Friday, 21 July 2017

Looking for a Urban Decay Naked dupe? Try Primark PS... Nudes eyeshadow palette

primark ps nudes palette

Love Urban Decay but can't afford to fork out nearly £40.00 for their Naked palettes? Primark has got you covered with the release of their new £4.00 eyeshadow palette collection.

There are four palettes to get hold  of and these include Minerals, Nudes, Smokey and Bronze.

The Lowdown
When I went shopping recently I got my hands on the Nudes palette. The palette had a mixture of matte and shimmery shades although the majority have a shimmer consistency. The shades are quite a broad mix of delicate neutrals and darker more intense colours.

primark ps nudes palette eyeshadows

When I searched the shades I was really impressed with how pigmented they are. I only needed one swipe for deep intense colour, even the lightest shimmer has quite a vibrant shimmer. My favourite shades have to be Beached Blonde and barely Berry.

primark ps nudes eyeshadow palette swatches

Most of the shades were quite soft, although I found some of the matte shades were easily breakable and a bit messy.

Using the palette I went for two looks; one was quite soft looking using the lighter shimmery shades, whilst the other used darker nudes.

Soft Petal
Want a delicate look for the day? Here's how to create it.
1. In the inner  corner of my eye I applied Bleached Blonde, a subtle pink shade
2. I gave the look more intensity by darkening it with Skinny Dipping a bold raspberry pink shade

primark nudes eyeshadow palette soft petal


primark nudes eyeshadow palette soft petal

Divine Intervention
If you're looking for something to take you from day to night then Divine Intervention may be worth trying.
1. I used Cafe Creme on the inner corner of my eye
2. I wanted to add a smokey effect so used Wood Nymph on the outer 2/3 of my eye blending the two shades together.

primark nudes eyeshadow palette divine intervention primark nudes eyeshadow palette divine intervention

After applying I did feel Cafe Creme was a lot lighter then I thought so I'm not really sure the two shades worked that well together. In retrospect Wood Nymph and Caught Red Handed may be a better combination.

When I applied the eyeshadows there was a small amount of fall out but nothing to worry about. Other than the initial fall out the eyeshadows lasted all day without creasing. The eyeshadow is really long lasting and the shades look just as intense in the evening as they did when first applied.

A fabulous budget buy from Primark that is a must have in your beauty collection. You get a great range of shades that have great staying power and pigment and it costs less than a fiver.

You can buy the palette in most bigger Primark stores.

Advantages

  • Fantastic budget buy, with 10 shades for under a fiver
  • A mixture of shimmer and matte shades for a range of different looks
  • The shades are really pigmented
  • The eyeshadow tends to keep its intensity and the colour doesn't really fade during the day

Disadvantages

  • Small amount of fall out when applying 
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Natural ways to keep your hair healthy and glamorous

natural ways to keep your hair healthy and glamorous

Having healthy shiny hair goes a long way to giving us the boost we all need to feel confident and beautiful. Long, short, straight, or curly, and in all the colors of the rainbow -- regardless -- our hair needs the same love and care we give to the rest of our body.

You don’t have to spend oodles of money or time on expensive hair products or the hair salons: All you have to do is go to your kitchen and mix up a batch of these readily available natural ingredients and you’ll have the hair that gets that double take!

Try out any these easy-to-do tricks for healthy, problem-free hair.

get extra shine on your hair the natural way

For Extra Shine

  • Tea Rinse - Use 3-4 cups of freshly brewed and cooled unsweetened tea as your final rinse after you shampoo. Pour the tea on damp hair and let it stay for 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a week to nourish and boost hair growth. Tea contains catechins which block the causes of hair loss.
  • Egg and Banana - mix one egg and a mashed banana until it is a thick paste. Apply to your hair and leave it on for 10-30 minutes then wash using your usual shampoo and conditioner.
  • Egg and avocado - Mash a ripe avocado with one egg and apply to wet hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes then rinse several times. Do this once a week for damaged hair and once a month for healthy hair. Avocados contain vitamins and minerals and essential fatty acids that give luster to hair. Eggs are the best conditioners as the yolk contains fats and proteins. The whites are useful for removing unwanted oils. Use whole eggs to condition normal hair, egg yolks for dry hair and the egg white for oily hair.
use apple cider to remove build up in hair

To remove build-up
The constant use of commercial shampoos can leave our hair dry and our scalp itchy due to the chemical build-up.

