Thursday, 24 July 2014

Everyone loves a freebie and if it's clinique, even better!

Okay so for the august edition of glamour magazine, with Ellie Goulding on the front, there were four different clinique samples to pick up! Obviously because the magazine was only £2 and I'm crazy, I brought the magazine four times haha.

I'm pretty sure this edition is still out as normally the new edition of glamour doesn't come out until around the 7th or the weekend before that so I would highly recommend you have a look for it if you haven't got it already!

On to the products! I have heard amazing things about the dramatically different moisturising lotion. It is really nice and creamy, almost wash like if that makes sense. It smells of playdough which I don't love. It sinks in really well and doesn't feel greasy or sticky at all so that's a big plus. For me personally it does feel a bit heavy. I just don't think anything can beat the origins ginzing moisturiser, sorry clinique!

The high impact mascara, I love! I have had it before as my cousin introduced me to it a couple of years a go and it's a lovely lengthening, fanned out, deep black mascara. The name high impact really does fit as you can definitely tell you've got it on. I've already found my 'holy grail' mascara in the maxfactor masterpiece max which is cheaper than this so unless I get another sample I don't think I'll be using it again but the mascara itself really is rather good!

On to the chubby sticks, the most exciting thing I wanted to nab! The darker pinky red is called super strawberry and the lighter pink is called woppin' watermelon which is holy appropriate. I  really like the feel of these. They go on smoothly and moisturise well. My only disappointment is that I thought they would be more pigmented comparing them to the various products that have 'copied' them. They are more of a glorified tinted lip balm, but nice all the same, it just makes me glad I have a couple of samples and didn't buy a full sized one. Maybe because they are so similar to my actual lip colour I don't get as good a colour result as someone with a naturally lighter lip colour. A few times I have been asked what lipstick I have one when I haven't got one on hah.

Overall I'm pretty happy with my ickle clinique stash. I love when magazines give away samples you have actually wanted to try for ages! Last month glamour give away a full sized eyeko eyeliner in navy or black worth £12, I got both obviously (help me I have serious makeup issues!!), so thumbs up glamour! The magazine isn't half bad either haha! - Amy x

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

24 things to do before the 24th of June

I graduated on the 24th of June this year and have made it my mission to accomplish a few things within the next year to make myself happier and to give myself some direction. I've been set free into the big bad world with more bills to pay and hours to work! I thought the best way to kinda get my thoughts together would be to write them down and what better way than in a blog post with you guys! This isn't just a task for people who have recently graduated, maybe you're just not happy with where you are at in life and setting some goals to achieve within a year could give you some direction. I know goals and writing things down for me makes me feel more purposeful otherwise I tend to always feel a bit lost if I haven't written my thoughts down in some way, be it notes on my phone or wait for it actual pen and paper!

1. Write my C.V
2. Find a full time job in the care sector  waiting on a start date/crb/references to come through but I accepted a job as a full-time care assistant at a lovely care home on the 14th!
3. Set up a savings account to save towards a masters in art therapy
4. Set up a savings account to start saving towards a deposit for a flat.
5. Join a choir again or some form of group
6. Make new friends
7. Go to Paris for the day
8. Continue to grow my blog
9. Loose weight
10. Get into a consistent exercise routine
11. Eat in a michelin stared restaurant
12. Work towards getting into a normal sleeping pattern
13. Improve the strength in my knee's
14. Make better food choices
15. Learn how to make pasta
16. Cook a dish from a cook book
17. Have a mini vacation on my own
18. Be less guarded, open up more when I meet new people and have the confidence to just be myself!
19. Meet a good guy and open up my heart to the idea of a relationship
20. Learn more about HTML
21. Take control of my finances
22. Complete the 100 days of happiness challenge
23. Buy an iphone again and get insurance this time!
24. Look for reasons to be more positive and less reasons to be stressed

Have you made a list? If you have any tips for me for any points on my list let me know! I may do an update every three months to check in with how I'm doing, probably more for my benefit but hey! - Amy x

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Poundland goodness

I went out for a mooch with my sister today as it's her day off and I have a free week! Obviously had to go into Poundland as sometimes they have some hidden makeup gems and today they didn't disappoint! I'll talk about them in order of swatch so it's easier to follow!

I managed to pick up a Rimmel waterproof gel eyeliner in aubergine as I think it will look beautiful with the gold. I already have a brown one of these so I know I like it. It's so easy to use, lasts very well, nicely pigmented and the brush is in the lid and just needs a wipe with some tissue after you are done, simple!

I also picked up a Rimmel scandaleyes shadow paint in golden bronze which is crazy as they are still in superdrug/boots for £4.99! I already have one in rich russet I paid full price for so I know I love them and I'm really diggin' golden bronzed looks at the moment. These last incredibly well, they are like the liquid verson of the maybelline colour tattoo's. This would look amazing under a gold eyeshadow to really make my eyes pop!

