Wednesday, 30 April 2014

NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler

I recently made a little online purchase of some of NYX's Butter Glosses and Soft Matte Lip Creams. I ordered four of them, two for myself and two as presents for my twin friends birthdays. I won't be opening or swatching the two for my friends, but have included them in the pictures so that you can see what they look like. 

Today I'll be reviewing NYX's Peach Cobbler Butter Gloss (also there will be some repeat pictures because I took a lot of pictures as a group. 
I got the Butter Glosses (right) in Strawberry Parfait - a cool pink and Peach Cobbler - an orange peach. 
Let's just talk about the packaging, it's simple, it's cute and I really love it! The actual bottle is clear with a coloured product in it, the clear bottle also means you can see how much you have left. It also shows you how hugely pigmented these glosses are, they are super bright and opaque! The caps match the gloss inside, and the tubes have a black stripe around the 'break' line. 
The Butter Glosses all come with a normal sponge doe-foot applicator attached to the coloured lid. You get 8ml/0.27 fl.oz. for £5.00. Which I think is pretty good, seeing as high street lip products are usually around that price point. However, shipping is also £5.00, which I feel is kinda pricey for UK mainland shipping, seeing as these weigh a lot less than a box of LUSH stuff, and that only costs £3.95. I'm hoping to find these at a NEXT store soon, because apparently they're selling there now! YAY! 

Peach Cobbler sometimes looks like a bright creamy peach, and at other times looks like a soft orange. It's a really beautiful colour. 
The colour turn out is definitely affected by lip pigmentation, as it is still a gloss and not a liquid lipstick. It has less pigmentation than a L'oreal liquid lipstick, but it is not a sheer gloss and can be easily built up if you want a more pigmented lip. 
It gives a smooth, even application and finish, and it's really easy to apply. Below I had to dip the applicator three times, simply because I wanted to build up a lot of pigmentation. To be honest, one dip (oo-er) is enough for a decent amount of colour. 
As a review, I really like this formula, it's smooth, pigmented and wears well. It doesn't sit in lines in my lips, and they really weren't in great condition before applying the product. 
I would definitely recommend this colour, I've heard that some of the others perform differently, but would definitely like to expand my collection. 
The packaging is cute, the product is great and it's an all-round win for me! (Also, I feel like a proper beauty-blogger doing lip swatches!)

I recently announced on Twitter, that I am going on a cosmetics spending ban. I have bought a LOT of products in the last month or so, so from this Monday for a MONTH I will try my hardest not to buy any makeup. My one little exception to this will be if the MAC Playland collection launches during the next 30 days, I've been lusting after those lip pies for ages, and have put money aside if I really want them. 

Remember to stick around for my review of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo! 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Helix Piercing Series - 1 Week, 2 Days

I was going to do this post at 1 week, but really didn't have the time, so I apologise. My FMP is crazy! (For those of you who don't know, my FMP is my Final Major Project for my art foundation degree)
But, I'm only two days late, so bare with. 
I've had my helix piercing for a week and 2 days now, and I'm still loving it! It's a bloody nuisance but there are definitely improvements one week on. Also, as you saw in my last post, he is officially named George/My little Buddy. 

Can we just all look in awe at my pointy ears? The earring has definitely pushed the cartilage out a bit to the side, meaning that it isn't as pointed as it used to be, but there's still some Hobbit in there!
This picture is taken just after a shower (moist hair) and after cleaning with Boots Sterile Saline Solution. There's definitely a decrease in swelling around the piercing, I think that's pretty obvious from the top picture. Again, sorry about the quality, but you can only do so well with an iPhone front camera! 
So far I've had no goo or problems with it. 

I must warn you, if you bump your piercing in the first week, it will sting like a mother. I had one day when all I could seem to do was bump the little blighter (George) and it did swell up. I've accidentally slept on it once, which was okay, but I would't suggest doing it, it wasn't very comfortable the next day and I was way more conscious of it. 
Otherwise, I haven't been sleeping on it. 

