Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Essence Makeup

This week on the blog I have two super new makeup brands for you to try out, the first being Essence.*

If you haven't heard of it before it's because the brand only landed in the UK recently. Essence kindly sent me some products to test out after I couldn't make it to their launch event, due to work commitments. 


I was so excited to try out a new brand and give you guys the scoop on which products you need to buy. Essence is now available in most Wilkos stores and is available between the super reasonable prices of around £2-£3.50.

First Impressions

I like the colours of the items I've been sent and think I'll get a lot of everyday wear out of them. The packaging comes across as sleek, however I feel some of the packaging, like the mascara, is aimed at a slightly younger age group, which fits perfectly with their pocket money price tag. 


Must Haves 

After trying everything out numerous times, these are my MUST haves from the range. 

The Lipstick 

Number 53 - All about cupcake - £2

This is my new all time favourite lipstick. Actually I'm not even sure you can call it a lipstick, with it's super smooth and silky texture you'd easily be forgiven for mistaking it for a gloss, with all the colour of beautiful wearable nude shade. It plumps my lips so they look kissable and are channeling their best tanya burr impression and it lasts for about 2 hours before I need to re coat. Not bad for a lipstick that costs just £2. 

The Liquid Liner 

Liquid Ink - £2.30 

If you follow my twitter and blog, you will know I pretty much fail at liquid liner. This is so perfect for a deep black liquid colour and it's tiny tip makes precision simple, so even a liner clutz like me can give it a good go! 

The Not For Mes 


I was really excited about this product, although I don't always have spots, I get occasional breakouts so an antibactual moisturising base and spot fighter all in one sounded right up my street. 

Sadly the product only comes in two shades, neither of which suit my skin tone. I'm also not a huge fan of the smell of this product, but I'm putting that down to its antibacterial properties. 

I also wasn't a huge fan of the waterproof mascara and I decided to put it to the test by going swimming. It lasted all of two minutes before I had panda eyes and I was gutted as I'm still hunting out the perfect holiday must haves! 

The everyday essentials 


I love the colour of the Silky touch blush & the mosaic compact powder and they have made it into my everyday essentials section of my makeup drawers, which is a big ask. They compliment my pale skin perfectly, giving a flush of colour that us pale girls crave. 

Overall Thoughts 

I'd definitely go out and buy the lipstick, the eyeliner, the Mosaic powder and The blusher again and at under £10 for the lot, you'd be mad not to give them a whirl for yourself. 

Value: 8/10
Quality: 7/10 
Overall: 7/10 
Favourite product: All About Cupcake Lipstick. 

Have you tried essence yet? 

Until Next Time 

B x 




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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Look 100! I did It!!

It's here! The day we finally hit look 100 and what a long road it's been! 


The Elf 100pc Marble Eyeshadow palette has served me well and all of the colours are a little more than well loved! Such a bargain for 100 colours and I hope I've shown that the possibilities really are endless! 


I want to take a little moment to thank everyone for their endless support. Through re tweets, comments, faves on twitter & Instagram, you really have been amazing! Some days I have looked at the Palette and wondered what I could come up with but the feedback you guys have given me has been fantastic and kept me going to come up with more ideas! 

A special thanks to Elf for creating such a fabulous palette to keep all us beauty buffs occupied and for their endless support through retweeting my never ending wittering about my looks. 

I am just a girl, who loves to play around with makeup. I am not trained, I have no experience, but I have had the most fun any girl could wish for and I truly have been in my element when brainstorming ideas and bringing them to life! 

So without further adieu, here's look 100. 

Day 100 - Mermaid Princess

 



I hope you love my final look, it took me a long time to think of what I wanted to create and with a bit of pva glue, glitter and the elf palette I give to you my take on a mermaid princess. 

What should I get up to next? 

Farewell 100 looks posts...I'm off to wash some brushes. 

Until Next Time 

B x 


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

100 Looks in 100 days - Days 97, 98 & 99

It's time for the penultimate 100 looks in 100 days post. Who knew that the elf 100pc marble eyeshadow palette could be do versatile. 



