30 January 2014

Which celeb do you weigh the same as? Superdrug spark controversy



Earlier today Superdrug launched a pilot range of scales with a unique way of telling you how much you way instead of the normal numbers you can now compare your weight with the A listers!


The scales were made in response to a survey in which people stated they often avoid the bathroom scales. These scales will apparently help us be more open with our weight as we can now state I'm the same weight as Beyonce or Gemma Collins!


 
With obesity levels rocketing they think by comparing our weight with celebrities will help us make informed choices about our weight. However this has sparked a massive uproar from the public and Superdrug have been branded irresponsible.





According to the article in the Daily Mail the celebrities featured on the scales are :
-Cheryl Cole - 8st
-Kate Middleton - 8st 6lb
-Jessica Ennis - 8st 9lb
-Ellie Goulding - 9st
-Beyonce - 9st 4lb
-Rihanna - 9st 7lb
-Christina Hendricks - 11st
-Khloe Kardashian - 12st 1lb
-Adele - 14st
-Queen Latifa - 14st
-Gemma Collins - 16st
-Melissa McCarthy - estimate 18st


I personally think this is a absolutely appalling idea young women suffer with enough pressure to conform to the medias ideals without now comparing their weight to their favourite celebrities. I also think its disgusting that the focus is still on weight rather than a healthy lifestyle and eating a balanced diet. These scales don't take into account height, build etc. so are giving young girls  unhealthy and in some cases dangerous weight targets.


What do you think about these new scales? Do you think its a good way to get us talking about our weight? Do you think its a dangerous way to measure our weight or do you think its a good idea? Let me know your thoughts!


Lots of Love,
Laura x


29 January 2014

MAC Shy Girl lipstick

MAC - Lipstick - Shy girl - cremesheen finish - review - swatch
 
This has been my go to lipstick of 2013! I can't see it being knocked out of my top lippies anytime soon. I would describe this as the palest natural coral. Its a beautiful neutral coral pink, it isn't too warm so this makes it flattering to all skin tones.


Mac describe it as Creamy natural coral beige with a Cremesheen finish.


As with all MAC lipsticks it has an impressive lasting power on my lips it lasts roughly 4 hours. I love the Cremesheen finish it gives full coverage yet with an ever so subtle shine to it. Yet it isn't as drying as other formulas. Which I really like as I suffer with dry chapped lips.


MAC - Lipstick - Shy girl - cremesheen finish - review - swatch

Its perfect for any occasion or time of year as its a natural looking shade yet doesn't leave you looking ill like a lot of nude type shades do. On fairer skin it appears more peachy than coral but it is a elegant and feminine colour without being to in your face. If you are looking for a everyday lipstick that is flattering to all skin types and can look beautiful with a natural look or striking with a smokey eye this lipstick is for you.


MAC - Lipstick - Shy girl - cremesheen finish - review - swatch

I really recommend this if your thinking of getting your first MAC or high end lipstick as its a colour you can wear on a day to day basis, so you will really get your moneys worth.



 Have you tried this shade? Which is your fave lipstick ever? Do you own any Mac lippies? Which Mac shade do you like or want most?

Lots of Love,
Laura x



28 January 2014

Maybelline big eyes = Big disappointment mascara

Maybelline - Big eyes - mascara - double ended mascara - review


After seeing the advert on telly for this I knew I had to give it ago, I love Maybelline mascaras and think they do some of the best high street mascaras available. Although double ended mascaras are nothing new, the ones I have used in the past are directed at both sets of lashes. Where as this one has a brush directed at your upper lashes and the other brush is directed at your lower lashes.


Maybelline - Big eyes - mascara - double ended mascara - review
 
I love the fact that the lower lash brush is small enough for the smallest most delicate lower lashes and the formula isn't as thick. It does give your lower lashes a lovely light coating without the clumps. The look is subtle yet each lash clearly more visible. I had to add several coats as the look from two coats is just dramatic enough for me.


