Monday, 7 August 2017

Summer Makeup Staples

 
 
 

 
 
Although I probably say this in every beauty post, I genuinely do feel like I go for ages without speaking about my favourite makeup products. I usually always talk about either skincare or body care, so I haven't been able to show you what I've been wearing on my face in months!
 
Today, I'm just going to list off a few of my Summer makeup staples and talk you through why I love them as much as I do. These are all things that I've been wearing religiously for quite a while now (well, whenever I bother to do my face!) and they're what I swear by. When I properly love a product, I remain faithful to it until I get bored or find a replacement, which means I get good value for money and I then have go to's which I can rely on as well.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Confidence Boosting Beauty Tips | A Guest Post By Amy Goldsmith


We all have those days where we get up, check our reflection in the mirror, and think “Ugh, I want to go back to bed.” Sometimes we feel down for longer than one day, so we tend to sit at home with our gloomy mood, nursing the huge zit on our forehead and wonder why the gods have decided to curse us. It happens to everyone and it’s really okay to take time off to just lounge at home occasionally, but you don’t want it to turn into a habit. Developing a beauty routine that will give you a mood lift and make you feel cute and glamorous can be downright therapeutic, so don’t hesitate to simply do things that make you feel good. Playing around with your skincare and makeup really makes a girl feel pampered, so here are a few tips to give you a nice, hefty boost to confidence, because not having confidence sucks and you deserve better than to be sad.

Exfoliate

Dull, grey skin with a bunch of dry patches, or excessive oil is hardly a fun thing to wake up to in the morning. Don’t be the kind of person that lets gloopy dirt pile up on their face, as it’ll just make your skin look weirdly textured and uneven. Exfoliation is important if you want smooth skin, just make sure not to use any harsh exfoliants, especially if your skin is sensitive. Do a facial and body scrub once a week, then slather on some moisturizer and you’ll instantly feel sexier because your skin will be super soft.

Have a spa day

Have a big, stressful event coming up? Do a spa day at home. There’s nothing like luxuriating in the bath for at least half an hour as your muscles relax and your worries melt away. Go all in and spread candles around, pour a glass of wine or a beverage of your choice if you're not of the legal age, and just create an atmosphere that makes you feel like a luscious goddess. Put on a facial mask, put oils in your hair, and just really take time to take care of your body.

Play with makeup


A lot of ladies use makeup just to cover up imperfections, but that’s such a shame because there’s so much more to it than that. Makeup is fun and colourful, it’s creative, it’s a form of expression that can be subtle or full on glam – whatever you’re in the mood for. Don’t just use it to hide, use it to show off, to highlight your favourite features. Take the brushes and use them as tools to create art, to paint a picture. Of course, make sure to keep those brushes clean, as you really don’t want any bacteria there to make you break out, and products like the Osmosis brush cleaner can make sure it’s all well sanitized. Don’t worry if you aren’t good at applying it, just take your time and practice. You don’t have to put makeup on only when you’re going out. You can simply play with it when you’re at home, watching your favourite show or listening to music. That winged eyeliner will come to you girl, don’t worry.

Visit a hairstylist

Nothing like a good haircut to make you keep taking cute selfies. If your hair has been feeling a little dull lately, schedule an appointment and have someone transform an old, flat look into something fun and sassy. In case you don’t want to cut anything, go to a colourist. From buttery blonde and toffee colours to something bold like holographic hair – you can be as daring as you like.

Wear perfume

 

How attractive can you feel if you smell like peaches and cream, or jasmine, or lemongrass, or any of the other fresh, summery scents? Nice scents have the power to bring up memories, make us feel light, and invoke the feeling of happiness, so a spritz of your favourite perfume is an easy way to feel beautiful in an instant.
Our beauty routines are more than just an exercise in vanity. These rituals are empowering and they can soothe us even when we feel terrible. You’re beautiful even without them, and you don’t need to rely on them to look or feel good, but they can remind you of your own allure, of your own amazing self. So, pick a pretty outfit, give a bright smile, and sashay down the street like it’s a catwalk.  