I'm a massive gold leaf fan and if it was acceptable to parade around in it daily, then I probably would. I think it's so pretty and versatile and makes such an impact and yet is so easy to use. 

Day 97 - Black & Gold 


For this look I used a primer to get the black to show up darker and used a brush to paint a mask like effect. I finished the look off with gold leaf on the lips and in touches along the mask. 

Day 98 - Gold Dust 


This look is very ethereal with a pop of colour. I went for colour G8 applied with the elf blush brush and added F6 to the outer corners of my eyes. I finished the look off with a gradient of gold leaf edging down the face. Simple and yet effective. 

Day 99 - Golden Eye 


Forget shaping your brows, sweep C9 across your lids (which I think may be my most used colour) and apply the gold leaf as contrast along the upper eye area covering the brows.

I thought as it was the penultimate look it was only right to cover it all in gold! 

What do you think? Would you use gold leaf in your makeup? Doesn't it make a beautiful pairing with the palette colours. 

The FINAL 100 looks post will go live on Thursday and hopefully you're in for a treat!! 


Until Next Time 

B x 


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Monday, 21 July 2014

Living with Neurocardiogenic Syncope



I have been debating doing this post for a while, and every time I start I erase my writing and stare at a blank page. 

I didn't know whether to share my story or not, but I thought that for one I'd like to know if anyone else out there is going through the same as me and two I wanted to let other people know they aren't alone either. 

Invisible illnesses affects so many of us and yet to look at us we look like a rather healthy bunch. 

My story started at about the age of 10, when I suffered from blackouts. Anything could set me off, getting too hot, standing too long, being tired and exerting myself just a little too much. 

For years these blackouts carried on and doctors blamed it on hormones and growing up and still they didn't stop. People often reported that my whole body would shake as I fell to the ground and I would come around confused, exhausted and in shock. 

As time went on I just lived my life as a 'fainter,' the dreaded friend who is the life of a party until she's too tired and feels a bit dizzy and has to go home. 

The days when I felt bad, I felt really really bad and struggled to do normal everyday things. Have you ever felt so exhausted that you feel like your body doesn't work anymore? That was pretty much my daily struggle. 

When doctors consistently blamed it on hormones I started to worry it was all in my head and started to question myself, until about 3 years ago when I went for a routine mole removal on my leg. As the doctor was finalising the procedure I felt a little dizzy and fainted. I came back round laughing and feeling a little silly until I went into another faint, however this time I threw my head back and blocked my wind pipe. They called a 'crash' team to the "minor ops" unit and a team of doctors to try and bring me round, as I had stopped breathing and gave everyone, including myself a huge scare. When I came round I was in such shock I felt like I was part of a movie set, the only way I can describe it is feeling like someone was operating on me whilst I was still awake, but no one could tell, like you see in the horror movies. 

I came around to two faces I didn't recognise and dazed and confused I screamed for them to let me go and called out for the familiar face of my mum. 

You see, when I have a black out, I lose my whole surroundings, I lose the feeling of who people are, what I'm doing at the time, the only people that makes me feel 100% are my mum and dad. Theyre the people that have stayed up with me through the night as I've seizured and moved in and out of consciousness throughout the night from coming down with a normal sickness bug, the ones that have been relegated to the spare bedroom to the un-comfy bed so that the other can keep an eye on me when they have work the next morning and they are the ones who've held my hand through endless appointments of not knowing what was going on and they've made everything ok. 


After the hospital incident we decided enough was enough and went back to the doctors which was when the endless tests began. If you've ever had a tilt test you'll feel the mutual pain and anxiousness of this hated test. You are basically strapped to endless wires and machines, and lay on a leather bed and strapped in with Velcro straps. It was the most bizarre of tests which I was told would take half an hour to an hour... And yet only lasted 2 minutes before I fainted, however it did find the answer. 