The formula isn't waterproof and can easily be removed, yet I did find that with my eyes that are prone to watering, I did get slight smudging but no more than with other non waterproof mascara.


Maybelline say:
Revolutionary dual-ended Mascara for 360° all around Lash Glam
Two brushes specifically designed for top and bottom lashes
Special quick-dry formula holds lashes in place

Why You'll Love It

Now get bigger, wide-open eyes with 360 degrees of lash glam volume! The Upper Brush pushes lashes over the top while the lower Micro-Brush grabs every tiny bottom lash for a full circle effect.

For Best Results

Apply the Upper Brush against the top lashes and sweep from root to tip until a clean, voluminous look is achieved, followed by the lower lash line using the Micro Brush. Do not let dry between coats. Removes with soap and water or with Maybelline® Clean Express!® Classic Eye Makeup Remover.
Maybelline - Big eyes - mascara - double ended mascara - review


The upper brush didn't impress me. Although it did push up my lashes, It didn't add curl or hold any curl and I felt the formula did weigh down my lashes slightly. There wasn't any exceptional length and I found it hard to build the volume I like without the dreaded clumps. So really not the mascara for me as I love my lashes to have a lot of volume and look thick and full. It does however accentuate every lash and give a real fanned affect to them all.  So if you have longer lashes that you just want to darken or define this would be perfect for you and will open up your eyes.


Maybelline - Big eyes - mascara - double ended mascara - review


Overall I love the idea of a double brush and the bottom brush is much better than the top. I am quite disappointed by this latest offering from Maybelline. It is a pretty average mascara, It gives a pretty and natural look but just didn't deliver enough volume or length and gave quite a spidery look instead of the voluminous look promised.

Have you tried this mascara? Will you be buying it? Which mascara is your all time favourite?

Lots of Love,
Laura x

27 January 2014

Baby Skin Primer, Perfect for my skin

Maybelline - baby skin - instant pore eraser - primer - review - swatch

As someone who suffers with their pores and congested skin on my t-zone. I couldn't live without a primer as they make so much difference to the appearance of my skin and without it my make up just doesn't ever look as good or last as long.


So when I saw that Maybelline had launched a new primer I was over the moon and couldn't wait to try it. My good friend Jo from A Little Pop of Coral sent me this after she purchased it and found it just didn't work for her skin.


Maybelline - baby skin - instant pore eraser - primer - review - swatch

I wasn't expecting brilliant things after reading Jo's and other's reviews but really wanted to see if it would work better with my dry/combination.


The primer comes in a pastel green packaging with baby skin across the front. Its a translucent gel that promises to erase the appearance of your pores and give you the softness of babies skin. It almost blurs the skin making the pores much less visible. It is light and has a slight powdery feel to it when it dries. Which gives you a matte finish, making it easier for your foundation to cling to.


I loved the look it gave my skin and I felt much more confident about my skin's appearance. Containing Dimethicone, it is a silicone based  primer, which a lot of people find doesn't agree with their skin. Yet I find on my slightly dry skin, it really works. It doesn't cling to the dry areas instead it creates a barrier between my skin and foundation. Which in turn leaves my skin with a much more even and velvety look.


Maybelline - baby skin - instant pore eraser - primer - review - swatch

This primer reminds me slightly of Benefit's Porefessional. Also its really similar to Smashbox's photo finish primer. So if you are a fan of Smashbox's Photo finish then you will more than likely get on with this as they are really similar in terms of texture and finish.

Overall I really like this product and am so glad it actually improves the appearance of my skin without any adverse reactions. My skin is prone to the odd rash and just doesn't agree with certain products. So this is perfect for me! I will definitely continue to use this and would really recommend you give it a try if you have similar skin to mine. I don't however think it is for everyone as anyone that has slightly oily skin has said they just cant get on with it.


Have you used this primer? Did it suit your skin? What primer do you use? Do you have similar skin? Which primer would you recommend?