 

 
 



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Thursday, 8 June 2017

All About Amie Skincare*

 


 
 
Over the past few months, I haven't been wearing makeup as much as I used to and I also haven't been practising my skincare routine. This has partly been down to the stress of revision and my GCSE exams, because it's left me with hardly any motivation for anything else.
 
Now that my exams are beginning to slow down a little (12 down, 6 to go!), I've started to put more time and attention into my blog whenever I get the chance. I've been planning brand collaborations in the background and today's post is the perfect example of that!
 
Before I got in touch with Amie Skincare, I'd seen them around when I've been searching the web or shopping and I'd heard of them through social media, but I'd never actually taken the time to do my research until a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who may be unaware, Amie is an all natural beauty and skincare range that's available to buy in Waitrose or through online retailers. The products are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts, meaning that they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. What a winner!
 
I was very kindly sent a couple of products to try out in the post for blogging purposes and so I'll talk you through my thoughts today on all 3 things.
 
Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish - £5.95. As far as I'm aware, I've never really spoken about my love for facial exfoliators and scrubs before. I used to use the St Ives Apricot one religiously for ages until it ran out and then I got sent this one to try by Amie! Honestly, I think it blows the St Ives option out the water. Never before have I liked an exfoliator as much as I like this one. I've used it every single day since I got sent it a couple of weeks ago, and it's actually almost completely run out! I'll definitely be repurchasing it time and time again. It has such a refreshing, uplifting smell and it's clear that there are no nasties going onto your face. It has a really nice texture to it, as I don't feel like it's too thin and greasy, but it's also not too thick and heavy - it's just perfect! There are little exfoliating beads, which I love it and it really does leave your face feeling squeaky clean, which is obviously what you want in a face wash! I'd say that it works best for combination to oily skin, as that's what mine is and it works a treat.
 
Amie DAYBRIGHT GLOW Brightening Sheet Masks - £6.99 (x3 in a box). I'm sure most of you have heard about the Garnier Mositure Bomb Sheet Masks by now, right? Although I've never tried the product myself, I've been intrigued by the whole sheet mask concept ever since. When I saw that this brightening one was in my package, I got so excited and I couldn't wait tot try it out! Just like the exfoliating polish, it has that really refreshing, uplifting smell that seems natural and pure. The mask goes on super easily and even though you look like a ghost for about 20 minutes, you can definitely notice a difference in your skin once you have taken it off. I like how you get 3 in each box, because you really do get your money's worth and they can last a good few weeks too.
 
Amie Petal Perfect Cleansing Micellar Water - £4.95. Ever since I can remember, I've started using micellar water instead of makeup remover wipes. I can't stand them anymore. They make my skin feel all polluted and dirty, which entirely defeats the whole purpose of them. Whenever I wear makeup, even if it's just a scrap, I always have to properly cleanse and exfoliate my face afterwards, otherwise I can't go to sleep because my skin feels so tacky. First of all, can we just appreciate how cute the name 'Petal Perfect' is? I love it! This gets my makeup off like a dream, all with just a couple of swipes from a cotton pad! I will admit that it does sometimes sting my eyes when I try to get my mascara off, but I think that every micellar water does that, so it isn't too much of a big deal! It also smells really fresh and clean and it does exactly what it's meant to do. Although it's a bit more expensive than the Garnier one and for a smaller amount, at least Amie aren't one of the brands that test on animals!
 
I hope this post has helped some of you! Let me know if you're going to try any of the products out.
 
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 
 
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Amie Skincare. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.
 
 

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

No Concealer



Last September, I came across a brand that I'd never heard of before that go by the name of  'No Concealer'. They reached out to me and whilst we were chatting via Twitter, they mentioned that they would send me a couple of things once they have done their editorial and made it through the initial planning stages.
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Friday, 23 December 2016

Organic & Botanic Review*



Back in the Summer, I was lucky enough to get sent 2 full size products from the lovely people that work at Organic & Botanic. The reason that this post has taken me so long to write up is because I've been so busy with school recently, and I haven't had the chance to take much time for myself, which means that I've barely even reached for new products as much as I know I should have, considering I'm supposed to be testing them out.
 
