Sunday, 31 August 2014

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Review

So I was thinking what I could do my next review on and I know these are super popular with many beauty bloggers so I thought I would give you my opinions on them :). Before trying these I had never tried cream eyeshadows before so I was a bit apprehensive as you all know that I'm a fan of all things matte! I choose these four colours as I thought neutrals are always a good starting point. The four I have are: pink gold, on and on bronze, eternal gold and permanent taupe. I have to say these are all beautiful colours and are colours that you can wear day or night depending on how you wear them.

Pink Gold

I absolutely love this colour. It hasn't showed up to well on the swatch but it is a lovely light pink shade with a shimmer to it. It's really creamy and blends out really well. My favourite way to apply this for a daytime look is to apply it with a big fluffy blending brush. By applying it like this you can build up the colour without it being too much.

On and On Bronze

This colour is really good for doing a brown smokey eye look. It's really creamy and so pigmented. It comes out slightly darker than it looks in the pot but I really love this colour. I've used this alone and I've used it as an eyeshadow base and it works great both ways. If you are looking to get any one of these I would definitely suggest this one as I think you would gey the most use out of this one.

Eternal Gold

This colour is so pigmented. I usually find gold eyeshadows to not have much pigment so I'm super impressed with this one. I normally wear this one as an eyeshadow base and it looks great with loads of different shades on top of it. You also don't need to build this one up as it is so pigmented especially if applied with your fingers. 

Permanent Taupe

I definitely thought this would be my favourite out of all of them but I did find that this one is quite hard to apply. I found that this one isn't as creamy as the others and so it makes it quite hard to blend out and build up. However, once it is on it is a really beautiful colour. My favourite way to wear this is just by itself rather than a base but it does take time to blend out but it is worth it.

I LOVE these and they are so affordable! I have to say after using these I now want to try more cream eyeshadows and I even think I might prefer cream eyeshadows over powder eyeshadows (pretty shocking :))! These are all so pigmented and I find that the best way to apply these if you want them to look really pigmented is with your fingers and just to dab on rather than swipe. However, if you prefer using a brush I would suggest using a big fluffy blending brush, this makes them go on not as pigmented but blends them out really well and you can build up the colour. Also a little tip- I was in Boots recently and I noticed they had 3 for 2 on Maybelline so if you fancy treating yourself to these I would get them from Boots!
Let me know if you have tried these and what you think of them.
Much love, 
Lucy x

Friday, 29 August 2014

Face Mask Friday- Blemish Mud

So here is Friday again and the second of my face mask Friday posts. This week I thought I would try something for all of you that are on a budget and also because I am aiming to try products at all price ranges. So you only get enough in the packet for one use of this face mask but at 66p for a pack I think that's a bargain! 
This mask is meant to help blemish prone skin and all of the products in this are natural. I personally like skincare that contains natural ingredients as I think natural ingredients must be better for your skin! So some of the ingredients in this are Aloe Vera, Willow, Rosemary and Witch Hazel.

So as you can see my skin has a lot if texture on it and quite a bit redness too. Believe me this is my skin at a good point it has been a lot worse! 
I was a bit surprised when I opened the pack and saw that the mask was a grey colour as I had thought it would be green because of the photo on the front of the pack- my mistake haha. This mask was sooo creamy when I was putting it on, it felt so luxurious and you get quite a lot out of the packet- more than enough to cover your whole face (or maybe I just have a small face haha). So I left this on for 15 minutes as it advises you to leave it in for 10-15 minutes. While this is on the mask starts to dry like a normal mud mask and it gets harder to move your face. I am a fan of masks like this, I dunno why I just like how it feels. So after 15 minutes it was nearly completely dry so I washed it off with warm water. 

