Tuesday, 16 June 2015

REVIEW: Essence nude lipsticks in 03 & 05

Essence is a brand that has fond memories for me as I first found it on a trip to Berlin which was my first trip without my parents and I just remember being amazed by the huge display and how cheap everything was, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. Fast forward a couple of years and Essence finally became available in wilko in the UK and ever since then my collection has grown.

My latest purchase and by latest I mean probably a couple of months a go now, I just hadn't got round to typing up this post and lets be honest I have been pretty slack on the blog front. This brings me to a shout out I wanna give to Zoe London and a particular post shes just written about how she feels about blogging and although blogging isn't my job I still feel pressure to post more than I realistically have time for and I could really relate to how she felt about the blogging culture. Even in the last two years since I started my blog I have noticed a huge change in blogging as it once felt like it had such a strong community spirit so I wholeheartedly suggest you give her latest post a read and her whole blog because she is a very clever, thoughtful lady. She also has some great posts on her trip to New York which got me super excited for mine early next year!

Okay onto the lipsticks which can I just say I love. I picked up 05 cool nude and 03 come naturally. These are perfect everyday shades. 05 has a brown vibe with a hint of dusty rose where as 03 has a slight mauvey tint mixed in with brown and is cooler in tone. They are the perfect shades if you are worried about nudes looking too light on you if you have a fair complexion like me. The wear time is pretty good considering they are only £2.30 each! They feel comfortable on the lips and I would say they have a semi-matte finish which looks really nice. Essence have a few more shades in their nude collection and I love how the packaging matches the shade as it is so much easier to pick out what lip shade you wanna wear that way cause you can clearly see the shade.

For £2.30 you can't go wrong, Essence has some lovely shades in their long lasting lipstick range so if you haven't already definitely give them a try but especially these two shades if you are searching for a much cheaper alternative to those high-end nude lipsticks everyone is obsessed with. - Amy x

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

An insomniacs guide to insomnia

Look at them bad ass blues brother lookin' sheep, anyways haha. I've had insomnia on and off for the last 9 years so I thought I'd share my advice/tips on the subject as I'm a bit of a pro at this not sleeping lark. The images above are ones I found on instagram from a late night hashtag search as you do when you can't sleep.

  • If someone else is trying to give you advice and they haven't experienced insomnia, ignore them, they do not know your pain! Things like have you actually tried to sleep or just go to bed do not help.
  • Don't lay in bed for hours. If sleep isn't happening within 30 minutes go and watch some boring TV, read a book, write a blog post, whatever you fancy doing and try again in a little while. Laying in bed will only make you more annoyed at your lack of sleep and make it harder.
  • Meditation can at least relax you so your body and mind are more open top the idea of sleeping. An app called calm has been amazing for me, there are various things on youtube and Paul Mckenna's CD that goes with his book 'I can make you sleep' works well for me. You have to have an open mind though, if you start thinking this will be a waste of time, then it will be. Focus on just relaxing to start with. Any rest is good rest.
  • Write down every thought whizzing around in your head. If you find yourself thinking about a certain issue for example you may have an exam the next day, write down all the things you are concerned about, write down possible solutions, write down what the worst outcome could be and how you'd over come it, e.g you can retake the exam and the best outcome and then the worry is no longer taking up head space and your mind is happy you've found a solution for it. This is something that really works for me as I'm a worrier and I also find writing to do lists for the next day helps so I'm not worrying about forgetting anything. Put problems into perspective on paper. 

The worst that can happen is that you'll be tried, just remember that the more you stress the worse it is so just try and keep things in perspective. It's only sleep and eventually you will crash anyways so try not to let one aspect of your life consume you. Also remember that there are plenty of people that have sleep issues so it isn't just you going through this torment and hopefully you can gain some comfort from that and imagine everyone else that is still awake with you! - Amy x

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

May favourites!

The moment has arrived! its monthly favourites time, all be it slightly later than planned but hey it's only the 4th! Seems like only yesterday I was thinking may the fourth be with you (get it), le sigh, where does the time go?

Time leads me nicely into my first favourite of the month which is my new watch. A stunning simplistic offering from DKNY with rose gold toned hardware and a white leather strap which gets filthy but I'll forgive it that. I kept dreaming of a Micheal Kors watch and then I thought actually you hate wearing chunky jewellery what makes you think you'd ever wear it so from that moment I started my quest to find my own perfect designer watch. I love how it isn't too big or too small, it feels light around my wrist, you can't see from the picture really but it has a rose gold tinted clock face which matches perfectly with the dials and surround ect and although the white leather strap is incredibly easy to get dirty it really makes the rose gold stand out and just looks classic. At £89.99 compared to a Micheal Kors I don't think its a bad price either. link.