  • Apple cider vinegar - mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) with one cup water. Lean back and pour the mixture on your hair. Allow it to run through the hair, being careful not to let it get into your eyes. Apple cider vinegar helps keep the pH balance of our hair cuticles. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil - peppermint, rose, lavender - so you don’t smell too vinegary. ACV helps close the hair cuticle thus helping it reflect light and makes hair look shiny. ACV removes the build-up with its cleansing and clarifying properties.
  • Baking soda - combine one part baking soda with three parts water, apply at the roots and leave for three minutes, Rinse with warm water. If you have dandruff, squeeze one lemon and add to your mixture.

use coconut oil to relieve dry hair and dandruff

Dry hair and dandruff

  • Coconut oil - after washing hair, mix two teaspoons of coconut oil with 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Massage into scalp well, from neck to forehead and behind the ears. Cover with a shower cap and increase the heat by sitting in the sun for 20-30 minutes or by using a hair dryer on low heat to the cap. Remove the cap and wash with a gentle natural shampoo. Repeat this 2 to 3 times a week or more.


relieve a itchy scalp with lemon juice

Itchy scalp
An itchy scalp can be caused by dry scalp, allergic reactions to food and harsh shampoos, dandruff, and a poor diet as well as other scalp-related diseases like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.

  • You can relieve the itchiness by mixing 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and water. Massage your scalp with this mixture and leave on for at least 20 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo. The lemon juice helps remove the dry flakes while the olive oil moisturises the scalp.

how to repair damaged hair

Damaged Hair

  • Honey, olive oil and egg yolk - Mix ½ cup of honey, 1-2 tbsp of olive oil and 1-2 tbsp of egg yolk. Apply the mixture on your hair for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. This treatment will help replace damaged keratin-protein bonds.
  • Coconut oil - mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil. Put a small amount in your hands and apply to the hair shaft and ends and then rub scalp. Cover with a shower cap and leave on overnight. Wash off with a gentle shampoo.
  • Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. When regularly applied on hair, it improves scalp health, supports hair growth, adds volume and shine without the use of harsh chemicals.
tame frizzy hair with avocado

Taming frizzy hair

  • Avocado - Mash one ripe avocado, add a little olive oil and mix well. Shampoo your hair then apply the mixture throughout your hair. Leave for 30 minutes then rinse. To make a smoother paste, you can add mayonnaise. Use this mixture once or twice a week as a hair mask to prevent dryness and to condition your hair. Avocados contain good fatty acids that soothes the frizziness.
  • Egg and Olive oil - Whisk one raw egg and add a spoonful of olive oil. Apply this to your hair before shampooing. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and wash as usual. Eggs have the fats and proteins that moisturize and remove unwanted oils while olive oil acts as an emollient that locks the moisture.


get thicker hair with aloe vera

Thicker Hair

  • Aloe vera and coconut oil - blend aloe vera gel with ½ teaspoon lemon juice then add 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Apply on hair and scalp for 20 minutes then wash your hair as usual. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that repair dead skin cells on the scalp. It improves follicle growth thus promoting hair growth.
eat your way to stronger hair

Eat your way to stronger hair
The nutrients we eat lay the foundation for all our new hair, skin, and nail growth. Since hair is made up of keratin, a type of protein, it makes sense to eat protein-rich foods like eggs, nuts, seeds, dairy, shellfish, red meat and soya. This will reinforce the keratin in our hair for stronger, healthier tresses.

Guest post by M Pimentel

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Get diamond like shine with Sleek Lip VIP metallic lipstick in Scandalous

sleek lip vip in scandalous lipstick

What the brand says
Sleek Lip VIP is the perfect lipstick to give your lips superstar - Very. Important. Pout status. The jewel toned lipstick has been formulated with a moisturising formula of shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E to keep lips soft and hydrated.

It's available in 20 fabulous shades with everything from the bold vampy berry shade Attitude to the delicate girly pink Reserved shade.

The Lowdown
Lip VIP is a lot more luxurious than most Sleek lipsticks. It has a black tube with a holographic logo and a unique diamond shaped bullet.

sleek lip vip in scandalous lipstick tube


Scandalous is a rich berry shade with a subtle undertone of glitter running throughout. The lipstick is super pigmented and the colour is strong and vibrant. It also has a delicious vanilla smell that is quite delicate and not too overpowering.

sleek lip vip in scandalous lipstick swatch

Unfortunately I dropped the lipstick on the floor straight after opening it and the bullet became squashed and disfigured. Luckily I can still use a lip brush to apply it.