Lastly, I picked up a rimmel blush, well it says blush but then the shade is bronze, it's clearly a bronzer! Anyway I picked this up and it's a nice light bronzer with a bit of shimmer. It's a really nice shade for paler skin tones and although it has shimmer, it isn't tacky looking and really adds some nice warmth to your face. Very impressed for a pound!

There were some other really nice bits in there, they even had a Rimmel apocalips but I already had the shade but that is definitely worth looking out for 'cause they are amazing!! I'm trying hard to rein in my spending so a trip to Poundland is nice and cheap but I still get to treat myself!

Have you been to your local Poundland recently? What bargains have you found? - Amy x

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Recent boots clearance bargains and other things

These purchases are over the last couple of weeks. My local boots has a REALLY good clearance section atm so I managed to get some amazing bargains!

The swatches are in order of how the products are within the bottom image so it's easy to line up for you all! I'll go from left to right. I got three L'Oréal caresse lipsticks which were £2 in the clearance section, apparently they are getting new packaging and that's why so there you go! I got 06 aphrodite scarlett, 03 lovely rose and 202 implusive fuchsia. These really remind me of the body shop colour crush shines and 06 is a good dupe for 15 from the range and 202 is a good dupe for 14 from the range! Super lovely lipsticks that are easy to apply, look beautiful on and yes they don't last as well as matte but you don't need to worry about having ring lips with these. The packaging is lovely and it's really no bother to re-apply.

I had a £10 gift card so got a few things and two of them were the new barry m stain paint in lps2/419, such a beautiful coral and it really does stain, I'm impressed! I also picked up the revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in lovesick. I've been this a lot online and it's just a beautiful pink that needed to be added to my collection! I also got the revlon brow fantasy in dark brown but I've already confessed my love for that here.

I got a couple of seventeen nail varnishes from the clearance section at 50p each, such a bargain and lovely summer colours. The orange is orange soda, a throw back to keenan and kel, oh how I loved that show! The pink is called sweet kisses. They last okay and are lovely colours, for 50p you can't complain!

Finally I picked up a seventeen blush in the shade first flush. It is a beautiful orangey coral and is really smooth. I do love the formula of the seventeen blushes and have a few in my collection. Definitely worth checking out if you want a budget friendly blush. I got this for £1.50, super bargain!

Boots seem to be having a massive clearance of old stock at the moment, my dad picked up a wahl hair clippers set for only £15! I also spied a couple of epilators for £15-£17.50 so if you're near a boots it might be worth having a look! - Amy x

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

forty beauty questions tag!

I work all weekend so I thought I'd do a nice relaxing tag post for you all as I haven't done one in a while! Although this one is pretty long and I like to ramble hah!

Here are the questions:

-How many times do you wash your face daily?
-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
-What is your current facial wash?
One from clean and clear, no reason, was just on offer. I tend to just get whichever is on offer and catches my eye
-Do you exfoliate?
when I can be bothered oops
-What brand do you use?
 I use a botanics scrub for my face at the moment and the body shop body scrubs for my body
-What moisturiser do you use?
Origins ginzing
-Do you have freckles?
-Do you use eye cream?
Yes, the one that matches the origins moisturiser
-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
When I'm stressed yes
-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
Nope, regular solutions have worked for me

-What foundation do you use?
At the moment Chanel vitalumiére aqua and tarte amazonian clay powder foundation
-How about concealer?
At the moment the soap and glory kickass duo
-Do you know your undertone color?
No idea, but I do tend to get redness on my cheeks so if I'm thinking about that I go for yellow tones
-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
They hurt my eyes so I don't wear them
-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months?
I did but if it's not dry meh
-What brand of mascara do you use?
Lancome, maxfactor, rimmel, bourjois, basically all the drug store brands you can think of I've probably tried
-Sephora or MAC?
Mac 'cause I'm british yo
-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Fingers, real techniques brushes, Barbara Daly blush brush is just perfection
-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
If it's a special occasion
-For the face?
Again if it's for a special occasion or I remember to, I'm normally in too much of a hurry.
-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
Bronzey taupe
-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
I never do really, I do that more with mascara hah
-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Lovely but messy
-Do you use mineral makeup?
Yeah but I'm not too fussed what it is as long as it works, I don't go out of my way to use it, It's mainly based on shade ect
-What is your favorite lipstick?
YSL rouge volupte pink in confidence
-How about lipgloss?
YSL glossy stains and the L'Oréal dupe, Maybelline colour sensational gloss and tanya burr's
-What is your favorite blush to use?
tarte amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fearless
-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
I have but I'm a bit weary of it now
-Do you like drugstore makeup?
-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
Nope never really had the chance
-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I can be if I'm half asleep but I've gotten better
-Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Eyeliner all over everywhereeeeee, let me see your eyes people!
-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Both, it depends on how I'm feeling
-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Blake Lively always looks stunning
-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
Mascara, I feel more put together with mascara on
-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes I literally do it allll the time and I don't even care! you probably wont see these people again haha
-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I think I've got pretty good skin so without seeming big headed yeah I don't think it matters either way, I just view make-up as being artistic but with my face
-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
I can't even choose wahhhhhhhh erm right now I'm loving a lot of things from the body shop although I've also really been loving tarte lately. Over all I would stay rimmel is a safe bet for finding alright things in each section with some real gems at prices people can afford
-What do you think of Makeup?
For me personally it's a hobby. I love collecting it I guess and I see it as a way to be artistic. It's not the be all and end all, I will go out without any on and be perfectly happy, It just gives me that extra boost or extra feeling of being put together and 'done' and I enjoy experimenting and shopping the latest releases. I definitely get excited for makeup more than fashion so it's just something I enjoy using and writing about!
If you read that all then wow I salute you! Not a bad tag to do at all. I found this tag on so if you want an idea for a quick, well this one wasn't so quick haha, post if you are busy with work ect give that blog a peruse. - Amy x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ain't nobody got time fo dat morning make-up routine

