Monday, 31 August 2015

Improv Workshop at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having an amazing bank holiday weekend and enjoying every minute of being off work, and to those of you who aren't as an ex retail working I feel your pain! Anyways I was invited through to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last weekend to take part in a blogger improv workshop. However, since The Premier Inn decided to be a doll and put me up for the night I decided to bring the other half along and go and see a few bits and pieces of the festival and take in a few shows. So I thought I'd fill you all in on what we got up to...

I met Lewis straight after work on the Friday to catch the 50 minute train to Edinburgh, although we did stop off at Pintos and Costa to get some food and drinks for the journey! Because we were staying in Leith rather than Edinburgh Central we decided to hop straight into a taxi after getting off the train instead of faffing around trying to get a bus as we both had huge bags to carry and wanted to get to our hotel as soon as possible. When we arrived Sophie had already checked us in so we were straightaway given our key and pointed in the direction of our room, and oh my goodness what a pleasant surprise! I'd always thought of The Premier Inn as a really budget friendly hotel so I thought our room would be very small and basic but it was actually so spacious and comfortable. I could not believe how amazing the bed was and that we even had a bath tub! 

After exploring our new home for the night we got changed into our best friday night clobber and headed off out in search for a bus to town. Luckily enough we didn't even have to wear jackets as the weather was surprisingly warm and dry. Anyways, the first thing we did was headed straight towards the Assembly Hall as Lewis had suggested that we go see John Lennon Through a Glass Onion; a show comprised of John Lennon's memoirs and music. We bought tickets about an hour before the show and headed straight to the bar for some pre show pints! I absolutely love the assembly halls as a venue as the atmosphere is always amazing and I've never been dissappointed in anything I've ever went to see there. I'm afraid we weren't allowed to take pictures at any of the shows we attended so I don't have any to show you but I can confirm it was thoroughly enjoyable and I found myself resisting the urge to stand up and dance the whole way through!

After the show we went for a few quick drinks and then it was straight back to the hotel for a cup of tea and our beauty sleep in preparation for the main event; the improv comedy workshop. If I'm being completely honest I have to admit I was really scared about taking part in the event as I'm not very good at being funny or witty on the spot, but it actually turned out to be one of the highlights of my weekend! We met in the lobby after a huuuuuge breakfast and were driven to a suite in another hotel. At first everyone shuffled nervously in their seats and awkwardly stared at the floor; Lewis even tried to get out of taking part! But forty five minutes later and we were all acting out short scenes together, being silly, and most of all LAUGHING. It was so good to be part of something that made everyone feel welcome and comfortable and to work with lots of different people. Its such a good way to relax and build confidence and I'd definitely take part again. If you'd like any information on improv workshops in your area you can check them out here. Thanks so much to the three lovely ladies who led the workshop they were truly amazing (and hilarious)! It was so nice to meet lots of other lovely bloggers too!

After the workshop we were free to go back to exploring the Festival and Lewis and I headed straight for the outdoor beer garden. During the fringe the atmosphere isincredible around Edinburgh and you can find everything on the street from gigs to cocktail bars and street food! After a drink and a quick bite to eat we set off in search of another venue and another show. This time we went to see a play called Edith in the Dark, which was a low key show but still really really good! Again, it was incredibly cheap to go see the only problem was that we had was that the venue was a little away from the town centre. Sadly, after seeing this show we had to head straight home as Lewis had plans so we said our goodbyes to Edinburgh and set off for the train station.

I had such an amazing time at the Fringe this year and for some reason it seemed to be busier than I have ever seen it in the past! I'm so thankful for having been given the opportunity to take part in something so fun and thank you so much to The Premier Inn for putting us up for the night! I'm just a little bit sad that we didn't get to stay a little bit longer, enjoying more shows and seeing a little bit more of what Edinburgh has to offer. I'll definitely be going back next year though!

Have any of you been to the Fringe in Edinburgh this year? What did you do there?


Saturday, 29 August 2015

Chin Up Mask Review and Giveaway!

