Friday, 30 August 2013

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons | Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons Open | Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons Side View |
Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons, £7.99 each
(L-R) Fuchsia Libre, Orange Punch, Red Sunrise, Peach on the Beach

Yet again I'm late to the party with my review of these four gorgeous lip crayons from Bourjois. I actually had these in my 'to review' pile and kept meaning to get round to them, but priorities kept changing. However, Bourjois have knocked it out of the park yet again with such a wonderful release. To try and rival the Clinique Chubby Sticks is a fair task, but I believe this high street brand have had a fair go and created some wearable and versatile shades anyone can get on board with.

Not usually my style (I opt for more of a matte finish), these glossy lip crayons boast an impressive range of features including 10 hours of hydration and SPF 15 all while looking sleek and glossy. The formulation is smooth, leaves lips full of moisture and look beautiful when applied. My only gripe is they don't tend to stick around long on the lips, but I didn't expect this much from such a shiny product.

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons - Peach on the Beach |

Peach on the Beach is a very light peachy pink. This has fast become a daytime favourite and perfect for pairing with a much more daring smokey eye to tone a look down.

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons - Orange Punch |

Orange Punch is a fairly pale orange, ideal for those who'd like to sport an orange lip but are worried the colour will wash them out.

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons - Fuchsia Libre |

Fuchsia Libre is a vibrant pink, lending more toward the purple end of the spectrum being cool toned. Perfect to stay on trend for the remainder of the summer.

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons - Red Sunrise |

Lastly, Red Sunrise is my favourite of the bunch. A red with pink tones, intense colour but without scaring off those that fear they can't wear red. Beautiful on all skin tones!

Have you tried the Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayons yet? What is your favourite?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award |

So it's Thursday, I've blogged every day since Monday, and I have one scheduled for tomorrow. I figured I'd throw in a fun little post which the lovely Bethany from Bethany Worrall tagged me in, as it seemed only right to do the full working week! It's really nice that Bethany wanted me to continue on the award, and I hope I do her proud.

This award is given to bloggers who 'brighten your day' and 'inspire' you to grow your blog and blossom as a blogger. The perfect way to lift a fellow bloggers mood, while elevating my own, it's a win-win.

The Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Post the award logo on your blog
3. Nominate 5 blogs that you love
4. Share seven facts about yourself

The Facts
+ When I was much younger, my mum used to take my sister and I over to my aunts house where we would spend time with our cousins. Being three boys, a lot of the games we'd play appealed greatly to my tomboy side. My aunt had a helicopter pad in the garden at this point, which was on raised to garage level. The area below had a pop up pool when it was warm, so we took to jumping from the helicopter pad into the pool. Dangerous when I think back, but so worth it!

+ Unlike most little girls who liked pink, played with barbies and generally wanted to be a princess when they grew up, if you asked me what I wanted to be I'd only have one response. A Ninja Turtle. I was OBSESSED with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Any given opportunity and I was watching it, playing it or reading it. If there was face paints at a party, I can only imagine my mums despair as I came over to her sporting a particular shade of green and whatever colour bandana my Turtle of choice was at the time (for the record, my favourite is Donatello). As an example of how much I loved the show, I received a Barbie horse that came with special coloured crayons that you could decorate it with, for my birthday one year. Not even a few hours later, the horse was green and rocking a purple bandana across its eyes. Oh youth…

+ Megan (Little Miss Average) has been my best friend for over 10 years now, but we only officially met face to face last year. I frequented a message board in my youth, where I first became friends with her cousin which then led to us becoming friends. Lots of emails, instant messages and social media chat later and I was invited to her wedding. I bought my plane ticket to Raleigh, North Carolina half a year in advance and the whole week was amazing. She is such a wonderful person, enough for me to have flown home and booked 2 weeks holiday there only a few months later. It's now been over a year since I saw her last and it doesn't get easier with time.

+ I used to study Japanese in my spare time. I had programs, books, dictionaries, the lot. I still love the language, but don't have as much time for it anymore. I could read, write and speak to a basic level and was considering taking the first proficiency test. I've always wanted to visit, perhaps live there but my priorities have changed drastically since then.

+ I've been on American television before. On a college trip to New York City, our group was approached asking if we wanted to be in the background for a Good Morning America newscast. We had to get up ridiculously early the next day but had free breakfast and coffee and were given materials to make signs. Always something I'll remember!

