Thursday, 31 October 2013

Philosophy Lime Shower Gel

The thing you have to know about me is that I have a lime obsession.  I'm the girl that volunteers to take the lime Starburst off your hands, it's amazing the amount of people who don't like lime sweets! 

Last Christmas I was obsessed with trying out the Philosophy brand after seeing numerous You Tubers hold up various shower gels claiming that they're amazing, I spoke about them non stop to husband and bezzie.  Christmas Day came around and I discovered I had two bottles of the Luscious Lime version, one from each of them.   

Now I feel like I have to tread carefully as they were a present and both my husband and bezzie's eyeballs visit this blog but... although it smells nice it's not a life changing product.  

The fragrance is zingy, refreshing and very much of lime but this product just doesn't wow me.  Now I feel like I'm being a little difficult, I can almost hear you ask "well what exactly did you want in a shower gel Karen?!" The answer is I don't know but I suppose what I mean is that I don't think it's worth absolutely raving about.

At £16 a bottle I think it's pretty overpriced for a shower gel.  Now in it's defense it is a big bottle compared it's regular sized competitors in the supermarket.  The only reason they get away with it is because of the brand name is my true thoughts.

The bottom line is... I just think that this product could easily be a supermarket own brand if I hadn't have read the label. I honestly don't think I can tell the difference.  After Christmas, Boots had the Philosophy Christmas edition shower gels half price, so as these are more unusual scents like Candy Cane (which I loved!) then I would pay £8 for them.  

I do genuinely feel awful for this review as it was something I asked for but I will be in the interest of being completely honest to my followers. I will use these two bottles up, they last for a pretty long time (judging by the Candy Candy and Pumpkin Pie ones that I had, but once they're gone I'd only ever get the Christmas versions in the sale - if any at all.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Wet N Wild Blush in Heather Silk

Whenever I go over to the US I plan a few months in advance what I want to buy when I get there.  The reason for this is because everything gets hectic when your on holiday so when you have the opportunity to get near a certain brand you just need to grab (pay!) and go.

One of the items on my list was Wet N Wild's blush in Heather Silk.  I saw one of the You Tuber's talk about it and have since watched other videos with people mentioning it too. 

This blush is a mid toned pink, almost a dusty rose colour, matte shade.  It blends well and so easy to work with which is suprising for the price.  I love matte blushes because I just find that they look so much more natural and I can always add shimmer if I want to.

I love how large the pan is as well, you get an awful lot of product for $1.99 so I'm keen to try others from the line when I return to the States next month.


The bottom line is... if you have the opportunity to buy this brand or order online I would highly recommend it.  It blows my mind when I think that if I saw a swatch of this blush I would assume it was from a more expensive brand like MAC.  Note this one as one to check out!  

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Sanctuary Body Scrub

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll remember my review of Sanctuary Body Wash and how much I love it.  Now I feel like when a younger sibling starts school and all of the teachers expect that they'll be as clever as their older brother or sister here as I had really high hopes that I would love this body scrub equally.

So I crack open the bottle and enhale that gorgeous signature Sanctuary scent - ahhhh!!  It's just such a luxurious fragrance.

I climb into the shower and prepare to scrub away my fading tan in prep for the next one and it was all down hill from there.  This is basically a very gentle body scrub, almost more of a body wash with a couple of scrubby beads in it. 

The bottom line is... this scrub couldn't even remove the tan that was actually sat on the surface of the skin.  I could actually scratch it off with a swipe of my nail though!  If it's part of a gift set then it's usable but don't expect this to actually scrub very much...!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Glossybox October 2013

I realise this blog post is super late and that these boxes were sent out a few weeks ago now.  I had the email to say it had been sent but typically it didn't get delivered until after I had flown to the States for my holiday.  I've decided to still go ahead with the post and my usual corresponding You Tube video for it.

Annoyingly I'd read on Twitter before I went away that people had not been happy with this box.  Someone had tweeted a photo of a pretty sad and empty looking box to GlossyBox UK.  I didn't really look at the contents but figured I would make my own judgements when mine arrived. 