I've used both of these gifts a couple of times now since I received them, and so I feel like now is a good time to get this post sorted out, as it should have been up months ago - oops!
 
First up, I think it's important that I mention the fact that Organic & Botanic is actually a cruelty free, 100% natural skincare brand, who don't include any parabens, or nasty chemicals in their products. As someone who is still trying to make a slow transition towards the cruelty free side of beauty, that's always something that I like to research, and look into before working with, or purchasing from anyone that I haven't heard of before. I was very kindly sent both the Amazonian Berry Shea Butter Body Cream, and the Mandarin Orange Correcting Facial Serum to test out, and share my thoughts with my readers.
 
When I received the package, and had an initial sniff of the products, I couldn't help but notice how nice they both smelt. I don't think I've ever come across anything that smells quite as amazing. I was slightly taken aback, if I'm honest! I absolutely adore berries, and their fresh, but sweet scent, so I was really happy to notice that's how the body cream smells. The packaging is glass, and although it's fairly simple, it gives off a very classy, chic vibe, which I really like, and appreciate. The facial serum doesn't smell of berries, but as the name suggests, it smells of mandarins instead. I'm not complaining at all. It's also quite sweet, and refreshing, and I definitely don't mind applying it to my face, because it isn't too overwhelming at all. It's the perfect choice, in my opinion.
 
I'm going to start off by talking about the Amazonian Berry Shea Butter Body Cream. Even though I'm aware of the benefits to moisturising, and taking care of your body, I've never found the right product to use, no matter how many I've tried out. However, this body cream is different. I really do like it! It's like a whipped cream, as I'm sure you can imagine, and as soon as you take the lid off, the gorgeous scent just creeps out, and fills the entire room. I can't get enough of it, I'm telling you! When I've used it, I just apply it to my hands, my arms, or my legs, and it does the trick every time. It's really easy to work into the skin, and it doesn't make leave any residue on your hands either, which is something that usually puts me off from other products that I've tried. It instantly makes your skin super soft, especially if you have just shaved your legs, and the smell lingers for ages. It's such a beautiful product, and definitely one that I'll continue to use throughout the Winter months.
 
In all honesty, I wasn't actually sure if I was going to like the Mandarin Orange Correcting Facial Serum. I'd never tried anything quite like it before, and I always just assumed that they were sticky, and kind of pointless for someone who's only a teenager, like myself. I've tried this serum a couple of times now, and I think I'm beginning to warm to it. It smells super fresh, and fruity, which is enough to entice me if I'm honest! It makes your skin appear glowy, and healthy, as well as looking supple, which is what a serum is meant to do! I think? I'm still not entirely sure! I personally use it by collecting the product in the pipette, and then just squeezing a little drop into the palms of my hands, and patting it onto my face. Comment below, and let me know if I'm doing it wrong though!
 
Thank you very much once again to the PR people at Organic & Botanic for sending me these two gorgeous goodies. I really am very grateful, and appreciative!
 
Lots of love always,
 
Jade xo
 

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Miracle Mask

 

Face masks have always been one of those skincare products that I've loved, and I can't see that changing any time soon. I guess it all started off when I discovered the Mask Of Magnaminty from Lush, and since then, I've just been experimenting with a few to see if I can find a firm favourite. I'd never had much luck until I found this hidden gem from Soap & Glory.
 
The Fab Pore 2-En-1 Masque & Peeling has quickly become one of my skincare saviours. I've never really had problematic skin, but it's always been a little bit all over the place. When I was just beginning puberty, it was very greasy, and I'd get multiple breakouts every week without fail. The fact that I had a full fringe probably didn't help, but hey, I was younger back then, so nobody really cared anyway.
 
My skin's improved a lot over the past few years, but I do still get the odd spot here, and there. That's 100% normal though, especially during the teenage stages!
 
