Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Clinique High Impact Mascara

Happy Halloween everyone! I would love to do a themed post but I don't have any ideas and I'm not dressing up as it's my boyfriends birthday, so this will have to do. If I had to choose only two make-up products it would have to be concealer and mascara. I absolutely love mascara and how it instantly opens your eyes and makes you look more 'awake'. This mascara is from one of my favourite skincare and beauty brands and is possibly my favourite. I love my Soap and Glory mascara for thickness but this Clinique mascara gives my lashes amazing length.
 
What they say; 'High Impact Mascara is a multi-benefit mascara that adds maximum volume with definition and length. Specially developed brush and formula work together to dramatically thicken lashes while separating. '
 
 
I have used tubes of this and it never fails me. The one pictured is a smaller sized version which came in one of the Clinique Bonus time sets, the samples alone last at least 2 months. Now Clinique claim that this mascara is best for thickening but I find it makes my lashes look really long and not really thick just separated which I really like. It's also not a clumpy mascara and the formula has a nice consistency which brushes on easily without the need to build lots of layers to get the length.
 
The brush is just like a normal mascara brush (not angled, rubber bristles etc). I find this type of brush good for lifting the lashes at the root so they look even longer. I can't believe how long my lashes look in this picture. I have had short lashes ever since I was like 11/12 when my Mum's friend put mascara on my and I thought my lashes looked wrong so I cut them, oops. I'm not sure if they have grown back since but this mascara really helps. It's also really easy to remove with make-up wipes or I like to use the Clinique take the day off cleanser, and doesn't bring your lashes off with it.
 



This Mascara is £18.00 from a Clinique stand in Boots/Debenhams/House of Fraser or you can buy online here.
 
 Have you tried and loved any of the Clinique Mascaras? What is your favourite Mascara?
 
 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Moisturiser...

Hello lovelies, hope you have enjoyed you weekend I enjoyed the extra hour in bed last night! Now I do mention in my 'about me' bit that I love a good bargain and I have an eye for free samples as I love the opportunity to try out products before I buy.

Now I got these samples from the garnier website they do quite a few samples and I've tried their BB cream samples before too. So I received 7 sachets of moisturiser to try for a week and see if my skin was any softer. They give you a little sticker to test if your skin is still dry where you see how much skin is on the paper at the start and compare it with the end, however mine was still pretty dry, although I do have eczema which is probably the reason. I applied the moisturiser every night after my shower and it is a lovely smelling moisturiser which rubs in really easily. However I don't think it's thick enough for my dry skin. I did get the extra dry skin cream with added shea butter which smells lovely but I think my skin only benefits from ultra thick moisturisers or body butters which I slather on and have to wait until they sink in ha. It is a lovely moisturiser though for maybe Spring/Summer when my skin isn't feeling so dry. I would recommend it to anyone with normal or even a little bit of dry skin as it feels lovely and rubs in really well, but if you're like me with eczema I'd recommend a body butter. You can buy this from Boots/Superdrug or Supermarkets for around £2.99 and it comes in 5 different lotions for different types of skins.




Have you tried the Garnier Intensive 7 day moisturiser? What's your favourite everyday moisturiser? I'm going to sit back now and watch the X Factor results, did anyone catch it yesterday when Gary called Tulisa 'fag ash breath' eeeek so much drama. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday night xxx



Thursday, 25 October 2012

Foxy Locks Clip-in Extensions Review

Hello lovelies, today's post is a long awaited review of my foxy locks extensions. I have always used clip in extensions from being like 14 years old, but I never knew much about the quality of the hair and I just bought the cheapest strips from my local Extras. Now before I bought my foxy locks I hadn't worn extensions for around a year as I got annoyed with the bad quality of them and how they always wore thin after a month. So my aim was to find some good quality extensions for a reasonable price. I first heard of foxy locks extensions from reading Kayleigh's post, her hair looks absolutely gorgeous and I knew I needed some foxy locks. So after reading countless reviews from all over the world I finally sent off a picture of my hair to foxylocksextensions.com/ so they could tell me which colour I needed. I must admit it's difficult to choose a colour as you can't physically match them against your hair so it's good they have this service available. Imogen, the owner of foxy locks, also has a you tube channel in which she shows you the different hair colours available. So I was told my closest match was lightest ash blonde #60, so I ordered the 20inch set in 120g which seemed  more than enough hair.


