Tuesday, 29 November 2016

YouTube Made Me Buy It!

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all well and are having a good day wherever you are in the world.

As you can see by the title, today's post is a popular post/video idea for many in the beauty community, so many have done a post or video of this and I love reading and watching them. It made me look into my beauty stash and realise I have a lot of products I bought because of Beauty YouTubers so I thought I'd show you some and what I think of them.

I'm literally going to start with the first products I can 100% remember buying because most Beauty YouTubers were using, loved and were talking about them. At the time of buying these, they were cult favourites back a couple years ago, I don't really see them in blog posts or YouTube videos anymore. The products I'm talking about are Aussie hair products, everyone and their mother (literally) were using this brand! If you remember this brand, used their products or even maybe still do, let me know in the comments what products they are. The products I always used were Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Conditioner and the Miracle Recharge Leave-In Conditioner Take The Heat. I re-purchased these very items many, many times and I'm not going to lie, it's only this year where I've branched out and used different products for my hair as I'd used these for so long. They worked very nicely for my hair, the Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner really did help turn my hair around a few years ago after I started to really take care of my hair. My hair was damaged from over dying and heat, which these helped to put the moisture and life back in my hair, along with the Reconstructor Conditioner this was gem of a deep conditioner I swore by it. The Leave-In Conditioner Spray I only literally stopped using a month ago, I'd tried a couple different sprays before but I always went back to this one until I bought one from Salon International last month, just in time as my trusty Aussie spray was running out.

My next product is also a hair care product and that is the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment, this is so good, I still have a pot of this in my hair product collection. I've re-purchased this about 3 times I think, it lasts for quite a while considering the pot isn't huge as a little goes a very long way. After using this my hair feels like silk but I haven't used it in a while simply because I'm too lazy.

The next few products are Make-Up from the same brand, which is the well-loved Benefit. The products I have are the Hoola Bronzer, Porefessional Primer and the They're Real Mascara. These are the only products I've tried from Benefit so far, I know... WHAT?! HOW?! WHY?! I have been meaning to buy more products from them but I don't know really, I just haven't got round to it. I love all 3 of these products, Hoola is my favourite out of the 3! It literally is perfect for contouring, I always use it when I contour and bronze it's beautiful, I would recommend it to everyone! I use the Porefessional Primer before applying foundation every time, I find it really does smooth my skin and cover my pores. And lastly the They're Real Mascara, I've started to use a bit more lately, I use this when I want to add length to my lashes and to separate them as it's perfect for doing so.

I hope you liked this post. If you have tried and use any of these products then please feel free to leave comments below telling me whether you like them or not, and feel free to check out my social media accounts, linked below. Thank You. MWAH!

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

My Autumn and Winter Lipsticks

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all well and are having a good day wherever you are in the world.

As I've mentioned many, many times Autumn and Winter are my favourite season for so many reasons and one is the lip colour trends are more berry, burgundy and darker toned colours and they're my favourite shades of lipsticks. So I thought I'd share my favourites for the Autumn and Winter seasons.

I have done a whole blog post reviewing these very recently here if you were looking and interested a full review. The shades that I'm loving are currently Beeper is warm mid-toned taupe, Trap is a dusty grey beige, Lumiére 2 is a dusty mauve pink/purple and Tulle is a dusty mauve burgundy. These shades are very popular within the beauty community and no doubt you've probably heard of them. They're very affordable prices but are sold online not in-store. They're very pigmented, easy to apply and long lasting.

NYX Lip Lingérie 
I've also done a full review on this product hereI've only tried 3 shades in this range and am obsessed with them. The colour that is my favourite and is more suited for Autumn and Winter wear is the shade 02 Embellishment, this is a dusty muted purple grey toned shade. It's a very unique shade, you definitely won't come across too many colours like this. I'm obsessed.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream
Oh yes, another lip product that's a matte liquid lipstick! I'm sorry but they're just so in trend right now, everyone and their mother are wearing matte liquid lipsticks basically because of Kylie Jenner. She's the Queen of make-up right now as her cosmetic line is killing the game. Anyway back to Sleek Matte Me, the shade I'm loving is Velvet Slipper it's a deep dusty mauve pink. Once again this shade is quite unique, I found it heart to describe this beautiful shade.

