Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Product Review- They're Real Mascara by Benefit

benefit they're real mascara
benefit they're real mascara

Sorry for spamming you with my eyes but I thought I would share you my thoughts on They're Real by Benefit. I'm pretty much always on the look out fora good mascara because, as you can see in the first photo, I have basically nearly non-existent natural eyelashes. My recent trip to Bournemouth and to the Benefit counter there got me considering the famous They're Real mascara. I got a bit of unexpected money so thought I would treat myself.

I have to say I had my initially reservations because me and plastic brushes don't tend to get on very well, I always end up stabbing myself in the eye. The bristles themselves are actually quite short, compared to some others I've tried such as L'Oreal Million Lashes for example, which surprised me. I didn't think that the brush would work well with my short lashes. I also like the shape of the bristles at the end which is really useful for getting the lashes in the corner of the eye. Definitely a plus to begin with.

I've showed the difference between one coat and two and as you can see there's a serious difference! I thought the consistency was a bit on the runny side to begin with but I think with most mascaras, as you use them, they sort of thicken up a bit and behave how they should. I did find that at two coats, lashes did start to get stuck together so I use another mascara wand to help separate them out a bit. I haven't used this yet with eyelash curler but I think combined it would give seriously impressive results. Sophie from the Benefit counter in Bournemouth also recommend using the combination of Bad Gal Lash and They're Real to get both volume and length so I will have to try it with my Bad Gal Lash sample.

It is pricey though and for me that's the biggest drawback. Around £18 for a standard tube of mascara. Worth it- I'm not sure. Probably a splurge treat rather than a regular purchase, especially considering my second and third favourite mascaras don't go over £11. Although I tend to change mascaras quite regularly though, I will continue to use it. It's definitely a good mascara but possibly not quite worth the hype.

I hope this has been a useful review
Have a good week!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

100 Followers Giveaway

Yep I've finally done it- I've hit 100 followers and that's a massive milestone for me.
So in order to celebrate, I'm holding a giveaway to win a MAC lipstick of your choice, as long as they are from the permanent collection.
The rules are that it will run for 2 weeks and you MUST follow by GFC
Twitter entries are optional but if you do, please leave your usernames and e-mails in a comment as well.
I will be checking! And the winner will be notified by e-mail at the end of the giveaway.
*Open Internationally*

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

MAC Haul

MAC make-up eyeshadow cranberry mulch woodwinked embark

Top Image- Left to Right Clockwise- Cranberry, Mulch, Woodwinked, Embark

As I mentioned in my previous post, I took full advantage of the fact that there is a MAC in Bournemouth. Even better, was the fact that it is inside a House of Fraser that was offering 10% off on that particular day. All the more reason to get my hand on some stuff!

I went with the intention of buying a x15 palette only to be told they had none as they were being redesigned, or something like that but they were still available to buy online. I said I wasn't bothered and that I would pick one up another time. I really want to start putting together my own palette as I only one Ricepaper at the moment.

These are the 4 shades that really caught my eye-
Cranberry- A red plum with shimmer
Mulch- A red brown with bronze pearl
Woodwinked- A warm antique gold
Embark- An intense reddish brown

They all come out fairly warm toned in the first photo but you can see the difference in the second. 3 of them are shimmery with Embark being the only matte shade, but perfect for using in the crease or to line the eye to avoid the harshness of a black line. They're all pretty autumnal colours, I've just noticed, but they all work well together as a colour scheme. And with my birthday coming up, I'm planning to get my palette and start adding to it.

P.S. Just a heads up, but I'm only 9 followers away from 100!
I know it's not many but it means a lot to me!
So in order to celebrate, when I hit 100 followers, I shall be holding a giveaway for a MAC lipstick of your choice!
 But if and when! I'm not going to force it!

Bournemouth Bloggers Meet

benefit make-up perfumes
benefit make-up brow bar
benefit stay don't stray bad gal lash mascara

HannahBroganMegan, Me, Hannah 
( And Joe who was behind the lense and Becca)
Last image thanks to Brogan

So yesterday I went to Bournemouth for the first time ever to go to the Bournemouth Blogger's meet, arranged by Hannah from BaileyCakesBlog. I met up with blonde Hannah as we were coming from similar directions and after getting lost for a while, we eventually made it to Aruba on the Bournemouth seafront.

