldn't want anyone to regret it!

Have you tried this as well? What do you think?
 
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Sunday, 11 January 2015

MAC Lipstick 'Please Me' Review


MAC Lipstick - £15.50
The latest MAC lipstick to my collection is 'Please Me'. I was in search of a matte nude colour which would be a perfect work shade - goes with most outfits, subtle and long lasting. I did swatch a few nudes but I ended up falling in love with Please Me. It is a warm pink shade, but still quite neutral and subtle so it is a good everyday colour (unlike most of my pinks which are rather bright!)

I haven't got another matte lipsticks from MAC as I always worry they will be too drying as I do often suffer with quite dry lips. So, I was a bit worried about trying a matte formula but the prospect of having something really long lasting throughout the day was too tempting to resist.

I have found with this lipstick, the ease of applying really does depend on how your lips are. The first time I applied this my lips were feeling dry and it was harder to apply. However, if I wear a layer of lip balm before applying the lipstick it helps - or a layer of lip balm after applying which is also good.  It really depends on what you prefer, I always like to have some moisture in my lips which is why wearing lip balm as well is ideal. I have to say though, it is not as drying as I was expecting a matte lipstick to be and there is still some creaminess to it as you can see in the swatch below.


The colour is just the perfect everyday shade if you are a fan of pink and don't want anything too out there. What has really impressed me the most is how long lasting it is. I have been applying this just before I leave the house in the mornings before work and I would say it is still completely in place for around four hours possibly longer. This obviously does depend on whether you are eating and drinking in this time as well. When having a drink I did notice a lot coming off onto the glass, but then when I looked in a mirror awhile later there was still a layer of colour visible on the lips - impressive! 

I can really see why MAC matte lipsticks are so popular, the long lasting formula is just great and the colours are so pigmented and not actually as drying as I was expecting. As I said I did originally want a nude shade and this is definitely something I am still looking for. At the moment I have my eye on 'Fleshpot' and 'Myth' as they would most definitely go with every outfit! If you have these or know any good reviews please leave a comment :)


Have you tried 'Please Me'? Are there any other matte shades you recommend?

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Top 10 Beauty Products of 2014

I love reading 'favourites from 2014' posts as it's so interesting to see what items everyone has been loving over the year. It also always gives me ideas of new things I must try out as if it has a place in someones favourites then it must be good! I was excited to do a post like this, there are so many new beauty products I have discovered in 2014 and now cannot live without. These 10 are my favourite beauty products of 2014 and they are all items I would definitely repurchase when they run out. 
Face

1. MAC Cream Colour Base in 'Hush' - £15.50. Hush is a multi purpose cream highlighter which can be used for highlighting any areas you want and can be used on bare skin or over foundation. This is one of my favourites from 2014 as I have found myself reaching for it on so many occasions, I love the colour it gives and the cream formula makes it so easy and quick to apply with fingers. (Full review here)

2. The Body Shop All-In-One Face Base - £14. I am so happy I have discovered this powder, it is definitely the best face powder I have ever used and not surprisingly I use this everyday on top of my foundation. It can be used alone as a foundation itself, but I prefer the extra coverage. It gives such a nice matte finish and is great for touch ups throughout the day as it comes with a handy sponge and mirror. (Full review here)

3. Bourjois Bronzer - £7.99. This bronzer has been so popular for years and I can't believe it took me so long to purchase it. I find myself reaching for this everyday, it gives a prefect daytime colour which only a slight shimmer and it smells absolutely amazing! (Full review here)

4. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - £25. I got this primer as a free sample from Boots and I loved it straight away! I will most likely be buying the full size soon and I can see exactly why it is a best seller product. It glides onto the skin so easily and leaves it feeling so silky and soft. It really helps minimise pores as soon as its applied and I find myself needing less foundation after applying this. It is oil free and really does a great job at keeping my foundation in place all day. 

5. MAC Matchmaster Foundation - £28. I have been using this foundation for awhile now and it is by far my favourite of all time. I put off repurchasing it for awhile because of the cost, but I do think is is definitely worth the price tag. Is it very matte and perfect for oily skin. (Full review here)

Lips

6. MAC Lipstick 'Sandy B' - £15.50.  I received this lipstick as a present for finishing university back in May 2014 and since then I have used it so much, it has become a must have product in my handbag when I go anywhere. This is because the colour is so versatile, I have found it goes with almost every outfit and is a perfect day time shade. (Full review here)

7. No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick 'Cameo' - £9.95. This is the second lipstick which now lives in my handbag. I love it because it is so moisturising and great to apply to dry lips which I often have. It provides a gorgeous pink shade which is subtle so it is perfect for everyday wear. (Full review here).

