Sunday, 28 June 2015

summer essentials

Summer is finally upon us so I thought I'd share a few of my favourite summertime essentials.

At the top of this list is SPF. I'm sure you have been reminded many times that is really important to protect yourself from the Suns harmful rays so wearing a sunscreen is so essential. I like to opt for a high SPF on my face as the skin here is the most sensitive, however this means I might to get as much of a nice tan on my face so I love to wear a bronzer so give that sun kissed look. The Bronzing Compact Powder by Rimmel is brilliant at creating a nice natural looking tan because it's not orangy or shimmery, which I don't usually like in a bronzer although there is a shimmer version of this if you'd prefer. 

I can't go thought summer without wearing some pretty floral tops. This one is from H&M and it is so light and airy, which is perfect for those hot summer days. For accessories I love to wear long chained necklace to upgrade a more plane outfit, this one for H&M is really affordable! Speaking of affordable, the Madagascan Vanilla Flower perfume from The Body Shop is the perfect floral summer scent. It is light and so satisfying to smell, I highly recommend. 

To get glowy skin, this Radiance Illuminating Highlighter from The Body Shop is lovely and glowy, you can apply either under or over foundation. And what is summer without a bright lip colour? I love to use these Revlon balm stains because they are bold in colour yet you can apply them quite sheer to build them up to be more opaque. Also, as they are a stain, you won't need to worry about topping them up all day if you're out and about in the sun. 

So there we have it, my must have summer essentials. I'd love to know what yours are so let me know in the comment below. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

DIY: how to make a canopy

My sister asked me to make a canopy for my niece's reading corner in her bedroom and I decided to share with you the process on how I made it so that you can make your own. These are just guidelines so you can tweak things to how you please. My sister and I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration and found a DIY tutorial on how to make one but we put our own spin on it.

You will need:

21" (approx) embroidery hoop
2 Lightweight net curtains (I used IKEA twill curtains)
A roll of thick ribbon
A needle
Measuring tape
Ceiling hook

Step one: Figure out how low you want the canopy to hang so that you know how long the ribbon and net curtains need to be. To find the length you want the ribbon measure from the ceiling to where you want the hoop to hang, then measure from this point to the floor to figure out how long you want the net curtain. Double the length that the ribbon needs to be and cut three strips to this length (eg, if you want the top of the canopy to hang 1m from the ceiling, cut the ribbon to 2m so you can double it over). Then cut the bottom of the net curtains if necessary.

Step two: Undo the outer of an embroidery hoop and discard the inner. Put the outer hoop attachments to one side for now.

Step three: Slide the curtains onto the hoop and secure the hoop back together with the fixtures that you put to one side. This will be the back of your canopy. 

Step four: Sew the two panels together at the top (front and back) to keep them from moving apart. 

Step five: Place and pin the bunting around the outer edge of the hoop.

Step six: Cut 3 slits at the top of the fabric where you want the ribbon to hang from. I placed one ribbon at the back where the opening is between the two panels then measured the other two slits equally from there. 

Step seven: Bring each length of ribbon through the slits and around the hoop and back out through the slit. Hold the canopy up by the ends of the ribbon to check that everything is in place and how you like it before you secure. 

Step eight: Secure bunting by hand sewing it to the net curtains. Try and do this as subtly as possible but don't worry if it's a little messy as it will be up in the air anyway - remove pins. 

Step nine: Knot all three ends of the ribbon strips together, secure a hook into the ceiling and hang the knot over the hook. 

Step ten: Admire!

My sister is going to attach the hanging curtains to the side walls then put shelving on the back wall for the books, and maybe a few fairy lights will be featured.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY tutorial, it is so easy and you can adapt it to your own taste. You could use four curtains instead of two and you don't even have to use bunting, you could use fairy lights around the hoop instead!

If you make your own, please leave me photo on Twitter at @JBriony.

Friday, 5 June 2015

what's in my travel makeup bag?

I recently went to Amsterdam for a few days and only took a carry on so I needed to pack as light as possible. I also wanted a super easy and quick makeup routine in the mornings whilst I was away so here is a look into my travel makeup bag. 