When washing it off my skin felt sooo smooth, like baby skin smooth! Once the mask was all off I noticed that the texture on my skin had calmed down and it wasn't as raised. The redness had also calmed down too. 
I really love this mask and I would definitely repurchase! It's been a few hours now since putting it on and my skin still feels nice and smooth. I think for 66p you should definitely try it- there is also a lot of different types of mask from this range and they are all really affordable! You are able to buy these from Boots.
Let me know if you try this and what you think. Also let me know if there is a certain mask you would like me to try next week :)!
Much love,
Lucy x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

First Impression- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner

So I've never really found my holy grail shampoo or conditioner so I'm forever trying out different brands. I know a lot of people say that you need to switch up your shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis but I've used certain shampoos and conditioners for a long time previously and my hair has been fine.
There were two things that drew me to this shampoo and conditioner. The first being the colour I absolutely love this shade of blue and I've said it before I do love things that are packaged nicely, I know this doesn't guarantee that they actually work but if something is packaged nicely I am more likely to try it.
The second reason I picked this up is because it is the Hello Hydration range. For those of you who don't know I used to be platinum blonde about two years ago and the bleach absolutely ruined my hair. It's took sooo long to grow out and is finally starting to get in good condition again. The ends still have a little bit of blonde in but I'm sure my next trim will get the last of it out. Because there is that little bit of blonde in, the ends of my hair are so dry so I figured this shampoo and conditioner might help. So this shampoo and conditioner are for dry/damaged hair and they are meant to deeply hydrate your hair and give it an amazing shine. It includes coconut and orchid extracts and I think the shine must be due to the coconut extracts as coconut is amazing for your hair as well as many other things.

So the colour of this shampoo is amazing and I don't think it smells like coconut, it has more of a tropical scent to it which is really lovely. This lathers up really nicely but I found I had to use quite a lot but I do have quite a lot of hair so that is probably why. One negative is that I did get this is my eye and it stung so bad so next time I will have to be more careful :).

The colour of the conditioner is a lighter blue and smells the same as the shampoo. It's really nice and thick which I really like so I put a lot on the ends of my hair hoping it would inject some moisture into it.
Once I washed it out I dried my hair as normal and I have to say I'm very impressed. My hair is now sooo shiny and feels amazing. The scent has stayed  in my hair a little but it is very subtle and not overpowering at all. The ends of my hair are still a bit dry and damaged but compared to how they were and considering this is the first use of this shampoo and conditioner, they do seem to be in a much better condition. I would definitely repurchase these! 
Hope you've enjoyed this first impression :).
Much love,
Lucy x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

BareMinerals Kiss&Tell Lipstick Collection

I had never tried any products by bareMinerals so when I got this gift at Christmas I was excited to try them all out. You get 5 little mini lipsticks in this set with 3 neutral kind of shades and 2 which are a bit brighter but all still wearable for daytime or night time. On the bareMinerals website they describe these lipsticks as moisture loaded and I really agree. These lipsticks are sooo creamy, they all just glide on so smoothly and don't dry out during the day. Sometimes after wearing lipstick all day when I take it off, my lips can be a little bit chapped and dry but whenever I wear one of these ones my lips still feel soft if not softer than when I put the lipstick on. Also, all of the shades in this pack are so pigmented and not sheer at all which I love as I like opaque colours on my lips so that my natural lip colour doesn't show through.
Speak Your Mind 

Break Away

Get Ready

Go All Out

Be Bold

Out of all of these my favourites are Be Bold and Break Away. Be Bold is a really nice dark lip colour perfect for Autum/Winter and as you can see I've already used quite a lot of mine. I think Break Away is a great colour for just everyday and if you push it into your lips to make it more matte looking I think it's a good dupe for that Kylie Jenner lip colour that everyone is going crazy for at the moment. In the swatch I've done it looks a lot darker than it comes off on your lips in real life and I've been wearing this a lot recently and mixing it with Myth lipstick by Mac. This combination is just the perfect everyday lip colour- a mid tone nude, love it!
So you can't get this gift set currently, I'm not too sure if they might bring it back out at Christmas time but I have checked on the bareMinerals website and you can buy Speak Your Mind, Break Away and Get Ready in the full size tubes for £16. I think this is a really reasonable price for how luxurious they feel when on and the fact that they include vitamins A, C and E so are really good for your lips and are so moisturising. Unfortunately, you can't get Go All Out or Be Bold on the website but if you are looking for a nice neutral I would definitely recommend getting one of the other three.  