Well I hope everyone is having a great day today! I was recently sent the brand new Chin Up Firming and Contouring Mask* to review and was a little scared at the prospect of a product which told me I would lose up to 1cm off of my chin. I haven't ever really thought about my chin being 'fat' before, but I was still so excited to see what this would do for me! For starters it comes with some really scary looking equipment including a measuring tape and a scary looking balaclava type slimming band to place on your head whilst the mask is working its magic...

The box comes with three separate masks (about one weeks worth), and the aforementioned slimming band and measuring tape to check results at the end. The box told me that the mask includes vitamin E, and real fruit extracts so I just knew it was going to smell amazing! It also has a whole other host of science behind it such as corum 9235 to help with the whole lifting and contouring process, Q10 which is some form of antioxidant, and skintronics which helps to boost cell density and (hopefully) help with the contouring process. The mask claims to firm and contour, mouturize, and defend against signs of ageing as well as helping me lose a whole 1cm off of my chin.

Before putting the mask on I measured my chin and jawline at 23cm with the measuring tape; I then placed the sheet mask over my chin and secured it with the slimming band. Instructions say to leave the mask on for around 30 minutes, and during that time I could feel the mask warm up almost as though it was burning all the pesky fat cells away one by one. The process was a fairly easy one and the mask smelled amazing so I didn't mind having to have it on for that long although my brother did freak out a bit at the sight of me in the slimming band (lol). 

After taking the mask off and allowing the ingredients to sink into my skin I used the measuring tape to check the results, only to find that I had actually lost 1cm off of my chin. I don't know how it happened but somehow my skin was lifted and tightened in a short space of time. I'll be honest and say that the difference wasn't particularly visible to the eye, but I can imagine that if you are someone who genuinely does need a little help in the way of lifting any sagging or loose skin (no offence right) then this could make a huge difference and is obviously a much better, less time consuming and less expensive option than surgery.

So, as well as being offered the chance to review this new and upcoming product I'll also be hosting a giveaway in order to give you lot a chance to win one and try it for yourselves! The giveaway will run from today until the 9th of September and winners will be contacted within 24 hours afterwards! Good Luck! 

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*You guys can also check out my current BLOG SALE here

Friday, 28 August 2015

Most Wanted: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade

It brings me great pleasure to tell all of you that I now happen to be the extremely proud owner of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade. As a bit of a brow fanatic I have wanted this on and off since it started doing the rounds with the most popular beauty gurus on YouTube, so when a couple of girls I work with told me that they used it and explained just how amazing it was I knew I just had to have it! Finally a couple of weeks ago I was ordering some make up brushes when I noticed the website (beautybay) had this wonderful product in stock and I couldn't help but slip this into my online basket...

Aside from being ridiculously excited at the prospect of ordering one of my most wanted beauty products since forever I was a bit unsure what colour to order as they don't sell this in the UK making it impossible for me to swatch. I tried my best on blogs ect to see what I thought would be a good match and eventually decided on medium brown. This is probably just a little bit dark for me still as its definitely more of a dark brown than a medium shade, but I can make it work and that's the most important thing. The product itself is possibly the best eye brow product I have EVER tried and as a beauty blogger and brow fanatic that really is saying something. You only need to apply the teeniest amount of product to the brush for both brows and its just so creamy and ridiculously pigmented.

I also love the longevity of this stuff. Its completely sweat proof, and believe me when I say I've tested this claim to the max having worn it to a couple of spin and metafit classes; once you apply this it really isn't going anywhere. One thing I used to hate about brow mascaras and gels was that they dried up throughout the day and made my eyebrows feel crispy but this doesn't feel like that at all! It also seems to keep every single hair exactly in place which is ideal when I'm due a trip to the old waxing counter. I honestly think this is perfect for those of us who like bold brows and want our make up to see us through till the end of the day!