My base and eyebrow products remain the same as usual but decided upon a quick eye makeup look. I used the RIMMEL SCANDELEYES EYE SHADOW STICK in 011 Bluffing by applying it over my eye lid then blending out the edges with my finger and done! It's such a pretty colour so it works well on its own. I took the L'OREAL SUPER LINER with the option of using it but I never did however it is brilliant for a quick application. I never usually use a waterproof mascara but because the friend I went to Amsterdam with often leaves in me in fits of crying laughter, I decided that the waterproof version of MAYBELLINE THE FALSIES VOLUME EXPRESS would be the best option. (Of course the weather forecast looked pretty crappy too.) Last but not least, I took away with me some lip sticks that were non high maintenance such as the REVLON BALM STAIN in 020 Lovesick, and the MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS in Cherry Me. 

I hope you enjoyed reading! 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

mini make up haul

Just thought I'd share some goodies that I've picked over the course of the last month of so. These are a bunch of things that I've had my eye on for a while, especially the SOAP & GLORY ONE HECK OF A BLOT powder. I never really use powder but sometimes I get some shine on my chin and nose after a few hours of wearing foundation and have been meaning to try this but it was slightly on the pricey side compared to what I'm used to, especially for a powder but then I thought, what the heck! And it's brilliant because it's extremely lightweight and translucent. 

I love the SLEEK CONTOUR KIT because the contour powder is more of an ashy brown rather than having warm and orange undertones so it looks more natural than using a bronzer, which I used to do (my bad). The highlighter in this kit is lovely and subtle as opposed to the RIMMEL GOOD GLOW highlighter, which is extremely glowy and shimmery but it just depends what kind of look you're going for. I'm probably more likely to use the Rimmel one for a night out. 

I'm a bit late to the game but I picked up the L'OREAL SUPER LINER. It glides on so easily and it's also pretty fool proof thanks to the long nib. Another eyeliner that I went for was the RIMMEL SCANDALEYES KOHL EYELINER in NUDE, which is perfect for the waterline. Whilst we're on the topic of eyes, I got myself a pair of NO7 EYE LASHCURLERS, which are just your average pair of eyelash curlers really.

I'd been thinking about getting the SOAP & GLORY SEXY MOTHER PUCKER XL LIP GLOSS so I bit the bullet and got it and to be honest I don't notice much of a difference in the plumpness of my lips. Maybe I should have bought the XXL version! I do love the BOURJOIS COLOUR BOOST in PLUM RUSSIAN though. I've been wanting to try a darker lip colour for sooooo long but I'm way to scary to give it a go but this one by Bourjois is quite sheer so it's not too bold or daring. 

And finally I picked up the RIMMEL LASTING PERFECTION foundation, which was mentioned it my monthly favourites so if you want to know more about that click the link here

Feel free to leave a comment if you've tried any of these products out. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

april '15 favourites

Tsk tsk, sorry for my absence but... I've flown the nest! It completely knocked me out of routine but I'm starting to get back into the swing of things. I'm not going to go into detail but I'm in the process of moving to a new city for more job/career opportunities and a bit of an adventure. I moved in with my friend (3 hours from my hometown) who lives an hour away from Bristol (our destination) and we are in the process of job/house hunting at the moment. Exciting stuff! 

Moving swiftly on, I thought it was about time I shared with you my April favourites. I haven't used too many different products this month but here goes...

First of all, I'm loving the COLAB dry shampoo by Ruth Crilly. It is insivible when you spray it straight on the the hair, which is brilliant because I have dark hair and the usual white spray you get with other brands doesnt always fully rub in. I love Batiste but after the second day of use, you can see the build up on my hair. Not flattering. I LOVE the fragrance of this one and the one with the black cap, which I prefere but i plan on trying out all the scents in the line.

Next up, skincare! I have used the SUPERDRUG VITAMIN E INTENSE MOITSURE CREAM in the past but I diverted to try out other moisturisers but why I did that I don't know because my skin loves is one so much, it is like I'm giving my skin a good drink. The formula is not too heavy despite it being 'intense', and I find that it sinks into the skin quite fast. Talking of moisturising, the SUPERDRUG ALOE LIP CARE is quite possibly the best lip balm (or more like treatment) I have ever tried. It is a gel like formula and doesn't really sink it to your lips enough to allow you to put lipstick or lipgloss over the top so I would definitely recommend you apply it before bed maybe. Having said this, it feels like it really gets down into the layers of skin leaving super soft and chapped free lips. 

