Saturday, 31 January 2015

Favourite Drugstore Mascaras

Hi lovelies, hope you're all ok! I know I say this all the time by my gosh January has flown. Although, I'm pretty glad to be heading out of the most depressing month of the year and into February. A month full of love, my birthday and a new feature for my blog: Fitness February!! I'll tell you more about it in my new post but today I'm focusing on mascaras. Mascara was the very first makeup product I tried, even before lipgloss! So it's safe to say I've tried my fair share and had many a disaster with different products. I've narrowed it down to 4 favourite which are all available from the highstreet shops like boots and superdrug for very affordable prices!
Collection Lengthening Mascara | £3.99 | link
This mascara came in one of my beauty boxes and I'm glad it. I feel like collection is one of the brands I rarely experiment with, even thought their concealer is a holy grail! This mascara definitely does what is says on the packaging, and the rubber brush helps to makes my lashes look super long without being clumpy. One problem is that if you do try layer it can crumble off so I tend to just work it up when it's wet. But it's a mascara I just wear everyday for work and it does the job well for a great price!
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara | £9.99 | link
A little bit pricer than the usual drugstore mascaras but this is definitely a firm favourite for me. The oversized brush is just amazing at lengthening my lashes and building volume at the same time. It's really good at working into your lashes to lift them up!  It makes my lashes look super long whilst holding a curl, lasting all day even throughout my gym sessions. Can't credit Revlon enough for this.
Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara | £9.99 | link
Another beauty box mascara which won a Grazia Beauty Award last year. Such a brilliant mascara for voluminous, full lashes perfect for a night out! It's definitely better at giving volume rather than lengthening which makes it great for that thick, full lash look. The brush also works really well on lower lashes which is something I can sometimes find tricky to do. Also available in a waterproof version.
Maybelline Falsies Mascara | £7.99 | link
Probably my favourite mascara ever, even up against the high end mascaras I own. This mascara beats any other! Not only does it give you amazingly long lashes but the curved brush helps to lift and give volume to every single lash. It really does make your lashes look like 'falsies'. I've never had any clumps using this and the curved brush allows you to lift your lashes so easily. I have the waterproof version which actually removes really easily with my oil/balm cleansers. You can tell by how caked up it is that it's my ultimate Holy Grail!!!
What drugstore mascaras are you loving? How do they compare to high end products?
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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

As I've said before, face oils have always scared me. Putting extra oil on my face just made me imaging waking up with oily skin and pimples everywhere! But after hearing how face oils can replenish skin whilst replacing essential oils I'm definitely converted. Especially as this time of year is hell for your skin - with the crazy weather and central heating blasting out. My poor skin suffers.
I started to take the plunge and go for one of the best selling face oils Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Described as 'a replenishing night time facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning.' The packaging is really lovely and reminds me of old potion and medicine bottles but it's a very luxurious glass bottle with a pipette to measure out the 2-3 drops easily. One of the ingredients is lavender essential oil which gives off a really relaxing scent, I even find my Mum using this when she needs a good sleep.
Since October, I've been trying to use this every night on my face and it has definitely helped to keep my skin healthy throughout Winter. It's best to use at night time, applying 2 drops and rubbing into my skin, as this is when your skin is most effective at absorbing and locking in moisture and by morning your skin is moisturised! I've also found that on a morning my skin looks much brighter and radiant but I can't comment on the anti-aging effects, luckily I've not yet developed wrinkles. Even though I've been using it for around 3 months I'd still say there was over half a bottle left. So even though it might be pricey at £36.00 a bottle but it lasts a very long time and really does make a noticeable difference. You can buy this direct from Kiehl's or Debenhams have the occasional 10% off beauty which is always a good time to stock up!
Have you tried any face oil's before? What are your favourite products from Kiehl's?

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Makeup Revolution: Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette Review

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette | £6 | link
I feel like amongst all of the Christmas gift guides and Christmas/New Year themed posts I haven't done a product review in so long. Today I'd like to tell you about a product which I've been putting to the test since November now but it's just taken me so long to review! Makeup Revolution launched in 2014 and they are a cruelty free, innovative and affordable makeup range currently stocked online and in Superdrug stores. They have a fantastic range from the Naked Eyeshadow Palette dupes to a beautiful range of blushes and highlighters. I really don't know why it's taken me so long to pick up something from their stand.

The Cover and Conceal Palette first caught my eye because I had really been wanting a palette to contour with. For me, I was already happy with my Collection and my Maybelline Eraser eye concealers. There were three palettes to choose from light, light-medium and medium-dark. This palette is perfect for me but I'm sure the other palette would cater for lighter and darker skin shades too. The packaging is very sleek, the palette itself is lovely but does get mucky fingerprints on the lid. The huge mirror inside is also so handy, even though I have a big light up mirror I still find myself using this!