Lots of Love,
Laura x

26 January 2014

Mary -Lou Manizer

Mary lou manizer - the balm - highlighter - swatch - review - golden highlight


I got this highlighter at Christmas after lusting after it for ages. I am a massive fan of highlighting and contouring, I think it can really make a difference to an everyday look. I use lots of different highlighter to go with different looks. Yet I find myself reaching for this highlighter more than any other. The shade is ever so flattering and easy to wear as its shimmery without the glitter. I also love the fact that this really is a highlighter I would use for all my highlighting needs as its so versatile. I even use it as an all over eyeshadow or even over the top of a different shade to add a little shimmer. 




The Balm says:

Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow.


Mary lou manizer - the balm - highlighter - swatch - review - golden highlight
 

Like all products for The Balm the packaging is really cute with a cheeky pinup style girl on the casing. The formula is extremely smooth and really soft to touch which I find is the best sort of formula  fora really blendable highlighter. The casing is really sturdy which is good especially as due to the softness of the formula it is prone to breakage. Yet the best feature is the amazing pigmentation, you only need the slightest dusting for an amazing colour payoff. I recommend using the tiniest bit and building up to get the right balance for you. As you can use this for a subtle look or for full on glamour, which makes me love it even more.



Mary lou manizer - the balm - highlighter - swatch - review - golden highlight


The shade is a beautiful champagne like colour and although it comes across quite yellow in photos it has a beautiful pinky tint in the shimmer. Making it really flattering to almost all skin tones. Although not cheap at £17.00 it is actually really reasonably priced considering the amount  of ways you can use it and for how little you actually need per use it will last you ages.



I love this product and this is not only my go to highlighter I think it is overall my favourite. have you tried this highlighter? Which highlighters do you love? Do you prefer powder or cream highlighters? 


Lots of love,
Laura x


23 January 2014

Try Manuka Doctor for FREE!


Manuka Doctor is a skincare brand quickly taking the beauty world by storm. If you haven't heard of them before they are an amazing award winning skincare brand loved by celebrities and beauty lovers everywhere.




Now thanks to the kind people at Manuka Doctor you can try 3 of there most popular products as well as 25% off your next order. Its not a money off or even a free sample with your order. 
Now we all have a chance to try this amazing brand for FREE! All you need to do is pay for your postage and packaging.

I have been lusting after their products for a while now. Yet due to a full skincare shelf I have been putting off purchasing any until I have used up most of my current products. So I haven't managed to try any of their products yet. However this is soon about to change due to this amazing deal! This is a deal to good to pass up! 

The ApiNourish Try Me Pack is normally £15.99 and can be your's today for £2.50 P&P!!!


This deal wont last forever so get your hands on a kit ASAP! 

Will you be making the most of this deal and getting a kit? I cant wait to try my products, Have you tried any of these or any other Manuka Doctor products?

lots of love,
Laura x



22 January 2014

How long should you keep your makeup?

How long can I keep my make up - when does make up expire - has my make up gone off - tips to keep your make up for longer


Have you ever wondered how long you can keep your favourite make up items? Lots of things can affect the lifespan your make up items. This post is meant to help you find out when your make up is destined for the bin. Also find out how long you should keep a product before it expires and ways to increase the life of your make up.


Signs your make up has gone off
With most beauty products it can be quite easy to tell due to smell and the formula changing. Once make up has been opened bacteria can get in so using an old mascara can give you a nasty infection, if bacteria has been harbouring in it.


With products like mascara its easier to tell due to the fact the bacteria that harbours in it often leaves a really bad smell. Also it may start drying out and clumping.


Cream eye shadows harbour more bacteria than powder forms. If the colour changes becomes harder to blend or has a skin form on top. Get rid.


Foundations and concealers tend to change colour and consistency. .They also become harder to apply and blend. With liquid foundations water separates from the formula quite often when it is starting to turn.


If your cream blusher has a chalky layer on top its time for the bin. Powders such as bronzers and blushers tend to loose colour.