I picked up the LASTING FINISH foundation by Rimmel whilst in search for a higher coverage foundation. Higher coverage foundations that I have tried in past seem to be very drying and cakey on my skin for some reason but this one is none of those things. There is a serum in the formula, which helps it to glide across this skin and prevent it from clinging those pesky dry patches whilst feeling comfortable and weightless. The finish is matt and stays put all day so there is no need for a setting powder unless perhaps you're really oily. 

I found these SWING EARRINGS on ASOS and they are soooo pretty. I've wanted a pair of these for a while but I can be quite picky with my jewellery at times and never really found a style that caught my eye. They are very dainty and elegant and I can see these being the only earrings that I'll wear for the next few months! 

For music I have have been non-stop listening to LONDON GRAMMAR, for real. I heard of them a couple of years ago but never properly explored their music. I recently got Spotify (yes I'm late to the game, please don't judge I have my reasons) and played their album right through and loved them so much that I just let it run on repeat. They're an electronic pop band and so chilling to listen to. My favourites are Nightcall, Strong, Sights and Hey Now but they are all brilliant! 

So that's it for my monthly favorites. Have you tried out any of these things? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a happy May! :) 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

top 5: tea

I don't know about you but I just can't get enough of tea! I hate the normal tea but I love all the flavoured stuff, it's warming during winter yet refreshing during the hotter months. Today I'm going to share with you my top 5 teas that I think you should try if you haven't before...

#1 Peppermint tea. It's the perfect cuppa after you have eaten a meal or you're feeling quite bloated because it gets your digestive system flowing and helps to relieve any stomach problems you may be having. I love the mint infusion as I find it really refreshing and a good pick me up. For more health benefits on peppermint tea check out this link

#2 Green tea. Another health boosting tea that I love to drink in the mornings to kickstart my day. I enjoy any kind of green tea but recently I discovered Tetley's super green tea with vitamin B6, which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue. I went through a faze where I was feeling quite tired at work and I was drinking coffee to keep me awake which is a definite no go, so I found this and it really helped to fully wake me up in the mornings and kept me going throughout the rest of the day. Another plus is that it is berry flavoured and full of other vitamins as well. 

#3 Chai tea. How can anyone not love a good cup of chai tea? It is perhaps the most satisfying tea to drink because of its aromatic and warming flavours. Chai tea is also super beneficial to your health because it is full of spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, fennel and ginger, they are collectively full of health boosting properties like antioxidants, balancing blood sugar, aids digestion, supports the immune system and improves circulation among many others. I take this without milk but you can add a dash if you wish and I also find that it satisfys my sweet tooth ;) 

#4 Chocolate Orange. I love to drink this chocolate orange flavoured tea by Charbrew to once again, satisfy that sweet tooth of mine. At first I didn't really think it tasted much like chocolate orange but I think my taste buds must have adapted because the flavour is now really prominent. There are also some other flavours by Charbrew that I can't wait to try like the pineapple and vanilla or the strawberry and cream *insert heart eyes emoji* 

#5 PG tips - Spices & Mint. Spiced teas are definitely my favourite kind when it comes to flavour, they are aromatic, warming and super satisfying and enjoyable to drink. Like chai tea, it is full of various spices that help to boost health. 

So there we have it, my top 5 favourite teas. I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what flavours of tea you love to drink and what you think I should try, I'm always up for trying new flavours. Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

L'Oreal nude magique cc cream

I'm so glad it's finally the weekend, it always feels so refreshing after a long week at work just to clear your mind and get out into the open air, and to make things even better it's sunny! This is one of my favourite times of the year when it starts to get warmer and you can put your winter coat away but it's not too warm so your sweating half to death just walking down the street.

During the warmer part of the year I prefer to wear lighter coverage foundations so it's not too heavy on the skin and it think BB and CC creams are also brilliant for a really lightweight feel with that bit of coverage to hide any unwanted blemishes. For some people though the coverage of a BB or CC cream isn't quite enough, like me for example, I suffer from a lot of redness on my cheeks but even a lighter coverage foundation doesn't fully cover the redness and I don't really want to be putting concealer on the majority of my face, especially during the warmer months. 