The second I picked up mine I noticed it felt rather light but tried to stay optimistic. 


To be perfectly honest when I opened the box I thought 'yeah that's what they were talking about' with a slight grimace because the three inexpensive samples where lying on top of each other and I knew that the MeMeMe product wasn't really a 'luxury' brand. 

Overall if this had been my first box I'd probably say I would have made it my last box too.  I feel like the beauty box companies have you backed into a corner as the next one could be amazing to balance it, it's just the chance you take.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhu Ambiete

Unbelievably Molton Brown is a brand that I had not yet explored.  I decided to buy their Relaxing Yuan Zhu Ambiete to see if it would help me sleep as recently I've been having such a hard time switching off.


The spray itself says to spray on skin or into the air so I'm guessing it's not designed as a pillow spray like the ones I normally buy, perhaps has not been tested to see if it stains etc.  The scent is light, I wouldn't say it's the typical relaxing spray I normally buy but it's definitely a calming fragrance as it contains Ylang Ylang amongst other notes.  Molton Brown describe this spray as 'Floriental' which I think is a perfect way of saying that it has both floral and oriental tones although I'd probably say more oriental.


The bottom line is.. I think this spray is a wonderful scent.  I think it definitely is calming and relaxing.  To be blatantly honest (as always!) I don't think I'd repurchase it as I adore my Spa Rituals Close Your Eyes  Fragrance Mist that contains actual essential oils.   I think that the Spa Rituals version works slightly better although as it's more difficult to get hold of than the Molton Brown (I have to order it as part of my business supplies)  However I'd say if you can't get hold of Spa Rituals products this is definitely a good alternative, perfect for your bedroom or therapy room if you work in the industry.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

theBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blush

Today's reviews is of theBalm's Frat Boy Shadow/Blush.  In the last year I've become slightly obsessed with blushes.  I don't have a load of them because I don't see the point having loads of the same shades but I love how they can change your make up completely.  

Frat Boy is a pink (I want to say has a reddish tone to it but does that sound stupid?!)  It's a matte finish which is my favourite, I love the option that if the blush is matte I can add the shimmer where I want it or not.

I quite like the cardboard packaging, theBalm products always reminds me of Soap and Glory with their quirky names etc.  I don't know why but the cardboard makes me feel that it would be secure for travelling.


The bottom line is... I feel like this colour is amazing on pale to medium skin tones, however I wouldn't buy it again purely for the reason that in my opinion my favourite budget blush, Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in 'Sweet Cheeks' is a very close alternative at a fraction of the price.  I do already have a review up of that one if you'd like to see what I mean!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Dr Renaud BB Creme Apricot BB Cream

So today's review is of the Dr Renaud BB Creme Apricot BB Cream which I purchased from Beauty UK a few months ago.  It's available in two shades, 'natural' which was the colour I went for and 'golden.' 


As you would expect the scent of this cream is amazing, a gorgeous apricot, fresh and clean fragrance.  Dr Renaud claims that this powerful cream has 7 actions in 1; unifying, hydrating, radiance booster, plumping, smoothing, mattifying and protecting

It feels light weight on your skin making it perfect for holidays.  I also feel like it does give a slight brightening effect too however I would say the coverage is really light.


The bottom line is... I wouldn't buy this cream again.  My skin is generally pretty clear but I do have a few scars from spots years ago and it doesn't really cover those.  I see this BB cream as a step up to wearing nothing and perhaps long term it will offer skincare benefits but it's too light coverage for me who likes a light coverage!

I now wear this as a base with a little bit of foundation on the areas needed.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Sanctuary Body Butter

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while you'll know that I'm a lazy moisturiser, particularly on my legs. You'll also know from my Sanctuary Body Wash review that I developed a weird vendetta against the brand in my teens which is totally hilarious and completely uncalled for.  

Anyway, since I decided to give the Sanctuary a chance I started using their Body Butter and made sure I included it into my 'after shower products.'