Make up expiration dates
These are the length of time companies advise you keep your make up before it should be headed to the bin. So if you have had any product for longer than the list advises you should be getting rid of it. Using it increases spots infections and it wont work as well as before. If you don't store make up correctly or keep products in humid conditions bacteria and germs will grow much quicker. So you will have to get rid of the makeup sooner than the list states.


Foundation in cream or liquid form - 2 Years

Concealer - 2 Years

Powder - 2 Years

Mascara - 6 Months

Lipstick - 12 - 18 months

Pencils for lips or eyes - 12 - 18 Months

Liquid eyeliner - 6 Months

Eye Shadow - 2 Years

Blush in powder form - 2 Years

Blush in cream form - 2 Years


Can I extend the life of my products?

There are exceptions to the rules, Using this tips could help your make up last longer without going off. So follow these tips to give you a few extra months.

-If you store your make up in a cool and dry place bacteria is less likely to breed in your make up.

-Avoid contamination by only using clean products to apply your make up and remove product from packaging with clean spatulas and clean hands.

-Sharpen lip pencils and eye pencils before use.

-Store lipstick in a fridge to help it last longer.

-Have a lippie you love and can't bring yourself to toss it, kill all bacteria by putting in the freezer over night.


I hope this post helps you, Do you have any tips on how to keep your makeup fresher for longer? Have you ever had any problems with make up going off a lot sooner than it should? Let me know your thoughts below

Lots of Love,
Laura x


21 January 2014

Ways to support someone suffering with a mental Illness.




It can be really hard to know what's best when trying to approach the subject of how the person suffering with a mental health problem is feeling. There aren't any right ways or handbooks on how to deal with people struggling with mental illness as everyone is different. Yet due to suffering myself these are some of the ways my friends and family showed support that really helped me.


Ask
Ask if there is anything you can do that will make them feel better or lessen their symptoms. It can be hard to broach the subject but the sufferer might be just as worried about bringing up the subject. Don't force a conversation but let them know if you can do something to help them you will.


Listen
One issue a lot of sufferers have is feeling nobody understands. When talking to someone with a problem, listen carefully to what they are telling you. Try not to be shocked or upset by what they are saying. Sometimes just listening, not trying to come up with solutions or ways around things can let people get things off of their mind and feel supported.


Don't overcrowd them
Sometimes it's the most helpful way to let them know you are thinking about them and care maybe send a text or an email. So they can get back to you in their own time. As horrible as it sounds, sometimes when people are ill they just can't face talking to people and need a bit of time to themselves. Also some people feel they need to pretend they're okay, in front of other people this in itself can be draining and too much for some.


Try to encourage but not add pressure.
Suggest plans but try to understand if they feel they can't go through with them and let them know you don't blame them. We all want our loved ones to recover and participate in things, but try to remember recovery can take along time. Sometimes they may seem back to their old selves but don't assume that everything will now be fine. It takes a lot of strength to overcome some problems. Try to encourage the person to engage with friends and situations. Yet let them know you understand, it will be a case of snakes and ladders. Sometimes making huge leaps forward, only to go further back down than where you were before but eventually they will get there.


I hope these tips help you. These are ways I have found useful and people have behaved around me when I have been unwell. Do remember everyone is different, has different illnesses and different ways to cope. So these methods may not help. Also try to remember the person, is still the same person and you know them. So do trust your instincts and try to be yourself with your friend or loved one.


Do you have any tips? Did this post help you in anyway? Does someone you know or you yourself suffer from mental illness? Do you think there is still a stigma around mental health?

Lots of Love,
Laura x

20 January 2014

Elf Tone Correcting Powder



ELF - Pressed powder - Tone correcting powder - review - swatch
 
I saw on this on Pinterest as a dupe for Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and Clinique Redness Solution instant relief mineral powder. I thought oooh this looks like a interesting product. Its a pressed powder with four different colours in the pan. The idea of the product is that you use the powder all over your face to leave you with a radiant and balanced complexion. It looks so pretty in the pan and I couldn't wait to use it.


