Friday, 29 April 2016

My First Flight

My first flight

My first flight was when I was the grand old age of 19, so in comparison to some who start flying when they're still a babe I was pretty old. I wanted to go abroad before then, and I did go to Spain with the school when I was 13 but that was unfortunately on a coach. I can't tell you how rubbish it is sitting on a coach for over 24 hours!

So when me, a old friend, her boyfriend and my ex boyfriend decided to go to Greece together I realised this would be my first ever flight. I was quite excited and a little nervous although not too much. Our flight was ridiculously early and I think we got to the airport at like 3am. Mcdonalds was open and they all had some food but I was feeling pretty ill at this point (due to the early morning maybe?) so I didn't eat anything. After a while we boarded our flight and waited to take off.

I had packed lots of sweets because I had heard lots of stories about people's ears popping and how much it could hurt. My friend kept asking me how I felt and was I nervous, which of course only makes things worse. I didn't have the window seat but I could still see it and made sure I was looking out when it took off. The best bit about take off was the acceleration and I still love it now, there's nothing better then that feeling of intense speed. It did feel really strange taking off for the first time and gave a slightly odd sensation in my head but overall I didn't feel too bad!

Since my first flight I have been on a few holidays abroad although not as many as I'd like. I am yet to experience my first long haul flight! I get bored on a 4 hour flight so I can imagine that will be quite tedious. I would love to go to New York, Florida and Las Vegas amongst others so I will definitely experience a long haul sometime soon.

When was your first flight and how did you find it?

Thursday, 28 April 2016

What's in my makeup bag?

What's in my makeup bag?

When it comes to makeup I do tend to wear the same sort of products every day. If i'm planning on going out for a date or dinner then I'll add a few little extras like false lashes and more exaggerated eyeliner. I typically like to go for a cute but statement look and here's what I use to achieve it.

I love using mascara to accentuate my eyes as they look quite small without it. I tend to alternate two different mascaras at one time, at the moment I'm using L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt and Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara.

Primer is great for giving a base to your foundation to help it last longer. I have a few primers and I've been using the new No7 Airbrush Away primer a lot recently. Check out my review here.

At the moment I'm using Bourjois City Radiance as it gives a lovely fresh radiant glow. Foundation is great for covering up any blemishes and giving me a even skin tone. Check out my review of Bourjois latest foundation here.

Whilst mascara makes my eyes more open, without eyeliner they still look quite bare. I use eyeliner most days for a bit of glamour. Makeup Gallery in Space Grey is my goto eyeliner at the moment. I tend to go for a simple cat eye on a daily basis.

Powder helps to fix my look and prevent my foundation running. I'm using Kiko Milano Radiance powder at the moment but I'm not sure if it's really working for me. I like to switch it up with Prot-ocol Colour Correct powder as it really helps to fix my makeup.

I have pretty awful dark circles unfortunately so need to cover them up with concealer. I use Sheer Cover concealer a lot, although recently I have purchased Bourjois Radiance concealer.

Blusher really adds life and colour to my cheeks and I absolutely couldn't live without it! I have lots of blushers and often chop and change. I like using ELF quad blusher as there's a number of shades from baby pink to red.

I'm using Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold and Makeup Revolution Hidden Lights a lot for highlighting. Both are very different, Bar of Gold is quite natural but very light, whilst Hidden Lights gives more of a intense glow. Check out my comparison of them in this video - luxury vs budget highlighter.

I couldn't show you my whole eyeshadow collection as I have so many. I'm loving Makeup Revolution palettes at the moment and adore Girls on Film as it has so many versatile shades.

My go to shades are Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red and Love Bite at the moment. Red Carpet Red is quite matte (see review here) and Love Bite is more creamy (see the review here). As you all know red is my go to shade but I do like to try others like pinks and corals.

So this is my makeup bag at the moment. I'm always buying new products and trying new things as I get bored quickly, but I do have my favourites that I tend to keep buying. What's in your makeup bag?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

How to clean your makeup brushes

How to clean your makeup brushes

The quality of your makeup brushes are paramount to get that pro-makeup look you desire. Whilst there are many amazing branded makeup brushes available, if you don't take care of them even the best brand will start to lose their effectiveness.

Why should you clean your makeup brushes I hear you ask? Your skin contains a lot of dirt and oil that gets transferred to the bristles of your brushes on use. Over time this bacteria multiplies and if you don't clean your brushes you're continuously spreading it back onto your face. This can lead to clogged pores, irritated skin and breakouts, especially if you don't have a regular cleansing routine.

You'll probably find thousands of tutorials on Google advising how to clean your brushes but these can often contain a lot of steps and can seem complicated. Cleaning your makeup brushes is not the most exciting job in the world so the best way is to keep it simple so you can carry on using your brushes for years to come.

All you'll need to clean your brushes is some baby shampoo.