The answer is that I suffer from Neurocardiogenic syncope. It is a condition which affects people at different levels of seriousness and affects people in different ways. In normal language Neurocardiogenic syncope means that when symptoms occur my blood vessels expand, and blood pools in bottom of my body and therefore less blood reaches my brain, meaning I faint. As everything starts to shut down, my body shakes itself awake again. (Hence all those worrying shakes) 

I know this is a really long rambley post, but what I really wanted the aim of this post to be was that other suffers know they are not alone. Also as a kind of thanks to my parents, keeping an eye on me through all the worrying tests, appointments and answers. 

I'm now on steroids to control it and they are less severe than they once were, however the illness will be with me for life. I have questions that are still to be answered, my condition means that simple things that I once took for granted like having a child have become a challenge and it has changed things in my every day life.

Whilst the illness isn't life threatening (unless of course I faint somewhere with no supervision, I don't take baths in the house alone anymore, see simple things we take for granted) it doesn't make it any less hard to live with and hearing misguided comments such as "you don't look Ill" & "you can't always be Ill" can sometimes be disheartening. 

I think the whole message I'm trying to get across aswell is that people with invisible illnesses are sometimes mis judged. I spend most days tired, Ill, exhausted, dizzy and with a constant feeling of a hangover and yet to look at, I seem perfectly fine. I try to live my life happily and as normally as possible, but just remember the next time you see that young girl on the bus, not give up her seat for the old lady. She might not be being ignorant, she might just really need that chair. 

Until Next Time 

B x 


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Friday, 18 July 2014

100 looks in 100 days - Days 94, 95 & 96

It's here, it's here! Three more looks created with the Elf 100pc Marble Eyeshadow Palette! I'm in the midst of planning my final look which will be here next week and I've been making probs which involve a lot of glitter! I can't wait to show you the final product. I hope it lives up to the build up of it being look 100 and that you've all enjoyed my journey with me. Who knew you could have so much fun with one palette. 

Day 94 - Polka dot Peacock 


Give a new twist to your usual eyeshadow by adding liquid eyeliner dots over the top. It gives your eyeshadow a whole new dimension, who knew?  

Day 95 - Blue eyes 


Give the smokey eye a hit of colour and blend it in with a shiny navy blue, smudge along the lash line and away you go! 

Day 96 - Arty Black 


The new way to wear your eyeshadow ;) I'm just kidding. I've liked having a go at the odd arty look in this segment and I wanted to play with the eye-dea (see what I did there) of pulling the eyes away from being round and break the rules with lengthening the under eye smudge. 

There's a special treat as I'll be posting another three looks this weekend so that we can finish next week on Look 100!! 

Hope you're all enjoying this amazing sunshine, even if it's probably short lived. 

Until Next Time 

B x 

 
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What She Wears Wednesday

This is the story of a skirt, a skirt a friend told me about and I instantly fell in love. The only problem is that said skirt we were originally discussing was from Topshop and had a price tag of £40. Having recently moved house and having spent all my money on the most beautiful table I have ever laid eyes on, I just Couldn't justify £40 on one skirt. In came Primark with the perfect dupe for a bargain £5. I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on this skirt and I can't wait to style it up for my brothers graduation in August! 


I love the way it looks and it feels and I practically want to spin down a hill feeling all girly and lady like, but I feel I may break an ankle in my thin Carvela heels. 

To add to the outfit I spotted this adorable mini grey satchel also in Primark for £6. Add to this outfit a few old items from my wardrobe and I've created a graduation outfit for just £11. I plan to go a bit Bridget Bardot on the day and pair it with big hair, nude lips and kitten flick eyes.


What's been your most recent bargain find?

Until Next Time 

B x 


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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

100 looks / Festival Fun / Days 90, 91, 92 & 93

It's time for some more festi-looks for my 100 looks in 100 days posts with the Elf 100pc Marble Eyeshadow Palette and I really can't get over how versatile this bargain palette is! If you haven't got one, I suggest you get your bottom over to ELF's website pronto so you can experiment with some of these funky looks and come up with some of your own! 


Day 90 - Triangular 


Let's get 90's! Create this cute look using an elf small smudge brush and 'painting' on colours J10 & C5. 'Water colour' the same colours and blend over the lids and the lips and finish off with a little elf gloss! Whack your hair in some 90's friendly mini mouse buns and you're hot to trot! 