Create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralises the skin.


The four different shades are there for different reason each adding something that collectively is meant to give you flawless skin tone.


ELF - Pressed powder - Tone correcting powder - review - swatch
 

-The blue shade is great for giving life to swallow dull looking skin.
-The green shade reduces any red tones in the skin.
-The yellow shade helps cover any areas of darkness like under the eyes.
-The pink shade adds a glow to the skin.


The mix of these colour correcting colours does help to even and correct the tone of your skin. Yet rather than transparent, its very pale and slightly chalky in colouring, on the skin. It would be much better suited to a really fair skinned lady. You could wear it on its if you use a light hand, with a dusting of bronzer over the top to add a bit of colour. Which I have done, However I am quite disappointed as I thought it would be a quick solution to colour correcting on the go. The only way I could make it work was to do exact colour correction using the colours individual.


ELF - Pressed powder - Tone correcting powder - review - swatch


Although not the perfect all over the face powder. I have found it is really good for setting my under eye concealer, giving me a really smooth and even finish. The powder is really good for oily skin as it absorbs excess oil brilliantly, however I just wish they sold this in a wider range of shades.


Overall It does correct the skin tone but only ever so slightly, as you have to use the product so lightly to stop the powder draining you of all colour. This is a really odd product as I do like it and it does work. I can't make my mind up about it.

ELF - Pressed powder - Tone correcting powder - review - swatch
 
 
If you want extreme colour correction your best bet is a colour correcting primer but if your like me and use a primer under your make up this is a really nice way to add an extra smoothness and airbrushed look to the skin. The powder was just to pale and if they added a more transparent version, or a range for specific skin colours, I would without doubt buy that.


Have you tried this? Which products do you use for colour correcting? What ELF products do you swear by? I think ELF can be really hit or miss, do you agree?
 
lots of love,
Laura x



19 January 2014

Mink Lashes from Chelsea Beautique





False eyelash sales have soared in recent years. Nearly every beauty fan has attempted to apply them. I love false eyelashes. I think its an easy way to get a wide eyed fresher look. Although available in all shapes and sizes, like most girls when I find a pair I love I stick to them and buy the same pair repeatedly instead of continuing to try others. Now I really regret not continuing to experiment as I might have found these earlier. 

I have often seen in interviews and beauty magazines that mink lashes are the go to lashes of the stars with fans including Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Cheryl Cole and Heidi Klum. However until now, I was yet to try mink lashes as have firstly been harder to get hold of than normal lashes and secondly much more expensive. 
 
As a major false eyelash fan. I was over the moon when I was contacted by Chelsea Beautique and asked if I would like to try some of there new mink lashes. Chelsea beautique is a new brand offering high end beauty products at affordable prices. I was sent two different pairs of lashes* priced at an amazing £18.00. Which when you think of price per use and the fact that they are a cruelty, free celeb fave is an incredible bargain.

Chelsea Beautique - mink eyelashes - strip lashes - review

So what are mink lashes?
Mink eyelashes are made from the fur of minks a ferret like animal. Most lashes are made from ether a plastic material or from human hair.  The animals are not killed during the process, they simply collect the fur strands during grooming by brushing the animals and collecting the fur by hand. The careful harvest of the fur and production of mink lashes is why they cost more than cheaper plastic alternatives.
Chelsea Beautique - mink eyelashes - strip lashes - review

Why are they so popular?
Mink lashes have become a celeb favourite due to the thickness of the lash and the beautiful natural look that can be achieved by using them. With proper care they can be used up to twenty times with them maintaining their beauty and shape.

Even in the packaging you can see they are of amazing quality. I love that they come in a hard plastic case as its so easy to store them especially after you have used them. Most lashes come in cardboard boxes and get ruined quickly ruining the lashes stored inside.

