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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Makeup Steal Sunday: Collection Glam Crystals

Makeup Steal Sunday: Collection Glam Crystals
Sunday, 18 February 2018
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To start off my Makeup Steal Sunday, I am going to write about a product that I have had in my makeup collection for a long ass time! If you haven't seen these little guys whilst browsing in your local drugstore, I really recommend heading to the collection stand and having a browse. These wonderful glitter liners are perfect for eyeliner, as an eye base and even for your lips! They add a delicate touch of glitter to any look, at a very inexpensive price. At £2.99 a pop, you cannot go wrong!



The slick liner applicator makes it super easy to achieve a glitter winged liner, whilst also giving precision if you wanted to use this product as a glitter top coat. The colour pigmentation isn't super strong upon initial application, however it is buildable and doesn't dry to a glittery crackly mess! I find that the best way to use this product is to apply your normal liner and use this product as a top coat to really make the look POP. Some of the more pigmented shades (Le Freak especially!) can stain the skin so just be mindful of this. You don't want to use this on the night before work! 



I believe Collection are slowly realising more shades in this range, and as they are so inexpensive it would be rude to not pick them up. So far, I love my little collection and they are such wonderful pieces to have in your makeup collection. They can bring your look to life, whilst being subtle at the same time. I love the formula, the applicator and packaging. I cannot rave about these gems enough! 

Have you tried these before? what are your thoughts? 



Saturday, 17 February 2018

Venice Itinerary - Things to do in Venice!

Venice Itinerary - Things to do in Venice!
Saturday, 17 February 2018
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Hey guys, so me and Ben visited Venice for a few days! It was super nice over valentines day - what timing and how cute!? We booked our trip through Expedia, which was really easy! Venice isn't really one for attractions or typically for 'things to do'. If you wanted to visit Venice, I would recommend including it in a week's trip to Italy, and spending a maximum of 2 days in Venice. Alternatively, if you are wanting to have a small day or two romantic trip away with your partner, this is perfect! We managed to walk the whole length of Venice in a morning, so it's super easy to go from one end to the other, whilst finding cool things to do in between! To save you planning your trip from scratch, I have listed what we managed to do during our trip, and take you on a journey with us from A to B.



We stayed at a place called Hotel Florida, based in Canneregio, which was the most superb location! Its located in a small alley way (a non dodgy one), right by the train station and a 2 minute walk from the Bus Station. To get from the Marco Polo airport, its roughly a 20-25 minute trip by bus! Furthermore, it's located right by the main shops, restaurants and boat trip stands! When booking your hotels, make sure you are directly in Venice. A lot of search engines tend to place cheap hotels outside Venice, meaning you'll have to get a bus/train back to your hotel. 



The first thing to do on your first day is to get checked into your hotel, and definitely head out to get some food! We stopped off at a place called Ai Scalzi and it was delicious! 



If like us, you are staying for two days, I really recommend getting lost in Venice! Usually with most places, we all have ideas about where we want to go and what we want to see but Venice is the exception. Every nook and cranny in Venice is beautiful and interesting, so in its own little way, the features of Venice are what makes it a big attraction. Our starting point was in a square, just by our hotel. Venice is famous for it's bridges and this certainly was one of them! Over this bridge you can endlessly see down the whole river, with all that surrounds it. 



One of the perks to getting lost in Venice, is the unknown! It almost feels like you're in a labyrinth, with one street leading to either another street, a bridge or a dead end! Here we had reached a dead end, but it was super cool to get a look at the turquoise river - and I promise it's beautifully turquoise! 


Luckily, we managed to see the tail end of the Carnival of Venice. Almost everyone was dressed up in fancy outfits with masks, whilst even the restaurants decorated with masks and fancy decor! I'm still not 100% sure on the significance of the masks, however I believe they are used to hide your identity and social status. A tradition that dates back to 700 years ago! Furthermore, I believe the carnival relates to celebrating Lent, 40 days before Easter. 




If you visit Venice, you will need to take your camera! With the small alleys and the wonderful bridges, its a photographers dream! Every angle and shadow is so prominent and all of the colours are brought to life! 