MAC Satin Lipstick
I've finished with liquid lipsticks, now the remaining 2 are regular lipsticks. A Satin Mac Lipstick in the shade Rebel, it's a mid-toned plum and this was my first Mac lipstick and Mac product I'd bought. I literally bought it in the winter time, December 2014 to be exact haha. This is a beautiful colour, you can apply it and it not be that opaque and strong if you're not that brave or you can really build it up which is what I like to do. It feels very moisturising and creamy, so when I don't feel like wearing a liquid lipstick that drys my lips out I turn to this one.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
These lipsticks have 2 finishes which are matte and créme. The shade I have is Va Va Violet and it's a créme finish, it's a deep toned true purple and purple is my favourite ever colour and I love this shade when I want to be super vampy/grunge. Like the Mac lipstick, this can be applied lightly or build it to be very opaque and dark. I also think it looks better with lip liner underneath which brings me to my last lip products.

Barry M Lip Liner
I love this lip liner, it's stiff to apply but the colour applies nicely. I prefer my lip liner to be more stiff, I also find the liner lasts longer when it's stiff whether the creamy liners get used so much quicker. I'm not quite sure on the shade of this it's either wine or plum, it's not on the pencil and I've had it for a fair while so I've forgot but it's basically a deep purple. If I have a dark, mauve, purple lip then I've 90% of the time got this underneath the lipstick. I even wear this on its own sometimes.

I hope you enjoyed this post. And maybe I've introduced you into shades you haven't come across or don't have or even a product. What are your favourite lip shades/products for Autumn and Winter time? Be sure to leave comments below or speak to me on my social media, links below. Thank you. MWAH!

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

My Current Hair Care Routine

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all well and are having a good day wherever you are in the world.

Today's post I finally have my updated hair care routine, that I mentioned I'd be doing in my Salon International Haul as soon as I've tested the products well and long enough to know if I like them.

My last hair care routine post was in March 2015, so that was 20 months ago, and I've changed out my products a couple times since then, but not all the products. Now I have all new products, I've finally swapped out the products I've used forever for all new, which I am loving!

I'm starting with Shampoo and Conditioner, I always like to use 2 different shampoo's and conditioners, that cater to different needs for my hair. My main shampoo and conditioner I use are the Osmo Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner. Now my hair is thin and fine, but I have lots of hair if that makes sense, it's not thick by all means so it's a little flat and these products give it that oomph it needs and I'm loving it. The second Shampoo I use is the Lee Stafford Beach Blondes Shampoo, it tones the brassy and yellow tones to make them more blonde and silver, the product looks scary as it's bright purple. I usually wash my hair with the Osmo shampoo first, rinse then use this toning shampoo after as I like to leave it in my hair for 3-5 minutes I see such a massive difference when I leave it. A couple weeks back I left it in my hair for 10 minutes and when my hair was all dry the blonde highlights had a purple tint to it, so it's strong stuff and I love it. The second Conditioner I use is a deep conditioner/mask and it's the Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask, when I use this my hair honestly feels like new hair, it's all so smooth and nourished and really makes a difference to my hair. I haven't used a deep conditioner/mask for a few months so my hair is really enjoying this product.

That's all the products for washing my hair, now for the products I use after. After my hair has air dried for a little while I then use Osmo Effects Wonder 10 Leave-In Treatment and this makes my hair so much more manageable when it comes to brushing my hair, especially that first brush after my hair is washed, my hair is a nightmare but this product helps my brush glide through. After the leave-in treatment, I then like to go in with the Moroccan Oil Treatment to nourish my ends and make my hair looks shiny and healthy, even though my hair is in great condition for being bleached. I like to take care of my hair. I also have the Moroccan Oil Blow-Dry Concentrate, this is a new product and I haven't used it yet as I rarely ever blow-dry my hair or use heat on my hair so I have yet to try this. Maybe I could do a review when I do if you're interested let me know in the comments below.

That's all the products I use when washing and to care for my hair after washing, the last product is a heat protection for when I do use heat and the one I use at the moment is the GHD Heat Protect Spray and that is every product. I don't use anything else when I style my hair even hairspray, my hair doesn't need it and I hate the feel of hair with hairspray. 