Now if you've tried The Body Shop's body butters I can tell you now that this one isn't as thick as those, they're basically solid that you warm up in your hand.  Sanctuary Body Butter is more like a thick cream but it really does moisturise well leaving that gorgeous signature scent lingering on your skin.


The bottom line is... Have you tried this body butter yet?! Well what are you waiting for?!  I highly recommend it!  Treat yourself and your skin and buy one of these luxurious pots!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

When I was in college learning facials, the girl I paired up with told me about how much she loved the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.  I'd already heard of it through You Tube a raved about product and Jenna had put it to me as 'it's lovely and smells amazing' so that was all I needed and I ordered it.

Liz Earle say:

"Our plant-based cleanser has a two-phase action. Phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make up, even stubborn mascara. 

Phase two is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin" 

This product is marketed towards all skin types and age groups, which sometimes I do find unusual to get my head around because that's basically saying the driest of skins would find this perfect for them as well as the oiliest of skins. 

The scent it nice, it's clean and subtle which means it's not overpowering for sensitive skin.  The formula is smooth as the 'polishing' is done using a muslin cloth.  I thought i'd mention that as at first I was unsure whether it would be slightly gritty. 

The bottom line is... I like it.  It leaves my face feeling and looking really clean and radiant.  I actually like that through the Liz Earle website you can buy a 15ml tube and a muslim cloth for £3.25 so you can test it out for yourself.  I would recommend it and buy it again myself but being the beauty addict that I am I doubt that I will because there's so many more to try!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Sleek Blush in Flushed

I bought the Sleek Blush in Flushed a pretty long while ago and loved it.  I carried it in my bag for a long time as I liked how small it was but yet it had a big mirror(!)

As with all Sleek products they are incredibly pigmented.  For me it's almost unbelievable that a low end brand can offer products that are, in some cases, better than a high end equivalent.

Flushed is a brick red, matte shade.  It's definitely as the name says, a naturally flushed colour and perfect for the colder months.  Due to the pigment being so concentrated it would look amazing on any skin tone.


The bottom line is.. This blush is phenomenal, there are no other word for it.  Flushed might not be a typical colour you'd go for (I feel more people go for pink or coral shades) but they do have those colours available too.  If you haven't tried any of the Sleek blushes out I would suggest you give them a go, a little goes a long way!

Fun fact about this blog post:
I managed to get my nail caught in the blush whilst taking my photos - how annoying?! Grrr

Monday, 21 October 2013

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer

A while ago I jumped onto the YSL Touche Eclat bandwagon whilst on a plane.  I have to be honest and say that I did enjoy the super luxurious packaging, I didn't really feel like it did very well as a concealer.  When it ran out I went on a hunt for a low end equivalent and picked up the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer.  This concealer is a 2 in 1 product where as it covers dark undereye circles but also adds a highlight to brighten up area too.


It applies with a soft brush especially designed for the delicate area around your eyes and I just pat it in to blend it.  I have naturally pretty dark circles but the coverage on this bad boy is amazing!  At just under £6 this is a steal too, I buy these when Boots or Superdrug do a 3 for 2 deal so it's even cheaper!

The bottom line is... this concealer is fantastic.  In my opinion it beats the Touche Eclat hands down and is a far better version than that.  I'll even go as far as to say to you that even though I adore testing out different products I'm actually onto my third tube of this.  Mark this as a concealer to try out next if you haven't already!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Get Your Freak On - 15 Weird Facts Tag

Here's another 'get to know me' tag post.  I have others that you can read if you've missed them.  They can be found by clicking the 'get to know me' label.

#1. What's a nickname only your family calls you?
I'm generally called Karen but Mum will sometimes refer to me as 'baby' (I'm the youngest) 'Mouth' (I'm noisey) 'Big Ears' (If I'm listening in) Dad sometimes talks about me being... ** brace yourself ** 'Inky-Pinky-Little-Stinky, Nappy Bag or Stinker' (from my younger years!)  My husband calls me 'Kaggie, Kaggles, Kaglet' or anything else that starts with 'Kag.' 