I will say, after seeing about 20 bridges It does tend to get a tad bit tedious! However, they really are something special. If you are a fan of architecture, you will LOVE this part to Venice! 


On our travels, Ben pointed out that part of James Bond's Casino Royal was filmed in Venice. This very building (the orange one) collapsed in the film. As you can see its all perfectly in tact because CGI is a wonderful thing!






As you travel towards San Marco, you reach the shopping part to Venice! There are a lot of expensive designer shops in this area. I struggled to find a Primark, although I'm not sure they're in Venice ;) 





Next up in San Marco is St Mark's square! This again has been featured in Casino Royale, and is quite the tourist attraction. Unfortunately, the queue to get into the Cathedral was suuuuper long! However, its a wonderful place to take photos. Around St Marks, there are also a few shops to mooch in with some restaurants to eat in! 





I would possibly go as far as saying that San Marco is my favourite part to Venice! As we went to Venice in February, it was a little chilly. On a super hot day, I would imagine San Marco being the place to be. It really is wonderful with its open front coast, with tonnes of bars and shops to visit. There are also a lot of little streets to wander down! Apart from St Marks, there isn't many more attractions to see, but theres something just so special about the views!







Finally, we stopped off and enjoyed a super delicious (but expensive) coffee on the coast! It was beautifully sunny and just enough to take the edge of the cold! We were at the coffee bar for at least an hour and It was so yummy! Italians really know Coffee!



Have you been to Venice before? What were your favourite parts! Let me know and I can always add them to a follower section on this blog post! It truly is a wonderful place to visit, especially for couples! Just be mindful that there isn't much to do once you've done it all in the day - However, thanks to endless bars and restaurants you can always try out different foods and wines!


Sunday, 14 January 2018

New Concealers from Makeup Revolution!

New Concealers from Makeup Revolution!
Sunday, 14 January 2018
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Price: £4.00
Size: 3.4ml / 0.11 fl oz 
Purchase at Superdrug or TAM beauty 


Hello loves,
So straight into 2018 we have a new product launch from Makeup Revolution. I'm sure that if you are a beauty fanatic you will have heard of them by now. I love them because they release dupes for higher end products, just for a much smaller price tag! Now I'm sure we have also heard of the famous Tarte Shape tape concealer. Well by the looks of things, makeup revolution have been hard at work to create a dupe for that concealer and this is the final product!

I was super excited to try this new product from Makeup revolution and sadly I wasn't able to instantly get my hands on it because it had been sold out online! So I fancied my chances, popped into Superdrug and thankfully there was a beautiful new display of these concealers and I was able to get my hands on them! The shades i managed to get my hands on were C5 and C4.


There are 18 shades to choose from and this has been deemed to be the 'concealer for everyone' ranging from warm, cool and neutral undertones! Makeup revolution describe the concealer to be a 

"Lightweight yet full coverage concealer to cover blemishes, even skin tone and counteract dark circles, with a matte finish that won't settle or accentuate fine lines and pores. Long wearing intense pigment that can also be used to contour and add definition. Our large doe foot applicator allows for smooth application that won't drag on the delicate skin under your eyes". 
Packaging wise, it looks very presentable and I love the rose gold plastic component. More impressively, I love the big doe foot wand to apply the concealer! If you prefer a smaller doe foot to apply your concealer, don't be put off because you still have control over how much you would like to apply!


The first thing I noticed about applying the concealer, was that it wasn't too thick or thin, it wasn't too wet or dry, It was perfect. The texture is very smooth and upon application it does have a lovely medium coverage. The main difference I had noticed was the shade difference. It appears that C5 has more of a warm tone whereas C4 has more of a pink cool tone. I have been mixing the shades together as the undertones are just slightly off for me, but as a duo they work well!

C5 (left) C4 (right)

So whilst I was scanning the rest of my concealers in my collection I wanted to try and compare shades from other brands with the makeup revolution concealers! The comparison concealers all match my skin tone and they're ones I use interchangeably. I usually use these concealers when I am tanned and of course I have not got any fake tan on in these pictures, so if you are wondering why some look slightly different thats why! The collection one and the NYX one look slightly off because they have oxidised like mad!