Eyes

8. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette - £37. I got this palette a few months ago and since then I have pretty much reached for it everyday when doing my makeup in the morning, so it definitely had to feature in this post. The colours are just gorgeous and you can create so many different looks with it, I never get bored of it! I also find it is perfect for travelling when I go away for weekends as the packaging is strong and it has a mirror and a great double ended brush with it. (Full review here). 

9. Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara - £19.50. I bought this in duty free at the start of summer and I have been using it most days since - I love this mascara so much! It gives such good results with just one quick coat on the eyelashes and I really like the plastic brush that comes with it. I have almost run out of this now and will definitely be repurchasing it. Although I am not a fan of the big price tag, I have to say it is definitely worth it. (Full review here).


10. Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner - £5.29. Throughout the year I have started to wear liquid eyeliner more often during the day and this Rimmel eyeliner is perfect. I love the thin brush, it makes it so easy to apply a thin neat line on the eyelid when you don't want too much during the day. It lasts really well though out the day and isn't too much effort to remove which some liquid eyeliners can be. I bought this particular one mainly because of the reasonable price and I am so glad I have found an eyeliner I love at a good price, I definitely recommend this!
That's all my top 10 beauty products from 2014. Writing this post has just reminded me of how much I love them all and I'm sure I will carry on loving them all throughout 2015! Do you like any of these products? Have you got any 2014 favourites posts?
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Friday, 2 January 2015

Office/ Workwear Clothing Haul



First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful evening. I mentioned in my last post that I am just about to move to London, so 2015 brings some pretty big changes for me - a new city and a new job! With this being said, I felt it was only right to add some lovely new pieces to my workwear wardrobe and after Christmas I did have a little spree. The items featured are all from Miss Selfridge, Primark or H&M and I have taken some pictures of me wearing some of the items as I think it shows what they are like a lot better - you can't always tell when it's on the hanger. 
Miss Selfridge - £32


First in Miss Selfridge I came across this black roll neck dress. I love the high neck, it is so smart and the long sleeves are great as I do often get cold in an office. 
Black and White Stripped Jacket - £35


Also in Miss Selfridge I found this black and white stripped jacket. When I saw it I thought it would go perfect with the black dress above and I love this outfit. I have another couple of black dresses as well which this will go with so I think this jacket will be getting a lot of wear.

Grey T-Shirt Dress - £25

Finally in Miss Selfridge I bought this grey t-shirt dress. This is slightly more casual wear for the office, but still suitable and it will be so comfortable which is what you need when you are wearing something all day. I will probably put this with a belt round the waist to smarten it up and thick black tights. 













H&M Dress - £29.99

I love H&M clothing as they always seem to have so much choice and the prices are normally quite reasonable. When I saw this dress I fell in love instantly - the pattern is just gorgeous and I love the zip detail on the sides. The material of this dress is so nice as well, it is so thick and such good quality so I think it will be so lovely and warm.







H&M Dress - £25
I saw this lovely sleeveless dress above in H&M and although I wasn't sure at first, as I thought it was a bit plain, when I tried it on I fell in love! It is so fitted and comes with a belt around the middle which looks very smart and definitely suitable office wear. I also thought it would be great to wear with the jacket I bought from Miss Selfridge.

H&M Blouse - £14.99
The final item I picked up from H&M is this black and white blouse. I love the design on this, it is so pretty and I will most likely be pairing this with a pencil skirt to wear to work. 

Primark Black Skirt - £8
The final place I purchased some pieces from was Primark. I only went in to get some tights but as always with Primark I couldnt resist a wander around and their prices are so good I just couldn't resist! I found this black skirt which I know will be so easy to pair with a nice blouse for the office. I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture but it is a thick woolen type fabric, so is perfect for this winter weather and all be great with some black tights. 

Primark Jumper - £10

Lastly, I purchased this jumper from Primark. I love the design on this and the material is quite thin, which I prefer as I usually find a thick jumper too hot in an office. This will be great with a pair of smart trousers or a black skirt. 

That's everything I picked up for my workwear wardrobe. I'm glad I had this little shopping spree is it is nice to know I will be starting my new job with some lovely new outfits to wear.

Do you like any of these pieces? What are your favourite places to shop for workwear?
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