Thursday, 19 February 2015

Youtube Catch Up #22.

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How's your week going so far?! I've had the week off work as I had holiday to use up before next month. I was going to film a requested tutorial yesterday however I spent the day fixing my hair. Long story short my usual hair dye that I use which I showed you in my haircare routine did not take to the middle and some of the ends of my hair. I think that was a sign that I needed a change. I've had that colour for quite a while. The most common thing us girls do after a break up is change our hair mine was just 4 months later haha! My new shade of red in the light looks like Ariel's hair and when my hair isn't in the light it's a more red toned red if that makes sense which is darker than my previous colour. I think it suits me and looks much better. I feel a lot happier with my new colour. I used a L'Oreal hair dye in the colour Scarlett Power. I plan to switch it up once this has faded and it needs dying again by giving my hair a true Ariel colour in all light :) I said this year was the year for change and that's definitely happening. 

Today I've spent the day with my nieces and baby nephew Aiden. I promise a post about him is coming soon I've just not had time to write about that beautiful little boy yet. He's so adorable and the noises he makes are just hilarious. He was doing little goat impressions earlier whilst drinking his bottle. Tomorrow I'm going shopping with my mumma and then Saturday I'm off to see Fifty Shades of Grey with my chummy, then we're going shopping and then we're having a much deserved and needed night out. Sunday will be spent recovering from no doubt the night before and then Monday it's back to work for me. 

Sexy & Sultry Smokey Eye | Valentines Day Tutorial 

February Collective Haul | Matalan, Primark, Superdrug, New Look

ELF Smudge Pot Tutorial | 3 in 1 Eye Look


Monday, 16 February 2015

LUSH | Drummers Drumming.

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You know my love for baths I am just obsessed. I've just got out of a nice hot bubble bath right now so that proves my point! Today I wanna talk to you guys about a reusable bubble bar wand from LUSH. I used this up last week and to be totally honest you get quite a few uses out of this, depending on how many bubbles you like. If like me you like a lot then I think this lasted me about 6 baths which is really good. I love the fact this is bright yellow and pink! I love bright colours especially on LUSH products. Now this smells so good I can't even tell you guys. It smells of strawberries and cream and it's just so good! It's not sickly sweet like for example snow fairy. I feel that's a great product if you like that type of scent if you don't you won't like it. With this though I feel it's more subtle. You get a slight tint to the water as well, it's a gorgeous baby pink colour. Where obviously you're not breaking it up like a normal bubble bar you're not getting as strong a colour. I love these wands though they're so worth the money. If LUSH bring more wands out with another collection - they did last year for mother's day.. it's definitely worth checking them out and picking one up! 


Monday, 9 February 2015

ELF | Tone Correcting Powder

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This powder is such a great setting powder. The idea behind the four colours is that it's supposed to be a tone correcting powder. It also absorbs any excess oil on the face so any of you oily ladies out there this could be a good option for you. Not only that, it aims to make your skin look healthier, mattify, brighten and neutralise your skin. Whilst doing all of that it's a sheer powder so it's not going to add on top of what you've already put on your face making you look cakey. I've hit pan on my first one of these powders and already have a back up. It's a great little setting powder and something I've always over looked until I decided to try a bunch of new stuff from ELF. Give it a try as a setting powder and see what you think! It's £3.95 (a steal!) and you can find it here.


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Youtube Catch Up #21.

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I'm liking the fact that I've cut down on blogging for the time being. It's so much less pressure. As of right now migraines are getting worse rather than better. New medication and trialling it small dose at a time is not helping the situation but hopefully we'll get there. Not to mention, I've gone down with a cold as of today so feeling pretty damn lousy! On the plus side though, everything else is going well. How have you all been?! 
I've got quite a few videos to share with you today if you're not subscribed to my channel and I've got a valentines day tutorial coming up on Wednesday so look out for that :)

Purple & Red Smokey Eye | Tutorial

Haircare Routine | Product Reviews

Eyebrow Routine | Product Reviews

January Favourites

Birchbox Unboxing | January | Hit Refresh


Friday, 6 February 2015

Beyonce | Midnight Heat.

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It strikes me this has not yet featured over here on my blog yet as it was a top favourite from 2014 and I'm still obsessed with it. I've been wearing it for the past month straight. There's just something about it. If you don't know what I'm talking about it's the perfume from Beyonce called midnight heat. 

The first thing that caught my eye with this perfume is the stunning purple colour that this perfume has and it's almost like an ombre effect. I have heat rush from Beyonce and it's one of my favourites. This I think might just trump that because of it's gorgeous sweet scent. I love sweet scented perfumes. I always have and I was sceptical with this one so only got the small bottle when really I should have got a bigger one. This perfume is very sultry and sexy but it's still wearable in the day which I love. It's great for evening wear as well. I love it's one of those that you can wear for either because most of mine are strictly day time or evening and that's it. Let me just say this perfume has a lot of stuff in it. It's fruity (opening nodes) - plum and star fruit, orchid, black tulips and purple peony for the heart nodes and lastly for the base nodes - warm amber, sandalwood and patchouli. Like I said there's a lot! If you're looking for something with warmth, slightly floral but also sweet this would be the one for you. Give it a try! Find it here.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

BIRCHBOX | Hit Refresh | January 2015.