I recently picked up this anti-redness CC cream by L'Oreal but instead of spreading it all over my face I only apply it to my cheeks. I start by dividing about a half of a pea sized amount between both my cheeks and blend it in with a make up brush then I apply foundation afterwards, so I'm basically using it as a primer. The combination of the CC cream and my foundation works like a treat. The redness still comes through a little but not as much and usually only if I come across things that trigger it like, severe temperature change or alcohol. 

Hope this post was helpful if you've been thinking about getting the L'Oreal CC creams. Have a lovely weekend :) 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

tips on creating an artsy scrapbook

Scrapbooking is one of my favourite things to do when the creative juices are flowing. I love putting together photographs from a particular event in my life like when I went to Orlando last summer, which was a childhood dream come true so I took dozens upon dozens of photographs because I knew I was going to put together a scrapbook to remind me of my time there. It is definitely a fun creative outlet, especially if you enjoy collecting and documenting memories.

I thought I'd share with you a few tips and ideas on how to create a 'throw it all together' style scrapbook, so if you prefer neat and structured then this one isn't for you I'm afraid! ;) 

Tip 1: Use paints to create colourful and characteristic backgrounds for your photos. I used watercolours for this one but you can use whatever you like and you don't need to cover the whole page with paint, you could just paint down one side of the page or in the corner. Perhaps you might want to plan how you're going to lay out your photographs then decide where you want to colour afterwards. 

Tip 2: Create textures on your pages with fabric, textured paper or bubble wrap. You could either stick these straight onto your page or you could print with them by painting over the textured paper for instance then pressing it onto your page, either over the top of your images or onto the page to layer your image over.

Tip 3: Use ribbon or adhiesive tape to add even more fun and interesting textures.

Tip 4: Use fun pens to create patterns or note little memories and quotes. See below how I dotted the corner of the page with a gold marker pen.

Tip 5: Include small tokens. For instance, if you were traveling you could include post stamps from each country you visited. I added reciepts to some of the pages in my scrapbook to where it was relevant as well as park maps and those pressed coins you can get with the little engravings. 

Tip 6: I used a colour scheme for each double page in my scrapbook so that it didn't look completely outrageous and miss matched. I'm all for the 'throw it all together' theme but you also need to know when you reel it in a little. Try and look at each double page as one whole page rather than two separate pages just to keep it a bit more balanced. You might want to keep a consistent colour scheme throughout your entire scrapbook and that it totally cool too. 

Tip 7: Another way to keep your scrapbook consistent is to place relevant photos or events together. I kept my Disney park photos together then my Universal park photos together then inserted photographs of nights out, meals out and other little memories in between these bigger events. I feel like this creates a narritave throughout your book. Another great idea is to place everything in time order, which is something that I often do in my scrapbooks.

Tip 8: Have fun!! This is YOUR little project so be as creative as you like and try not to overthink it or be a perfectionist about how you lay everything out because it might not look organic. Sometimes I have fallen into the trap for overthinking the layout of a page and those are the pages I tend to go back and re-do. 

I hope these tips and tricks helped! Let me know if you have any great ideas for scrapbooking, I'd love to hear them. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

march favourites

I've been feeling a little lazy with my make up recently so I've been using some 'quick fixes' to get a natural look. The L'Oreal brow artist plumer is is my all time favourite brow product because it makes my brows look less one dimensional by adding volume thanks to the little fibres, which makes it a bit more special than an average brow gel. This in my opinion, allows your brows to look more natural. Obviously it doesn't fill in little gaps but it is perfect to use over the top of a brow pencil or other 'filling in' product of your choosing. 

Another quick and easy product I've been loving this month is the Maybelline colour tattoo: leather effect in creamy beige because you can literally swipe it over your lid with your finger, do a little blending and you're good to go! Perfect for those mornings when you're in a rush to leave the house. It's also brilliant as a base if you want to layer more eye shadows over the top but I usually just wear it on its own because I love the natural and minimal look it gives.

If you you are in search of a good primer to cover up those pesky pores then you NEED to go out and purchase yourself a tube of the Benefit POREfessional PRO balm. I use this over my nose and chin areas and I'm not kidding, it really blurs away my pores as well as keeping my make up in place for the day. When my travel size has run out, I'm off to get myself the full size! 

