Sunday, 20 August 2017

Festival Essentials by Urban Decay!

Hey beaut's!

Fancy getting festival ready...Summer isn't quite over yet and theres still some festivals and holidays left to party at and when I think of festivals and then think of my favourite thing... makeup... they are literally a match made in heaven! You can literally go crazy with makeup at festivals, I'm talking bright colours and plenty of glitz and sparkle, and Urban Decay have got us totally covered in the department! PS can we all just appciate how funky the Las Bayadas Blanket* is in the backrground, I love those bright stripes!  
The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette* (£36.00) is literally where the parties at, it contains eight twinkling shades which all have micro fine bits of sparkle within the formula to give them a 3D diamond-like effect, I have to say they do look pretty spectacular on the eyelids. The only shade that's pretty 'out there' for me is the green shade called 'Lightyear' the rest are definitely wearable for me whether I'm going to a festival or want to add some sparkle to an everyday or evening look. Formula wise....I'm impressed, despite being glitters they still have good pigment and depth of colour and the glitter isn't chunky at all, its super fine glitter which is easy to apply with a flat packing brush or your fingertips, yes there is fall out during application as you'd expect really, so I'd suggest doing your base makeup after you eye makeup if your using these shades during the day but hey I'd rock the fall out at a festival, the more glitter the better for me he he.
Urban Decay have these awesome Vice Special Effects Long-Lasting Water-Resistant Lip Topcoats* (£15.50) that can transform any lip look. Theres twelve stunning shades within the collection but I have the shade Monarchy which is a gorgeous dark purple that's crammed full of the prettiest sparkles. What I love about these lip topcoats is that they are super lightweight yet waterproof making them not only uber long lasting and perfect for festivals when you don't want to top up any of your makeup but really comfortable to wear too. Going back to the eyes... whats better than glitter.... more glitter! I'm totally obsessed with the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner* in Spandex (£15.00), this is such a versatile glitter liner because not only can you use it as an eyeliner, you can use it all over the face to add a pretty twinkle and all over and around the eyes. If your looking for a metallic liquid eyeliner that lasts then you HAVE to try the Razor Sharp Long-Wear Liquid Eyeliner in Gold Rush* (£17.00), my goodness this stuff doesn't budge for daysssss, I've literally never found a liquid liner with such good lasting power in my life, this stuff wont budge, run, smudge or flake and the colour is just stunning, just like liquid gold! 
A festival must have is makeup setting spray because nobody got time to carry makeup on them for top ups during the day at a festival, and what better spray to use than my all time favourite Urban Decay All Nighter* (£10.00)! I've gone through bottles of this stuff, it really does make my makeup stay put for so much longer - I'm talking a good 12 hours (full working day) without any fading, caking, melting and some how it smooths out any makeup that might have set into my fine lines too. I love that Urban Decay have a smaller travel friendly version of this best seller, it makes it so easy to take away with you when you packing light!

Have you rocked any of these glittery goodies at a festival this Summer? I'd love to know beaut's!

nopin

Saturday, 19 August 2017

L'Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara Review

Hey beaut's!

I'm a magpie when it comes to mascara's, I'm always on a quest to find the best one on the high street and when I saw L'Oreal's new Paradise Mascara on offer in Superdrug a few weeks back I just had to buy one to try!
L'Oreal's Paradise Mascara claims to 'add intense volume, spectacular length and a feather soft feel in just one coat' which sounds right up my street and the kind of mascara I need in my makeup bag. From the outside the Paradise Mascara is definitely pleasing to the eye, the rose gold/copper tones are so inviting and to be honest anything that pretty gets a thumbs up from me he he. The mascara wand comes with an ultra soft natural bristle brush which is my favourite, its so easy to use and crammed with bristles that catch every lash and it isn't scratchy or harsh on my eyes like plastic brushes can be! 
The formula of the mascara itself is really nice, it does indeed give my lashes lots of length and volume without the need of building up coats, it doesn't flake, clump or run, it feels so lightweight on my lashes and not hard or thick, the pigmentation is rich and super black and it lasts all day on my lashes without the volume falling. The only negative I have is that I do get some ever so slight transferring on my brow bone, I have quite oily eyelids so I find quite a few mascara's have this effect on me so it not a major or anything out of the ordinary for me but definitely something to bare in mind if your lids are oily like mine!
Overall I do really like this mascara and it wont be leaving my makeup bag anytime soon, it give my lashes length, lift that lasts and they do have a fluttery look to them, it's quick and easy to apply and even thought I do get a small amount of transferring it doesn't bother me if I'm honest as it's only from time to time!