#2. What's a weird habit of yours?
If I eat a pie from the chippy, I take it out of the foil and use my mouth to remove the crust using the foil as a little bin.  I hate pie crusts.

#3. Do you have any weird phobias?
I really hate being near hot water.  In the call centre where I used to work there was a vending machine that gave hot drinks in a normal plastic cup - no thermal packaging or anything!   People would ask me to get them one when I went to the cold drinks machines and I had to refuse and look seriously wimpy.

#4. What's a song you secretly LOVE to blast & belt out when you're alone?

Adele - Hometown Glory

#5. What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
When you do something for someone, for example hold a door open and they don't say 'thank you.'

#6. What's one of your nervous habits?
If I'm feeling awkward or nervous I will typically geto my phone out and click a few buttons although I'm not actually doing anything.

#7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
If you're stood at the foot of the bed (facing the headboard) I'm on the left.  If we stay in a hotel then I will basically always choose the side that's furthest from the door so if an axe murderer gets in they get to my husband first. 

#8. What was your first stuffed animal && it's name?
I had a cat called 'Pussy' - no sniggering.

#9. What's the drink you ALWAYS order at Starbucks?
Anything cold and not coffee!!  I don't drink tea or coffee although I do like fruit iced tea.

#10. What's the beauty rule you preach.. but never ACTUALLY practice?
Heat protectant - 95% of my adult life has been me not using it.

#11. Which way do you face in the shower?
Away from the shower head.  I absolutely hate getting water in my eyes!

#12. Do you have any 'weird' body 'skills'?
I used to be double jointed and I can turn my hands a pretty good distance around.

#13. What's your favourite 'comfort food' that's 'bad' but you love to eat it anyways?
Chocolate.  Loooooove chocolate.  It's so cliche.

#14. What's a phrase or exclamation you always say?
"Not gonna lie" It's because Leighannsays on YouTube says it.  I'll say something like "I've always loved that, not gonna lie"

#15. Time to sleep- what are you ACTUALLY wearing?
If I say 'a nightie' it's going to make me sound elderly but what I mean is they're like those long vest tops that go down to your mid thigh.  I cannot sleep in full pjs because they always get twisted.  Grrrr.

So that's all for this tag.  I hope you've enjoyed reading it and you've learnt some odd things about me!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Origins Modern Friction

Leanne from OCD Blog kindly sent me a surprise parcel in the post containing some amazing goodies including Origins Modern Friction.  It's like she read my mind, this product was on my 'to buy' list and it was pretty close to the top.

Modern Friction has won awards for the best exfoliator and this comes as no surprise to me.  The directions says to apply in circular motions to dry skin, then splash a little water one until it lathers up and rinse off.  I feel like applying to dry skin means it really exfoliates well and I don't have too much trouble removing it (a bug bearer of mine.)


The scent is hard for me to describe, possibly lemon with a hint of something else like sage.   

The only thing I can fault with this exfoliator is that every single time I've removed it, no matter how careful I am I always managed to get that feeling of soap in my eye and have to do a couple of blinks.  I now use it in the shower and even keep my eyes shut for a really long time whilst rinsing it away and I still get that feeling but it doesn't last long.

The bottom line is... would I purchase it?  I already have!! This one Leanne has sent me is being saved for my holiday so I ordered the full size with no hesitation.  Clearly the issue with my eyes isn't that big a problem, I just thought it was worth mentioning!  This is definitely worth trying out.

Friday, 18 October 2013

MAC Mineralised Skinfinish in Lightscapade

I bought the MAC Mineralised Skinfinish in Lightscapade last October from a CCO in Buffalo, NY.  At that point I figured it was from an old collection and I wouldn't see it again but then I saw a You Tuber mention buying it recently and now I've realised that it's a permanent product and currently available on their site. 


Lightscapade is a very pale peach shade with blue and yellow veining running through it.