They apply easily and are weightless on your eyes which I find to be a bit of an issue with other lashes. I can feel I'm wearing them and my eyelids look ever so slightly droopy. This wasn't an issue at all with these I found they gave my a wide eyed look all day with no irritation or any readjustments needed.


Chelsea Beautique - mink eyelashes - strip lashes - review
 

I love that although natural I could still achieve a dramatic look. Although dramatic I never felt I looked odd or like a drag queen. When wearing them I felt confident and I didn't worry about them sliding or moving around. They gave made me feel classy and elegant.


Chelsea Beautique - mink eyelashes - strip lashes - review

I received numerous comments on how pretty my eyes looked and did I have individual extensions which do give a much more natural appearance than strip lashes. I normally go for dense and thick looking lashes and these do give me the thickness I desire yet without the weight and with a higher end look. I know that the fact they can look over the top and fake put lot off people of lashes as they feel they are too much for them. If this is the case for you then I without a doubt recommend these lashes.

My favourite thing about these lashes is they look like they are your lashes but longer thicker and fuller. No matter what style of eyelash you prefer there is a style to suit you and your needs and wants.

Have you tried Mink lashes? Which sort of eyelashes do you like to use? Do you like the look of these lashes? Will you be trying these?

Lots of Love,
Laura x





17 January 2014

ghd Style Heat Protect Spray



ghd - style heat protect spray - heat protector - hair care - review

Due to years of bleaching, curling and straightening aswell as been dyed every colour under the rainbow my hair is extremely prone to breakage. Although I have ditched the bleach and dont use heat everyday. I still do use heated tools on my hair regularly. So I think its really important to find the right products to help protect my hair from any further damage.

The packaging is typically stylish and looks much more expensive than it is. This spray costs just under £10 which for such a well know brand is really reasonably priced. The bottle has lasted me quite a while aswell so I'm really impressed. The scent of the spray is clean and fresh, not overwhelming at all.

GHD say:
Protect your hair from the damaging effects of heat styling with ghd Heat Protect Spray. Ideal for use on dry or damp hair, it forms an invisible barrier to shield your locks from harm.
Formulated with the unique ghd Heat Protection System, the spray can be layered with other styling products to produce your desired result. Wonderfully lightweight, it won't make your hair feel heavy, sticky or greasy, and is suitable for use with straighteners, dryers and curling tongs.
Directions of Use:
  • Spritz from roots to tips
  • Use 6-8 sprays for mid to long length hair
  • Comb through
  • Use your hair dryer or styler

ghd - style heat protect spray - heat protector - hair care - review

One of my favorite things about this heat protect spray is not only does it stop my hair from becoming a shizzling frizzy mess by protecting it from the damage caused by heat products. It also has conditioning agents added to the formula so makes my hair feel really soft. I often find that when using heat protecting products my hair never feels as soft and gets knots in alot more often than usual. this isn't the case with this product at all my hair is left silky and knot free.

This spray is super light weight leaving you able to use other products without fear of lack hair due to product build up. Which I particularly love as I'm a big fan of adding mousse when blow drying for an extra big bouncy look. Also my style lasted longer when using this spray whether I tong or straighten my hair.

I will without doubt be buying this again as I sometimes am doubtful that heat protecting sprays really work. This isn't the case with this at all, after a few weeks use I can feel and totally see the difference in my hair. I have less breakage and not as many split ends as all.

Have you tried this? which hair products do you swear by? Do you know any cheaper heat protectors that work?

lots of love,
Laura x



16 January 2014

Nude 'tude Eyeshadow palette

The Balm - Nude 'tude - nude eyeshadow palette - review - swatches



This is an amazing palette consisting of 12 natural/nude shades. The palette comes in a cardboard sleeve which is handy for keeping your palette top condition. The palette itself has beautiful pin up style girls with the eyeshadows covering their rudey bits. Its such a fun design yet the pin up girls add a hint of naughty glamour.