My hair is my baby, I use minimal heat on my hair such as only occasions and events is when I'd use them which I'm a homebody so that's not a lot haha. I also only wash my hair once a week! Yes one day a week, and that's always a Saturday. Everyone gasps when I tell them that, it's not dirty, my hair never smells or looks extremely dirty and it doesn't get greasy that much as my hair is trained now to go that long. At first, when I tried to space out my hair washes my hair did look very greasy but after a while, my hair got used to it. And besides I work in a kitchen and with children so my hair has to be up during the weekdays no matter what so that helps with going so long between washes. I must mention the brush I use as that too is new and I'm in love with it, it glides through my hair and makes it feel so soft and smooth and that is the Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra Brush, I definitely recommend for people with knotty, long, thick and unmanageable hair.

Phew well done if you got through all that post, it was longer than I anticipated but I wanted to make sure I included everything. I hoped you like it, and hopefully, you found some products you'd like to try! I couldn't recommend them all to you enough! Let me know in the comments below or on my social medias links below if you tried any of the products mentions. Thank You. MWAH!

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Let's Chat and Catch Up

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all well and are having a good day wherever you are in the world.

Today's post is just me chatting to you about my life and how I'm feeling right now. Sorry, it's not an exciting review or a helpful post, but I feel like rambling,I enjoy reading these sorts of posts now and again, they help get a feel and to know the blogger.

I'm really enjoying blogging again, it's something I've wanted to do and stick with for a few years now, but that's where I've failed... sticking with it! I put a lot of effort and time into my blog and posts, I haven't got much interaction from readers on my blog so I get disheartened and doubt myself and my blog, that's when I drift away from my blog. I know my blog isn't going to grow and get much interaction if I keep giving up, not sticking to a regular posting schedule, not using my social media accounts to advertise, or interacting with other bloggers and readers. But sometimes when you feel that way all you feel that's best doing is giving up.

Another topic I feel like talking about is my current job, I've been sick the past 3 weeks now with Laryngitis, if you don't know what that is then it's basically inflammation with your voice box, your voice gets hoarse, so you have difficulty speaking, you can also get a sore throat, ear aches, a cough and a fever. I literally had all of them but a fever and generally I just felt very lethargic and poorly. So I've had a few sick days from work spread over the course of those 3 weeks and now I'm feeling much better and have to be back at work I feel really anxious and don't want to go back. It's not that I'm being lazy it's just I'm not happy with my job, truth be told and I've only just admitted that to myself.

I'm feeling fed up working jobs that I never like, that I only work to earn money which sadly most people do this. It's only lately where I've figured the only way I will be happy with working is if I could work at home and be my own boss, which is what blogging can lead to. I would be ecstatic if I could earn a living making a hobby that I really love become my full-time job. Wouldn't we all though? But I'm determined to get my butt in gear, make good quality content, and grow my blog while making sure I'm having fun and enjoying it.

I hope you liked this little post, even if it was me basically moaning and be negative, but I just felt like I needed to talk about all this, and let you guys know so you can see me in a more personal way and get to me a little. Please feel free to leave comments below or on my social media's which are linked below as always, just say hi. Thank you. MWAH!

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Small H&M Autumn & Winter Haul

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all well and are having a good day wherever you are in the world.

Two words; WINTER clothes! If you knew me personally, you'd know I detest and always have detested buying new clothes and going clothes shopping. I've never felt comfortable so I rarely buy new clothes except for Autumn/Winter time, that is literally when I'll happily get new clothes. Simply because I love big knitted jumpers, leggings and all things flowy... basically items that cover me all up!

So this haul only has 5 items and they are 4 knitted jumpers and a pair of boots, nothing too crazy and exciting here sorry. I was majorly in need of some new jumpers and some winter boots. The pictures I'm using in this post are the pictures that are on the H&M website, so all rights and credit go to them. I apologize for being a bad Blogger and not using my own images but 2 of these jumpers were in the wash, and I couldn't take decent pictures of the jumpers so I gave up and had to use the ones from the H&M website.

The 4 jumpers are all knitted, over-sized type jumpers. My favourite out of the bunch was the cheapest one priced at £12.99, it's a long-sleeved jumper in a soft knit with narrow ribbing at the cuffs and hem and slits in the sides, in the shade beige and I think it's so soft and comfortable. 