If ever I'm feeling gross, or like I need to cleanse, and detoxify my skin, then I'll always reach for this tub. It's an absolute godsend, and I don't think that many other scrubs would be able to compare to it either.
 
When you first take the lid off, you immediately smell mint. Now, I'm someone who loves that, but I know it's probably not everybody's cup of tea. The light blue writing could be seen as a sign that it's a minty fresh product, but maybe I see that in a completely different way to some of you! It's a pale blue, fairly thick mask, and it's also got little exfoliating beads in it, so just be aware of that if you're not into that kind of thing.
This might sound really strange, but I actually think of it as a body butter. They don't usually have exfoliating beads in them from my experience, but the whole consistency is like a whipped up body butter, so it actually feels really luxurious, and like something you would use when you're having a pamper, which is exactly what I do anyway!
 
On the packaging (not the tub itself, but the box it comes in), it says that you can use it for around 5 minutes if you just want a quick treat for your skin, but if you want a deeper detox, then you should use it for around 15 minutes, and that's how long I keep it on for as well. You can apply it just around certain areas of your face if they're playing up, or you can also put it everywhere, depending on how you're feeling. Just remember that a little goes a long way, and even though the tub is quite small for £10, it can last you for a few months, even if you use it a couple of times a week, every week!
 
I personally apply a light layer all over my face, and leave it on for 15 minutes whilst I do something else, and then I get a flannel, soak it with warm water, and just wipe it off of my face. It's such a pretty blue colour that I have no shame walking around the house, or sending pictures of myself with it on either!
 
Even though the Mask Of Magnaminty from Lush was always my favourite face mask, I would definitely say that this one joins it in first place now, because it's honestly amazing! It gives a really nice, tingling sensation when it's on the skin, and it leaves you feeling super soft, and smooth. You definitely know that you have cleansed, and exfoliated once it's been removed, trust me!
 
Overall, I couldn't recommend this product highly enough. If you're someone who struggles with your skin, or doesn't know what sort of product to use when you're in need of some TLC, then you definitely need to go, and get this! It's only £10, and it really will work wonders. It has for me, so I'm sure it will for you as well!
 
Have you ever tried this mask? What do you think about it?
 
Lots of love always,
 
Jade xo
 
 

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

My Go To Autumnal Makeup




 

 
Let's be honest here. The title of this post is probably slightly misleading. I wouldn't say that any of the products I'm featuring are particularly 'Autumnal', but as it's currently Autumn (still - although, I'm not complaining), and this it a list of the makeup I have been wearing as of late, then it will have to do.
 
Before I even start by talking about the products, I just want to emphasise the fact that this is literally all that I do when I can be bothered to paint my face. I know it may seem fairly strange to some of you, but I don't actually wear anything as a base. I don't like foundation, and I can't say I'm a fan of BB, or CC creams either. Maybe on the odd occasion, I'll wear a tinted moisturiser, but apart from that, it just doesn't do anything for me, apart from giving the illusion that I'm an oompa-loompa, who's rubbed an entire cake into her face, topped with creases - yum. I prefer the slightly more au naturel look.
 
Anyway, that's my lil rant over. Onto the products..
 
Seventeen Stay Time Concealer / £4.49 - I kid you not, this is my holy grail concealer. I get the fact that pretty much every one, and their sister speaks so highly about the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, but it really didn't float my boat at all. I just didn't like it! There's probably a few people out there who won't, or don't like this concealer either, but honestly, if you haven't tried it yet, then we can't be friends. You need to get your hands on it! Whether I apply it under my eyes to hide those permanent pandas, or whether I put a little bit onto those pesky, red blemishes - it does the trick, and it does it every single time. You don't get any creases either. What a winner!
 