When swatched it is a subtle champagne colour with a opalescent finish to it and tiny gold reflects.  One of the key points to this highlighter is that it's not super pigmented.  To some that might be a negative but to me it's perfect because you can build it up to how you want it.


As I'm something with oily combination skin I typically buy matte products so I like to use this to add shimmer to the areas I want.


I recently reviewed theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer which is an amazing highlighter (and eyeshadow) but it's extremely pigmented and therefore more difficult to work with as it's easier to go overboard.  

The bottom line is... I absolutely adore this product.  I use it to switch my blush from a matte finish to a slight shimmer.  The colour is really pretty and really easy for someone newer to highlighting to work with.  This is definitely a product to check out!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Hydraluron Moisture Booster

When I discovered Caroline Hirons (see my 'Starting Out With Skincare' post from the 5th July 2013) I thoroughly read and watched anything that she was part of, looking for the best products for my skin.  One of those products was Hydraluron Moisture Booster by Indeed Labs.

Call me 'tight fisted' but at £24.99 I was cautious about running out to buy it.  Caroline does mention in the Body Talk video that I watched that Hydraluron is often on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots and true to form it was.  My only problem then was I wasn't sure at coughing up nearly £50 for three of a product I hadn't tried before.

For that reason I decided to buy the Indeed Labs Set of 3 Sampler Kit which has a small sample and also allowed me to try out Nanoblur and Snoxin.  Firstly I want to say if you're thinking of doing the same - seriously - don't bother.  The samples are tiny and to make matters worse, the tiny tube isn't even full.  I used the Hydraluron twice, just two pea sized amounts and the tube is nearly empty, I was furious.  Eventually Boots had Hydraluron on offer again, a third off which meant it was equal to their 3 for 2 offer so I purchased a tube.


Hydroluron is a serum constantly that you apply before your moisturiserm, this then helps it penetrate deeper down for deeply moisturised skin.  I find that the serum sinks into the skin quickly and when I apply my moisturiser I definitely do feel a difference from when I'm using it to when I'm not.  

The bottom line is... I do think this product truly works.  I feel like it would be amazing for someone with dry skin.  Mine is oily / combination so for this reason I don't use it all of the time, just when I feel that my skin needs that boost.  Overall I would repurchase it if it was on offer again.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Nars Eyeshadow in Cyprus

So today's post is dual purpose.  Currently I'm holiday the US travelling around New England and then over to Chicago.  Today is my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary and also the anniversary to the date we met 8 years ago.  

So to mark this special occasion but to keep it beauty related I'm going to review the Nars eyeshadow in 'Cyprus.'  Now you'll probably wondering where the connection is and it's that I bought this shadow because we got married in Cyprus (I'm now hoping you're not all heaving from that!)

This was (and still is) the only Nars eyeshadow I own, I have their Orgasm Blush, Laguna Bronzer and quite a few of their lip glosses but that's it.  The colour is pretty, to me it's somewhere between 'Verve' and 'Suspect' from the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay.

I have worn this eyeshadow quite a bit and I enjoy that it's more of a cool toned champagne gold shade as I really don't think I suit the more warmer gold tones.  The only thing I have a problem with is that it doesn't seem to be as pigmented as the Urban Decay eyeshadows that I'm used to.  As this is my only one from Nars I have nothing to compare to and wonder whether it's just because it's a lighter shade.


The bottom line is... apart from the sentiment of it I wouldn't say this eyeshadow blows me away.  I have colours similar in my beauty stash but not the same so it does serve a purpose.  Once it's run out I wouldn't repurchase it.  

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

My Work: Avengers Nails (in Shellac)

Today's post is about the nails I did on Saturday.  Ali has been enjoying her themed nails recently that I have also posted about recently.  This time she had her heart set on an Avengers theme as they are her boyfriend's favourite characters. 


Since Shellac is so hard wearing I wanted to find a way to make each character work as a Shellac colour.  I'll go over what I used for each one.