When swatching the individual concealers (the swatches are just one swatch, I didn't build up the product) I found they have a very creamy texture which almost melts onto your skin. I must admit they're not full coverage but they are slightly buildable. I've found that if using for under eye or blemish cover up it's best to use a beauty blender as it really helps to set the concealers. Like I said though my intention wasn't to use the shades to conceal with but to contour. For contouring, I think these shades are perfect. I like to use them with either my Real Techniques Contour brush or the domed shadow brush. The concealers are quite lightweight which means they don't look too un-natural on your face and just blend like a dream, helping to sculpt my face. It helps to set the concealers using a powder, not that my skin is oily but they are pretty oily and it will help to set the contour.

To conclude if you're looking for concealers I wouldn't recommend this palette. They aren't as thick as I would like for a concealer and work much better at contouring. But it's a great value little palette for only £6 and for a range of shades it's perfect. I'm also aware that Makeup Revolution have released their Protection Palettes, designed to conceal, touch up and contour. I can't wait to get my hands on these!!
Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution range? What are your thoughts? Can you recommend any amazing cream contour products?
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Sunday, 11 January 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Hi lovely people. Christmas seems to have come and gone so quick, it makes me sad to think it's over. But the memories are good! As much as I'm still trying to keep in high spirits for the start of 2015 I've definitely got the January blues. The thought of a beautiful beach with the ocean lapping at the shore is so appealing right now. Daydreaming aside, I thought it would be about time I did a 'What I Got For Christmas' post. I did plan on making a video but have literally had zero time in daylight to sit down and film. Oh I long for those Summer months. Anyway I hope you enjoy a little snippet into some of the things I got.

 The most amazing smelling: The Body Shop coconut collection, The Body Shop strawberry body soufflĂ©, Aveeno Moisturisers.

 My favourite type of presents: Vaseline lip collection, Soap and Glory The Sugar Crush set.

 Winter training essentials: Karrimor running socks, Nike Running Gloves, Karrimor Running bottle.

Beautiful Sports Bras: New Balance Pink Bra, Victoria's Secret PINK Red Bra

 My collection grows: Soap & Glory - The Next Big Thing.

 The most beautiful coloured Michael Kors bag. I also got beautiful silver round Michael Kors earrings, but I forgot to photograph those.

Most used present so far, check out my insta for more: Breville Blend-Active

 Beauty essentials: Babyliss KeratinShine Hairdryer and the No7 Light Up Mirror (which needs a wipe down whoops).

Perfect pampering:  Baylis & Harding Spa O2 foot scrub and cream and a lush Christmas gift box.

There were a few other things I forgot to photograph like the Michael Kors earrings, next slippers and pjs and nail varnish. I'd love to see your blog posts/instagram links to see what you were lucky to receive this Christmas. I hope you're all enjoying 2015 and I promise I'm getting back to my regular blogging self! Enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

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Friday, 2 January 2015

New Years Resolutions: Ignoring The Number On The Scales!

Today is the 2nd of January 2015, where many people will be facing the reality of a New Year after the horrendous hangover they endured yesterday. For many, this means reflecting on 2014 and mulling over potential New Years resolutions, weighing up what's achievable and what's totally never going to happen. One of the most common resolutions which I have seen flying about on many Facebook status' is the desire to lose weight. Now I'll be the first to admit this has been one of my resolutions in the past and then became a 2nd resolution when I didn't reach it the first time. However, this year I definitely will not be fretting over the number on the scales...
I'll start with my own story of my weight. I've always been what is seen as a 'good weight' for my height. In Sixth form I discovered going out and drinking what I wanted and eating whatever took my fancy with absolutely no consideration of what it was doing to my body but I was always around the 8stone mark. Now I was never huge but I know I had a pair of size 12 denim shorts and looking back at pictures I could see the fat around my round face, including multiple chins and know for a fact I had a muffin top! Towards the end of University I decided to stop the drinking and instead opted for a healthy lifestyle. This leads me to where I am now. 2014 for me consisted of half marathon training 3/4 times a week and the gym on any days I was free. This meant I was working out around 5 times a week, ensuring I had rest days for recovery. I noticed huge changes in my body, popping calf muscles, rock hard thighs and a new toned stomach. But I also noticed my weight had fired above 9stone and no matter how hard I worked the number wasn't dropping.
My body was looking the best it ever had, I was feeling amazingly strong and healthy yet I was the heaviest I've ever weighed. The thing is scales don't differentiate a pound of fat from a pound of pure muscle. Through my training I had built lean muscle mass, which doesn't weigh more than fat as a pound is a pound but muscle is around 18% denser than fat. Meaning 10lb of muscle is obviously going to take up less space in the body than 10lb of fat. This explains why I'm in size 8 clothes, smaller than I used to be, but weighing the most I've ever weighed.
This for me is the reason why I ignore the scales and listen to my body. I know when I've eaten rubbish and I feel crappy but I also know from my clothes and appearance of my skin when I need to workout too. So instead of fretting over the number on the scales I'm going to go by my clothes, my measurements and my instincts. Also, if you're lifting 5kg more than you were the week before you're doing something right! It's about being strong not skinny! So in 2015, be healthy, don't fret about the number and listen to your body.
Wishing you all the happiest and healthiest 2015! Keep your eyes peeled for more fitness posts  including some half marathon training tips! I'd love to hear some of your resolutions or plans you have for the New Year!
Love Laura xx
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