We had a few drinks before heading out for lunch and then to the highlight of the day, the Benefit concession in Debenhams. We were greeted by Sophie who gave us a run down of some of their products as well as Megan getting her eyebrows done and Hannah having her make up done. Which has seriously made me consider the Benefit Hello Flawless foundation as it looked seriously amazing on her! We were gifted with a a sample of Stay Don't Stray (which I will be test running on a friend's upcoming 21st) and Bad Gal Lash, that I'm equally looking forward to trying!

So all in all, a really good day meeting new people and I even got to pop into MAC ( post coming soon).
Today has been a day of blitzing uni work and recovering from an exercise class I did on Friday- I don't think my body has ever ached so much in my life. I feel like a right grandma!
Hope you guys have had a good weekend!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

My Best Red Lipsticks

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red lipsticks

Right to Left- MAC Viva Glam, MAC Ruby Woo, Natural Collection Cherry, Topshop Rio Rio

I thought I would share with you my favourite red lipsticks and my thought on them. I'm a big lover of the red lip so finding the perfect shade and staying power is crucial.

The first one is the darkest burgundy shade I have and suits olive skin tones very well. It's also perfect for the dark reds that we see around in autumn/winter. It is a very matte finish and has great staying power.

The second is the infamous Ruby Woo- if you haven't heard of it, where have you been?! This is my go to pillar box red. Best used with a lip pencil to line to get the perfect red pout. This is also a very matte finish and can be a bit drying to make sure you have beautifully smooth and nourished lips first!

Third is Cherry by Natural Collection which is probably my second most worn. The shape of the lipstick is different to the conventional shape so it make applying it much easier. It's also really smooth and doesn't dry out your lips which is one of the reasons I love it so much. However it does have a tendency to travel/ bleed especially after a few hours so use a liner to keep it in check.

Last but not least in Topshop Rio Rio, one of the first Topshop lipsticks that I bought. I'm a massive fan of Topshop lipsticks in general- they all have a gorgeous creamy formula and I'd really recommend them. Rio Rio is quite orange toned and probably the one I wear least. I consider it to be much more of a summer red rather than a warm autumn red. Does that make any sense aha?!

Anyway, I hope you guys are having a nice weekend.
I'm sitting here with a nice big cuppa trying to keep warm. The glories of student life, aye?
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Monday, 1 October 2012

Nose Update- Nose Piercing Aftercare

nose nostril piercing

Not want to shove a picture of my nose in front of your for no reason, I thought I would give you an update on my nose piercing an how I am finding the aftercare.I hope it'll be of use to anyone going through the same thing or if anyone is considering having theirs done too.

As everyone knows if they've ever had anything pierced the best way to clean a piercing is good old sea salt mixed in warm water. No chemical nasties and definately nothing containing alcohol- that will just irritate the skin around it. What I do is make up a saline solution, soak a cotton wool pad in it until it's pretty saturated and hold it to the piercing.Let the water soak into the piercing. This is particularly useful to help clean away any crusty lymph. Then two Q tips in the water to wipe and clean around the piercing. Try to avoid knocking the stud and NEVER take your stud out. You'll do more damage than good. I do try to wipe the inside of my nose which may seem pointless because, well, it's the inside of your nose. It's never going to be squeaky clean.

A quick word on infection. It is perfectly normal to get a small amount of crusty lymph. That's good to have and it means that your body is doing is doing it's job and healing. If it's infected, you will know. It will hurt, be very sore and may or may not ooze pus. Pus is thicker and more yellow than lymph. Pretty, I know.

I know it's easy to say don't knock but accidents do happen and I've knocked mine plenty of time. However, the other day, I did it pretty bad and nearly knocked it clean out. Don't panic. Carefully push it back in and wash it straight away. Now, the next day, I noticed I had developed a bit of a purple bump on one side of my piercing. It's pretty faint but you can see it on the above picture. If this does happen, to up your cleaning, the best way I found to help the bump was to fill a cup up with warm salty water, almost to the brim and pretty much stick your nose straight in there for as long as you can. It looks weird and feels weirder but trust me, it does the job. Two days after doing this, my bump had significantly gone down. It's still on the mend and I'm still going to have a few more weeks before I change the jewellery (no less than 6 weeks down the line) and honestly, the longer you clean it, the better.

I hope that this is some use for anyone considering having a nose piercing
Any questions, as ever, feel free to ask :)