The second one was is described as on the site as an oversized jumper knitted in marled yarn containing some wool with a round neck, dropped shoulders, long sleeves and slits in the sides, this was price at £24.99 and I got it in the shade light grey marl, this is the softest jumper out of them all it feels so lovely and comfortable.

The third jumper is described as a jumper in a soft, textured knit containing some wool with long raglan sleeves with slits at the cuffs and ribbing at the cuffs and hem, this is priced at £14.99, I got this in the shade grey marl. I have yet to wear this.

The fourth jumper is slightly different that the other three as this is a turtle neck, and it's described as a jumper in a soft, ribbed, chunky knit with a turtle neck and dropped shoulders in a straight style with slits in the sides, this is priced at £14.99 in the shade dark purple marl. Again I am yet to wear this.

The boots I got are the popular Chelsea boots, they're simple but look nice with everything, they're literally the type of boots I repeatedly buy. These are priced at £24.99 and are black.

I hope you liked this post, I found it strange writing a post with clothes as it's something I never do and certainly won't do very often. Are you a jumper, leggings/jeans and boots kinda' gal in the Autumn/Winter like me? Thank You. MWAH. Xo

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Review

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all well and are having a good day wherever you are in the world.

Today I have a review of the very popular Ultra Matte Lips and Lip Pencils from the extremely hyped brand ColourPop! I've already reviewed the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks and now I have the ColourPop ones that I'm going to compare and let you know which of the two I prefer.

ColourPop is hugely hyped in the beauty Youtube and Blogging community, everyone and their mother owns or has tried at least one product from them! The Ultra Matte Lips, are one of their best selling and popular products, as matte lips are very in right now and have been for a while.

There are 42 shades in the range, well that's what I counted on the ColourPop website, they could have more though so don't hold me on my calculation. In my order, I bought 7 shades and they're the only ones I own as this was my first order with ColourPop, I got these in the first week of when they started shipping to the UK back in July, I'll let you know my delivery experience after I've reviewed the products. The shades I have are Are N Be, Bianca, Tulle, Kae and the popular Beeper, Trap and Lumiére 2 which is the beautiful KathleenLights on Youtube's collab with them. And also I got 2 Lipp Pencils in the shades Lumiére and BFF 2.

Are N Be is a rich mauve plum, Bianca is soft mauve pink, Tulle is a dusty mauve burgundy, Kae is a deep dark brown with warm reddish and yellow tones but I couldn't find that on the website so I think it's discontinued as it was part of the KaePop Collab. Beeper is warm mid-toned taupe, Trap is a dusty grey beige and lastly, Lumiére 2 is a dusty mauve pink/purple. As you can tell I seem to like the mauve type colours, which I didn't really notice until I looked up the descriptions of each of these colours.

The price of these Liquid Lips is $6 each, in GBP that translates to £4.79, very very inexpensive so you can see why everyone loves this brand! The coverage and colour payoff are very good and pigmented, even with one swipe which is lovely but I'm terrible at applying liquid lipsticks and mess it up going over my lip line most times so I have to remove it, and this product is very hard to wipe off lightly, they take some scrubbing and the darker colours can leave a colour stain also but a little make-up removing liquid usually does the job. So with these, I would 100% recommend lining your lips beforehand to ensure a cleaner application.

Unlike the NYX Lip Lingerie the feeling of them on your lips while they dry and after they've dried feels so much better, as they're not tacky and don't feel like you have it as much on your lips. I mean you can feel that you have, but just not as much as the NYX as it leaves a tacky feeling. They are transfer proof which is what's expected of matte liquid lip products. The longevity is very good also, they last most of the day with drinking and eating, but it depends on what you're eating. I'd had a McDonalds one day of wearing one of the darker shade Tulle and I still found it to last pretty good though, it just wore off in the middle and smudged as I was wiping my mouth with a wet wipe and I'm not one to re-apply the product straight on top when I still have some product left on my lips so I just removed it completely before re-applying. But they are buildable I find, there is only one shade that doesn't build well and that's Bianca which I'm going to talk about that one.

For some reason the formula of the Bianca Matte Lip is different to the others which disappointed me as I love this colour, it is the perfect everyday shade but I can't really wear is as straight on application it's very dry and crumbles pretty much instantly, I don't know why but I have heard when I searched to see if others Bianca is like it, that since my order they've reformulated the old original matte lips to the new and better formulation so I'm guessing I'm the unlucky one that had an old formulation annoyingly.