The Balm - Nude 'tude - nude eyeshadow palette - review - swatches

These satiny smooth colours can be applied naturally "i.e. let me slip into something more comfortable" or beautifully layered. The wide range of naked neutrals give you light highlighters as well as brazen bold shades that work to add definition and emphasis.

theBalm Nude 'Tude Eyeshadow Palette allows you to dramatically dress up your eyes (if nothing else)!


The Balm - Nude 'tude - nude eyeshadow palette - review - swatches
 
Sassy - A frosted white shade with good coverage.

Stubborn - A frosted soft peachy/pink colour, comes out alot lighter on.

Selfish - A frosted mushroom like colour.

Sophisticated - A warm brown with a slight shimmer.

Sexy- A deep burgundy shade with a reddy brown shimmer.

Serious - A warm black again lighter on the skin with a more matte finish .



The Balm - Nude 'tude - nude eyeshadow palette - review - swatches
 
Snobby- A yellowy gold with a golden shimmer.

Stand offish- A light frosted peachy golden shade with a metallic shimmer.

Sultry- A warm light/medium brown of a satin shade than a shimmer.

Seductive- A Bronzey/brown with an ever so slight shimmer

Silly - A reddy brown with a copper glitter. The only shade I'm not taken with doesnt have as good pigmentation as the other shades.

Sleek- A warm dark brown/black with a slighty matte finish.


I'm not sure why all the shades beginning with S but all the shades are beautiful. This really is a beautiful palette my only wish is that you got more of each eyeshadow as I can imagine I'm going to run out rather quickly as I find myself reaching for the palette daily. Although saying this the pigmentation is really good so you don't need to use much eyeshadow to get a good colour pay off.
I love this palette, It has become a real favourite of mine and If you love eyeshadow this palette is a must!

Lots of Love,
Laura x


Have you tried this palette? Which other products should I try from the Balm? What do you think of the shades?


15 January 2014

Seventeen Skin Wow 3 way primer

Seventeen - skin Wow - 3 way highlighter - primer -glow and prime - review - swatch

I was lucky enough to get this in my Secret Santa pressie. Kirstie who was my secret Santa did an amazing job picking this product for me as I have read so many reviews, including Kirstie's it even featured on her top beauty finds 2013.

Don't be fooled by its basic looking packaging this product this product isn't at all your basic primer. The packaging is quite plain, it comes in a clear plastic bottle with a basic pump, Its a really easy way to dispense the product as any other way and there would be alot of wastage because you don't need a lot of product at all to add a stunning glow to your skin. Even one pump is abit much for me.



This is a multiway product which can be used in 3 different ways, it can be used as a primer to add a little pick me up to your skin. You can add the product to your foundation to add a dewy glow or use as a straight highlighter.
As a primer it leaves your skin with a really natural subtle glow to your skin. Although I don't no if it made my make up last longer, it did make me look refreshed and my skin had a healthy look to it. This is probably my least favourite way to use this product as I really do need a primer that reduces the look of my pores and helps my make up stay on longer. Yet if you have been feeling unwell or had a lack of sleep using it this way will give your skin a real lift and make you look healthier within minutes.




Mixed with foundation it gives your foundation an extra kick of shimmer leaving you looking dewy and bright. You only need the tiniest bit to make a difference. I do find if you have any spots or blemishes this just makes them stand out even more. So best used very lightly or on blemish free skin. I however do really enjoy using the product this way and think in the summer it will be perfect to add a dewy look to your skin without having to search for a whole new foundation.

Seventeen - skin Wow - 3 way highlighter - primer -glow and prime - review - swatch

 
I like many of the other bloggers who have reviewed this product love this product most,when its used as a highlighter. I find it much more flattering to add a bit of shimmery highlight to my cheekbones and brow bones rather than on my nose and forehead as I think it makes my pores look even more visible. Nevertheless I love the pinky tone to this highlighter, as normally I go for a Champagne coloured highlighter. It has a pearly sheen that is really pretty, it reminds me of Highbeam by Benefit which is a cult classic. However highbeam will set you back a hefty £19.50 compared to this which comes to £5.99. Which I'm sure you'll agree is a total bargain even if you only use it as a highlighter.