+ When it came to my first words, I pushed the boat out. Not content with one word, I strung a sentence together, "Oh look, ball!". I was on the bus with my mum, pointed and spoke my first sentence. My mum will never let me forget it!

+ I've never stayed over at a festival before. I've done days at festivals but never done a full three day, tent experience. My first was going to be Coachella this year. I had the ticket, it was all paid for but I had no one to go with and the prospect of sleeping in a tent in the desert by myself in America didn't seem to appealing the closer it got to flight time. Luckily I sold the ticket on but do want to do a weekend festival at some point. I would have loved to do Bestival, especially as September 6th is my birthday, but maybe next year!

The Nominations
LaaLaa from Dolce Vanity
Katie from sugarfixxbeauty
Kellie from Beauty Ever After
Ellie from Ellalogy
Imogen from The Bluebird & The Robin

If you'd like to do this tag, please do! It's open to anyone who brightens your day that little bit more. These girls above are all wonderful and have brilliant blogs and posts. Go and check them out and give them a cheeky follow while you're at it.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

August Favourites 2013

August Favourites 2013 |

It's that time again for a monthly favourites. This is the first video with my new hair, I'm loving it so much! It's much easier to wash and style now, and the colour is so much nicer than my washed out red. I got it done on Friday and will have a full post on the experience very soon. Let me know what you think about the video and what you'd like to see next!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Starting Off: Week 1 - Skincare

The Starting Off Project: Week 1 - Skincare |

This is the first in a new series of The Starting Out Project. Basically, each week I'm going to bring you a post based around a certain topic that's aimed at beauty newbies, young and old alike! This series will run for 10 weeks each Tuesday at 6pm and there are loads of fabulous fellow bloggers doing the same. If you want to find out who is involved, check out the lovely Stephanie of Steph's Inside Voice, who started this wonderful side project.

This first week is dedicated to skincare, probably my most favourite subject of the bunch! Everyone knows I have a particular affinity to looking after my skin, especially seeing as dry skin is impossible to hide under makeup. It cakes, it flakes and it generally looks bad. Fear not, as I have some handy tips for those not as clued up that can be applied to all skin types.

A solid, healthy skincare regime should consist of cleanse, tone and moisturise. There are, of course, a wide variety of serums, creams and lotions that you can also apply at varying stages but I want to keep this as simple as possible.

The main thing I want to hit home about cleansing is to double it up. I want you to clean once and then do it again. Don't worry if you only have the one cleanser, this is fine as you don't need to use two different ones. I choose to because I like to have my makeup removed by an oil or milk based cleanser and then do a deep cleanser with something more creamy. The key to this is the first time you're removing all the makeup, dirt, impurities that sit on the surface of your skin all day (or in the morning) then you go in with a second cleanse to get all the hard wearing grime out. You may break out slightly at first, but don't be disheartened by this as it's a positive thing. It means you're really getting out all the bad stuff trapped under your skin and in your pores. With time and a continuation of your regime, you'll have clear, clean skin that will leave you glowing. If you're stuck with what cleanser to pick up, the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is suitable for all skin types as it was created with sensitive skin in mind.

A step that has the beauty work divided is toning. I can't blame them, it's hard to see the difference when you already double cleanse and use an appropriate moisturiser. I stopped using toners that claimed to change my life in 'x' amount of days and opted for the ones that would exfoliate my face using natural means. Essentially toner helps budge the stubborn dirt and grime you couldn't cleanse out as well as having benefits like shrinking pores, controlling oil production and balancing your skins pH levels. On a purely aesthetic note, toner refreshes your skin, leaving in revitalised and smoother. Deeper down we see that it moisturises and really does aid any disturbances in unbalanced skin. A sweep of an astringent toner on a piece of cotton wool after you cleanse sets you up for the last step. I love the Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner, it's in a spray bottle which you can spritz directly onto your face, saving on those cotton balls!

This is where we need to put back any moisture that we may have taken out when cleaning our faces. It's vital to chose a moisturiser thats suited to your skin type as people with dry skin especially, like myself, wouldn't benefit from something aimed at those with oily skin, it just wouldn't be nourishing enough. My advice is to pop along to a beauty counter in a big department store and see if you can get your skin analysed if you don't have any clue where your skin lies. It's not always clear cut and the ladies and men that work behind counters for the likes of Clinique or Origins know the signs to look out for. I may be dry skinned, but I also have an oily t-zone (that's the bit that runs across your forehead and down your nose) and slightly reddening of the skin. These are all things to bear in mind when shopping for a moisturiser. It's likely you won't get one that will do everything you need it it, but a basic skin type is a start. You can also mix your creams, creating the perfect combination for your skin. I like to use Dermalex for my red cheeks and cluster of spider veins (only where I need it) and Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light all over.

