Friday, 28 February 2014

TMI & Procrastination Tag.

I was nominated for this tag  by the lovely Amy whose blog you can view here!
 
I thought this was a great Tag and fun to do as there's a lot of beauty questions mixed in with more general ones which will help you guys get to know me better:)
 
 
 
 1. Are you a very open or private person? 
I would say I'm quite private as I don't like sharing my personal business with anyone aside from a few close friends and my boyfriend, and even then I find it hard to tell them whats really going on haha!

2. If money was no object, where would you move to?
I'd love to live in Spain as I love the laid back lifestyle over there and the constant sunshine would probably be a bonus too.

3. Who was the last person to make you cry?
I honestly can't remember, but I more than likely cried as something on the TV. I get so emotional at TV programs, even reading the paper sets me off.

4. Is there a song that can bring you to tears instantly?
I don't know if there is I haven't heard it. I suppose it depends on where you are at in your life and whether or not the lyrics relate specifically to you or a bad situation that you have been through in your life.

5. Do you believe in soul mates?
Yeah, I suppose I do, but I don't think it necessarily has to be the person you fall in love with it could be just a friend.

6. What age to people usually mistake you for?
Hahahaha! I look really young and people usually think I'm about 18 when they first meet me.

7. What are you wearing?
I am currently wearing a Topshop dress and tights, waiting to go out and spend my hard-earned cash on some beauty goodies:D.

8. Have you ever been in love?
Yes

9. How tall are you?
5"2. (midget height)

10. How much do you weigh?
I have no idea haha! Probably about 8 stone.

11. Any piercings?
My ears, tragus, belly button, and cartilage. I used to have a really emotastic lip-piercing, but thankfully that's gone.

12. Favourite TV show?
Its got to be Keeping Up With The Kardshians ! I know its not the most intellectual show, but I adore the relationship their family have and find it so so so addictive. I'm also a huge Dexter fan.

13. Quality you look for in a partner?
Someone who is funny, and doesn't take themselves too seriously. I also think its important that they have ambition, are not afraid of hard work and really want to succeed in life. There is nothing worse than a man who just goes to the pub all the time with his mates.

14. Favourite quotation?
"Be too busy loving the people that love you, to hate the people that hate you." I think this is great because it just sums up the fact that no matter how many people are cruel or horrible to you there are others who love you for who you are, and you should spend more time thinking about them than people who don't even know you.
15. Fears?
At the ripe old age of 23 I admit that I am still terrified of the dark! I often have to sleep with my lamp on! If anyone knows how I can conquer this fear please please please get in touch and HELP MEEEE!

16. What is your daily beauty routine?
I always double cleanse, use a pure witch hazel toner (best thing for acne prone skin), and a daycream. After that I apply a primer and do my make up:)
19. When going out somewhere how long does it take you to get ready?
Anything from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on where I'm going!

20. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collection?
Not very, I hardly ever paint my nails as I find it such a task! I shove them all in a wash bag and that's it tbh!

So thats the TMI tag done. I nominate;
 
Thank you for reading!:)
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Monday, 24 February 2014

Bourjois Bronzing Primer.

Bourjois is definitely becoming one of the best in drugstore brands and I feel as though I am the most drawn to them as I always know I am getting high end quality for high street price when I choose something from the Bourjois stand.

Many of you are likely to have seen or used this product before but I feel like you can never have too many product reviews, am I right?

I get the feeling that as this is called a bronzing 'primer' and the instructions say to 'wear alone or under foundation' that it is likely to be the way most people use this product. And although, yes, I have used this under foundation, I found that it didn't make as much of a difference as I wanted.

I have been enjoying using the Bourjois Bronzing Primer as a cream bronzer to sculpt and contour my face after I have applied foundation and let me tell you I am so very glad I ignored the instructions as I love using it in this way!

I tap my Real Techniques Blush Brush in ever so lightly and blend blend blend!




Pros
  • Great colour, and you only have to use the teeniest amount.
  • Is softer on the face when used for contouring as it contains no shimmer.
  • Smells absolutely heavenly!
  • Affordable.
Cons
  • Seems to make the face more oily that usual and therefore MUST be set with a powder.
  • Looks really 'orange if you use too much.
  • Longevity isn't great so you have to reapply it throughout the day.


Overall its an enjoyable to use and fairly good quality product, but if you have super oily skin I would stay clear of this as it will slide off the skin. 

Hope you all enjoyed this review:)
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Friday, 21 February 2014

Can Lee Stafford really grow my hair?

For a long time now it has occurred to me that it is extremely fashionable to have long shiny hair, and that the days of the 'pob' (not that I ever suited it anyway) are sadly over. Obviously for those of us with long, silky tresses that is good news, but if your hair is anything like mines is then growing and maintaining long and healthy hair may require a little more work. I also cannot emphasize enough that there is no point in growing out your hair unless you can keep and maintain its health and that split ends, and rats tails are SO not a good look (regular trims girls!).