I used Black Pool all over the nail, applied CND Additive in Deep Blue on top and used Wild Fire and Silver Chrome for the web.

Iron Man
For him I used Red Baroness, Iced Cappuccino, Cream Puff and a little Azure Wish to create the glow around the eyes.

Just like Spider-Man I used Black Pool and CND Additive in Deep Blue along with Silver Chrome, Rubble and Cream Puff.

He was more of a challenge as I needed to get that brighter green shade so I used Cream Puff and then applied Limeade and then used the CND Additive in Medium Green to achieve it along with Rock Royalty for his shorts.

Captain America
Just like Thor and Spider-Man I used Black Pool and CND Additive in Deep Blue and then Cream Puff and Wild Fire.

I'm pleased with how they turned out, Iron Man was tricky but thankfully everyone who has saw her nails has recognised him straight away so I'll presume that they look okay!!

Please come and "like" my Facebook page.  It's a little community that I set up with lots of nail techs and therapists on there sharing ideas.  You can message me directly on there too.

Monday, 14 October 2013

NOTD: A Deeper Shade Of Red With Sparkles

It's funny how people associate certain colours with certain times of year, generally I will wear brights or dark shades whenever I want.  However when it comes to reds, greens, golds or silvers I feel like it's very easy to look like 'Christmas,' definitely if you combine the two.  

Today my holiday officially commences (information on where I'm going is on my 'Whats In My Travel Make Up Bag post from a few days ago)  If you're reading this the day it's posted then I'm most probably on a plane right now.  Since I'll have these nails for two weeks I wanted to make sure I had something that I really liked.


I adore red nails but rarely have them.  A year ago I wore red for my holidays (Shellac Wild Fire) and I didn't really want to repeat it so I opted for a colour I've never even entertained before, Shellac Red Baroness. 

Now here's where the thoughts of Christmas come in, I wanted to add some sparkle but anything that goes with red would look like Christmas I thought.  I decided to use Shellac Ice Vapor around the edges of all nails just to add that hint of something extra at certain angles. 

I just can't believe I haven't given this red more of a chance - shocking and uncalled for but I'm glad I've discovered it!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

25 Questions Tag

Continuing on from the last tag post I did... (If you didn't get a chance to read it just click the label on me blog which says 'get to know me') Here is the 25 questions tag.

1. Do you have any pets?


Yes, two cats - Poppy and Henry.

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
An empty glass, a remote for the tv and Henry who's asleep on the sofa next to me.

3. What's the weather like right now?
The sky is blue but it's cloudy and some of them are a little grey.

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
I do drive.  I've been driving for ten years and I had had someone not give right of way at a junction, my car went head first into the side of the van writing little Peppermint off (She's mentioned in the previous tag.)
5. What time did you wake up this morning?
I woke up at 7.30am.
6. When was the last time you showered?
This morning.

7. What was the last movie you saw?
I don't really enjoy going to the cinema so I think the last film I watched was The Inbetweeners!  I'm not really a film fan.

8. What does your last text message say?
It was from my bank telling me the last few transactions - boring eh?!

9. What's your ringtone?
I have an iPhone with the traditional 'ring ring' tone that everyone seems to have!

10. Have you ever been to a different country?
I've been to lots of different places - The US (Florida & New York and I'm travelling around New England this month) Canada, The Maldives, Cyprus, Portugal, Malta, Kos and Majorca.

11. Do you like sushi?
It's okay, it depends what's in it really.

12. Where do you buy your groceries?
Asda, Tesco or Morrisons generally.

13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
No I haven't.

14. How many siblings do you have?
I have two older brothers.

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
I have a netbook.

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
29 - please don't remind me - it's months away!

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
I wear glasses for driving and when I want to make myself look clever.

18. Do you color your hair?
I do.  L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in either 565 Berry Red or 450 Cherry Red.

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
I plan on getting my summerhouse ready for the next client, hoovering my house and perhaps filming a You Tube video.

20. When was the last time you cried?
This morning actually, I watched the clip from the Ellen show were she paid tribute to Talia, very sad.