Day 91 - Dotty 


Keep the look sleek and add a few flashes of colour using dots and a thin elf smudge brush using colours I7 & I9. 

Day 92 - Stars and Spots 


Opt for dark eyes using colours J10 and create a beautiful pattern on your forehead with a series of stars and dots to create a pretty and unique look. Add colour G8 to add a pop of colour and you're good to go. 

Day 93 - Blue Crescent Moon 


Keep things sultry with navy stars and a crescent moon using colour H9 for a really cool and edgey look and it's so easy to create! 

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Madame Lala Tan review - The DD tan

There is no getting away from it, I am pale, pure English rose skin pale, so when the founder of Madame La La tan* contacted me to ask me if I wanted to try a new fake tan on the market, I couldn't resist at least giving it a whirl.


Like any other girl, I've had my fair share of tan disasters (that time I borrowed my sisters spray on tan, then went in the swimming pool and tried to hide my wotsit patchy legs being a personal favourite, all the while pretending I hadn't touched it to my sister, at all.) So when I was approached with the idea of a DD tan I knew I had to try it! 

With the market full of BB & CC products, it's time to meet the DD, the dynamic do all tan perfector. What is the DD? It's the latest in tan formulas that literally does it all. The tan is infused with skincare benefits such as Coco water, Green tea and Aloe; with built in skin perfectors and a customised Los Angeles glow which ensures the tan still looks natural as it adapts to your natural skin tone. 

What's in the bottle? 

Coco water - sourced from Mexico hydrates the skin and helps to firm, tone and tighten the skin. 

Vitamin E & A - blur the appearance of find lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A helps to plump up collagen and elastin whilst Vitamin E is an antioxidant which perfects the skin. 

Aloe Vera plant extract & Green tea leaf extract - Sourced from Mexico work as one to hydrate, reduce irritation and delay skin ageing repairing sun damage. 

Sounds too good to be true? I dared to bare and tried both shades to give you guys a full verdict below!! 



My thoughts

It's always hard when a product like Madame La La claims to do so many amazing things. I often find myself being really cynical and wanting it to fail at the first hurdle. I tried both the light and standard tan in the range, as I wanted to give a full and honest review. 


(I love the tan so much, that I'm even looking forward to braving my bikini on holiday) 

Good points 

- The smell - remember those horrible biscuity tans that lingered for days? It's time to forget it, as the smell of this tan is a beautiful coconut smell that will have you dreaming of a beach far away. 

- After just one application my skin feels smoother and lovely and soft. 

- The colour of the light tan is perfect for my fellow pale girls out there. It gives a beautiful barely there tan, that could be built up gradually or used to give you a healthy glow. 

- The standard coloured tan left my skin with a lovely deep tan that has even had people asking me where I'd been on holiday. You can't say fairer than that! 

- The tinted formula makes it easy to use and avoid those horrible patchy mistakes! 

- the "skin perfector" really works. Cellulite on my legs is barely visible anymore! 

- the developing time is just 3 hours! That means you can fit it into your busy schedule and because there's no smell, there's no reason you can't go about your normal day! 

The downsides 

- If you are looking for a super duper deep dark tan, this probably isn't the one for you. Maybe with a few darker layers and applied to darker skin, it might have a different effect, but I couldn't see myself achieving a deep tan without about another 4 layers (and ain't nobody got time for that!) On the same vain, if you're really pale and want a super deep glow, I'd opt for the standard tan rather than the light one, as it really only gives a subtle glow. 

Verdict: I'd give this product an 8/10 and I think I've finally found a competitor to rival my beloved St Tropez. 

Madame La La tan is available to buy from Fenwick Bond street and online at www.madamelala.com for £36.00 for 200ml. Not bad for a tan that can literally "do it all" 

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

100 Looks - Festival inspired. Days 86, 87, 88 & 89

I literally say this in every post, but I can't believe were almost at day 90 of my 100 looks in 100 days posts with the elf 100pc Marble Eyeshadow Palette. 

This week is all about festival makeup looks and how to create them easily with the palette! Imagine whacking this bad boy in your rucksack, you'd be good to go for wherever inspiration takes you! 