You can clearly tell I love my watch, all that rambling though! On to the next fave which is a combined favourite really. Its the Makeup revolution the one foundation in shade 1 which is the white one mixed with the estée lauder double wear foundation. Basically I was in a rush and I picked up a shade that was slightly too dark for me 'cause I thought it was the lightest one and it wasn't yada yada and the formula is also really heavy but I like how it looks. Anyways I got a little bottle, mixed the two together and I basically have my dream foundation in colour and formula. The coverage is amazing, it is light weight as the MUR foundation has a water like consistency which makes the double wear less thick and the colour is spot on, one very happy Amy indeed.

Next up is the Illamasqua gel sculpt in silhouette which I've already raved about here so you can check that post out for a full review but basically I have been using it every time I put makeup on, even when I am in a rush, it is just so easy and fool proof to use.

I have fallen back in love with my L'Oréal la palette nude rose all over again. It is what I have been reaching for most days over everything else. My fave combo is the shade 5th in from the left all over the lid which is a taupey bronze shade with a hint of purple and second in from the right as a transition shade and to blend it all out and into the crease which is a coppery taupey shade with a kinda dusty rose vibe. I am so rubbish at describing shades but hopefully you get what I mean!

Onto things that aren't pictured. I got a Netflix trial and so far I have been loving it, especially reliving my youth and watching the film Madeleine which is basically about a boarding school that is being sold and how the girls try to stop it, along with Madeleine who is an orphan, the main characters many adventures, but there are lots of other stories intertwined, it really is a heart warming film.

Another favourite is the fact I have two holidays booked to my two dream destinations. I am going to Paris in October and New York in March. I am so bloody excited although they are ages away it gives me plenty of time to save up spending money and pay them both off with out getting stressed as New York is not cheap but I decided whilst I am happy in my job why not travel to the two places I have always dreamed of going before I really have to settle properly in a job and start saving up for a mortgage. I have now become obsessed with travel mini's and there is still a long time to go haha.

My last favourite is my clothing rack. I got rid of my chest of drawers and got a clothing rack instead and I'm so glad I did. It doesn't impose on my small room, I can actually see all the clothes I have so don't forget what I've got and it is just really nice being able to hang my clothes up instead of having to cram them into drawers.

I've been a bit of a debbie downer about my blog lately, kinda thinking whats the point when really it is only a hobby for me, I need to stop wasting time and get my head out of the clouds ect but I've decided you know what, I love writing, other peoples hobbies take up time, mine just happens to involve being comfy in my bed writing about beauty products. I also love taking pictures, I mean I have completed a photography degree and although I may have no bloody clue about what career path I want to go down at least I am still involved in taking photographs and sharing them all be it in quite a different style and way than I did at Uni as I am generally into landscapes and used to see taking blog pictures as something that was just whatever but you still need to set up the shot, get the lighting right ect and that is something I still enjoy doing. ohhhhhhhhkay quite the rambling post today! Basically I'm gunna stop being a debbie downer, stop feeling rubbish for not posting all the time and just do me!

Leave me links to your favourites posts if you have done one 'cause they are my favourites ;) to read! Also do your cheesiest grin and if you weren't truly smiling before you will be now at how silly you are and how silly you probably look! - Amy x

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

The new must have contour product on the block

Above is the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette and I have fallen in love. I got this about a month ago and it is the only contour product I've used since and it is so easy to apply I use it every day. It is a gel formula so applies beautifully, is satisfyingly cool on my skin and doesn't take my base off with it when I apply it direct.

I apply this straight from the packaging and then blend with a brush but it would work just as well with fingers or using a brush to pick up product then apply. It looks so natural which is surprising considering how dark it looks in the packaging but that is the beauty of a gel formula. Illamasqua has swatches on various skin tones on their website here so you can see how it's gunna look and it is an incredibly versatile shade.

I loved using hollow from my multi facet palettes but this just blows it out of the water. If you are a contouring noob you need this and even if you have mastered it I seriously don't think there is a better product on the market than this. It has amazing lasting power and blends seamlessly to look really natural but still gives you that definition. I'm not gunna lie, after I apply it I think dang that looks good haha. It can easily built up if you prefer a really strong contour but because the shade looks so natural it will still look nice and not over done.