The lipstick went on fairly smoothly and has a pretty shimmery diamond like finish. It feels really comfortable to wear and has all the comfort of a lip balm with the colour of a lipstick. As the formula it quite shimmery, the lipstick lasts for a few hours if I don't eat or drink but a lot less if I do.

I give it 3/5

Grab it for £5.49 at Boots

sleep lip vip in scandalous before and after

Advantages

  • Pretty shimmery diamond like finish
  • Formulated with shea butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E to help keep lips soft and hydrated
  • Gorgeous vanilla scent
  • Available in 20 shades so there's a lot of colours to choose from to suit the look you're going for

Disadvantages

  • Not overly long lasting
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Testing out Primark mascaras

testing out primark mascaras

So on my recent trip to Bournemouth I discovered their epic Primark which will forever go down in my memory as the Aladdin caves of all Primark's. I know I probably sound like a broken record but it was literally huge, and they probably had every beauty product they've ever released. I've not seen any mascaras in my local Primark for a while so I was excited to discover 3 mascaras I've not seen before. So who are the contenders and how do they fare.

PS... Lash Contour
primark ps... lash contour mascara

Ps lash contour has a perfect formula, not too wet, not too dry and instantly glides on to lengthen my lashes. The bristles are a lot longer then normal which helps to capture lashes and I was surprised at how well it worked in giving my lashes a curl. The two sided brush is quite long and whilst it doesn't cost all my lashes in one sweep it's not far off. I didn't find the mascara scratchy at all and my lashes were left separated and fanned out. The mascara lasted all day without wilting and didn't smudge around my eyes even in the warm weather.

primark ps... lash contour mascara brush


before and after primark ps... lash contour mascara

PS... Mini and Maxi Lash mascara
primark ps... maxi and mini lash mascara

The mini and maxi lash mascara is quite unique in that it comes with two separate brushes- one for your top lashes and one for the bottom. Unlike other dual mascaras there isn't a primer, both brushes have been specifically designed to fit the different size of lashes. The formula is quite light but it is buildable and there was minimal clumping when I layered the mascara on my top lashes. After a few applications my lashes were lengthened although not dramatically. The mascara lasts all day and there was no smudging.

primark ps... maxi and mini lash mascara brush

before and after primark ps... maxi and mini lash mascara

PS...Eyeconic mascara
primark ps... eyeconic mascara

In terms of performance Eyeconic has got to be the real winner out of these mascaras. It has the perfect formula and my lashes were lengthened and lifted from the first swipe. The brush has really tiny bristles really close together that taper out to a flat edge. Normally applying eyeliner will make my mascara 'disappear' but I'm pleased to say that didn't happen with this mascara. This is a real winner in my eyes.

primark ps... eyeconic mascara brush

primark ps... eyeconic mascara before and after

As you can see from the review, you don't need to pay a lot to get good results. Whilst the mascaras slightly differed in performance they all fared really well adding volume and length to my lashes. It's true that low price doesn't always mean low quality. I'd pop these on my must have lists over some pricier mascaras anyday!

You can buy the mascaras for £2 to £3 in Primark stores.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Top nail trends for 2017

top nail trends in 2017

Beautiful and pretty nails are the essential part of your look. When choosing the right nail design, it`s important to pay attention to the latest beauty and fashion trends. Every year we see the beauty industry please us with brand-new, creative and sometimes a bit crazy nail designs and ideas and as soon as they appear we take them up and start experimenting. So check out the cute, quirky and incredibly fascinating designs that will inspire you during 2017.

metallic nails 2017

Melted Metals

Metallic nails is the hottest 2017 nail trend and had a major movement on the 2017 runways. Ranging from holographic silver to shiny gold it`s also possible to pair chrome nails with French or ombre designs. Metallic nails are popular amongst fashionistas as the mirror effect is simply stunning, if you don't want to paint your whole hand you can opt for just one or two holographic nails. The chrome nails will suit any nail length and any nail shape whether they are oval, square or pointed.