Also, before anyone points out I know my nails need done, they are really horrific at the moment but I am going to be trying a new nail salon and maybe get some nail art so I will be doing a review on them so keep an eye out for that :).
Let me know if you have tried any bareMinerals products and what you think of them. 
Find the lipsticks at:
Much love,
Lucy x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Graze box

Hi everyone, back yet again, I'm really quite proud that I'm keeping on top of posting and managing to get something up each day :). So today I received my Graze box which I get every two weeks. If you live in the U.K. you are probably aware of what Graze boxes are as they are advertised on TV quite a lot. I started getting these probably around April/May time as I was trying to lose some weight in preparation for going on holiday and as I love to snack I thought these would be good healthy alternatives. So to start with I was getting these every week but since coming back from holiday I decided to get them once every two weeks as I feel like it's something to look forward to if I'm not getting them every week (makes sense in my mind haha). Also, a plus of when you sign up to these boxes is that you get to let them know about any foods you don't like and you can check off any snacks you think you won't like and you won't ever get any of those ones sent to you.
So this is what this week's Graze box looks like- it just got delivered this morning and I was so excited! So each time you receive a box it always comes with a little leaflet and each time I've got one it has sort of a theme for the box as a lot of subscription boxes have. This box's theme is Fibre which is a nutrient we all need as I'm sure you are aware of haha.
So inside the leaflet it just breaks down what is in each of the snacks you got in this box. It also gives you a little bit of info regarding the theme of the box- so obviously this one tells you about fibre, why we need it and what it helps, all that good stuff!

So in each box you always get four different snacks which are usually a mixture of sweet and savoury snacks. My favourite are always the sweet snacks as I have a sweet tooth. The savoury ones are also good too or at least the ones I have tried have always been delicious.

Summer Berry Flapjack

When I saw I got this snack I was so excited as sad as that may sound. This is my favourite Graze snack, I've had it twice before and loved it both times. It soooo nice, tastes so good and is nice to snack on when you just fancy something sweet or as a little treat after your dinner or tea. It includes rolled oats and berry infused cranberries (not too sure what that exactly means). This one is full of fibre and you can tell because of the little picture of the 'f' on the packaging, also obviously oats are a good source of fibre.

Toffee Apple
I've also received this one once before and the toffee sauce you get with it is divine- so good (if I hadn't mentioned it I think you would have been able to guess that I had a sweet tooth). This is basically just Granny Smith's apple pieces that have been dried out and you dip them in the toffee sauce. The good thing about this one is that you can either heat up the toffee sauce or just enjoy it cold. Last time I had this one I didn't heat it up so I might give it a go this time. Also this one only contains 74 calories, bonus!

Vanilla Cherry Frangipane
So these next two I have never had before so I can't give you my opinion on them but I love how you get to try something new each time you get one of these boxes. If you know me you will know that I am not very good at trying new things especially foods. So getting new snacks is a way of helping me try some new foods. This one includes cherries, almonds and vanilla seeds. I love almonds and cherries so I am sure I will enjoy this.

Pomodoro Rustichella
This was the only savoury snack in this box and I've never had this one before either. I've got a feeling a may enjoy this one because I absolutely love cheese and this one includes cheese croutons (every time I hear this word it makes me think of The Mighty Boosh and the song they make up about croutons), tomato baguettes and tomato and herb almonds. The only thing I'm a bit unsure about is the almonds because normally when I think of almonds I think of sweet things so I dunno how I feel about them being savoury- never know until I try them though I suppose!

So that was everything I got in this week's Graze box and I thought it would be nice to share with you what you get incase you were thinking about trying them. They are really quite affordable at £3.99 and you can sign up and look at different snacks you could get at I think currently you can only get them in the U.K. and the U.S. and on their website at the moment you can get your first box for half price or.... I've got some codes you can use to get your 1st, 5th and 10th boxes free- kept the best bit till last. So I'll post below the photos with the codes on for you to use. If you do decide to use them I hope you enjoy your free box!

Much love,
Lucy x

Disclaimer: this post was not sponsored and I pay for the boxes with my own money. All opinions are my own as always :).