Now lastly, I want to touch upon whether the product works or not. I go to different brands for different products. NARS has always been my go to for base and face products, MAC is my go to for lip products and Makeup revolution is my go to for eyeshadow products. Truthfully, I do not rate Makeup revolution for their base and face products, they just do not work with my skin. Now when this concealer came out, I was super excited to try it because of the hype surrounding it (I'm not alone I know you guys have done the same before!). 

I have to say after trying this product, Makeup revolution has gone up in my estimations for their face products. This product applied and blended beautifully. If you want an extra bit of coverage, let it dry for a few seconds and then blend away. The texture is very smooth and it looks like skin! I would say the coverage is light to medium but buildable, thanks to the beautiful skin like texture. I do not think it is full coverage but I would say you can get a nice level of coverage if you build it. To demonstrate the coverage, I applied a dab to my tattoo and blended it in like I usually would. You can see it has covered some of the ink, but not enough to be fully coverage. 


All in all, if you are looking for a new concealer I would recommend trying this one out. It applies and blends like a dream. It does not oxides which I thank the high heavens above for! It also has a lovely texture and appearance on the skin, but if you want super duper coverage - this is not the one. I personally do not think high coverage and skin like texture goes hand in hand, I think you can pretty much get one or the other! For only £4, it is worth trying this concealer out because it may be your next ride or die product. In terms of the product size, 3.4ml is way below average of the normal size concealer which tends to be around 7-9ml, but again for £4 I really do not mind. 

Please let me know your thoughts - everyone has different experiences and ways of trying products so I would love to hear them! 








Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Get Ready with me & A personal chat about my anxiety/panic attacks! VIDEO!

Get Ready with me & A personal chat about my anxiety/panic attacks! VIDEO!
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
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Hello my babbers!
So in this video I show you how to create this highly requested pop of colour makeup look! I decided to create something a bit different from my usual eye looks, and I love these two colours together. Not going to lie, the pink was spontaneous but I love it and I hope you guys do too!
 
So in this video I also cover a few issues! The first is that I am back at university (woooo), famous last words I know haha! For anyone wondering, I am studying Forensic Psychology with the intent of earning a bachelors of science with honours! So I have a bunch of pre filmed videos but will occasionally be filming new ones. I am hoping to film at least once a week. Now... I have also had a few issues lately that I wish to discuss. It's not something I wanted to discuss on social media because its still raw to me.
 
For a few years I have been dealing with Anxiety. Although for the first year or so, it was very underlying and I could brush it off and get on with my daily life. However, in the past year its been bothering me a bit more than usual. Lately, I have been dealing with severe panic attacks. When I say severe, I mean 'visiting A&E because I thought I was having a heart attack' severe. Now, usually I am able to understand what triggers panic attacks and subsequently I am able to understand what to do to prevent them from happening. But this time round, these panic attacks spring from no where.
 
The other morning around 12:30am I woke up and felt an intense pain in my chest. My heart rate was incredibly fast and I could feel the pain spreading from behind my boob (soz about the detail), up to my neck and into my back. I couldn't breath, I was dizzy and I was very incoherent. I could also feel warmth to this pain almost like indigestion. From memory, with my granddad having multiple severe heart attacks, I could remember him describing his symptoms. All of those symptoms felt like what I was having. Now with most of my family having heart issues, I had convinced myself something was very wrong. Now other than the physical distress, I was also battling with my mind. I have a very bad fear of dying/close people dying. The fear Is more intense for dying unnaturally via terrorism, car accident etc, not natural death (aka your time was up when it was meant to be up). Now imagine convincing yourself you are having a heart attack, you're going to die but you are scared of dying??? It makes the situation 100x worse. Anyway, results were fine no issues to suggest I had a heart attack but it did suggest something else, I was having a panic attack but it was to the extent that I was affected physically and mentally.
 
Because my heart was beating so fast and my muscles were tensing up in my chest (causing the chest pain), I still feel sore In that chest region. I also felt silly going to A&E with my results coming back normal. I felt drained because it strung a whole load of other emotions: embarrassed, overwhelmed and almost like no one believed me, that I was over reacting. But then I thought about it, its nothing to be embarrassed about, nor should I worry what anyone thinks because I know my body better than anyone else in the world does. Something was wrong. This wasn't the first time I have had a panic attack but it sure as hell was the worst. Instead of looking at this situation negatively, its essential you pull positives out of this: a) if it happens again I know what it is b) my heart wasn't affected and it was perfectly 'normal'. and c) I wasn't really in any trouble, I was making myself believe I was.
 