How to do it
1. Run your brush bristles under lukewarm water with the bristles pointing downwards. Try to avoid getting water where the bristles meet the head of the brush as this can loosen the glue.
2. Put a small amount of baby shampoo in your palm
3. Swirl the bristle in the baby shampoo until you create a rich lather
4. Once you feel all the dirt and bacteria has been removed, wash the bristles under the lukewarm water again
5. Squeeze any excess water out of the bristles and see if the water runs clear. If the water is still dirty repeat the process.
6. Use a cloth or paper towel to dry the bristles and reshape them as you wish.
7. Don't forget other tools like your eyelash curlers need washing too. Put a little baby shampoo between your fingers and massage it onto the tongs.
8. Finally let your brushes dry over night and by the next day they should be good to go!

I hope you find this tutorial useful and that your makeup brushes will get a whole new lease of life.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

10 tips on how to achieve healthy nails

10 tips on how to achieve healthy nails

Brittle, flaky nails look awful and can make your confidence drop. With a little care and attention you can restore nails to their former glory and you'll no longer have to resort to using false nails. Here's 10 top tips on how to achieve healthy nails.

Trim your nails regularly
If you want to grow your nails long you have to give them a trim now and again. Whilst you may not want to cut off your nails if you've grown them slightly, it's beneficial to get rid of any chipped nails and to keep them all the same length. Trim your nails straight across so your nails don't grow back bent.

Moisturise your hands
Using a hand cream is fantastic for massaging both your skin and your cuticles. Hand cream is often full of healing properties which will help to keep your skin soft and make nails stronger over time.

Keep them hydrated
Like everything, cuticles love a bit of hydration. Use a small amount of olive oil on the cuticles and surrounding areas to moisturise your nails. This will keep your nail area and the skin around it soft and healthy.

Natural treatments
Instead of just rubbing olive oil onto your cuticles you can use it for a intensive treatment. Simply dip your nails in olive oil for 2-3 minutes and relax. Over time this will strengthen your nails and will make them look a lot healthier. Don't be tempted to keep them in any longer though as that can do more harm than good!

Keep your nails clean
This one is probably harder than it sounds as it's easy to get bits of dirt and bacteria under your nails. By keeping your nails as clean as you can you're preventing your nails getting infected which will stop them becoming brittle or breaking easily. If you're cleaning make sure you're wearing gloves to avoid chemicals damaging your nails.

Avoid certain nail varnish removers
Did you know a lot of nail varnish removers contain acetone which can dry out your nail, leaving them weak with no hydration? Opt for healthier nail removers that contain acetate as this is kinder to your nails.

Supplements may help
Biotin is often used for horses to strengthen their hooves. In the same way it can really help to strengthen your nails. Don't worry it's perfectly safe, horses hooves contain keratin which are found in human nails. Opt to take it 4-5 times a day for really strong nails.

Give them a massage
Massaging any part of the body brings blood to the area which can result in more circulation in the area. The extra blood supply will over time help the nail to grow as it's getting more nutrients then it would normally.

Don't share your nail file!
If you share a nail file with anyone you're sharing germs and bacteria that are caught in the file. Nail files are so cheap there's no need to share. Buy your own and aim to get a new one every two months.

Never cut or push back your cuticles!
If you cut or push back your cuticles you're opening yourself up for possible infection. This infection can possibly lead to your nails getting weak or brittle so it's a big no no.

I hope you found this article useful and it helps to restore the healthiness of your nails!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte Foundation Review

Maybelline Dream Velvet matte foundation review

What the brand says
Maybelline Dream Velvet aims to give you fresh flawless skin with the first ever gel whipped foundation. Skin is left looking smooth with a velvet like finish for 12 hours. With its hydrating properties the foundation claims to be long lasting without drying out.

It's currently available in 6 shades.

The Lowdown
Maybelline dream velvet matte foundation swatchI've tried a few matte foundations and have found them to give great coverage, although sometimes they seem to be a little thick. Maybelline state there's 2x more water in this foundation in comparison to their Dream Satin Liquid for a more comfortable wear. I generally don't have a problem with how a foundation feels on my skin but the extra water content may have a effect on the overall finish. Like a lot of foundations it claims to have 12 hour wear which is quite bold as often the product doesn't live up to the claim.

The consistency of the foundation was very creamy with more of a fluid feel to it than most matte foundations. I couldn't really say it really reminded me of a gel though. The product which is in shade ivory was a decent colour match and gave pretty good coverage. After applying the foundation I applied powder and MUA makeup fixer as I do with any other foundation. After I had finished my makeup I felt the look was very fresh and glowing.

By evening the foundation had pretty much disappeared completely. I didn't look fresh anymore and felt my face looked really tired. This is one foundation that really doesn't live up to the 12 hour wear promise.

I give it 3/5
before and after maybelline dream velvet matte foundation

Find it for £7.99 at Boots 

  • Hydrating
  • Is easy to blend
  • After applying skin looks fresh with a nice glow
  • Good coverage
  • Doesn't last 12 hours
  • By evening pretty much all the foundation has faded away and my look is definitely no longer fresh