I started dying my hair when I was thirteen. In fact, to tell you a somewhat tragic tale I longed and longed to be blonde and so purchased a box of peroxide from my local supermarket and in a frenzy of spontaneity popped it on my hair without the slightest clue as to what I was doing. I didn't even tell my mum, but simply locked myself in the bathroom. An hour later my hair was yellow and patchy, and my scalp was itchy and sore from the harsh chemicals.(Any thirteen year olds reading this should not get any bad ideas haha!)

Almost ten years later and I have only recently stopped dying my hair. In fact, I barely use heat tools on it anymore, and when I do I will ALWAYS use a heat protect-ant. I also cut my hair into a long bob around this time last year to get rid of all my split ends; a decision which made me so upset that I went out and purchased new clip in hair immediately after, which I fortunately never used. 

Slowly but surely my hair is showing many signs of improvement. Its thicker, longer and shinier, not to mention I have a lot less fall out in the shower. It might not be princess length yet (waist length) but it is just past my boobs when I straighten it and seems to be growing faster than usual. So, you may all be wondering were the Lee Stafford product comes in.



The Lee Stafford Treatment For Hair That Never Grows Past a Certain Length (jeez what a mouthful), is something I noticed in Boots ages ago, but never picked up, mainly due to the fact it was more expensive than I like to pay for a drugstore hair treatment, and that I had serious doubts about whether or not a product could actually encourage your hair to grow longer or faster. I have always been told by my hairdresser that no product can make your hair grow at a faster pace than is natural, and that only taking care of your hair will speed this process up.

The product itself is used between shampoo and conditioner and left on the scalp for around 5 minutes (I should also point out that there is an accompanying hair growth shampoo and conditioner to go with this mask, but the bottles are tiny so I prefer to stick with my usual ones.). The packaging says to use an egg sized amount, but I think even half of that is sufficient.While I'm waiting I usually give myself a mini head massage as this is supposed to encourage the blood flow around your scalp and keep it healthy (the more you know!). Once this has been washed out I usually only condition my lengths and ends as I tend to suffer from oily roots that result from a build up of product. 

The Results: So this is probably the part that you have all been waiting for right? You all want to know whether or not my hair has actually grown faster as a result of using this treatment. I would firstly like to say that I have definitely noticed an improvement in the condition of my hair overall since using this. It has been a lot stronger and thicker and is not as prone to breakage as it was previously. I also don't suffer from any 'shedding' when using this treatment so those are all very positive things! My hair has been growing pretty fast recently, but because I have been taking such good care of it I have no idea as to whether or not it is as a result of using this product! I would say that because the product strengthens your hair and reduces breakage it probably does encourage it to grow not only faster but more healthily than normal.

However, my top tips for growing out hair are STILL about taking good care of it and not using anything which is going to permanently damage it on a regular basis (eg hair extensions, heat, harsh dye). If you don't take good care of your hair anyways then do not expect this treatment to work. 

Is anyone else intrigued by this product? What are your tips for long, healthy hair?



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Monday, 17 February 2014

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Detox Mask.

I picked up Soap and Glory's 'No Clogs Allowed' last week in Boots after noticing that my skin was rather lacking in the radiance department.It seems that the rubbish Scottish weather has definitely taken its toll on my skin and I am not only suffering from dullness and dry patches but pesky little pimples along the jawline!



The mask is referred to as a super self-heating detox mask, which immediately intrigued me as I think my skin was most definitely due a mega detox sesh. I hadn't heard of any of the ingredients in it other than the grape seed oil (to control any oiliness) and I'm pretty familiar with salicylic acid having had suffered with acne a few years back, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I rubbed a grape sized amount over my face as instructed then wet my hands with warm water and started scrubbing. This was the fun part! The mask started turning blue in color and heating up! I left the mask on for 5 minutes before washing off with a warm muslin cloth (unfortunately not included in the pack).


Waiting...waiting.

After washing off my skin immediately felt softer, looked more...glowy (for lack of a better descriptive word.), and seemed cleansed of even the evilest impurities (T-zone blackheads I'm talking about YOU!). I've been using it for around a month now and I can honestly see an overall improvement in my skin! It is less oily, and I am not suffering from those annoying under the skin spots that seem to crop up at the worst of times.

 'No Clogs Allowed' is currently on offer on the Boots website for £7.67. To purchase or view the product click here !
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer for £2.50!

Latest in Beauty is a little website which is dedicated to providing luxury sized samples of the newest and most innovative products, and is perfect for anyone looking to try an expensive high end beauty product, but unsure as to whether this particular product will actually work for them. It boasts brands such as Benefit and L'occitane, and the size of the samples allow you to try the product for a couple of weeks at least.