However, I felt that this was quite a bold eyebrow look, which I love personally, but if you like more natural make up you might be better off using a powder. This is also quite hard to get a hold of as only certain websites sell it to the UK and at times of high demand I've often found the most popular colours (namely those I wanted to purchase) to be sold out. And to add to this its near enough impossible to work out exactly what shade you are going to be if ordering online. I did think this was quite reasonably priced at around the 15 quid mark although I also bought the brush to use with it as a cheeky extra! I think its probably my favourite brow product yet although I'll possibly be buying a lighter shade next time!

Have any of you guys used this product? What did you think?

*You guys can also check out my blog sale here

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Liz Earle Skincare Haul

For quite some time now I've been noticing that my skin isn't what it used to be. Gone is the youthful glow of my teens and I can very much notice that my skin is starting to 'mature'. The very thought makes me shudder to the core knowing that my skin will never be as good as it once was *insert crying emoji*. I'm quite bad with skincare in that I'll try anything once, and I never really stick to using the same products all the time. I like to branch out and try different things, which I've only just noticed can also irritate my skin, cause break outs, and dry patches all over my face. So NOT good. I've been wondering what kind of products I should be using on my skin to help soothe and protect it from both the ageing process and other environmental factors, and thats when I thought about the Liz Earle products my mum and I used in the past. I've always found them to be gentle yet effective on my skin and leave it feeling very fresh.

Obviously there isn't a beauty blogger within a 10 mile radius that hasn't tried the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. It's known for being amazingly effective for removing even the most stubborn of eye make up and leaving the skin so soft and mousturized; its also the ULTIMATE pamper essential. I love everything about this product from the packaging to the way it smells and I like that it both cleanses (well might I add) and exfoliates without being drying or irritating on the skin. I absolutely love how soft and bright my skin looks after using this as it contains active ingredients such as chamomile, rosemary, and cocoa butter which help to lock in moisture and brighten. This is also a really great cleanser to use as you really feel like you are giving yourself a good pamper due to the two step process, and it literally melts make up off in an instant. Theres no wonder so many people rave about this as it always sorts my skin right out!

The Instant Skin Boost Tonic was more something I had  seen on lots of blogs but never actually tried, however when I read about the product it sounded a lot like the Pixi Glow Tonic which I have wanted to try for ages yet have never been able to get my hands on; its also a bit more expensive. Packed full of  amazing ingredients such as aloe vera, cucumber and vitamin E this honestly feels like my skin is having a refreshing drink when I apply this. Its almost as though it just wakes my skin up instantly and makes it appear smoother and more radiant, without using harsh ingredients like alcohol. Its as gentle as water but really does refresh, brighten and wake my skin up! I'm so loving using this at the minute.

Lastly, I decided to get the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion. I am almost always tired, stressed out or both and the bags under my eyes are forever present. I liked the sound of this as it contains witch hazel and aloe vera and I've never used a product on my eyes before that both takes away make up and helps to brighten; that's what I thought all the fancy eye creams were for after all.  Again this is as gentle as water on the delicate eye area as well as being instantly soothing and gloriously refreshing! The only thing I would say is that this will only remove light eye make up and no water proof mascaras or anything so you may want to go in with a waterproof eye make up remover first. 

Overall, I've been so impressed at the minute with just how soothing and gentle these products are, yet I'm still seeing the wonderful benefits. I used to think that decent skin care had to be very abraisive or contain harsh chemicals in order to work but these are doing a mighty good job. Liz Earle products are also cruelty free which makes me super happy knowing that some poor animal hasn't suffered in order for me to look good, and I'd also say they are extremely reasonably priced. They come in somewhere between high end and drugstore so very much affordable to those who don't mind paying slightly more for good quality product. You can also buy travel sizes of these products on the Liz Earle Website which I think is super handy!

Have any of you ever used Liz Earle? Which skin care do you use on a regular basis?  

