Friday, 2 December 2016

Look Incredible November beauty box review

This post is coming a little late but it will give you some insight into future boxes. This months box was a bit of a mixed bag if I'm honest. The products were all new to me but I'm not quite sure whether Look Incredible really aimed the products at their main age group this month. If you're not sure what I mean be sure to check out the video.

If you want to sign up to the boxes head over to Look Incredible. The basic box is £18.99, by buying one box you're agreeing to a subscription but you can cancel any time.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

How to make your concealer last longer

makeup tips

I have suffered with dark circles all my life so concealer has always been my holy grail product. Throughout my teens and early adulthood I have tried so many concealers I've lost count. The one thing I find most frustrating about using concealer is how quickly it fades in comparison to the rest of my makeup. This frustration led to me researching ways to make my concealer last longer, here's some tips that helped me along the way.

Make sure your face is clean
Makeup lasts longest on clean skin as it has a clear base to settle on. Try to get in a routine and clean your face morning and night with a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type. Alternate with a exfoliator so you can remove all the oils, impurities and dead skin cells that can cause dullness and break outs.

Hydrate your skin
If you don't apply moisturiser your skin will get really dry especially in winter. Once you've washed your face use a good moisturiser to give your skin the moisture it deserves. Opt for a moisturiser that suits your skin type and try to aim for one with a high SPF. A good place to start is Kiehl's Blue Herbal Moisturiser (on offer for £23.85 at House of Fraser)

Use a makeup primer
Makeup primers are essential for getting your concealer to last longer. By applying primer first your makeup has a base to cling to which will avoid it sinking straight into your skin. I recommend Nars Cosmetics Multi Project Primer (on offer for £23.40 at House of Fraser).

Choose the right concealer 
There are so many concealers on the market it's probably quite overwhelming trying to find the right one. Try to find a concealer that is branded as long lasting and suitable for your skin type. The best way to see if it's right for you is to try it out in store or ask for a demonstration. Find out which concealer will suit your skin type below:

  • If you have dry skin opt for a liquid concealer 
  • If you suffer from acne or combination skin, cream concealer is good as its normally medium to full coverage
  • If your skin is oily you'll want to choose a matte concealer that won't add extra moisture. 

It's time to apply
Once you've find the perfect concealer it's time to apply. You can use a concealer brush or your fingers depending on which you find easiest. Apply a small amount and blend along the problem area. If you're applying concealer to dark circles aim for one shade lighter so the area looks brighter. If you're covering acne you'll want to aim for a concealer that matches your skin tone.

Set with a powder
The best way to set your makeup is using a face powder that will give your makeup sticking power and prevent shine. Use circular motions to blend the powder in.

Resist the touch!
Nothing ruins your makeup quicker then having dirty fingers running over it. It's so easy when you're at work to scratch, itch or touch your face without even thinking about it. I know I do it all the time!
Try to resist this as it can cause your makeup to smudge and transfer oil and dirt onto your skin.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour review

I'm all for saving time in the morning when I'm rushing around trying to get ready so the NYX Sculpt & Highlight brow contour is perfect.

The double ended pencil has a brow pencil on one side and a highlighter on the other to give the perfect shape to your eyes.

So does it work?  Watch on to see my first impressions and review of the pencil.


Get yours for £8.00 at Selfridges

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

M&S Christmas Beauty Blogger event

m&s christmas beauty blogger event

Everyone was feeling the Christmas spirit at the Marks and Spencers Christmas blogger event. The Christmas beauty releases had the perfect backdrop with cheesy Christmas music and sparkling fairy lights.

m&s christmas beauty blogger event christmas gifts
m&s christmas gifts

There were lots of things to see and do including a manicure with Ciate and a lovely hand massage with Gatineau. If that wasn't enough we all had the chance to unleash our creative side with the festive bauble station.

M&s blogger event activities

On display were Christmas gifts from Autograph, Ren, Philip Kingsley, Ciate and lots more. My favourite has to be the Ciate advent calendar (£50) and the adorable Ciate Paint Pot collection (£10). I also discovered a few gems I've never seen before like the Fragrance House (£45) which contains 12 of the best Marks and Spencers fragrances including Butterfly Garden edt, Inspire edt and True Red edt. Excitingly for all you Gatineau lovers they're exclusively releasing their best collections in Marks and Spencers. 

new marks and spencers christmas beauty releases
marks and spencers food

With our bellies full of Marks and Spencers food and drink we all left with a goody bag full of goodies. Don't forget to check in to see what was included in a upcoming blogpost. Have you tried any of the new Christmas releases? Love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Never lose your keys again with Finders Key Purse giveaway

win finders key purse bundle

Picture the scene - it's pouring down with rain, it's pitch black and you're alone in a car park rifling through your bag for your car keys. We've all been there and it can be a pretty scary experience especially when there's no one around.

Keys can so easily get lost in your bag, no matter how little you might have in it and it can be quite frustrating. What would you think if you knew there was a way you could solve the daily rigmarole of the hunt for your keys.

Finders  Key Purse is a unique key  ring that is securely attached to the side of your bag so you can easily find your keys when you need to. The keychain comes with a cute charm which will look great attached to the side of your bag. Fairly new to the UK, Finders Key Purse has already sold over 11 million key chains since it was first released in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. At only £7.95 the key chains are a reasonable price and ensure your security.

I've teamed up with The Rocket Tree to give you a chance to win  5 fabulous key chains. To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions
The competition will begin on 28 November 2016 and end on 28 December 2016 starting and ending at midnight. The prize will consist of 5 key chains and the designs can be chosen by the winner. If I do not hear from the winner within 15 days I have the right to redraw. Prize will be dispatched by the promoter The Rocket Tree.          
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