Have you tried this product? Which is your favorite way to use this product? Which is your favorite primer or highlighter

Lots of love,
Laura x



13 January 2014

50 Random Questions TAG


 

I been Loving Reading and joining in Tags lately. So I thought, I would have ago at the 50 Random Questions Tag!

50 Random Questions Tag
  1. Where were you 3 hours ago?-  Watching the Chase lol (its a quiz show)
  2. Who are you in love with?- My future Hubby Dave x
  3. Have you ever eaten a crayon?-  No but I used to use them as fake cigarettes when I was playing lol obviously the orange ones cos they look like they are alight lol 
  4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?- My dressing gown which I'm wearing or my nails
  5. When is the last time you went to the mall?- a few weeks ago
  6. Are you wearing socks right now?- nope Cow slippers lol
  7. Does your family have a car worth over $2,000?- I'm not sure how much that is in pounds but I assume so lol
  8. When was the last time you drove out of town?- Erm last week to go to Bluewater
  9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?- Nope
  10. Are you hot?- Nope I'm bloody freezing
  11. What was the last thing you had to drink?- orange squash!
  12. What are you wearing right now?-  My lip pjs and my pink fluffy dressing gown
  13. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?- I don't have a car but I'd get Dave or the car wash to do it lol
  14. Last food that you ate?- Spag Bol 
  15. Where were you last week at this time?- At home
  16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?- Nope!
  17. When is the last time you ran?- Um... When I was at school lol 
  18. What's the last sporting event you watched?- Football on the telly
  19. What is your favorite animal?- Arnie my doggy
  20. Your dream vacation?- I always wanted to go to one of them Sandal resorts, in the Caribbean!
  21. Last person's house you were in?- My Nannys
  22. Worst injury you've ever had? When i dislocated my jaw at school lol
  23. Have you been in love?- without a doubt YES!
  24. Do you miss anyone right now?- Yeah quite afew people :(
  25. Last play you saw?- Erm not a clue... a panto 
  26. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?- Beer and Steak lol 
  27. What are your plans for tonight?- Watch telly, have a bath and then go to bed 
  28. Who is the last person you sent a Facebook message or comment?- My sister in law :) x
  29. Next trip you are going to take?- Dont know
  30. Ever go to camp?- Erm no I been camping lol We don't have camp in the UK lol
  31. Were you an honor roll student in school?- No Don't think we do this in the UK either lol
  32. What do you want to know about the future?- If the people I love will be happy
  33. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?- Odor a Laura lol 
  34. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor's visit?- I'm always at the doctors lol
  35. Where is your best friend?- I have more than one :) but 3 are here with me (Mum, Dave and Arnie the dog lol)
  36. How is your best friend?- Mum is stressed bout work, Dave is probably hungry cos he always is and Arnie is being like a dog lol
  37. Do you have a tan?- Nope :( I need to fake tan asap!
  38. What are you listening to right now?- The telly
  39. Do you collect anything?- oh yea peoples teeth lol I'm joking ermm makeup!
  40. Who is the biggest gossiper you know?- Erm dont know any really
  41. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over?- Years ago for drinking booze on the street in a no drinking area REBELL lol
  42. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw?- Yea lol if they give me a straw lol
  43. What does your last text message say?- I'm in the cafe lol
  44. Do you like hot sauce?- yep
  45. Last time you took a shower?- Erm last week, I have baths rather than showers lol
  46. Do you need to do laundry?-  .... yep lol
  47. What is your heritage?- English and Irish
  48. Are you someone's best friend?- Yep 
  49. Are you rich?- Hardly
  50. What were you doing at 12AM last night?- Reading lol I'm such a Rebel lol
I tag you all and would love to see your responses so leave me your links to your post!

Lots of Love,
Laura x
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