Sleek Face Form Kit / £9.99 - One of those brands that can't put a foot wrong in my books is Sleek. It's not even like I've tried out all of their products, because in all honesty, I've only used this, another blush palette, and a couple of eye shadow palettes, but they genuinely are insanely amazing. To get a contour colour, a highlight, and a blush all in the same kit for only a tenner is one of the many reasons why you should love them. Even though I only use the blush, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the bronzer, and the highlighter, and I would definitely use them if I was on more of a restricted budget, and wanted to use all of my face products in the same place. It also has a mirror, so this would be perfect for travelling, or if you're in a rush.
 
Tanya Burr 'Enchanted Dream' Eye Palette / £6.00 - There aren't many YouTubers that I'd go as far as to say I 'admire'. If I had to pick one though, Tanya Burr would definitely be the gal I'd choose. Not only is she inspirational with the work that she does, and the way that she has such a positive outlook on life, but she puts so much time, and effort into everything, and all of the projects that she works on, which is clear to see if you buy anything of hers. Her makeup range is no exception. The 'Enchanted Dream' palette is literally one of the only eye shadow quad's that I'll wear now. It takes the spot at the top, that's for sure! All of the colours can be used in one look, and it can be worn every day as well, which is exactly what I like, to be honest. On the back, it gives you some ideas as to what shadow you can put where, and so I just follow that if I want to create a look using this set of 4 shades! You really can't go wrong, and especially not for £6.00!
 
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara / £7.99 - A product that I've spoken about endless times on my blog this year is my favourite mascara to date - Maybelline's Lash Sensational. I feel like mascara is one of those hit, and miss kinda products. Sometimes it can be too clumpy, sometimes it can make your lashes appear more sparse than they did in the beginning, and other times, you just look like you have replaced them with actual spiders. Trust me, it's not cute. I'm lucky in the fact that mine don't need that much work, as they're naturally pretty voluminous, but I like to add extra length, and thickness to them anyway. This does just the trick. One thing I will say though is that taking the waterproof version off has become the absolute bane of my life. Don't let that put you off though. It's brill.
 
Seventeen Brows That Brow Kit* / £5.99 - Oooh, check out Seventeen making another appearance on my blog in the same post. That's how you know they're something special! I'm not gonna ramble on too much about this product, because I featured it in a whole other post, which you can read here, but honestly, I refuse to use any other kit on my eyebrows now that I've found this. It's absolutely perfect. There's a pencil, a little brush, a wax, a setting powder, and a highlight for your brow bone. All for £5.99. Now, I'd call that a bloody bargain, wouldn't you? Just go, and read the other post I did. It will convince you to buy it in an instant, trust me!
 
MAC 'Velvet Teddy' Lipstick / £15.50 - My one true love. Well, my very expensive love, but that's besides the point. It's my one true lipstick love none-the-less. Being the typical teenager, and beauty blogger that I am, I couldn't live life happily without owning this makeup staple. I get how silly that sounds, but it's true! Every girl, and her best friend has it, so I just had to jump on the bandwagon as well. It would be rude not to, after all. Velvet Teddy is the perfect 'my lips, but better shade'. It really, truly is. Matte lipsticks are usually quite drying, but long-lasting, so just make sure that you exfoliate, and/or moisturise beforehand, and you should be fine! It suits any skin tone, and it instantly makes you look sophisticated, and ready to face the day. You know you can't go wrong with a MAC lipstick, despite the fact that the extortionate price makes you want to cry a little bit. It's Christmas soon, so you may as well treat yourself. Blame me, and this blog post if it helps you justify your remaining bank balance!  Trust me, Velvet Teddy is worth the pain, and the poorness that follows.
 
This post has been an absolute joy to write up! I've loved sharing my favourite beauty products of the moment with you, and hopefully it's given you some ideas as to what you want to test, and try out next! Also, I tried really super hard with the photography, which I'm pretty proud of, and I did something a little bit different from what I'd usually do, so let me know what you think. I think it's quite quirky, and artistic if you ask me!
 
What are some of your makeup must haves at the moment?
 