Accent Cuticles
Be ready to embellish your cuticles this year with Accent Cuticles. This is quite a tricky design and not all colors will suit this mani. Try gray or black outlines and give priority to the neutral nail base.

nude nails trend 2017

Nude Nails

In 2017 we`re striving for the most natural nude nails as they always look so fresh and healthy. The delicate manicure is perfect to emphasise your individuality! By the way, it is one of the simplest (and easy to maintain) trends of this year that you can decorate by adding one or more thin lines.

Asymmetrical French
French nails are considered a traditional design that can complete any look. A lot of women prefer it to many other stunning designs and this year has been no exception! Beauty is constantly changing and this year the traditional French manicure has taken a twist - asymmetrical french nails. Instead of having a neat line on the top of your nails you have an asymmetrical line or lines that make your manicure eye-catching and unusual.

pastel colours nail trend 2017

Pastel Colors
If you want to add some color in your life routine, but bright hues aren't your style, it would be better to choose pastels. After all, they never go out of style.

Guest post by Nancy Cooper
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Get spicy to improve your health


If your cupboards are full of expensive superfoods as you think they're the only way to stay healthy - it's time to have a rethink. The secret to a long and healthy life may be a lot closer than you think, and unlike Kale and Goji berries it's a damn sight cheaper. So what's the secret? It's simple - spices.

How to beat colds and flu 
Garlic is enriched with the germ fighting phytochemicals allicin and ajoene which can help your body to avoid colds and flu.

  • Top tip - Allicin is only really effective when it's been cut so make sure you chop or crush garlic before adding it to your food.


how to beat colds and flu

Ease period pain
Fennel seeds are full of essentials oils which help to relax muscle spasms. As period pain is generally the result of strong contractions in your womb, fennel seeds are perfect as a natural pain killer. They can also be eaten to help with other cramps such as digestive or muscular.

  • Top tip - strong fennel tea is great for getting the spice into your system. 


A great way of burning fat
Cinnamon is a sweet tasting spice that helps to regulate your blood sugar. If you're craving something sweet cinnamon is perfect and will avoid you reaching into the cookie jar. It also works at improving your insulin resistance and helps to metabolise fat.

  • Top tip -  add a teaspoon to porridge, smoothies or baking for a extra kick. You'll get your sweet kick and cut your sugar intake at the same time. 


relieve nausea with ginger

Relieve the discomfort of nausea
Nausea is probably one of the worst feelings in the world and there's not much that can help relieve it. Ginger however is one of the few natural reliefs that can help to calm nausea. Whether you've got a bug or you had a few too many the night before, the fast acting compounds called gingerol will soon help you feel better.

  • Top tip - you can grate it into soups, stir fries or porridge. If you can't stomach that add 1cm of sliced root ginger into 500ml of hot water.

Reduce inflammation
Turmeric has yellow pigments such as curcumin which have an anti-inflammatory effect.

  • Top tip - you can add it dried or fresh to asian dishes, smoothies or juices. 
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Win a Bomb cosmetics Specs Appeal gift set

win bomb cosmetics gift set

If you love your bath bombs, Bombs Cosmetics should be your new best friend. They are the home of the cutest bath bombs and piped candles and I still have so many (from my Winter haul) they're coming out of my ears!

I got the Specs Appeal as a free gift with my last haul but have never had the chance to try it out. So to avoid it going to waste I'm giving you all the chance to win it.

win bomb cosmetics gift set content

Inside the set you'll find:

  • Up, Up and Away Bath Blaster
  • Queen of Hearts Bath Blaster
  • Pucker up Bath Creamer
  • Postcards from Paradise Soap
  • Passion Fruit Pom Pom Mallow

With these five goodies under your belt you'll be smelling sweet as can be. So what do you need to do to win? Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions
To enter simply follow me on Youtube and subscribe to my newsletter. These entries are mandatory and if you're picked as the winner but haven't done the above you'll be disqualified. There are other non-mandatory entries you can take part in to increase your chances. THe competition will run from Thursday 13 July to Thursday 13 August 2017 and will start and finish at midnight. Good luck!!
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

4 top tips on how to declutter your life

4 top tips on how to declutter your life

Do you feel that sometimes life is just too much? If you do you're not alone - nearly 20% of women under 35 feel overwhelmed. Everyday we have around 50,000 thoughts and if you're constantly thinking about the small things this can have a detrimental effect on your well being. So how do you sort it out? Start small and you'll get the motivation you need to start tackling the big stuff.