 The website eliminates some of the risk that many of us beauty lovers take when we branch out into the world of high end products or hyped up. How many of you have ever wished there was a way to properly try a product before you purchased it? In fact I'm pretty sure its not just me who has a whole stash of products that where bought on a whim after seeing sterling reviews about them or letting curiosity get the better of me.

I've purchased a number of products from Latest in Beauty over the last few years I have been a member and although not all of them have been successful, I have found a great number of what are now some of my favorite products of all time, and I'm so very glad that I have! I am always checking the website to find out if any new launches have been added in sample size, and I love the fact that for around just £15 Latest in Beauty do a range of beauty boxes, which are lovely as gifts.


I couldn't believe my luck when I saw a sample of the highly rated Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer on there for just £2.50. Despite being only a small 40ml sample the website say it should last me a month so for £2.50 I think is great! I'm so super excited to try this and can't wait to get a review up when I'm finished! Its been the most hyped up hair product in bloggersphere, but I definitely didn't want to risk a splurge!

How many of you are LinB fans?

:)


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Monday, 10 February 2014

5 valentines day treats to get excited about.



1. Stella multifunction silicone watch in white, £115, Fossil website. 2. Pink Biba scarf, £50, House of Fraser. 3. Ted Baker purse in yellow, £75, House of Fraser. 4. Coconut shower and moisture set, £6.00, The Body Shop. 5. Large gold heart necklace, £13.50, Topshop.

These are the 5 things I am certain will impress the special lady in your life no matter what your budget. Single? Go ahead and treat yourself!

Lots of Love, L :)

xxxxxxxxxx
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Thursday, 6 February 2014

TiGi S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer.

If you have read my previous blog posts you will know that one of the things I struggle to maintain is my hair. After years of bleaching, wearing hair extensions and heat styling I found myself with extremely dry and brittle hair. As a result I struggle to keep it looking sleek and silky without the aid of hair straighteners and the wet and windy Scottish weather teamed with the fact I workout at the gym can make my hair prone to frizz.



The Smoothing Lusterizer is a sort of hair creme that can be used on wet or dry hair in order to tame frizz and give your hair a silky soft finish, and so far I am fairly impressed. Most reviews I read on this product say that they use it before blow drying but I actually find the results are much better when I use it on dry hair.

It smells like strawberries and cream, which is not for everyone, but I adore it. It also has tiny particles of glitter through it which I assume are what makes the hair so shiny and you can definitely see it in pictures. In the swatch below you can actually see its pearly shimmery texture. It really is a lovely girly product, and I always feel like using it before a night out as it is so luxurious.


This product is hard to find, and seems to only be available online or at selected hairdressing salons. I purchased mine from Feel Unique for around £15, which isn't cheap, but its not too bad either considering you only have to use the teeniest amount, and you do get results! If you have coarse, thick hair and dry ends this is definitely something worth investing in.

I'm also aware that there are many other products in the S Factor range, and I am really interested to try the Serious conditioner. I've even heard that the beautiful Zoella is a huge fan of the brand, and her locks are definitely in amazing condition.

If you are interested in this or any other products from the range click here for a swatch ;)

Have you ever tried anything from the S Factor range?
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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

NIP+FAB Sheer Make-up Fix Review...

 The Nip+Fab Sheer Make-up Fix is what I would call a hydrating primer. It is marketed as a non-tinted BB cream, however I would say it is more of a serum. I have never owned anything from this brand so I was unsure what to expect, but after reading the box I found I was intrigued to try this.



The packaging states "This multi-tasking wonder gel instantly evens out skin tone and texture while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections." A statement which I am mostly in agreement with.

The primer is loaded with three main ingredients to enable it to work its magic on your skin; hyaluronic acid, osilift, and oats. All three of which aim to smooth and hydrate the skin as well as soften the appearance of fine lines.

 

It is almost gel like in texture, and when applied to the face feels like a light moisturizer. There is no noticeable scent or perfume which is something I find quite important as some of the stronger products can break me out.

I'm slightly upset that it isn't silicone based and to be honest it didn't really blur out imperfections as well as the Porefessional or even Garnier's 5 Sec Blur. It is however very well priced at £14.95 especially as you get 40ml and the ingredients are all amazing.

Its also good that I enjoy this as a serum as much as a primer, as it means I will reap the full benefits from it without having to use it under my make-up every day. It's also a bargain !




Overall, the primer is good quality and would be ideal for those of us with dry to normal skin. I actually have quite oily skin so prefer a more mattifying primer. This is definitely a good product and it did keep my make up on longer than usual. I did rather enjoy this more when I used it as a serum, and I definitely like the sound of the ingredients so lets hope they do something for my skin.



Have any of you ever used anything by Nip+Fab? Would any of you be likely to use this?



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