I've been loving the newest addition of the Taylor Swift perfumes, Incredible Things. It's much more light and sophisticated in comparison to her previous perfumes as it is more on the floral side with a hint of musk and vanilla. It's quite powdery and velvety to smell and perfect for daytime wear. I'm certain I just botched that description but it is definitely one my top 5 favourite perfumes, and how pretty is the bottle? It reminds me of watercolours and springtime! :)

It seems that Primark are upping their game in their jewellery department because that it where I discovered these two pieces. Alternatively, they are all I have been wearing this month. The practically go with everything I wear because they are so simplistic. I'm really into minimal jewellery/accessories at the moment.

I've had this 1980's Polaroid camera for a few years now but I never got round to buying myself film for it as it's quite hard to find and also a bit on the pricey side. Finally, I decided to buy myself some Impossible 600 film from Amazon and although I don't think the quality of it is very good, I had such a blast just pressing the button and the film instantly popping out! This film is only experimental so be warned that it takes around 40 minutes do develop and you have to quickly hide it in a dark place whilst it's developing, but it's so cool having an old Polaroid picture in your hand. Impossible have brought out a film where it's not sensitive to light after the film has left your camera so I'll be getting myself some of that next. As I said, the quality isn't great but I actually quite like that because it adds a vintage element to the photograph.

I hope you enjoyed reading through my March favourites. Let me know what you have been loving this month! 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

zoeva makeup brushes

I've had my eye on the Zoeva makeup brushes for the better part of a year and recently decided to take the plunge and treat myself to a set of them. I went for the rose gold set because they look absolutely stunning but also this set contained most of the brushes that I was interested in buying if I was to buy them individually. All sets come in these lovely 'expensive looking' makeup bags which is a plus. 

So let's start with the brushes as a whole, they are super duper soft, which is brilliant if you have sensitive skin like me. Brushes I have used in the past can be quite scratchy on the skin causing redness but these just glide smoothly across the skin. They are also excellent quality, I haven't had any of the bristles fall out when I am applying product or when I wash them. There's nothing worse than when you're applying foundation and having to pick bristles off your face. 

SILK FINISH: Blends my liquid foundation very well giving a seamless look. I find that I don't have to spend as long blending in my foundation with this brush as I do with my other foundation brushes or beauty blender. 

SHEER CHEEK: I use this brush for applying and blending in my highlighter. It distributes the product evenly and lightly, which gives better control of applying it. I much prefer to use this for powder rather than a cream highlight.

POWDER: This brush picks up a good amount of product and blends it out seamlessly. This is definitely the softest brush of the bunch, which is excellent really because if you're applying setting powder, it doesn't disturb your base foundation. 

FACE SHAPE: An excellent brush for contouring because it is small and dense, which means it is very precise when applying your product.

CONCEALER BUFFER: If I'm honest, I hate using brushes to blend out my concealer, especially under my eyes. I find that they leave an odd texture no matter what technique I try so I always use my fingers to dab it out. I'm likely to use this brush for sweeping shadow over my eyes. 

LUXE SOFT DEFINER: Picks up a light amount of product, which means you can build up eyeshadow with more control and you won't waste product because there is no need to tap it off (unless of course you're using a loose powder). I use this one for applying a base shadow all over the eye. 

LUXE PETITE CREASE: This is without a doubt the best crease brush I have ever used because it is very precise due to its tapered end and size. It does a great job at getting right into the crease.

WING LINER: Applys liner easily and precisely. I haven't actually tried a winged eye with this yet but i have no doubt it will do a great job. 

Has anyone tried these brushes before? What are your thoughts? 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

DIY: Lace patterned candle holder

I often buy candles that come in glass jars, which leaves me with a perfectly decent reusable candle holder after the candle has been used up, so today I thought I'd share with you a DIY tutorial of a candle holder that I re-vamped. 

All you'll need is...

Place your old candle holder in the freezer as this hardens the leftover wax and makes it easier to break it out. I put mine in the freezer for 1 hour as I only had a small amount of wax leftover but you may need longer if your candle holder has more wax stuck to the bottom. 