 
I payed for the standard delivery which is £2.99 and the extensions were £56.00 which is very reasonable for the quality and amount of hair and they came within 3days. The top picture shows what the packaging looks likes, mine came with a little hair extension clip on the corner not sure why ha. So I ordered the regular 120g, they also do deluxe (160g) and superior (215g) which just seems too heavy for my head really. I do have quite thick hair and the 120g set is plenty of hair as I don't like it when people have so many extensions clipped it in looks like they have a big head haha and makes the clips more visible.The 120g consists of :
Two x 8" wide with 4 clips
Two x 6" wide
with 3 clips
Two x 4" wide with 2 clips
Four x 2" wide with 1 clip
 The colour of the extensions wasn't quite right for my hair as the bottom layers of my hair are a bit darker than the top. So I used some Jerome bleach to lighten the bottom of my hair a bit ombre style but now the hair matches perfectly. The below pictures are after my hair was dyed to match. They are a really gorgeous light colour though and have lowlights and highlights so they blend perfectly with my hair now.

The quality of the hair is amazing. They are 100% remy hair extensions which means they are cuticle correct and the hair wont tangle or get matted like non-remy hair. The first thing I did when I took them out of the packaging was stroke them from like 10minutes they are honestly so soft and shiny. They are also really easy to style and hold a curl pretty well mine still have a curl in them from a few weeks ago and I didn't even hairspray them. The clips are really good quality too, they have a little bit of rubber on so they grip onto your hair really well and they are pretty small so they're easy to disguise under your hair. There are a few instructions on the packaging to follow to keep your extensions in good form; they suggest using heat protection spray, brushing them gently before/after use (I use my tangle teezer which works really well) and wash them in a nourishing shampoo/conditioner every few weeks. They are real hair so they will get split ends but mine are perfect at the minute.

The length of the extensions are 20" which is pretty long to me as I have previously had 16 or 18" ones. You can cut them though but they are a perfect length to curl as they don't spring up too short and I think I will just wear them when I want my hair curly. The bottom picture shows the length I would prefer them if I wore them straight. I think if you were going to wear them straight it is best to get them cut at the hairdressers as there isn't a distinct line to the bottom of the hair which makes the ends look pretty thin. If you had hair above your shoulders too they would probably be too long and wouldn't blend very well so you would need them cutting to blend in with your hair. With my hair you can't see the ends so they do blend really well which I'm pleased about.


 
Overall I really love these extensions and would recommend them to anyone wanting a quick clip in fix. I only wear extensions when I go out so they probably wouldn't be ideal if you're wanting to wear them everyday, you would be best with a more permanent solution such as micro-bonded extensions. I hope you found this helpful if you've been considering buying some foxy locks, if you have any questions or if I haven't mentioned something please don't hesitate to get in touch. Have you ever tried foxy locks extensions? What type of extensions do you prefer?
 
 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Almond Shaped Nails: WAH style

Sorry for my lack of posting recently, I haven't bought any new beauty products in aaages so I've been rather uninspired recently. This was until I saw the amazing WAH-Nails recent pictures on instagram. If you haven't heard of WAH-Nails then you should seriously check out their website. They do the most amazing nail art and even do nails in the Stratford and Oxford Street Topshop but sadly they are only based in London. But I have seen these Almond shape nails around a fair bit in a number of magazines and on a fair few celebrities. I think they're a nice change to the usual square nails and look a lot more natural (especially the bottom lilac nails). I don't think I would have the full on pointy ones as they look pretty dangerous and I do scratch myself in my sleep so I would wake up looking like I'd had a fight with Edward Scissor hands eeeek.
 
I have filed my natural nails into a more pointy shape and they look really good but they just need to grow a bit longer until I can achieve the almond nail look. I would love to have some nail art like these but I'll just have to wait until my next visit to London! What do you think of the almond pointy nail shape? Have you got rid of the square nails and gone pointy yet?
 




(Images from http://wah-nails.com/)
 
 P.S. Thanks all you lovely girlies for your recommendations on the real techniques brushes I'm going to get myself the core collection.
PPPS. The gorgeous Kayleigh at couturegirl is having the most amazing giveaway so go on over and enter!
 

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

October Wishlist

 
1. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit £21.50
I have seen this on so many blogs and they all have gorgeous flawless skin. I love mineral products as they're good for you skin and this claims to provide an 'ultra deluxe polish to the skin', how amazing does that sound. It also looks aesthetically pleasing, even though it is quite dark it doesn't seem to show like this on skin. I really need to try this soon!
 
