Sunday, 25 January 2015

Back to Basics | Makeup starter kit

Today's post is about products that are 'needed' to start a makeup kit. These are just some of the things I think are best products to start off a makeup kit! 

First things first, a great base needs to be created. For this if you are a total beginner in makeup, a bb cream might be best because it gives a light coverage otherwise I would use a foundation like Rimmel 'Wake me up' foundation £8.99 which helps make skin appear more awake and light but still only have a light to medium coverage.

Next a powder for me is vital, especially because I have oily/combination skin. I suggest something like Miss Sporty 'So clear' transparent powder £2.99  I have already featured this powder in My recent beauty buys post but it helps matte down skin and reduce shine. 

One thing that can change a face are eyebrows, which Is why I think that a brow mascara is a must have. I suggest one by Mua £2 to start off a makeup kit because it's really affordable and is easy to  brush through your eyebrows to add colour and define, it's really that simple! 

For lips I suggest something like this Collection 2000 lip butter £2.99 . Lipsticks are too much to put in a starter kit but using a lip butter means your lips are moisturised but they come in a range of colours, so colour can be added to your lips.

And finally the most important thing in my makeup bag for me is mascara! I use the Maybelline 'Rocket volum' mascara £7.99 . It thickens and adds colour to your lashes!

This is my idea of a makeup starter kit!

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

6 ways to great hair | Tips

Having great hair is a feel good factor for most people so following  these tips will help to ensure you can feel good all the time! 

1. Wash your hair correctly |
If you can, it's best not to wash your hair everyday because it strips your hair of its natural oils.
Start by massaging your shampoo into the scalp, working into a lather then rinsing. If needed, repeat this process again.
After, it's time to condition, for best results only apply conditioner to the mid lengths and ends of the hair as applying to the roots can cause your hair to become greaser, quicker. 

2. Never brush wet hair |
Wet hair stretches and using a brush means it is more likely to snap. To help avoid this using a comb is recommended to remove the knots or invest in a Tangle Teezer £10.99.

3. Give your hair a treatment |
To keep your hair in tip-top condition, a hair mask is a great way to add back lost moisture! For best results apply one once a week.

4. Use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair |
This is important because different shampoos and conditioners will do different things for hair. If your hair is dry, opt for something moisturising, if oily something citrus based to dry out the oils or if coloured go for colour protecting products! Don't just assume one thing suits all.  

5. Use styling tools in moderation |
It's fine to use heated styling tools on your hair but giving your hair a rest a few days a week will do it some good! When you do use styling tools make sure that when you use a heat protector!

6. Have regular trims |
Many people think that not having their haircut every 6-8 weeks will mean it will grow longer and quicker. Yes, they are right in some ways but not having your haircut regularly will mean more split ends and breakages which when eventually having your haircut, will mean all the breakage will need cutting off! 

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Recent beauty buys!

Hello again, 
Today I am going to be posting about some products that I have recently bought, letting you know how much they cost and my view on them. Hope you enjoy!

The first product I recently bought was the Miss Sporty 'So clear' translucent powder £2.99. I originally bought this product because of the low price for a powder but since actually using the product I like the fact that it is good to use on teenage skin. The only thing I find with this product, is that it doesn't keep my skin matte for up to 7 hours like it states on the packaging and usually starts wearing off after an hour or two.

The next product was the 'Crystal Shine' finishing oil by Schwarzkopf £5.49. Recently due to the colder weather and heating being on, I have noticed my hair isn't as shiny as it could be. I like the scent of this hair oil, it doesn't weigh my hair down and has lasted well so far. 

The next product was the 'smoothing cleansing lotion' by Garnier £2.99. I have used the Nivea cleansing lotion before but decided to try this. It is quite a thin lotion, meaning it spreads easily and it also removes waterproof mascara which is great. If I was to choose which cleanser I like out of this one and the Nivea one, I would choose the Nivea one just because it seemed to removed more makeup in one go when I used it before.

The next product was the 'Wake Me Up' foundation by Rimmel £8.99. I have used this product in the past but have only recently come back to using it. I bought the foundation in the shade 'Ivory 100' which was the lightest shade I could find at the time but after looking online I have found they do the foundation in 'light porcelain, which I would rather have bought. Since using the foundation I have found that throughout the day the foundation seems to turn to more orange and is too dark for my light skin tone. However this foundation makes your skin appear more 'Awake' and has a dewy finish.

The next product was the 'Hide The Blemish' concealer by Rimmel £3.99. This wasn't actually the concealer I wanted originally however my mum picked me up the wrong one from Rimmel's range! However i have still been using it since and have found that It is a creamy concealer, easy to blend and gives a slightly 'highlighted' look to the skin meaning it's great to use under eyes and doesn't crease too much unlike other stick concealer's out there on the market.

And the last product was the 'Colour Tattoo' in Eternal pink by Maybelline £4.99. This product is a Cream Gel eye shadow meaning it's really blend-able, lasts a long time and has a gorgeous shimmer to it. There isn't really anything I could fault with this product, a definite must have.

(All prices were correct at the time online from Superdrug).

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Liz Earle - Skin Repair Moisturiser | Review

When it comes to skincare, a good moisturiser is a must for me meaning I am always on the hunt for a new one.
A moisturiser that I have recently been trying is the Liz Earle, Skin repair moisturiser £19.25/50ml. 
Liz Earle has a range of Skin repair moisturisers for different skin types but because I have oily and dry skin, I decided to try the one for oily/combination skin.

It does say to use the moisturiser morning and night, however I find that the light texture of the cream is lovely to use under foundation because it doesn't leave my skin greasy but at night I prefer to use a thicker/heavier cream so I can leave it to sink into my skin.
The thing I'm not too keen on when using the product is the scent of the moisturiser but that certainly hasn't put me off using it! 
The moisturiser can be bought from Liz Earle along with the rest of the range. 

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