Now I know this much about panic attacks and more specifically panic disorder:
 
  • Its classed as recurring and regular panic attacks for no apparent reason
  • It affects more people than you think
  • It may stem from phobias, PTSD and anxiety
  • Your body is overwhelmed with sensations, mainly fear, and anxiety.
  • You may have symptoms such as: Incoherent speech, sweating, pain in the chest or legs, sickness, dizziness, breathlessness.
  • It's very real. It should be taken seriously and just because it cannot be seen, that doesn't mean its not there.
Treatment wise, I am on beta blockers to slow down my heart rate when it happens again. It's scary to write that knowing full well a panic attack will emerge anywhere and everywhere. Im also attending counselling which will help me with my phobia, negative thinking patterns and will help me to effectively provide treatment for myself to steer away from situations where I may be vulnerable and also techniques to calm me down. I am yet to start this so I will keep you updated but its not nice. I feel like I need to combat my intense phobia of death (which will be hard seeing as all species need a fear of death to keep them alive), which will hopefully change my thinking patterns. Hopefully I will be able to look at a plane and think " I can get on that, travel and arrive safely rather than thinking If I get on that it will crash and I will die".
 
If you have felt like this at all, please chat with me on my social media. I would love to hear from you and maybe share a few self help techniques. If you are battling with it on a daily basis like me, remember you are ok. You are not under any threat, its just your body sending mixed signals. you get stronger after each episode.
 
hugs and kisses xoxox
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, 2 October 2015

Halloween Makeup Tutorial part 2/2 : Chelsea Grin

Halloween Makeup Tutorial part 2/2 : Chelsea Grin
Friday, 2 October 2015
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Hey ya'll here Is the final episode of my Halloween looks! I want to create more but I literally have no time on my hands now I am back at university - waaaaah :( ... but I wanted to create something fun and gorey! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did creating it! Of course below will be some money savers for Halloween! Ones I have used in both videos. I haven't mentioned any products because they were very generalizable!

Products that will save you the money

Instead of me writing some stuff about what I used, which I mentioned in the video, im going to note down what will save you money!
 
♥  Save money on face paint - I used two lipsticks from makeup revolution, a red and a pink. This cost £2 for both of these beauties, which is roughly the same as 1 pot of good paint! These are super saturated and gorgeous colours! +++++ you don't need to buy 2 colours... mix colours together to create your own shade.
 
♥  Save money on buying fake blood - Fake blood is sooo expensive these days! If you buy the cheaper ones they tend to look tacky and unrealistic. This recipe below will give you the perfect blood for any look!
 
For the blood: mix together 1 teaspoon of washable red paint (for the colour), 1 teaspoon of honey (for the texture) and add  half a teaspoon of cocoa powder ( to add a dark blood colour but to also thicken the mix up).  
 
♥  Save money on sponges - I used a washing up sponge. It has a soft side to apply the lipstick and a rougher side to stipple on glitter and other colours. cut them into pieces for different uses! You can also cut them into different shapes if you have the patience.
 

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Have you watched part 1? Click here to view!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Get salon quality nails at home ~ NailHUR && 65% DISCOUNT

Get salon quality nails at home ~ NailHUR && 65% DISCOUNT
Sunday, 27 September 2015
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Hello my loves! 

So in this video i am showing you how i achieved this gorgeous nail look using nails from the brand NailHUR! They are a brand that offer high quality nails at an affordable price. So you do not need to book an appointment with your salon as you can do this in the comfort of your own home. You can switch up your nail style with the variety of nails available at NAILHUR and even if you like to change them up even more you can even paint over them! This is a much cheaper and easier alternative to a manicure!

So far i have used these nails for around 5 days. They were super easy and quick to apply and they have not budged once. With cheaper nails, you find they fall off or snap easily but these do not! The glue has adhered the nails to my own with such strength, but have still not damaged my nails!

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