These are the three main areas to follow morning and night, and in no time you'll notice a difference in the quality, texture and look of your skin. Follow this while drinking 8 glasses of water a day and you'll notice a drastic change, and people around you will notice it too. You will have created the perfect base for your makeup, which will sit better on your face and you'll need less of it too. Investing in good skincare is something I'm constantly preaching. You only get one face, better to look after it and reap the benefits in the future.

What are your top tips for a good skincare routine?

Monday, 26 August 2013

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 1 | Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 2 | Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 3 |

I love my skincare, as most of you know by now. It's so important in not only helping your makeup do its job, but ensuring it looks good for years to come. There's a reason why so many older woman look younger, and it's not just good genes! Double cleanse is my saviour when it comes to keeping my skin in check. No amount of makeup remover wipes or half-arsed facial scrubs are going to do it any justice, but a double cleanse can't be beaten. If you're not double cleansing, you've got to start as it's not a fad, it just works. At night, I'll generally start with an oil based cleanser to remove all my days makeup and then move onto something a little more hardwearing. Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Concealer is one of the most luxurious cleaners I've ever used. With a brand used by the likes of Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, I knew I was onto a winner!

Pai has a commitment to sensitive skin of all types, so it doesn't matter if you're dry or oily, young or old, they have something for everyone. Another massive bonus is that (aside from their Bergamot Organic Lip Balm) all products are Vegan accredited, Cruelty-Free and hold a certification from the Soil Association as well as being free of all those chemical and synthetic nasties. As my skin is dry, prone to dehydration, has a touch of oil along my t-zone as well as sporting some rather 'dashing' redness with a tiny cluster of spider veins I was in dire need of something that was going to help. I was recommend the Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser as my skin was so out of balance. As 99% of skin imbalance comes down to cleansing, this sounded like the perfect answer to my skincare woes.

Let me start by saying that the packaging alone makes me want to buy up the entire range in my skin type. The cleanser comes with an organic muslin cloth, perfect when removing this creamy and gentle product. I was struck by how lovely the scent was as I'm not a massive fan of rose (which unfortunately features in a fair amount of dry skin products due to its properties), and the camellia pushes it back to a much more neutral floral fragrance. I love really working this deep into my skin, and massaging it away with the cloth. It leaves the everything smooth, silky and highly nourished. It has been my go-to cleanser for a week now, morning and night and has made drastic improvements to my tone, clarity and texture of my skin.

Have you tried any Pai skincare products? What is your favourite cleanser?

Friday, 23 August 2013

The Skincare Tag

The Skincare Tag |

I'm back again with another tagged post. I'm loving these at the minute as it forces me to really examine my products and realise that somethings work for me no matter what the price is (high street has some real gems). Thanks to Amy from A Little Boat Sailing and Megan from Little Miss Average for tagging me!

Describe your skin care routine in 5 words.

Essential, Beneficial, Fast, Balanced, Invigorating.

What's your skin type?

Dry with a slightly oily t-zone and prone to dehydration. I have slight pigmentation across my cheeks and around my nose as well as a tiny cluster of light spider veins on my right cheek. Most people don't notice this, but as I know it's there I get very self conscious.

What's your favourite skin care product?

Without doubt it's the Hydraluron that I picked up last week. I've only been using it a few days, but I've already felt such a massive difference in the texture and look of my skin. It's really helping my moisturiser do it job! That paired with my double cleanse routine, I've got it pretty well covered.

Top blemish zapper.

I rarely get spots, as I have dry skin and really look after it well. On the days when I do have reach for a spot remedy, it's usually Origins Super Spot Remover. That little pot does the world of good! A generous helping of that places over it and the next day it's already miles better. It's very drying, so make sure to use a hydrating moisturiser afterward.

Face wipes yay or nay?

Nay! I used to use them out of pure laziness, but getting into beauty made me realise how much damage I was doing to my skin. The alcohol alone in the cheap wipes makes me shudder and there was not even a whisper of a cleanser after. I'm a little more clued up now and would only ever use a non-alcoholic face wipe in a real pinch.

Toner yay or nay?