*You guys can also check out my blog sale here 

Friday, 14 August 2015

Three Confidence Boosting Lipsticks

I have a confession to make; I am a serious worrier. I worry about all of life's little problems instead of taking things as they come, I panic at the first obstacle, and I tend to get into a massive fuss about situations which will realistically never happen. I panic if I miss the train for work or submit an essay with a small spelling mistake, I feel constantly anxious for my family and friends if something bad has happened to them and interviews and public speaking terrify me. I find myself constantly thinking of what to say during conversations with large groups of people I don't know particularly well, and for most of those who know me well it would probably surprise you that I refer to myself as a social introvert. I despise people who embarrass you in front of large groups of people or make you the centre of attention when you don't want it at all. However, that doesn't mean I'm shy or that I can't be outgoing and bubbly in comfortable situations. Its just that certain things unnerve me, and when these situations occur I like to use make up to boost my confidence and project a bit of my personality...

Mac Lady Danger is an amazing shade. It really is the brightest pillar box red and will make any boring matte make up look just come to life instantly. I think this suits my personality too as I'm a bit kooky and I like to do things a bit differently from everyone else. This is probably not for everyone, but if you want a really bright colour that makes the lips pop then I really recommend this ultra bright shade. It will get you noticed and add bags of style to the simplest of little back dresses. Also everyone knows what's up with Mac products in terms of being super long lasting and having incredible colour pay off. This is a great variation on the traditional red lip and is a great addition to any red lip stick collection.

Secondly, I am IN LOVE with my YSL Rouge Volupte in 34 which I believe is called Rose Asarine both for its gorgeous packaging and amazing formula. These lipsticks are needed for anyone who loves the YSL gold packaging and likes to display make up proudly on their dresser. Its so long lasting and smells delicious; a bit like watermelon. I also love how this has a lovely sheen to it so its just that bit different to anything else I have in my collection. I'll admit that these are pricey products but they make me feel so glamorous and are worth every penny in my opinion!

Last but not least I recently received the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Revlon Red as a birthday gift but only started wearing it recently. This is the most classic of classic red shades and looks absolutely amazing with black winged eye liner and some seriously defined cheekbones. I love when I wear this with just black jeans and a white shirt it just adds a much needed touch of femininity and glamour without being over the top . I like that this is neither matte or glossy so it can be worn with a range of different make up looks and it looks great during the day and at night.

I would love to know if anyone else has any confidence boosting tips? What are your thoughts on these lip products?

Monday, 10 August 2015

Xen-Tan Weekly Self-Tan Lotion

After hearing about this tan for approx. 4 billion years I thought it was finally time to try it! I had previously heard lots of great things about it mostly via other blogs and YouTube videos and I couldn't help but notice that it seemed to be a firm favourite amongst 'bigger' bloggers. However, spending £30+ on a bottle of fake tan wasn't necessarily appealing to me as I already own some really great tanning products which are less than a tenner (I swear by Cocoa Brown). The one thing that attracted me to this product, however, was the promise of a natural dark colour minus that awful biscuity fake tan smell. I'm here to tell you guys whether or not it actually lived up to these expectations...

The Xen-Tan Weekly Lotion is not like any tan I have ever used before. When it comes to fake tan I actually tend to avoid lotions as I think they can be harder to work with and more often than not will come out streaky. The first time I used this I actually just put it on with my hands and it came out hell of a streaky so please make sure you use this with appropriate tools i.e a tanning mitt (lol). Even with a tanning mitt I definitely still got a little bit paranoid about leaving white patches and I was rubbing this in like a crazy person to make sure I had left no area untouched. One thimg I did notice was that this is extremely moisturising and smells absolutely heavenly! Its laced with all kinds of nut and jojoba oils which probably help with the moisturizing but also with the delightful smell! I also liked that it was slightly tinted so I could actually see where it was going, although I'm still really terrible at doing the backs of my legs.

I just so happen to be one of these people that put my tan on before bed and sleep with it on despite protests by my boyfriend who can't stand the smell and my mum who doesn't like the fact I turn all of my white bedsheets a lovely shade of orange every now and again. I just think its the best time to let my tan develop and I can wash off all of the excess in the morning. When I woke up wearing this I was a little dissappointed that there seemed to be a lingering biscuity smell, so I immediately jumped in the shower to wash off the excess tan and try to get rid of some of that fake tan smell; that was when I noticed the colour! Oh my goodness when this stuff says it makes you good and brown it definitely means it, and that was with only one application too! I feel like this has a bit of a red undertone to it so it definitely looks a lot more natural than the other orangey shades on the market. 