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If you weren't already aware I am giving a new beauty box a chance. As you know I used to be subscribed to Glossybox and then I stopped receiving those as of last April. I had a break from beauty boxes and decided to give Birchbox a go. Again like with most beauty boxes there are good and bad reviews. That's how it is. Unfortunately as a company you're never going to please every single person who is subscribed as it's virtually impossible. From what I've seen from this months box though it looks quite promising. January's box is partnered with Womens Health, so the products obviously reflect health and well-being. 

First of I absolutely love the packaging. The box is smaller than what I'm used to with beauty boxes but I love that it's not as big as others. Really cute design on the box as well and I love the colour scheme. Again, like most other boxes you get a card telling you information about the products included and more info on the box itself. Once you open the box up all the products are neatly contained in a little bag with a pull string so they're not rolling about your box which I think is a great idea. Instead of five products you get a total of seven in this months box! I think the mix of products is also great as it's not all make up items which is great! 

stila lip glaze | £15 | full size
First off can I just say how excited I was to receive a Stila product. I love their eyeshadow's and face products so this was welcomed into my collection. I've never tried any of their lip glazes but I've heard good things. Mine is in the shade glamour which is a gorgeous berry toned pink. It's so stunning especially for this time of year. It's beautiful. This is going to look stunning on everybody! It's quite a sticky texture but I think this really makes it stay on the lips so I can look past that. There's hints of shimmers in it too which is so pretty especially when the light catches it. It comes in a twist pen which I really like because it means your not going to waste any product. I'm also a fan of the applicator too which is like a normal lip brush. I'm pretty certain you'll see this in a tutorial soon & that I'm going to want other colours! 

activbod cooling finish lotion | £12 | 20ml sample
Who can resist body lotions? I'm like a hoarder when it comes to them! What I really like about this one is that it's got cooling menthol so you're going to get that cooling effect. I know some people aren't fans of that but I really am. It also has vitamin e in it which is really great for sensitive skin. The idea is that you use this product after the gym or you've exercised and it's supposed to help you re-energise. I'll let you know how I get on with this product!

embrace matcha green tea | £24.99 | sample 30 servings according to website.
I love tea, so when I saw this product in my box I was most excited. The end of last year I really started getting into flavoured & herbal teas. Now the ingredients of the product are supposed to be better for you than regular green tea. Matcha is 100% natural and has 10 times more antioxidants. You can use this as a tea or blend into smoothies and juices! I look forward to giving this a try.

birchbox pilates band | £7.99
this is an exclusive to Birchbox and is the lifestyle item for the box. I think this is a really good idea especially if you're into working out. The idea is that it's supposed to tone, increase strength, and improve muscle endurance. According to the info sheet it advises to incorporate the band into your workout for extra resistance and faster results!

agave healing oil treatment | from £16 | 5ml sample
I'm always excited to try new hair products especially if they're aimed at damaged hair. With me dying my hair red obviously you can imagine it gets quite damaged and often is dry and not looking it's healthiest. So what is this oil supposed to do?! It's a lightweight oil which is great because you don't want to be putting something in your hair that's going to weigh it down. I hate that and generally stay away from products that do that. It smooths hair, builds resiliency and boosts shine and colour. Exactly what I need in a product. I'm excited to try this. This is only a small sample but you only need a tiny bit each time roughly about the size of a 5p piece. If I get on with this I may look into a full size depending on results so watch this space!

dr. jart+ skincare | from £13 | full size
This was the other product I was most excited about receiving. I love skincare, in fact I'm somewhat a skincare freak and this excited me greatly. This product is specifically aimed at refining pores, whilst exfoliating and smoothing your skins surface. I'm excited because it's a gel texture and I don't have many products in my collection that are a gel texture. This product you'll be seeing more of once I've tested it out a few times. It does say to use it once-twice a week so bare that in mind!

electric hair hydrate shampoo | £17.50 | 30ml sample
I like receiving hair products and this one is a hydrating shampoo. My only gripe is it would have been great if they included the matching conditioner so you can actually test the product out properly. Obviously using another conditioner from a different brand is going to blur the results. It aims to give your hair that much needed moisture so I shall definitely give this a go.

beauty blender & blender cleanser solid | £26
This is actually the reason I decided to go with Birchbox because I got this free when as I was a new customer. This is worth £26 so I think that's a pretty good freebie! This takes my total of beauty blenders to 4. I've been meaning to purchase the cleasner solid for a while so this is more than welcome in my stash. I'm not sure if the offer is still in but it's a great one for all you new customers out there!

I think this box is a great first box and I look forward to seeing the next one! Let me know your thought's if you've received the January box!

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