Lots of love always,
 
Jade xo
 
 
 

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

OGX Haircare*


Ever since I got sent this miraculous hair care duo from OGX, I've been feeling so much more confident about myself, and my appearance. I can understand the fact that I may sound slightly weird saying that about a shampoo, and conditioner, but I'm honestly not even exaggerating here!

I've always had a love-hate relationship when it comes to my hair. When I was a very little girl, I used to have blonde ringlets, and a fringe. As I developed, and went into primary school, I stuck with the fringe (stupidly), but it naturally turned brown as time went on. Come secondary school, I scrapped the fringe, and went from red, to black, to a funny auburn shade in a matter of months. It was pretty crazy stuff, even for me. I've pretty much got back to my natural shade now, and I'm finally happy with it - but boy, oh, boy did my locks despise me for the longest time. I had clumps of dandruff, dry, split ends, and frizziness that just would not go away.  

Whilst being at a bit of a loose end, I decided I wanted to try out a new brand. I've gone through everything from L'Oreal, to Herbal Essences, to Toni & Guy. That's when I stumbled across OGX Beauty.

I'd heard of them a while ago, back when I wasn't really into blogging as much as I am now, but I never really thought much of hair care during those days. On their social media sites, I saw that they were collaborating with bloggers, and that's when it hit me - I should bite the bullet, and reach out to them too! When all you hear is positive things about a brand, it's undoubtedly going to intrigue you, as it did with me. I got in contact with their PR team, and after exchanging a few emails, explaining what my hair type was, and what my social links were, my offer had been accepted. I was now going to get sent some of their products - eeek!

As you can see from the image above, I got sent their 'Hydrating Tea Tree Mint' Shampoo & Conditioner. Both of the bottles are 385ml, which is actually full size. I had no idea, until I received them, and that made me feel even more honoured than I already did! I found it really nice that the PR team ask you what your hair type is, because then you know that you're definitely going to be receiving products that suit your specific hair care needs.

I have been trying out this range for about 2 months now, and I honestly couldn't be more in love. Evidently, I've always struggled when it comes to hair care, and I never really know what I should be using, or how I should use it. I've tried copious different brands, but they have never really worked out for me - or, certainly not as well as OGX have anyway!

Like the name suggests, they smell exactly like tea tree. Now, people would probably normally associate tea tree with oily hair, or greasy roots, but that's not the case at all with these products! They're more hydrating than they are oil controlling. The consistency is actually pretty thick, which is something that I really like, even though I wasn't used to it before. I feel like every time I flick my hair, it always smells like really fresh chewing gum, which is something that I think is perfect, because you want your hair to be fresh, and clean, right?!

Another thing to mention is that since using these products in combination with each other, I haven't had any flakiness of my scalp, and I haven't had dandruff either. No matter what I used before, there would always be residue, and dryness, but now, all of that is gone! My hair is in such better condition, and it's all thanks to these 2 miracle workers. I will definitely continue repurchasing them in the future!

I'm actually in the process of growing my hair, because I want to eventually donate it to The Little Princess Trust, and now, I have a much better chance of being able to do so.

Thank you so much to everyone at OGX Beauty, who sent me these two products. Myself, and my hair are both very grateful.

Have you ever tried anything from OGX? Do you think you will be after reading this post?

Lots of love always,

Jade xo
 
 
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for free by OGX Beauty for review purposes. All thoughts, and opinions expressed were my own.


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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Seventeen Makeup: First Impressions*


I can't even begin to explain how excited I am to finally be writing up this post. It's been a long time coming (since August, in fact), but it's here, and I couldn't be happier about that.
 
So, back in the summer, I applied to become a part of Seventeen's Bloggers Network. After a little while, I was contacted by the lovely PR Assistant that works for them, who goes by the name of Louise. I'm sure most of you know about the brand, but for those of you who don't, I'll just give you a little run down right now! It's only fair that I keep you in the loop after all.
 
Seventeen is a Boots own brand that is on the much more affordable end compared to others. They sell a variety of different products, ranging from highlighters, to lipsticks, and there's guaranteed to be something for everyone, no matter what you're looking for.
The Seventeen Bloggers Network is essentially exactly what it says it is. An online space where bloggers alike can connect, and share their thoughts on products, makeup tips, and anything else that they fancy - even the latest news about potential meet-ups!!
 