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
Mozzerella, chicken, mushrooms, BBQ sauce... and now I'm hungry.

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
Cheeseburgers.  I hate tomato ketchup so without the cheese it's pretty dry.

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
Definitely!  I sat in my car all night once with a friend talking until the sky was light again and the birds were tweeting.  Those were the days that I could live off limited sleep!

24. What is your eye color?

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
Absolutely.  I couldn't tell you what the difference is in words but I could tell them apart.
I hope you've enjoyed reading it.  Look out for more tag posts in the future!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag

For those of you that didn't already know on Monday (14th October) I fly out to Massachusetts with my husband to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary (and eight years together.)  We're staying there for a few days and then we're driving up to Maine, spending a few days then, then over to Vermont for a few days and back to Massachusetts.  We were recommended to visit New England to see the 'fall leaves.'  From there we will then fly to Chicago for four nights.  It's going to be an amazing holiday and I'm so excited for it.

I've come up with an ingenious idea (in my opinion) to take small versions of things like shampoo and conditioner etc so I can buy brands over there.  For a few years I've been organised enough to take half used make up items but I have previously always taken a big bottle of shower gel for example and when it's time to come home I've thrown the rest back in the case for the way back.  This time I want to buy things like that there so I get to try out brands I've not tried before.  Am I crazy or does this sound like a good idea to you?!

I also figured that it's an absolute certaintly that I will be bringing lots of make up back so I'm going to resist the urge to take my two Naked palettes which generally go everywhere with me.  I'm bringing one blush, one bronzer etc and really limiting it.  I know last time I was so keen to play with my new purchases that the stuff I brought didn't get a look in!

Anyway I've made a video to show you what I'm taking with me.  As I say in the video please contact me by any method, Twitter, Instagram, Email ( carrier pigeon (just kidding) to tell me if you have any recommendations of places to go to, outlet malls, shopping places, anything.  I already know I'm going to the Ben & Jerry's Factory in Vermont but that's about it.  

I will be online every day so definitely look out for Instagram photos and Twitter updates.  Also I have some boards on Pinterest which show the products I'm hoping to buy when I'm away, all other suggestions welcome!!

This blog will be updated daily - business as usual.  At this moment in time I'm not sure where the scheduled posts will all go up or I may swap them for hauls, etc whilst I'm away if I can get some decent photos. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

Bright Owl Nail Tutorial

Bezzie has a very understandable love for owls (side note: if you're a KS1 teacher she has her own resource blog) so it was fitting to do some owl nail art on her in beautiful bright colours.

All jokes aside she has a smaller nail bed (she often reminds me of the time I said this to her) so it does show that nail art can be done on anyone's nails if you just scale it down to fit.


 I loved how her thumbs turned out so if you want the traditional owl colours you could do all of your nails like this.


I do have a full step-by-step nail tutorial below if you'd like to see how I achieved this look.


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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Hairdressing Level 2: The first few weeks

It seemed that I had quite a few eyeballs on my first day of hairdressing post so I figured I will definitely continue with them every now and again when I have something fun to show you.

I'll start off with with week two (last week) we were shown conditioning treatments used for the hair and oil treatments for the scalp.  Although this is a valid and useful service in a salon, it is taught so that we can practise how to neatly section the hair and will help us learn the correct process to colour hair further along in the course.  

Believe me when I say that sectioning hair seems alot easier in theory than it is in reality!!  You take the tail of a comb and depending on how you hold it can make the difference of a nice straight line or a crazy wave.

Above is the 'hot cross bun' sectioning that we have been taught to do.  I've only done this a handful of times so it's not perfect here but I wanted to show you what I meant.  It basically ear to ear and then straight down the middle.

For the conditioning treatments you work in sections within each quarter to apply the product and then massage in.  