After showering I was left with a gorgeous dark brown tan that looked almost as good as a natural tan and it was so smooth and streak-free. My skin also felt amazingly smooth and soft and thankfully the horrible fake tan smell dissappears after showering. This tan is definitely an amazing product if you want a really natural looking dark colour, but it is a little harder to work with than some of the other fake tans out there and if you aren't very good at applying tan then this can get quite messy. I think the colour would probably be a little too harsh for red heads or blondes as its very much an olive shade, so the dark shade probably wouldn't be your best option. I also think its a little bit over priced seeing as a spray tan costs less than the full price of this. The bottle is relatively small and I think you would get about 6 full body applications out of this tops, however the colour just cannot be faulted so even though it KILLS me to say it I think I would actually buy this again in a heartbeat!

Have any of you ever used this product before? What are your favourite tanning products? 


Friday, 7 August 2015

Forgtten Favourites: Lips

For the last of my 'forgotten favourites' series I'm back today with some lip products. To be honest it can be quite easy for me to forget about lipsticks and glosses as this is probably the one beauty item that I have the most of, and I'm always always always buying new lipsticks to try out! In fact I'm pretty sure that I have a few lipsticks in my collection that I haven't managed to wear yet, which seems crazy to me! Anyways lets move onto the lip products shall we...

The first discovery was the Mac Diva Lipstick which has been hiding in my stash since Christmas! This was a present from my mum that I completely forgot I had and found it still in the box in one of my make up drawers! I genuinely can't believe I forgot all about this as I do love a good Mac product for a night out as the longevity of these is unbeatable and they also do all of this without being chalky or drying on the lips. This one is a vampy dark red/brown shade and is one of the matte lipsticks, and is just the perfect accessory for an LBD and some heels. I don't like the matte finish as much as I like the satin finish as they can be a little harder to work with, but I'll make an exception seeing as this one is so sexy.

Next, I picked out this Ted Baker Lipgloss, which was from a set that I also received at Christmas time. Unfortunately there is nothing on this to tell me the colour and I'm not sure if you can buy these separate from the nail polishes, but I absolutely love the colour of this! I'm mpre of a lip stick that a lip gloss person, but the colour pay off on this one is just insane; it also lasts most of the day too which makes this pretty much the only lipgloss that I have ever liked. It also feels wet on application rather than sticky, and reminded me of the Rimmel Apocalips a little bit, however this one doesn't really dry after the application, and unfortunately it isn't non transferrable either. Those are all sins I can completely forgive though! 

Lastly, I found a real old favourite in the form of my Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet, which is a dark red not unlike Mac Diva, however this one being a lip butter makes it a lot more moisturizing on the lips and the glossy finish just adds something elseto any make up look. I tend to wear this lip with black winged eye liner to create a really classic make up look, and make a bit of a statement. I actually have these Revlon Lip Butters in a lot of different colours as I'm completely obsessed and can't get enough of them, and for only £7.99 they are such good value for money as they last ages! 

What are your favourite lip products? Would you wear any of these products? 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Forgotten Favourites: Eyeshadow

Following on from my last post which was all about forgotten concealer products (link here) I'm back today with some of the most gorgeous eye shadows I forgot I even had! I don't actually wear eye shadow on a daily basis and certainly not shimmery shades, however I have been absolutely loving some of the smokey eye tutorials that are circulating YouTube right now, and I really want to be able to pull of a shimmery eye of my own! Although I have to admit that eye make up isn't my strong point as I just don't have a clue how to blend ect and always just end up with really undefined, super messy shadow any time I try to get creative or try anything new. I'm hoping that purchasing some new brushes may help...