I was lucky enough to get sent 3 different products from the brand, and I've really enjoyed trying them out over the past few months. In the parcel, I received an eyebrow kit, and 2 lipsticks. I'd never tried any of these products before, which meant that I was obviously incredibly excited to see what they were like, so that I could share my thoughts with all of you.
 
 
Words can't actually describe how much I'm in love with this brow kit. This is coming from someone who literally thinks that eyebrows are everything, and more. Okay, maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but honestly, the way my eyebrows appear is pretty important to me. For the longest time, I've been playing around with different products, and testing them all out, because I could never find anything that was absolutely perfect. Over the past few months, I've been going to school with bare eyebrows, and they haven't even been in the best condition either, which isn't exactly great, lets be honest.
 
Prior to receiving this product, I'd literally just run a pencil through my brows, and then I'd leave it at that. Recently, I haven't actually been doing anything at all. Trust me, I'm as ashamed of myself writing that, as you are reading those words. It sends a slight shiver down my spine actually.
 
 
In this quad, (can you even call it that?), you get a brow pencil, a soft wax, a setting powder, a little brush, and a brow bone highlight. It's honestly got everything that you could possible need when it comes to eyebrows! Well, apart from tweezers, and a beautician to thread them every once in a while, but I can deal without those things, considering I have tweezers myself anyway!
 
Something that I noticed when I bought Seventeen's Easy On The Eye Palette a while ago is the little sheet that comes at the top of the product. I was so impressed to see that you also get one with this product too, because it really does make things so much easier, especially if you're a beginner with brows, or if you just don't know what all the individual bits do. Personally, I just follow the diagram, and the step-by-step guide! You can't go wrong with that. If you have any sparse sections, or you like going over your brows with a pencil first, then you can do that right away. It's not vital, but that's just one way that you can prepare if you want, or if you feel it's necessary. It's suggested that you start from the inner corner, and work your way out, which is actually probably the easiest anyway!
 
After that, you want to dip the little brush into the soft wax, and just use light strokes, yet again, going from the inner corner, and working your way out. Don't apply too much of a heavy hand though! You can then use the same brush that comes with the kit to apply the setting powder, which will further ensure that your eyebrows stay in place all day, keeping the strays at bay. Finally, you can just dip your finger into the highlight shade, and place it underneath your eyebrow (on your brow bone). Now, you're all set to face the day!
 
I absolutely love this nifty kit, and I can definitely see myself using it for a very long time. The packaging is really sleek, and it looks expensive as well, in my opinion, which is always a bonus. If you slide off the sheet, there's also a small mirror, so you can hold it up to your face, and see what you're doing if you're on the go, or if you don't have access to a full face mirror, as well as having access to all the products in the same place. Honestly, I don't have enough good things to say about this creation. It's definitely become a staple in my makeup routine though, that's for sure!
 
 
Next up, I got sent 2 of the stunning shades from the Mega Matte lipstick range. I'd heard quite a few things about them before they came out from fellow bloggers, and so when they came through the post, I was absolutely ecstatic! Some people may find that matte lipsticks can be a bit hit, and miss, depending on the actual product itself, but I think that these are both lovely!
 
excuse the dent in the purple one - that's totally my fault!

The shades that I was lucky enough to receive were 'Roses Are Red' and 'Violet Summer'. I was actually pleasantly surprised when I saw what they looked like, because I feel like they were chosen perfectly! Some people would probably feel slightly put off by a deep rose red, and a dark violet, but honestly, I really do like them. They may not be your everyday kinda nudes, but that's what excites me! I like being different, and I like wearing shades that other people might not necessarily consider to be the most natural, because surely that's more fun than copying the trends, or what's thought of as being 'the norm' all of the time?
 