I have had no trouble with twisting for the most part, there's a huge debate on whether to twist or not. I initially wasn't going to, but when cleaning with a cotton bud and saline, accidentally knocked the back and twisted it anyway. 

I do make sure not to touch it as much as possible, as hands (yes, even yours) are covered in all kinds of bacteria, germs and nasties that you really don't want to get in an open wound. Because that's effectively what it is. 

Cleaning-wise, I have been sanitising my hands with a plain, simple, un-scented hand sanitiser before picking up any cotton buds to clean my ear with. As I said, I try not to touch it as much as possible, which is proving really hard because I fiddle with my ears subconsciously. It's weird but, you probably do something like it too! 

All-in-all George and I are getting along just fine! There'll be an update at about a month or just under, or if anything happens. 

Monday, 28 April 2014

Divergent - Erudite Makeup and Hair Tutorial

Yes, I know, I know, Erudite is the 'blue' faction. I included some gold in this video simply because I think it made the look so much more awesome, and way more wearable. Also, I know that having the YouTube play button in the middle of my thumbnail makes me look cross-eyed. There it is, it's all out there! 
I really love how this look came out, it's way more intense in the video so I'd really appreciate if you took a look and subscribed! 
In to the tutorial!!! 
[Top-Bottom - MR Focus & Fix in Original, NYX eyeshadow base in White]
The first thing I did, was to prime my eyes (and under-eyes!) with my Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Primer in Original. I also used NYX eyeshadow base in white all over my lid. 
[Top-Bottom - MR Matte Brights Blue, GDE Twi-shadows Mood Swing (discontinued), GDE Super Shadows Vigilante]
I then used the bright blue on the right side of the Makeup Revolution Matte Brights palette, to create a bright base for the blue shadows. I used this to create the general shape for the shadows. I contoured it through my crease, slightly up onto the brow bone, and brought it down under my eye to the middle(ish). 
I used Glamour Doll Eyes' pigments in Mood Swing (discontinued) and Vigilante to add to the crease area, and brought some under my eye keeping tight to the lash line. Making sure to blend it all out. I used a little more Vigilante to add more depth to the crease. 
[Left-Right - UD Naked 2, MAC Ricepaper]
This is when I added the NYX primer to my lid. I'd advise doing this step here, as it means you have no blue on your eyelid, meaning you have a clear, white base to pat your Half Baked gold shadow onto. I used the one from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I then used MAC's Mystery (but I keep calling it Brown Down...I am wrong) to define the outer corner of the gold lid and brought it slightly along the upper lash line. 

I added MAC's Ricepaper as an inner corner highlight, you can also use this on your brow bone if you want. 

To finish off, I did my brows as usual, and added my favourite black liner to the outer half of my lower lash line, and a sweep of my favourite black mascara. I also added a hint of blush, and topped it all off with a Revlon lip butter.


I'd love for you to check out my videos, remember my three most recent videos are always in the sidebar! 
I love this look, even if you aren't a Divergent fan, you can definitely wear it. If you wanted a cooler toned look, you could replace the golden shadow with a grey or silver. If you want the gold to be even more pigmented/metallic (which would create an amazing contrast!) try adding a little bit of moisture to the brush before application! 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Divergent - Candor Makeup and Hair Tutorial

Gosh, I'm really into series' at the moment aren't I? Plus I want to film the last three of these within the next two days before returning (shudder) to college (only a few more weeks and then I'm free). 

This is the blog post to accompany my Divergent - Candor Faction look from this video

If you haven't cottoned on yet, this series is to accompany my videos, it will give you a look at the products that I used because you might already have some great dupes for them! It'll also give you links as to where to find them all! 
I'd appreciate if you Subscribe to my channel, I do work incredibly hard to make my videos as great as possible for you guys. 