2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush (core collection £21.99)
Now correct me if I'm wrong but I think this comes in the core collection set and I'm not sure whether you can buy it individually. But I've been torn between the buffing brush and the stippling brush, they seem very similar so I would love it if someone could let me know the difference or recommend the better brush for me. I want this brush to use for my foundation as I don't like the traditional foundation brushes so I tend to use my fingers. I like the idea of the brush buffing it into your skin instead of just painting it on. So if anyone has tried any of the real techniques brushes let me know.
 
3. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation £10.99
I have been wanting a new foundation for ages, there isn't really anything wrong with the Avon one I currently use I just like to switch it up a bit. I like the sounds of this because it appears to be 'kind' for your skin and I have also heard it is not drying like some foundations. I had my eye on the Mac Studio Fix foundation because I like the finish it has but I'm worried it will be really drying on my skin. If you have dry skin or dry patches and know a good foundation I would love it if you got in touch.
 
4. Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask £5.95
I love the Lush ethos of cruelty free and they offer a lot of vegan products which is great, this is one of them. It look edible and so yummy I would be pretty tempted to eat it rather than put it on my face. But the properties of this mask sound great too 'has linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse'. I think I'll be stopping by at my local lush soon and picking this up, yum yum.
 
5. Mua Nail Constellation in Pisces £3
I have been looking for a cheaper version of the lovely Ciate Nail Caviar and I this recent release by MUA looks perfect and is a bargain too. They are basically just little beads that you put onto a wet clear coat and they stick on. It's great for an accent nail and they have a range of other beads too, there is one colour which looks perfect for Christmas. I have been trying to find a Superdrug that stocks these for ages I think next time I go in I'll ask when they have an MUA delivery because I really want to try this out.
 
6. Lush H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Mask
I first saw this on Em's blog and as I love hair treatments and masks and generally hair products I knew it had to be one for the wishlist. The mask claims to 'improve the condition, lustre and combability of the hair', it's also their best seller and is out of stock on the website and it also doesn't say a price. I think I'm going to have to pick this one up from the Lush in town, whilst probably picking up a range of other products I can't resist. But this mask does look amazing and they recommend you leave it on for 20 minutes which is always good as the longer the better right.
 
Are any of these products on your wishlist? If you use any of the real techniques brushes let me know what you think is best for foundation application! xxx
 
 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

What I've Bought #2

Hello lovely ladies, hope everyone has had a good week and enjoying their weekend. I've had another full week at Uni and I can't believe how much work I have to do. I'm getting ahead of the game though and getting it done so I don't get behind. Amidst all of the work I did manage to fit a little bit of shopping in with my Mum. If you're a student you must take advantage of all of the discounts at this time of year, New Look had 25% off and Dorothy Perkins too. I also saw that Topshop had 20% off for a few days but everything I wanted was not in stock in my size. But here are the lovely things I did buy...
 
 
Dorothy Perkins Neoprene Peplum Dress £30
This dress is gorgeous I thought the fabric would show up all sorts of lumps and bumps but it's lovely and really thick and warm for the winter. I love the length of the dress too and this peplum actually accentuates my waist instead of making my bum 100 times bigger. Love it!
 

 
New Look Hoodie £15
I needed a new hoodie for Uni as it's not cold enough to get the fur coat out but too cold to just wear my leather jacket. This hoodie is lovely and snug and it has a bit of a fleecy feel inside. I also got 25% off even better.
 

 
Superdrug Large Radial Brush 10p
Yes you did read that right only 10 pence for this brush. I'm not sure why but superdrug have some items for 10p, they change them round now and again but I was so happy with this bargain. I've paid up to £8 for brushes like this in the past and the bristles have ended up falling out and melting. So it makes sense not to spend loads of money on a brush, it does the job and looks lovely too, BARGAIN!


 
Atmosphere Blouse £12
Primark have some lovely blouses and collared tops in this season. This one can be dressed up at night time with some nice jeans or worn in the day with a vest underneath (to prevent a visible bra). They do have some really nice tops with sequins and beads on the collars but I was a bit worried about them all falling off in the wash, if you have one like this let me know if it's good quality or not because the tops are so nice but would be a pity if I could only wear it once.

 
Primark Super Soft Super Skinny Jeans £11
These jeans are so soft, it literally feels like I am just in my leggings but they look like jeans. I remember those jeggings which everyone wore which were comfy but they had horrible waistbands and these jeans are so much better than them. They are just as comfy but look like jeans, genius and only £11. I want them in every colour, but they never seem to have my size in. They also do long/regular and short leg's to suit everybody.

 
If you have a primark sequin/beaded top have you washed it and are the beads still intact? I would love to know if  you found any bargains or just an amazing buy. Enjoy your weekends xxx