Normally I only have ten minutes left in the morning to do my make-up because I want that extra bit of time in bed! I'm really bad at doing my make-up quickly as I tend to just peruse. I could spend 10 minutes or more on my eyes alone! So I've had to try and get better and I think I've finally found a set of products that I can use quickly and I still look presentable!

My base of choice is the tarte amazonian clay powder foundation. I have already confessed my love for this here. It's super quick to use and just looks really good!

I also use the body shop honey bronzer in 01. As it's so light I don't need to be stupidly careful with application and find this and the barbara daly blush brush the perfect combination to give my complexion some warmth and life!

For my eye lids, recently I have been loving the Rimmel Kate Moss scandal eyes eye shadow stick in rose gold. It's a really captivating colour, looks beautiful and is super easy to apply and blend out to make it look like you've put some real effort in but really it's taken seconds! Generally when I'm in a rush in the morning I reach for long lasting shadow sticks, the Maybelline colour tattoos or one eye shadow with a darker shade for the outter corners that I know will last a long time such as my thebalm nude'tude palette so I know I can just put it on, my eyes are done, it will last all day and it only took a minute max.

My mascara of choice is the max factor masterpiece max. I LOVE this stuff. I've been battling between this and the lancome hypnose drama being my fav but I always come back to this one. I get great results with just once coat, two and it's even better. It manages to get all the tiny hairs top and bottom as well as the curl lasting through-out the day, It doesn't have the consistency that makes me want to pull my lashes out, it's a deep black, doesn't clump and looks really striking giving a fanned out, lengthened and thickened effect. This is the mascara I recommend to anyone that asks.

For brows when I'm really in a rush I tend to just swipe over some clear mascara just to fix them in place as they tend to have a mind of their own. When I have a couple more minutes I will use my trusty Revlon brow fantasy.

For lips I go for a sheer colour which doesn't matter if it fades at work. At the moment I've been loving the body shop colour crush shines, in particular shade 15. These are great for just giving your lips something extra without worrying about how it will look when it fades.

Lastly I give my face a quick spritz of the Urban Decay all nighter setting spray and I'm good to go within my time limit! Does anyone else have the same problem? There just isn't enough time in the day and when it's a choice between more sleep and make-up, more sleep people! - Amy x

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

REVIEW: Benefit they're real push-up liner

I really wanted to say I love this but I just can't. The formula is fine but it's nothing special, I wouldn't say it was any better than other gel liners I have and it actually comes off with cleansing wipes so it's not super hard to get rid of either.

Having a nib yeah it's good but for the life of me I cannot get a thin line, now maybe I just need practice and I'm getting it wrong I dunno. On a plus though thick feline flicks with this stuff does look really good and although I don't find the formula anything to write home about it does last well as others I have. It can get a little flaky on the flicks but I tend to be a bit of an eye toucher so I'm sure that is why.

My main gripe and I don't know whether I have a duff one or not but I twist for the product to come up and it does take a fair few clicks each time and nothing happens and then a load comes out at once which isn't helpful as there's lots of wastage. Also when the product does come up I find you are left with a lot of product in one place rather than an even distribution so what I find best is letting the product come up, putting some on a bit of paper or whatever and working from this rather than keep clicking more up and wasting it and it being more of a faff.

Overall the formula is fine, the nib is nice to use for a thick flick but I can't perfect the subtle look and I get wastage. I'd be quite happy reverting back to using a brush to be honest and I think I might get the silicone real techniques line 'brush' to try as I feel it is less messy without a brush brush if you get what I mean and the silicone brush would be a good compromise and easy to just wipe off. I like the they're real push-up liner and the concept is good I just think the distribution of the product from the tube to the nib needs to be worked on a little bit to stop wastage.

Have you tried this? What do you think?

I feel like I've been doing lots of reviews lately but I've got a day off today to be able to sit down and get planning some new posts! - Amy x

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