1. As the colours for Candor are black and white, we are starting off with a white base. Here, I used NYX's eyeshadow base in white. You could use any white primer or cream shadow instead. I applied this all over my lid area but not up onto the brow bone or the crease. 
2. I then went over that with the white from Makeup Revolution's Matte Brights palette (a fab palette for the Summer/Spring time if you ask me!), but any matte white will do. 
3. I used Maybelline's Gel liner (sorry no pic) in black to create a large triangular flick at the corner of my eye, and then made a parallel line on top, to add a bit of sumn' sumn'. I then went over that with Maybelline's Master Kajal liner in Pitch Black (Rise of the Guardians anyone?), and set all of that with Illamasqua's Lestat Shadow
4. I did a pale matte base, and a nude lip and then done! Remember to check out the tutorial for the HAIR!!! 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Helix Piercing Series - Piercing Day! - A LONG but informative post

Hold on to your wigs and pantaloons my revolutionary friends, because I am writing a new SERIES! What? Yes, I know. I am actually going to try and work on a blog series! 
This is a series that I, personally, would really have liked to have read before my own experience and I hope that someone out there, will read my experiences and use them...somehow. How exactly I do not know, but somehow. 

This series is all going to be about my Helix piercing, taking you from day one (TODAY!) to whenever the heck I get sick of this shiznit. Tips and tricks that I really hope to learn, as well as jewellery and other bits and bobs along the way. This post probably makes no sense and I feel like I'm rambling. 

Also I'd like to quickly apologise for the quality of the pictures in this post, I was taking them myself through a front camera...try it and see how hard it is! Also, this is a LONG but VERY INFORMATIVE post...and I use a lot of CAPITAL letters to get my point/ideas across. 

This morning at 9am I had my Helix pierced, (the outer one not the inner one...not that brave!) I did have it done with a gun. Please don't bitch in the comments. Simply because it was the right choice for ME. (I am so phobic of needles that when the dentist tried to put some filler into a TINY hole in a tooth, I freaked out because the filler was in a long tube that looked like a needle but wasn't. Literally, I was in hysterics. Plus I had some AWFUL childhood needle experiences I'm terrified of needles.) 

I went to a salon that I trusted, and felt comfortable in. I had my second lobe holes pierced there and had no problems with them, whereas I had my first ones done in Claire's in Crawley...yeah put two and two together (but I'll detail that REAL HORROR STORY another time, it's quite a good one!). 

I arrived by myself and was ridiculously nervous, I am one not to show my nerves, I just get really quiet kinda like a serial killer. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Divergent - Dauntless Makeup and Hair Tutorial

(I just want to say, I don't know why my gadgets and post titles are in Times New Roman, I'm trying to get that fixed) 
I've got a LOT of Makeup tutorials coming up on my blog and YouTube this next couple of weeks, and they are all based around the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. 
I haven't yet seen the film, all I know is that Four is bald, which is wrong. But otherwise, I've heard great things. 
I loved the book series, and have wanted to do a 'series' of tutorials for a while, (you know I'm going to be doing some for the next Hobbit release!) I'm really happy with this one, so wanted to share on here the products, and the video, and my method. It's for those of you who don't want to watch the video really. 
But I worked hard on it, so I'd really appreciate if you took a look?! 

Here it is: 
1. Apply your usual base, I left this out of the video because I've done it in videos before. I prefer a light coverage, as I don't mind blemishes showing through. I used Garnier's Sensitive BB cream in Light, Benefit's Erase Paste in Medium, Benefit's Fake Up in Light and MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NW15. 
2. Use a White base, like NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk. Then pat a bright yellow on the inner third of the eyelid, blend that out into a bright orange on the rest of the lid. Here I used Makeup Revolution's Matte Bright's Palette. 
3. Then use a light cool-toned brown like MAC's Omega (Second in from top left) to blend into the crease and up a little onto the base of the brow bone. Take a warm brown like MAC's Brown Down (centre) to enhance the crease. Finally, use a dark cool-toned brown (MAC's Mystery - bottom middle) and go in with a blending brush, through the crease and onto the lower brow bone. Use a thin line of MAC Amber Lights (Middle right column) on the lash line. 
4. To add some more depth, go in with a black, I used my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette for this (Blackout Right). Then add your inner corner highlight, I used Half Baked (Second from Left) from the same Palette. 
5. Use a Kajal liner on the upper and lower waterline, and add a bit to the corner of the lid (outer). Smoke that out and it'll look like the brown/black is curving around your eye. Then Add your favourite mascara (mine's Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Definition Mascara) and you're done. 
6. I also used Half Baked as a golden highlight, which turned out really beautiful. I also contoured with NYX blush in Taupe. 
7. I then dabbed Rimmel's Lasting Moisture Lipstick in Glam Plum Fulham onto the centre of my lips, and smudged it out to the sides, giving a really subtle ombre. 
You can view the whole tutorial (which I'd love you to do, since I worked REALLY hard on it) here:
I hope you guys liked this, and check out my other Divergent Tutorials coming up soon! 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes!