Next, get a knife and break the wax at the bottom. It should break really easily allowing you to tip it straight out. 

Just to make sure your candle holder is super clean, wash it in some warm soapy water and dry with a tea towel. 

Position the lace around your candle holder and overlap the two ends slightly. Cut off the excess lace with a pair of scissors if needed then use a small amount of tape to keep it secure. Use as little tape as you can otherwise it might look a little patchy at the end when you spray paint over the lace. 

The next step is to get your spray paint and spray light strokes across the candle holder to ensure even coverage. (Don't forget to spray outside and follow the instructions on the spray can!) Depending how opaque you want your final outcome to be, you could spray over the lace a few more times. I only did one layer though to achieve my result. Remove the lace straight away and let the candle holder dry. 

Then just place in a tea light, light it and admire your pretty little masterpiece! Unfortunately this photo doesn't do it justice as it's overexposed but it really does create a nice little lace effect as well as an interesting sillhouette surrounding the candle holder. 

This is super easy so give it a try and let me know how yours turned out! Send me your photos on Twitter using @JBriony 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

My Current Base Make Up Routine

After a lot of experimentation with different products over the years, I have finally found some of my favourite base products. Of course I still like to try out new things but I always tend to go back to these.

I like to start off my routine with the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer because it helps to keep my make up in place all day. I definitely notice a significant difference when I skip the primer when I'm in a rush. With it I am less oily around my nose by the end of the day and my foundation doesn't get patchy.

Next I use the Benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm around my nose and chin areas. It minimises the appearance of pores and it really does work! When my travel sized one runs out I am off to get myself the full sized version!

After that I apply the L'Oreal True Match Foundation (N2 Vanilla) with a Beauty Blender (which I didn't include it in the picture because it's dirty and gross). I used this foundation years ago but for some reason I stopped using it and I don't know why!!! It's my favourite foundation out of all the ones I've tried and I've tried m-a-n-y. It's very natural looking and and so easy to blend. They have a wide selection of shades so you're bound to find a colour suited to your skin tone.

Next up is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (020 True Ivory). I use this under my eyes and I feel like it really helps to brighten up the area. It isn't too thick and heavy so it blends really well yet it covers my dark circles better than a lot of other drugstore concealers that I have tried. Definitely my go to concealer!

I haven't tried many bronzers since I started wearing make up because I was always so worried that I'd look like a tangerine as I found many of them to be very orange in colour or too dark for my skin tone. This L'Oreal Glam Bronze (00 Blonde Sun) is perfect for paler skin because it's very light in colour and without that orange tinge. It is my go to 'winter' bronzer when my skin is paler than in the summertime, which is when I like to use my Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer (Medium Matte).

And last but not least, I go in with the NYX Blush in Angel. It's a light peachy pink colour, which is nice and subtle yet also buildable. Recently, I haven't been big on the blush so this one is perfect to add a light flush to the cheeks.

Have you tired any of these products before? What are your 'go to' base products?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Product Review: Hemp Hand Protector

Here I go again raving about The Body Shop but I just can't help it, their products are brilliant! Today I am going to talk about the Hemp Hand Protector, which I have been using for about 6 months. I work in a job where I am constantly using my hands and dealing with a lot of cardboard, which is a nightmare for absorbing all of the moisture out of your hands. As a result of this I was suffering from dry, cracked skin particularly on the palm of my hands and around my nails. They were in desperate need of some TLC and none of the moisturisers I was using did the job. I came across this Hemp Hand Protector and decided to buy it on a whim despite the fact that it was £11, which is a little out of my price range for a hand cream. I had only used a couple of times before it sorted my hands right out and made them all soft and smooth. I must admit, the smell of this is not the best. It's a very strong kind of earthy smell (but not in a fresh way) but honestly I did get used to it and now it doesn't bother me at all. I tend to use it once in the morning and then at night before bed. If I don't use it for about a week or so, I can tell a significant amount of difference in my skin. So if you are after a heavy duty hand cream then this is definitely the one to try!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Top 5: Lip products

I'm going to start a series on my blog where I will share with you my top 5 picks of different make up products starting with lipsticks.