I absolutely adore toner! I wasn't massively sold on toner even just a few months back as I didn't have massive pores and felt that this was all toner claims to solve. Why spend money on a skincare product that I didn't really need? It wasn't until I found out that it's also to help balance skin conditions, controls oil generation and regulates the elasticity of the skins pores that I took note. Well, at least my Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner does all of this and at £14 for a heavenly scented spray bottle, you really can't go wrong! It's so handy because you don't have to put it onto a cotton pad, just spray directly onto the face.

High-end skincare or high-end makeup?

Skincare, every day of the week. I'm the kind of girl who can go full weeks without putting any makeup on because I'm having 'a nice skin day' and this is purely down to the type of routine I have. My Origins Make A Difference Night Skin Rejuvenating Gel-Cream is one of my higher priced moisturisers but is utterly nourishing for the evening. Though I will say that you don't have to buy the expensive brands to achieve great skin, you just have to be savvy about it.

What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?

I've not come across many unusual skincare products. I suppose a slightly odd one would be a gin and tonic facial that was offered at a local spa. Not entirely sure where they were going with it, but it did feel nice!

You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick up one item - what is it?

Most likely La Roche Posay Serozinc. I've heard such amazing things about it and it's one of the only items that they don't have on sale here. Being able to spray it on appeals to my lazy side!

Tell us your top skincare tip.

Drink as much water as you can. On the weeks I've actually done my 8 glasses a day, I do notice a much healthier glow to my skin and feel like I don't have to crack out the industrial strength moisturiser for my constantly parched skin! I also can't recommend the double cleanse enough, as you will have noticed in my answers. Since doing it, my skin looks entirely different! Removing that surface layer and then going in again, properly massaging into the pores gets all the clogged up dirt from below out. Don't worry if you breakout a little, this is natural and completely normal as it's all the nasty stuff making its way out!

I loved doing this tag, so much so that I tag five other bloggers to have a go:

Katie from sugarfixxbeauty
Liza from glambeautys
Kellie from Beauty Ever After
Tamira from The Guilty Girl
Allie from The Friday Girl

Let me know if you attempt this tag, and send me a tweet if you do!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Zaggora Viva Capri Blue

Zaggora Viva Capri Blue - Logo | Zaggora Viva Capri Blue - Material | Zaggora Viva Capri Blue - Workout | Zaggora Viva Capri Blue - Fit |

As part of my 'Keep Fit and Try Not to Keel Over' health kick, I signed up for a 10k. Not just any 10k, I'm doing the Mens Health 10k. WHAT. HAVE. I. DONE. If you don't know what it entails, Google it. I promise, it's not going to be pretty at the end of it. In preparation I've been doing the 30 Day Shred and have yet to actually start running. I'm leaving it a little late as the run is at the end of September, but I've got my schedule planned out and I can already run a 5k pretty well.

The lovely people over at Zaggora sent me a beautiful pair of their Viva Capri in blue to try out, which have been greatly aiding my works outs. Firstly, let me just say that I already own a pair of the original Zaggora Hotpants, which are more like shorts and did me well for the past couple of years. Zaggora make workout gear that increases calorie burn, and boy do you feel it! Just like my other pair, I'm sweating in them before I've even started my cardio, a sure sign that these pants aren't all talk and no trousers (did I really just go there?!). If you're not into the science stuff, then all you need to know is they make your body heat up a great deal more than generic work out clothes, resulting in more calories being burnt off meaning a better workout. You need to make sure to hand wash these after use as they get really sweaty, but it means your working your body hard.

The best way to measure the success of your Zaggora bottoms is to take up the 2 Week Challenge. All you have to do is weigh yourself and take some measurements of your hips, thighs and tummy and use them for 30 minutes each day. The genius thing about all the Zaggora products is they work whether you do a dedicated work out plan or just nip to the shops for some milk! The more vigorous the activity, the better the pay off, which is exactly why using these with the 30 Day Shred has been working wonders for my muscles. I've already lost at least an inch just by using them for a week!

I've loved this brand for the longest time and I'm really looking forward to continuing my training after the 10k. Ideally I want to invest in some of the Hot Tops to ensure my whole body is feeling the benefits. I honestly recommend them for anyone looking into buying new clothes for their workouts and have gushed about them to my family for years now. Make sure to really check your size too, as I the S was too big for me and I had to get an XS! They also come in a variety of colours, so there's something for everyone.

Have you tried a Zaggora product before? What did you think?