I just wanted to let you guys know that there will be a few changes made here. As you've probably seen, I've added some gadgets and been moving the sidebar around like it's the office slut at a Christmas party. There will be some changes here on my blog, I don't know what, but there will. I'm a huge fan of change, and I feel like I am changing into a different person to what I was before Christmas (aka. when I did all these watercolour designs). 

My posts will now be in this wide-type setting (justified?) rather than centre-aligned, although I am lazy and only went back as far as my Private Secondary School Hell post. I'm lazy okay? Plus it's 11:28 in the evening, so, if my grammar/punctuation/general-ness is off, I'm sleepy! 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Online Shopping - How to get the most out of your money

I've recently been writing a lot of opinion-based posts, and getting some pretty awesome feedback. So, here's a little tips 'n' tricks post! 
I've been looking at ways to make the most out of my money, simply because, if you can save money, why shouldn't you? 
I've always been a sucker for a coupon code, or a percentage off deal, to be honest, I think that's great! It means that I'm always searching for the best deal, some might call it cheap, I call it money-smart. 
Now don't get the wrong idea here, I'm not that crazy person who will haggle over a market stall, or car boot table. But as I said earlier, if you have the opportunity to SAVE money, why not? 
Here's a few tips that I've been bundling my way through, during recent online shopping sprees! 

I'f you're a student you've got it in good!

Yup, you might be low on cash, but shops definitely try to cater to you. (Except River Island) My Uni Days is my FAVOURITE student discount site, there are hundreds of sites there offering great deals and high percentages off. Places like Paul's Boutique, Urban Outfitters and Office always have some sort of coupon. 

Also remember CAG (sounds kinda like a creepy acid-reflux sound right?). 
Checkout Always Google. ALWAYS Google at the checkout to see if there are any current coupon deals online, places like Debenhams and John Lewis usually have these. Even if you can't manage a percentage off deal, you can probably find a code for free shipping, which is always great! 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Makeup Revolution Haul

Makeup Revolution is a brand-new company that was recently released up in London, their products are affordable for everyone. The line will soon be released in Superdrug stores across the country, and I think it's also been released in Spain. I heard about the brand from a blog post that claimed that MR's Iconic Palettes, were almost if not exact dupes for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, which we all know and love. 
I was on the fence about Naked 3 so decided to check this brand out. 

From what I can discern they are owned by Medichem, the company that is also behind things like ColourB4 and I ♡ Makeup London. They also claim to not test the Makeup Forever products on animals, and whilst I'm not some crazed vigilante with this, I really like when my products actually ARE animal friendly. 

So let's get into my purchases! Warning, this is a very image-heavy post, but I wanted y'all to get the full impression of the products I bought. 
I like many others, am always in the market for a good eyeshadow primer. What I like about MR's primers is that there's a good assortment. An assortment of primers you say? What do you mean by this? They currently sell three different primers, the Original, the Brighten and the Matte. The Original is used for any and all shadows, the Brighten is perfect layered under foiled or sparkle shadows, and the I really have to spell it out? Each Primer is £2.50 a piece. 
I decided on the original primer, and I really like it! It's not greasy, or glittery (which I seem to have a problem with) and it's skin-coloured. It's also very lightweight, so doesn't feel like your caking it on and then piling loads of eyeshadow on top! All-in-all I'd recommend this, and would REALLY like to try out their other primers.