Have you tried this mascara beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

You can find the L'Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara for £9.99 at the moment HERE but the normal RRP is £11.99.

nopin

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Easy Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Hey beaut's!

My other hobby aside from blogging is baking, I absolutely love to bake and when I made this yummy Victoria Sponge recently it tasted too good not to share the recipe! Victoria Sponge is just a 'go to bake' for me, I always have the ingredients in the cupboard as their so minimal and no matter what the occasion a vicky sponge will always go down a treat!

What You Will Need For The Cakes
225g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
4 large eggs
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 8 inch sandwich tins 

What You Will Need For The Filling
100g of soft unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
Strawberry or raspberry jam

How To
1. Firstly preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and get the sandwich tins greased and lined.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whack in all of the butter, eggs, caster sugar, flour and baking powder and mix everything together until it's all combined, then divide the mixture evenly between the tins.
3. Pop into the oven for around 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.
4. When the cakes are done set aside to cool and whip up a batch of yummy buttercream, I like to beat the butter with an electric whizzer for a couple of minutes first until it starts to go pale and fluffy then gradually add in the icing sugar and beat again for a few minutes, then add in the vanilla and if you need to loosen the buttercream slightly add 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk.
5. To fill the cake I like to pop lashings of buttercream on first, I don't do this too neatly because I love the buttercream to be edging out of the cake slightly, then pop your preferred jam on top of the buttercream again quite messy so it's edging out of the cake!
6. Once the cakes are sandwiched together I like yo finish the cake off by popping a couple of strawberries on the top in the centre of the cake and then I like to add a light dusting of icing sugar and voilaaaa!
This is such an easy, versatile cake and recently I've been doing some fondant covered cakes for birthdays and this is my go to cake recipe I use, it's such a classic isn't it!

Are you fond of a Victoria Sponge beaut's? What's your go to bake? I'd love to know!

 nopin

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Embryolisse Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk Cleanser Review

Hey beaut's!

I recently ran out of my trusty and well loved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and instead of running out and repurchasing that for the millionth time, I thought I'd try something new that had been sat in my draw for a while waiting for it's time to shine - the Embryolisse Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk Cleanser.

The Embryolisse Foaming Cream-Milk* is a soap-free cleanser based on super fatty agents (10%), sweet almond oil and shea butter, it's suitable for all skin types even the most sensitive, and versatile enough to be used on the face and the body too. To use the cleanser all you have to do I'm simple massage it over a damp skin and let it do it's thing, it's great at deeply cleaning the skin and removing makeup however I wouldn't recommend it for removing eye makeup, I got a slight shock when I slathered it over my eyes and it stung instantly so now I use a micellar water first around my eyes.
The Embryolisse Foaming Cream-Milk is quite different to anything I've used to cleanse with before, I've literally never found a cleanser with such a gorgeous texture before, it feels so rich, creamy, slightly whipped and nourishing when it first goes on, its gorgeous and just glides over the skin with ease and has the most amazing light yet fresh scent to it. I was also super impressed by the fact that it didn't leave my skin feeling dry afterwards which many cleansers I've tried do, instead my skin felt squeaky clean, nourished, supple and SUPER soft! The only thing I did notice was the lack of foam, this is named and foaming cream-milk cleanser and I have to say it doesn't really lather up that much, it's not a major for me but definitely something to bare in mind if you are actually looking for a foaming cleanser!
Overall I'm really enjoying using the Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk, it's definitely super nourishing and gentle which my dry sensitive skin loves, and I find it so quick and easy to use too. It cleanses my skin with ease and I've experienced no clogged pores or break outs, it doesn't strip my skin of its essential oils and leaves my face so soft and clean, I love it!

You can find the Embryolisse Lait Crème Moussant Foaming Cream-Milk Cleanser for £14.00 from Boots HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 13 August 2017

My Favourite Summer Perfumes!

Hey beaut's!