Monday, 19 August 2013

50 Random Facts About Me

50 Random Facts About Me |

Some of you may have noticed this isn't my usual video upload day. I like to do them on a Wednesday (it breaks up the week quite nicely after all) but this is slightly early as this video is being used for something special tomorrow.

I hope you all enjoy it, it was great to think up some crazy things to share with you all. I do. however, apologise for the mental nature of the lighting. The sun decided to poke its head out of the clouds halfway through filming and I couldn't re-record. Hopefully some love studio lights will combat this in future. I wonder if I ask for them for my birthday if I'll get some?

Friday, 16 August 2013


FOTD 02 Makeup | FOTD 02 |

I thought I'd do another quick Face of the Day post for you guys, seeing as it was quite popular last time. I have a lot of main stays in my routine, as when I find something that works I'm like a mule when it comes to changing things up. With my dry skin, this is especially important when I find a makeup routine that works.

For my dry skin, L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation just works. I don't know what it is, perhaps that it feels quite nourishing when I apply it? A light layer of this teamed with the Maybelline Fit Me Powder (something that hasn't left my vanity dresser since purchase) and Soap & Glory Glow All Out for a little radiance. A quick dab of Collection 2000 Concealer in all the troublesome places and buff it in with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush for real staying power.

This is the point where I pop on a little Caudalie Lip Conditioner to soften my lips ready for when I put my lip products on. I picked it up at my local Lloyds chemist only a month ago and it's nearly all gone!

A quick contour with my go to bronzer MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Sun Dipped does wonders for my non existent cheekbones, but not so good for my heart when I know I hit pan a while back and have not found a replacement. Using a Real Techniques Blush Brush I apply NARS Orgasm to add a pinch of colour.

I tend to keep eyes bare when I wear a bold lip, so a few coats of Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Mascara is all I need to really draw focus where it's needed. Shape and fill sparse brows with the Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar, moving onto the darker of the colours for a denser, rich colour.

To finish, a solid pop of colour for the lips. I love Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, it's such a wearable everyday colour. A red for those that don't think they can pull off red!

What is your favourite lip colour for Summer?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The 3 Minute Makeup Challenge


After all the 'seriousness' of the first YouTube videos, I figured I'd let down my hair a little (my hair is most certainly up in the video, but don't let that fool you)! I had a go at the 3 Minute Makeup Challenge  and had loads of fun in the process. One makeup stained carpet and near deletion of the footage later, it's ready. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Maybelline Fit Me Range

Maybelline Fit Me Range | Maybelline Fit Me In Use |
Fit Me Foundation, £7.99  Fit Me Concealer, £5.99  Fit Me Powder, £5.99

Whilst browsing for a new foundation, I came across the Fit Me range by Maybelline. Not only did the packaging stand out, but the concept intrigued me. A range of makeup based off the tone of your skin that you pair with other tone based products to create a flawless finish? I was sold.

Using their chart and swatching all the while, I decided on shade 125 in the foundation, with told me I should use 15 in the concealer and 125 in the powder. I don't think it's still entirely the right shade for me, but it's as close as I could match it. My skin is odd and I don't think lends itself to neither cool nor warm, I am perhaps neutral, but I would love to find out if this really is the case.

I had these products in my 'to be tested' pile for the longest time before I decided to have an experiment. The foundation made a really smooth base, on the lighter side of coverage but considering the application it could be built up easily and the other products are meant to add another dimension. It doesn't contain waxes or fillers, so your natural skin tone shines through, without the imperfections.

The concealer I wasn't entirely sure on, it was quite watery, difficult to blend and didn't stand the test of time. The powder was the clear winner for me, a light, quite finely milled product that left me looking glowing without any unnecessary build up or caking throughout the day. I've used this powder to set my makeup ever since and been thoroughly impressed at how it doesn't alter my base colour but adds a wonderful matte finish.

If you're thinking of purchasing the Maybelline Fit Me range, I'd steer clear of the concealer and invest in something with a little more durability. Opt for the powder if you only try one thing, I can't fault it for a drugstore buy, especially when there's so much of it.

Monday, 5 August 2013

July Favourites

July Favourites |

After having recorded this video a grand total of three times, I apologise for the hasty editing. The lighting went crazy in my room and my camera decided to stop working properly on me, so it's not as good as I'd like. However, I will strive to make the next one perfect for you all and I'm even considering recording it a different room for better light. I love living in my barn, but the windows are tiny and makes it difficult for optimum recording time! But on a positive note, I've got some great items to show you this month, so take a peek.