Out of all of the shades that I could have got, I definitely think that these 2 were the right choices. When applying these lipsticks, they really do feel so smooth, and so luxurious. By looking at the packaging, and even at the product itself, you wouldn't think that they only cost £4.49. It's actually insane! They stay put for a while without having to touch up, which I suppose you would expect from any matte lipstick anyway, but they definitely do the job, so that gets a massive thumbs up from me. I do find that they're quite challenging to get off, but yet again, you don't want them to come off easily, because that's the whole purpose of matte lipsticks. They're meant to stay on all day without bleeding, or wearing away! I was actually so impressed that I couldn't resist going into Boots myself, and picking up the nude shade 'Looking Buff'. I just couldn't help myself! They go on super nicely, and if I'm being honest, I can't actually think of any bad things to say about them at all. There are different shades for any skin tone that you could possibly think of, and I'm sure you'll find your perfect match, as they literally range from a light lilac, to a rosy red!
 
Thank you so much, once again, to the lovely PR lady Louise for being an absolute pleasure to talk to, and for sending me these gorgeous gifts. I am super grateful, and it's made me fall even more in love with the brand than I was in the first place.
 
Have you ever tried anything from Seventeen? Are you going to now you have read this post?
 
Lots of love always,
 
Jade xo
 
 
 

 
 
 


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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Autumn Makeup Edit | October Guest Post Month

 
Hey Everyone! It’s Lexi here, from Lexi The Newt. I am a huge lover of Autumn and makeup. I love the dark lips, and the gold eyes. So, today I am going to show you the products I will be using this Autumn.
 
 
 
NYX Vivid Bright Eyeliner in Delight

NYX Lip Lingerie inn Embellishment

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Rebel Red

Seventeen Mega Matte Lipstick in Looking Buff

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate

Hourglass Blush In Diffused Heat

Freedom Black Arts Eyeshadow Palette

Seventeen Tan Liquid Skin Wow Highlighter
 
 
 
 

I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know what products you’re going to be using this Autumn?! And a big thank you to Jade for letting me write a post on here and hopefully I’ll be back another time!

& I Will Write To You Soon!
Bye Guys!

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Top 5 Makeup Products | October Guest Post Month

 
I love trying out different makeup products, however there is always a few I end up going back to. Today I am going to be sharing my top 5 makeup products with you all, these are products I would recommend to anyone and enjoy using them so much!
 
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette:
When I decided that I really wanted to try a Naked palette from Urban Decay, I settled on the Naked 2 Basics palette, because it comes with 6 shades, and I knew that I would use all of them. The six shades are all matte (apart from one demi-matte for highlighting) and you can create a number of looks using them, from minimal to smokey. They are more cool toned than the original Naked Basics palette, which personally I really like too.

 
MAC Lipstick - Velvet Teddy:
MAC lipsticks have to be an all-time favourite for me, and out of the few I have tried my favourite has to be Velvet Teddy. It’s the perfect brown toned nude in their matte finish, which feels really nice and it isn’t drying at all. The lipstick is actually really long lasting too and in my opinion definitely worth the money!
 
 
Benefit High Beam:
Benefit’s high beam is my favourite highlighter ever. One of the reasons for this is, because it’s a liquid highlight, so it is so easy to blend onto my cheek and brow bones. The highlight itself is a lovely pink iridescent highlight, and illuminates my face very well, giving me a lovely glow.

 
Maybelline Baby Lips:
I honestly don’t know what I would do without these lip balms! My favourite is the Dr Rescue Too Cool shade. This is just a clear balm, and I take it with me pretty much everywhere. It feels so moisturising on my lips, and is so easy to apply on its stick compared to other lip balms. They are super affordable too at about £3!

 
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams:
I own several of NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams, because at £5.50, they are such a dream. I hadn’t tried a liquid lipstick before these and I fell in love with their formula! They dry matte, but aren’t at all drying. Their shade range is very impressive, two of my favourites being ‘Abu Dhabi’ and ‘Stockholm’.

 
What are your favourite makeup products?

 
Erin x

 



 


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