Moving onto Monday's lesson which was curly blows.  Now despite my Liverpudlian upbringing I've never actually had or done a curly blow before.  That being said it also meant that I had absolutely no idea what one is meant to look like in the end either.  I watched a You Tube video on it (good old You Tube!) and then we had our lesson.  At this point I was still getting to grips with the hairdryer/brush combo so it was an added challenge that I was totally up for.   

Once you've sectioned the hair (it's slightly different than above for blowdrying and curly blows) it's time to get down to business with the most amount of brushes you can get your mitts on.  As we don't have a massive resource of brushes we have been taught to work with two or three, leave the brush in and then when you run out we remove the brush, pick the curl up and pin it. 

As you can see the pinned curls aren't perfect, this was my first attempt ever after all.  The problem I found is as you start at the bottom moving in rows, I would often get the bristles of my brush caught in the pinned section below.   Megan's hair (the mannequin's nickname) is awful.  Although it's human hair so it can take heat etc, no amount of treatments or blow drying can make it great. 

Here's how Megan's curly blow turned out.  I was actually pretty happy with it.  Once you've taken the pins out it is a little difficult to try and lose the look of the sections but hold the curl.

The tutor said that I'd done a really good job of it and didn't seem to correct me on anything I was doing so that was good.

Onto my first 'human' head curly blow that I did last night.  I had not had a chance to practise in between so this was only my second attempt ever.  Luckily I had drafted in a very patient friend of mine and removed the pressure off my shoulders by telling myself she washes her hair every morning so this can be amended within a matter of hours if she was really unhappy with it.

It was so much nicer working on 'real humans.'  Her hair is pretty amazing naturally anyway, soft and incredibly shiny.  Even better you actually have someone to talk to as you work(!)

The photo above is Ali's hair fresh out of the pins, literally just as her hair fell by taking each one out, I love the look of it and more importantly, she did too.

Here is her hair after a little dressing.  The lesson I need to learn from this attempt is to try to allow a good amount of time for the pins at the top to really cool down.  In this lesson I felt like I was rushed a little by the tutor despite me finishing quite a lot faster than others around me, this meant that after this photo was taken it started to drop further than I would have liked.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post today.  I love sharing my experiences with those of you who are interested.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

MAC Blush in Pinch Me

There's certain items as I beauty addict that I can totally justify having more than one simular of... eyeshadows, cleansers, moisture masks, mascaras but for some reason when it comes to blushes I have this attitude that I should only buy the key colours and there's no point having a million inbetween shades.  This is why my MAC palette has sat with two empty spaces forever, because I have a pink, a peach, a brown/peach and a brick shade so I'm done.


Today's post is about MACs blush in Pinch Me.  That's the brick sort of shade in my collection.  I find that this is a super pigmented blush and when used lightly it just makes your cheeks look like they're flushed.  It's such a natural look and would show up on every skintone.

I will admit that I don't use this blush as much as the others in the palette.  I think it's something to do with I prefer to use Peaches or Gingerly as I think they go better with the generally eye make up I wear on a day to day basis.


The bottom line is... If you're after specifically a MAC blush in a brick/red tone then this could be the one for you.  If on the other hand you're not bothered about it being MAC, you might want to try Sleek's blush in 'Flushed' which I also own.  It's incredibly pigmented and pretty close to Pinch Me but a third of the cost!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

NOTD: Shellac layering with glitter

So today's post is about my quick nails for this week as I go on holiday next Monday so I'll be redoing them the end of the week for that.  

The colours I used are Shellac Black Pool with Negligee over it.  Then I used some white AB glitter to apply to the top of the nail and then with a small fan brush I pulled the glitter down, finishing with a top coat.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out.  They definitely look better in 'real life.'

For those who were wondering, I'm off to do a drive around New England visiting Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine and then fly over to Chicago.  This blog will be updated daily like usual.  I have blog posts scheduled everyday but I may change some of these for posts on where I am or things I've been buying as I go.  If you have any US beauty product recommendations please let me know - I have a list on Pinterest (search for "liverpoollashes") but I can never enough things to buy and try out!  Also if you'd like to follow my adventures on Instagram, again just search for liverpoollashes. 

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