Day 86 - Golden Glitter 


Line your eyes with colour E3 and use C1 across the lid, finish off with the J10 in the crease and pat a little of your favourite glitter just around your eyes! I also used a small amount of nail cavier, but please take special care and keep it away from the immediate eye area as it could cause some serious problems! 

Day 87 - Flower Pixie 


Paint some cute flowers around your eyes by wetting your finger and dabbing colours D8 and A1 in a flower shape. Finish the look off with a bright lipstick and colour D8 applied with a liner brush and you're good to go! 

Day 88- Feeling Dotty 


Probably my most used and favourite colours of the palette B9 and D9 look so pretty together! Use these to line and dot your face and then finish off by brushing G3 over the eyelid. 

Day 89 - Peacock Eyes 


I "painted" a flower petal to look like a peacock feather with the palette and painted my eyes with colour E3. I think this is really effective and a bit more of an out there festival look, but if you can't go a little crazy at a festival, then when can you. 

Until Next Time 

B x 





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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

100 Looks in 100 Days - Days 82, 83, 84 & 85

Can you believe were going to be going all the way up to day 85 today, it feels like only yesterday I was opening my fresh Elf 100pc Marble Eyeshadow palette stumped for ideas on where even to begin and my 100 looks campaign was born! 


Day 82 - Blue Dream 


Day 83 - Tribal 


Day 84 - Feather 


Day 85 - High Blush 


Thanks so much as per usual for all of your comments, tweets & support! I'm starting to think of an exciting look for look 100 and any inspiration/ideas would be greatly appreciated! 

Have you got your elf 100pc marble eyeshadow palette yet? 

Until Next Time 

B x 


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Friday, 4 July 2014

Magnitone Lucid Review

I don't know about you but I've heard al lot about Magnitone Cleansers through the grapevine recently, so when they got in touch to offer me the chance to try their new Magnitone Lucid* range I couldn't have been more excited.


If you haven't heard about magnitone yet then here's the low down on what to expect from the magnitone lucid. 

Available in four cute summery colours the complexion boosting tool deep cleanses to remove all traces of the days dirt and prevent blocked pores. The fully waterproof cleansing tool exfoliates your skin to leave it smooth and soft, ready for the day ahead. 


My verdict

I'll be completely honest, I was very sceptical at first. Was this product another fad that I'd use for two days and then forget about? I couldn't have been more wrong. The fact that the cleanser is waterproof means I can happily use it in the shower morning and night easily.

I wanted to test the product for a few weeks and take on the magnitone "7 day challenge," before I gave you my verdict. 

I decided to use the cleansing tool with an Asda own brand cleanser to really put it to the test. 

After just 2 days my skin already felt smoother, softer and my makeup applied so much better than normal. 


After 2 weeks my skin on my face is supple and I think I'm even getting rid of the dreaded double chin!! 

I'd really recommend this and whilst I understand that £69.99 is a big amount to invest in a cleanser, it's definitely worth it. I always think makeup starts from a good base of perfect skin, so this seems like a great start and what's even better is that it comes with a handy wireless travel charger so you can always carry it with you even on the go!

The Magnitone Lucid is available from lookfantastic.com for £69.99. 

Until Next Time 

B x 


Update: I've been using the Magnitone since July and I wanted to add an update for anyone who is still unsure about whether to purchase the magnitone lucid. I love mine so much. I go on holiday next month and I love the idea that I can pack it away in my suitcase as it's neat and I will keep on getting my super smooth and clear skin. 2 months on I couldn't recommend the product more, so what are you waiting for? 
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Thursday, 3 July 2014

100 looks - Days 78, 79, 80 & 81

Hey everyone, it's straight to it for these posts as time is of the essence! So here's my latest post for my 100 looks in 100 days with the elf 100pc marble eyeshadow palette. 

Day 78 - Purple leaf


Day 79 - Tidal Wave 


Day 80 - Black and Gold 


Day 81 - Brush Stroke 


(This final look was inspired by my favourite Makeup artist Karla Powell.) 

Until Next Time 

B x 





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