Have a bag clear out
If anyone has the Marry Poppins of bags it's me. My bag often accumulates everything from receipts, old chocolate bars, coins and around 5 lipsticks amongst other things. Do I need all of this?  Of course not. Often a cluttered bag means you're worried that you're going to be caught short. The first thing you should do is have a clear out and get rid of everything you don't need. Of course there are essentials but you can easily organise them so they're more manageable. Take advantage of the pockets in your  bags and even use pouches to combine things like charges, makeup etc. That way you'll know where everything is and can go straight to it when you  need it.

refresh your friends list to declutter your life

Refresh your friends list
Ever find your diary is so busy you never have time to sit down and think about what's important to you? When you think about the friends and colleagues you hang around do you actually enjoy their company? If you find you're agreeing to every party, event or social gathering you're invited to you may find out you're missing out on time you'd love to spend with genuine friends and family. If you don't want to go simply say no. Think of the top five people in your life and arrange a date to see them face-to-face. When you've met up make sure you arrange a time to meet again so you can fill your time with people you want to see.

Clear your head
When we grow up we have a list of goals we need to achieve by a certain age. If you haven't ticked off children, a great career and your own home by 30 you may feel like you're on the scrap heap. With so many decisions we have to make it can often feel like you don't know which way to turn. In order to get a clear view of your future you need to scrap what society believes you have to achieve - and focus on what you want. Sit down in a quiet place and think of what you actually want to achieve from life - do you want to travel, help others or be successful in your career? Once you've established what you really want you can set steps as to how to achieve it.

sort out your to do list to declutter your life

Sort out your to-do list
To do lists are a great way of feeling  like you've achieved something. If your to-do list is just full of random tasks however you may only get a few done and feel like you're a failure. Whilst you may want to avoid the harder tasks, you're just delaying the inevitable. The tasks will still need to be done and if you constantly procrastinate  you will continue to feel like you're under achieving. What you need to do is switch it up and number your to do-list according to priority. Put the essential tasks at the top and the less essential at the bottom. Make sure you know exactly what you need to do so be specific in regards to the task, and note a time you need to do it by. With a deadline you'll be more aware of what's important and be inspired to reach your goals.
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

What's in my makeup bag - July


July's makeup bag is all about covering the basics so I can keep my makeup light for the warmer weather. Whilst some people ditch the foundation in warmer weather, unfortunately I'm too in love with it to do that. I'm all about a rosey glow and stand out lips so it's important for me to have a good blusher and lipstick always on hand. Here's some insight into  what's in this months bag.

l'oreal true match foundation

L'Oreal True Match foundation
I get pretty bored of foundations quickly and often find I'm disappointed with their performance. True Match is one of the few I've used for a fair while now. It has really good coverage, helping to conceal all my blemishes and it doesn't go oily in my t-zone area. Winner.
Get it for £9.99 at Feel Unique


Primark Ps... Eyeconic mascara
I've recently reviewed this when I was testing Primark mascaras. I really like the formula and how it adds great length and volume to my lashes.

charlotte tilbury bar of gold highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold highlighter
The highlighter is great for giving my skin a natural gold glow. It's very light but is still visible enough to give my skin a lovely sheen.
£32 at Charlotte Tilbury


L'Oreal Infaillible Total Cover concealer palette
This multi shade palette is perfect for helping to conceal pesky under eye circles. As you can see from the picture I'm quite a favourite of this and it's almost all gone (if you're wondering the other shades are too dark for me).
Get it for £9.99 at Boots


MUA Pixel Perfect blusher
I do have to build this up as it's very very light but after a few applications I get the perfect natural rosy glow. It's great if you don't want to wear anything too heavy.
Get it for £3 at Superdrug


NYX No Filter finishing powder
I've been using this for a few months now and it's still my goto powder. It sets my makeup really well and gives my face a really polished finish.
Get it for £11.00 at Selfridges


Illamasqua liquid eyeliner
It's not often I change my eyeliner but when I somehow lost my last one I decided to give this a go.  It has a fairly thin brush which doesn't move so it's great for precise application. Even though it's not waterproof it rarely smudges either.
Get it for £16.80 at Beautybay

l'oreal lip paint lacquer in red fiction

L'Oreal Lip Paint lacquer in Red Fiction
I love how bright and vibrant this shade is, I really think it adds a powerful finish to my makeup. It stays on for quite a long time too.
Get it for £6.99 at Superdrug

So what's in your July makeup bag?
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