 I also decided to try out two of their Scandalous Single Eyeshadows, in Pink Is It and Go!. Now, I would like Pink Is It to be named Pink It Is, no idea why, maybe it's the weird English Lit student in me? Aneh-whay I picked these two as I've been eyegogging the new Urban Decay Electric Palette and can't bring myself to pay that much money for so many blue eyeshadows (if you've seen it you know what I mean). 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

MAC - You cheeky little buggers

I will be there first person to say that I LOVE MAC makeup, anyone who knows me, knows that they are probably THE fundamental staple brand in my makeup collection.
A while back they started hiking up their prices, some people just getting into MAC may not know but lipsticks (basic) all used to be £13. 
I got irritated when they hiked the price up to £14, but it was kinda shrug your shoulders and move along with yah life. 

But now they are £15! When they were £13-£14 I was okay with that because I wasn't spending £15 on a lipstick. If I gave them a £5 and £10 note I would get money back. Is this a weird way of thinking? MAC is owned by Estee Lauder, which creates a price hike in their companies once every year or so. But I just find it very frustrating, why I do not know. It feels like corporate greed, like the hogs at the top aren't already getting enough money (sarcasm).

Another thing that I find very interesting is comments from our American friends, not because they're wrong, because they really aren't, but because they pointed out some mega differences to me. 
$1 is equal to 60p here in the UK. So, if we were to go off the prices of MAC lipsticks in America - $16 and turn that dollar amount into it's UK (£) equivalent each lipstick would be around £9.65. They are charging us an extra £5-£6! If Americans were to be charged the dollar equivalent to our £15 they would have to pay $24.89 for a LIPSTICK! WHAT IS THIS?!?!?!??! 

I have to say I'm really disappointed, because it means that all of their other already expensive products will be going up in price too. MAC always seemed like a more 'affordable' luxury makeup brand to me. Ho hum. 
I have also confused myself with exchange rates so, there you go. My rant is over for today...see you tomaaahhrroooww! 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Sexism at it's finest.

Sexism - prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.

Now I know, we women are constantly complaining about being belittled by men, the whole 'make me a sandwich' or 'get back into the kitchen' malarkey. But because I've been ill, I've recently read a few articles that have REALLY disturbed me.

Article One

The first article I want to address is this one, girls at a High School in Illinois have been banned from wearing leggings. These are one of the most fashionable and most comfortable fashion items, so why have they been banned? Because BOYS are getting distracted. 
"It's a lot like saying that if guys do something to harass us, it's our fault for that. We're the ones being punished for what guys do."
I'm sorry but why don't you ban guys from wearing their trousers round their hips and showing off their underwear? To be honest though, that look to me is just gross anyway...but really! 
"Our gym shorts. We have to put them over our leggings. It's humiliating to walk around the hallways wearing bright blue shorts. Boys yell ''dress code!'' when they see you. They act more inappropriate when you're walking around in blue shorts when you've gotten dress-coded than when you're just wearing leggings."

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Furry Friend Tag!

I haven't done a tag in a while, but after seeing this one over on Shona's (Fresh Beauty XOX) blog I couldn't not do it! Just to get it over and done with now, I tag Emma over at Anchor's Away Beauty and Alice over at Alice Poppy. I also tag any of YOU that have a furry friend that you want to share! Please leave a link to the tag below! 
1. What is his/her name?
I actually have two cats, Lillypees and Cleo. But Cleo is my Mum's cat so today I'll be talking about Lillypees (Lilly) because she's all mine! 

2. When did you get Lilly?
I got Lilly in the summer at the end of year 5 so she is nearly 10! 

3. What is something Lilly does that annoys you?
She is THE sweetest/craziest cat in the world, but most recently she's started scratching at the carpet outside my bedroom door at night. She also scratches the door and miaows. She's VERY indecisive, as in she'll be let outside then five minutes later will want to come back in again. Also, as I have silk bed sheets she likes to claw at them...fluffy demon. She also suffers from 'resting bitch face' in the evenings. 
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