I brought this on a whim and at £22.00 it isn't cheap but it is bloody amazing. I can see it lasting me a long time, I've barely put a dent in it and I've been using it for a month. You can have a natural seamlessly blended contour in seconds, what's not to love? A tip on the Illamasqua website is to dab a bit on your lips to deepen your natural lip colour, I'm definitely going to give that a go tomorrow morning!

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? - Amy x

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The blogger made me buy it

I was looking through my stash the other day and I realised that a lot of things I have, I have brought from blogger recommendations so I thought I'd share a few of my favourites.

Vivianna does makeup can take credit for the Burberry eye shadow, although the shade she loves is called pale barley, I have midnight brown as I found it in TK MAXX for only £12.99. The pigmentation is amazing, it is a one shadow wonder as it looks amazing applied and then just blended upwards to create a simple smokey eye and it's Burberry, need I say more. Anna can also take credit for the Chanel Vitalumiére aqua foundation as she would always talk about it in videos and her skin looked amazing. It definitely holds a special place in my heart as I got it for/wore it for my graduation day. Amazing formula, lasts all day and makes my skin look lovely and not over done.

Kate from Gh0stparties can take credit for the Stila one step correct. Again her skin looked amazing in videos after she'd used this for tutorials and I'm always on the look out for something to tone down my red cheeks and this feels lovely and works a treat.

I have brought many things from the recommendation of this next culprit, Estée from Essie Button, they call it the #essiebuttoneffect aha. Things I haven't pictured include Soap and Glory One heck of a blot, The body shop colour crush lipsticks and their honey bronzer to name a few. Estée's makeup always looks on point and she has very similar colouring and skin concerns to my own so is the perfect blogger for me to get beauty advice/recommendations from. Pictured I have my most recent purchase in the form of Revlon's gel envy polish in up the ante. It is such a gorgeous purple that really stands out and has a little summin' summin' going on and I love the formula. Also pictured and my favourite product I've learn't about from the blogging world period is the Tarte amazonian powder foundation. I would never of tried this had I not seen it in action. I had never used powder foundations before because I didn't think they would provide enough coverage or stay around on my face but this is different and I literally use this one every. single. day. Well I have recently got Nars sheer glow and fallen inlove and do use that sometimes but Tarte is still number one. I've confessed my love for this foundation on many occasions but it seriously is so good. It has the coverage of a liquid foundation, is so easy to apply and the packaging is pretty sweet too.

Have you brought anything because of a review from a blogger? Have any products disappointed or have you always loved them? - Amy x

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

I can see a rainbow, see a rainbow, see a rainbow too.

It is such a sunny day today, bit chillier now but I'm still enjoying being outside enjoying some laptop time in the sun. The bright blue sky had me dreaming of a beauty rainbow so here it is!

Maxfactor facefinity all day primer // Nars satin lip pencil in Yu // Rimmel provocalips in play with fire // Revlon cream blush in coral reef // Maybelline baby skin instant fatigue blur warm apricot // Nip + Fab bee string fix lifting mask // Next paradise Island eau de parfum // Bourjois java rice powder // Essie bikini so teeny // Rimmel 60 seconds super shine in Danny boy blue // Mac Up the amp // Revlon matte balm in shameless // Nip + Fab viper venom eye fix

In case you are wondering it isn't just the colours I like, I rate all these products too! They'll be an up coming post on the Nip + Fab stuff and other products I brought from the brand. - Amy x

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Top summer nail polish picks

It is officially the start of summer next month and we've had a few gorgeous blue sky days in the UK recently. I have been getting into brighter nail varnish from my stash so I thought I'd share with you what has/will be gracing my nails as we get into summer.

Essie Sand Tropez //Rimmel 60 seconds super shine Rose Libertine, Tangerine Tent and Danny Boy Blue // Revlon gel envy Up The Ante // Mavala Cyclades Blue and Blue Mint

I think I am pretty much covered for any occasion. Sand Tropez is such a gorgeous nude and the blue and orange from Rimmel really stand out. I love the mix of pink and coral in Rose Libertine, it would make a perfect blush colour. Revlon's Up The Ante was an #essiebuttoneffect purchase and I am glad because it is such a stunning bright purple. I got the two mini Mavala polishes in a set from boots as I'd always been intrigued to see if the formula was any good, I can confirm it is and these two shades are beautiful blues.

What will be gracing your nails in the warmer months? - Amy x

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