Firstly, I dug out this amazing Make Up Revolution Essential Shimmers Palette. The colours are all amazing and nothing like the other shades I already own in my other palettes which mostly comprise of the safest neutral shades you will ever find and zero shimmer. The colours of these appeal to me as although they are a little different from what I am used to they aren't too 'out there' and I find them completely wearable for every day. I love the orange and purple toned shades and they blend out and compliment each other so well. It's not surprising that Make Up Revolution are doing so well right now considering this palette of TWELVE eye shadows (all extremely pigmented and and long lasting) is also so well priced. I have to say this is budget make up done right! Its crazy to think that for under a fiver you can have such a beautiful set of eye shadows. I'll admit that the packaging isn't the greatest, but I wouldn't expect much more for the small price tag.

Secondly, I fell back in love with the Mac Cranberry Frost Eyeshadow when I was inspired by an 'Autumn make up' type post the other week and decided to have a look through my own stash. As everyone knows Mac make up is just the bomb when it comes to pigment and good quality packaging and it actually became popular due to its use in theatre make up and its incredible long lasting power! This shade in particular is so gorgeous and festive and can be used sparingly for a smaller amount of colour as well as all over the lid for full on dramatic effect, I don't know how I managed to forget that I had this but I just know this will be getting used more and more over the coming months as we slide into the autumn and winter. This is actually too beautiful and is a definite must have shade for anyone with a crazy eye shadow addiction!

Lastly, I found a Bella Pierre Mineral Eye Shadow in Celebration which actually seems to be more of a pigment than a pressed eye shadow, so it is a little messier; but still gorgeous nevertheless. This is a beautiful copper golden tone with extra sparkle and shimmer when it catches the light, and it actually reminds me a lot of Mac Amber Lights as it looks AMAZING on blue eyes and really brings them out. I've been wearing this so much recently as it really makes my eyes pop and adds such a gorgeous sun-kissed look to my make up as I can almost imagine wearing this with a tan on holiday with glowing skin and a super glossy lip! I just keep having so many compliments on it. The colour pay off to this is just incredible and I love that this can be worn both during the day and added to other eye shadows for a more glamorous night time look. I actually can't believe I forgot about this for so long as I'm already getting sad thinking about what I will do when this runs out!

What have you guys been finding in your collection recently? Do you have any favourite eye shadows? 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Forgotten Favourites: Concealer

Like many other beauty bloggers I have a terrible habit; I buy products and use them for a week straight, declaring my undying love for them until the next new make up release happens to fall into my basket in Boots or Superdrug or wherever and the said products get placed into a drawer somewhere in my extensive make up collection never to be seen again. Well thats maybe a bit drammatic, but I made a promise to myself earlier in the year that I would try and make use of what is already in my make up collection before wasting money on yet more make up, so I thought I'd take you guys along with me while I had a good look through all my make up...

 I thought concealer would be a good place to start as I'm pretty sure I buy at least one new concealer product every two weeks, and I like to have a couple of different concealers in my collection for different things. I recently rediscovered the Seventeen Phwoar Paint Concealer and started to remember why I had loved it so much in the first place. This is supposed to be used as an under eye concealer to disguise any under eye luggage and brighten the area and man does this do a good job! It's a bit like Benefit Boing only its a little creamier and less drying on the skin so its more suitable for dry skin. It comes in a dinky little compact complete with mirror making it perfect for on the go applications and is so simple to use. I just use my ring finger to pat it onto the area and blend it out for instantly brighter eyes. Its also slightly tacky to the touch which I quite liked as it stays in place for ages! Its also rather well priced at only £6 considering its high end rival is about three times the price!

Next I found the Revlon Colourstay Concealer, which I have profound memories of disliking when I bought it many months ago. However, I was quite surprised to find that it actually is a really decent concealer with great coverage. This is actually really blendable and long lasting and I never have to top this up throughout the day as it genuinely stays put without being drying or patchy and blends seamlessly into foundation leaving it undetectable on the skin. Its actually quite watery in texture which worried me at first so if you have a lot of acne or scarring then you might want something a little thicker, but overall I'm super impressed with this. If you like Estee Lauder Doubler Wear Concealer then this is definitely a good drugstore dupe at just a quarter of the price!

Have any of you guys tried these concealer products? Would love to know your thoughts!
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