Aside from that I'm obsessed with ColourPop's Ultra Matte Lips and can't wait to expand my collection! Now my verdict on what Liquid Lipsticks I prefer over NYX and ColourPop, if I'm honest I think I like the NYX a fraction more, a very little fraction and I don't really know why, well I think it feels better on my lips strangely after I said NYX is a little tacky but I like it.

The 2 Lip Pencils I have are Lumiére which is a dusty mauve pink/purple, again is the beautiful KathleenLights collab and BFF 2 is a mid toned peachy nude pink. The formula of these is very creamy and very easy to apply which I love. These shades I bought are very versatile, I use Lumiére underneath the berry and dark lip products and BFF 2 underneath nude and pink lip products. These are priced at $5, which makes £3.99 GBP.

I said earlier on in the post I was going to tell you my experience of UK Delivery and I thought it was good, I mean the delivery took 2 weeks which it says 7 to 21 days so it was well within that. It was all smooth ColourPop's side, but when it got to the UK I got an email saying my order was attempted to be delivered but no one was in to collect which I knew someone was so I gave it a couple more days for a reattempted delivery and nothing. I had to check my local post office online with my order code and it said it was at the post office, so I went there and that was where I got hit with a customs charge of £15 which wasn't too bad but when you get charged by ColourPop £25 for delivery and then customs, £40 is an annoying amount for delivery especially when the products I bought come to £45 so the delivery cost almost as much as my order which sucked. I'll be looking out for free international shipping codes next time I order that's for sure!

Congratulations if you got through this hefty but informative review, I hope you enjoyed this post and that maybe it helped you out whether you had your eye on buying from ColourPop but wanted to know what others thought of them before buying. Feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have or contact me on any of my social media linked below as always. Thank you. MWAH!

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Meet The Two Puppies In My Life

Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all well and are having a good day wherever you are in the world.

I'm so excited for this post as of course, it's telling you about my delightful puppies, whom I'm completely obsessed and in love with. I've been without a dog at home for a couple years, and since these puppies come along I've realised a house definitely isn't a home with at least one!

So, these puppies aren't exactly mine. One is my boyfriend's sisters' at his house (where I live) and the other is my little sister and brothers' at my parent's house, only around the corner from me. But despite that, they still very much are and feel like my puppies also, they love me! Not tooting my own horn, they genuinely do. Dogs are such loving animals, they make my heart so happy and full of love it's unreal!

The first puppy who is called Arlo, yes named after the dinosaur from The Good Dinosaur. My niece gave him the names. Arlo is the one that feels the most mine and the one I am closer to, as I live with him, he's Shit Tzu cross Yorkshire Terrier (Shorkie Tzu I call his breed), he was born March 5th, 2016 making him 8 months currently at the time this post was published. This little one is the oldest out of the two, but he seems younger not only because he's smaller than the other pup but because he's so much more delicate and gentle, He's got such a cheeky, mischievous, sneaky, playful but cute, and timid personality, he loves cuddles and being around everyone, I love him.

The second puppy is called Teddy, Ted for short, and he definitely suits his name, he's so fluffy and cuddly. He's a Shit Tzu cross Chihuahua (ShiChi I call his breed), he was born March 18th, 2016, so he is 13 days younger than Arlo but he looks older as he's a little bigger than him. Ted is the opposite to Arlo, he's much more outgoing, rambunctious, loud and hyper, he;s more independent and isn't too keen on being cuddled and smothered like Arlo is, and he doesn't sit still long enough for pictures whereas Arlo loves the camera.

I always take the both of them on walks together, but I take Arlo the most as he is more my dog. They love each other, I take Arlo around my parent's house to see Ted and they don't stop! Literally playing and chasing each other, as if my parent's house isn't hectic enough haha.

I hope you liked this post, I know it's not beauty related but it's a personal post and it's always nice to see bloggers share some parts about them to make people who read their blogs get to know them more and relate to them. If you have a dog or any other pet, I'd love to know what breed/animal, sex and age they are, so be sure to let me know in the comments below or on my social media, links below. Thank You. MWAH!

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