I have to say that the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are perhaps my favourite lip products that I have ever tried. My lips can get pretty dry and these are super moisturising so I don't get halfway through the day with the lip colour clinging to the dry skin on my lips (ew, gross). In addition to this, they are a lip stain so I don't feel the need to top up during the day, which is brilliant because I hate having to check up on my lipstick throughout a shopping trip or a night out.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick: This is my favourite one out of all the lip products that I am going to talk about in this post. It's super bright pink and it was very buildable like the other Revlon Balm stains so you can wear it quite sheer, which is perfect if you're not used to wearing bright lip colours or really build it up to an opaque colour. This was the first bright lip colour I had ever tried so the fact that I could wear it sheer and eventually build up the colour until I felt comfortable enough to wear it opaque was perfect. It's almost like a lipstick for beginners.

Revlon Just bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish: I've only recently purchased this colour balm stain but I am completely in love with it! It's quite a pale baby pink colour with a purple undertone, which is a shade that I've always been quite doubtful to try because I didn't think it would suit me. However, as I said above, it can be worn quite sheer so it doesn't look too harsh.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey: This is the perfect everyday colour if you are wanting to keep your make up look minimal. Its a pretty pinky nude shade that I find enhances my natural lip colour.

Maybeline Baby Lips in Cherry Me: This product is more of a tinted lip balm than a lipstick or a lip stain. It is probably the most moisturising lip balm I have come across since using lip balms! This is my go to everyday lip product alongside the Revlon balm stain in Honey, especially if my lips are feeling crazy chapped but I want to add colour to my lips. I would recommend it if you are wanting to try out a red or bright lip colour for the first time but you're a bit apprehensive about trying it out because it's almost like a super duper sheer red lipstick without the worry of smudging or even needing a mirror to apply it. It's fool proof.

Soap & Glory Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstick in Guava Rama: This is a deep pink colour that look gorgeous against a pale complexion. It is a very moisturising lip product, which as I've mentioned previously is my preference when it comes to choosing a lipstick. It is a very opaque colour and I find that it lasts a long time.

So there you have it, my top 5 lip products! I hope you found this post helpful and don't forget to comment below if you have any questions about the products that I shared with you.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Brand Favourites: The Body Shop

I don't know about any of you but I love The Body Shop! Their products are so tasty smelling that I just want to eat everything (best not though). Over the years I have shopped there more and more as the products are fantastic and they don't test on animals. which is always a plus. Sometimes it can be difficult finding things that are free from animal testing however there's no need to worry about that at The Body Shop and everything you need is under one roof. 

Here are a few of my favourite things that I always re-purchase and also a couple of things that I have recently tried. 

Body butters are perhaps the most popular products at The Body Shop. They smell absolutely delicious and they are super moisturising. If I skip moisturising for a couple of days (naughty Jade) my skin honestly remains so soft. I've tried many different scents and for years now the Papaya has been my all time favourite. It's super fruity so if you're not into slathering fruitiness all over your body then there are more subtle fragrances such as the Almond, Coconut or Shea butters, which I also love.

Although I am very give or take with fruited fragranced moisturisers and body butters, I tend to only use fruity shower gels. I think this reason is because it's a more cleansing smell to me than anything else. Some of my favourites that I recently purchased are the Mango and Papaya ones. 

 If you've never tried this Madagascan Vanilla Flower fragrance mist then you should, right now. It's the perfect pick me up if you've been out all day shopping or running errands. It's not too over powering like perfume can be so if you're after something quite subtle then this if for you. The only downside is that the scent doesn't last for as long as perfume but like I said, if you're just after a nice little pick me up then this is great! As well as this one, I have also tried the Shea one, which is nice to use after application of the Shea body butter.

Has anyone tried the new Glazed Apple line at The Body Shop? I'm not sure if it's just limited edition for the winter time but it is without a doubt one of my favourite scents across the entire store. I don't normally gravitate towards apple scents but this is just yummmmy! There's a sourness to it which is very distinctive. My favourites from the line are the Eau De Toilette and the Home Fragrance Oil. I love using burning fragrance oils but sometimes I find that they are very subtle and that's ok but sometimes I'd prefer more prominent scent and with this one there is just a constant waft of amazingness. I'm definitely going try more fragrance oils from The Body Shop. 

I hope this post was helpful if you are wanting to try a few things from The Body Shop but were a bit unsure of what to try.