I love to switch things up in my perfume caddie when the seasons change, so today I thought I'd share with you all my favourite fruity, floral fragrances that I've been rocking constantly this Spring/Summer!
My go to scent at the moment is Accessorize' Lovelily! Lovelily has a super fresh scent with fruity, floral notes and light hints of sweetness to it too, its perfect for everyday wear because it isn't too strong or overpowering, and despite it's lightness it has really good lasting power and I can always smell the sweet vanilla notes within it on myself throughout the day which I love. Next up is my Vera Wang Hippie Princess perfume - Hippie Princess is a very fruity scent and it's exotic fruit and gentle floral notes really do come through when you first spritz this heart shaped beauty, as the scent dries down there's a slight sweetness that comes through which is down to it's warm vanilla note and as a whole the scent isn't over powering or ridiculously strong either. Can you tell I love scents with the sweetness of vanilla within them he he.
 Lacoste Pour Elle Sparkling is a favourite of mine all throughout the year really but I seem to have been reaching for it a lot this Spring/Summer, it's so sweet, girlie and playful and I think the pretty pink packaging really reflects that too. Macaron and Cotton Candy are at the heart of this fragrance so as you can imagine when wearing this you smell good enough to eat, however even though this is such a super sweet scent I never find it sickly and the fruity top notes and musky base notes really do help to balance this fragrance out, it's bloody lovely! Finally is my Jimmy Choo Blossom perfume, this is more of a summer evening scent for me because it's slightly stronger than what I usually wear during the day, its very feminine, sweet and floral, it's gorg!

What fragrances have you been rocking this Spring/Summer beaut's?? I'd love to know!!


nopin

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Technic Cosmetics Review - Beauty Bargains Alert!

Hey beaut's!

I've been seeing and hearing so many good things about Technic Cosmetics recently, their low price tags have certainly caught my eye on a number of occasions (I do love a beauty bargain) and so many of their products look absolutely stunning, I actually have five of their Juicy Sticks which I love and use all the time so I couldn't wait to try some more bits from them.
Firstly I couldn't wait to dive into the Mega Nudes Eyeshadow Palette*, this little beauty contains 12 neutral shades in a mix of matte and metallic finishes that could easily take you from day too night. The formula of these shadows is super nice considering this palette can be picked up at just £1.50 yes I did just say £1.50, the pigment is good, the shades blend out really nice and it's crammed full of versatile shades!
Sticking with eyes I have been pretty much obsessed with the Mega Lash Waterproof Mascara*, if you want mega volume with no clumps that stays put like nothing else then you HAVE to try this beauty, and even though it's waterproof it's not too difficult to get off with my normal cleanser at the end of the day 'thank goodness'!
Technic also do makeup brushes which I had no idea of, I've been using their Pro Blusher Brush* (£2.95) with their Soft Focus Loose Powder* (£1.99) and basically any other powder product I put on my face. The brush reminds me a lot of my Real Techniques Blusher Brush, it has that same versatile shape that can apply bronzer, blush and powder with ease and for an affordable brush the quality is fab, it's so so soft! The Soft Focus Powder is brilliant if your into the popular 'baking' trend or if you just don't want to look like an oil slick a light dusting of this bad boy will sort that unwanted shine in one sweep without feeling heavy or cakey on the skin!
I think my favourite thing from Technic right now is their Strobe FX Cream* (£2.99) which is really saying something because I LOVE the mascara A LOT! I literally live for dewy, glowy skin and this strobe cream gives me that 'lit from within' golden glow in seconds when I use it under my foundation, you can also mix it with foundation or use it as a cream highlighter for that extra glow which - of course - I do!
Finally I've been giving the Matte Finish Juicy Stick in Prairie Girl*, now as I said before I've always been a huge fan of the Juicy Sticks because their super pigmented and super juicy and nourishing on the lips but I was completely new to the matte finish sticks. Prairie Girl has such a 90's vibe about it and despite the matte finish it's not drying at all and still has some movement on the lips!

Overall I'm loving every single thing I've been road testing, especially my beloved Strobe FX Cream, Mega Lash Mascara and Mega Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. All of the Technic products are cruelty free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians too which is a major bonus for me and the fact their so ruddy cheap is such a winner, my bank card now has no excuse to keep yelling at me he he.

What are your favourite Technic products beaut's? I'd love to know


nopin

Thursday, 10 August 2017

August Beauty Wishlist!

Hey beaut's!

It's been such a long time since I done a good ol' wish list, theres so many things in the beauty world at the moment that I'm lusting after so a wish list seemed pretty fitting! The main things I'm lusting after are the Makeup Geek Foil Eyeshadow in Grandstand, my bestie Kate from Kates Closet has this shade and when I saw her swatch I instantly fell in love! I'm still dying to try the Stila Magnificent Metals, they look absolutely stunning and I may have to drop a few hints soon because my birthday is coming up he he! I'm also really intrigued by Soap & Glory's new range of face masks, they seem to have quite a large range out so I definitely want to pick one of them up to try the next time I'm in Boot's! 
August Beauty Wishlist!