Friday, 31 January 2014

The Sleepy Girl's Guide to... Out of Control Hair

The Sleepy Girls Guide to... Out of Control Hair |

Welcome to my new series of posts that I hope will give a little insight to how I function on a day to day basis with little or no sleep. Getting up out of bed can be a real challenge for someone that has had a difficult night, and this can often impact what you choose to do (or not do) to your hair. If I'm feeling particularly lazy, I'll grab a hair tie, put it up in a ponytail and be done with it, but what about the days when I want to do more than just hide it away? I know that when I make an effort I can be head over heels with my locks, but it's a rare occurrence.

First thing I need to make sure is to keep my hair in check every 4-6 weeks. I'll have a look at my split ends, judge the length and see whether a neat snip is in order. A low maintenance hair cut is key to getting out of bed and being able to add a quick bit of texture without the fuss of standing in front of the mirror for an hour. I went for the big chop a good few months ago now and getting a long bob, or 'lob', was one of the best choices I made. There's less hair to stray, less effort to fix it in place and definitely less time spent blowdrying it. Speaking of blowdrying, investing in a hair turban can drastically reduce how long it takes to dry. I tend to wash my hair in the evenings, put it up in a hair turban and grab my Kindle for a half hour of reading. Once I've let it loose, the hair isn't sopping wet and I'll dry from the bottom up. Seems a hassle but you'd be surprised how much quicker this process is than doing it straight from the shower. Just don't forget your blow dry lotion to protect you delicate tresses! If you prefer to leave it wet and let it dry naturally (this is me 99% of the week) then a little product that makes my hair dry into natural waves is the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Enhancing Oil. A few drops of this and a couple of hours later my hair looks tamed, manageable and like I spent a huge amount of time perfecting 'barely there' waves. Or if you like to look polished and über sleek, the Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme is a real lifesaver! The smallest squeeze of the tube, worked through damp hair makes styling a dream. There's never a hair out of place and there's real lift from the root I can't achieve with anything else in half the time.

If you haven't had time to wash your hair at all? I would hope that every girl has a can of dry shampoo somewhere in their drawers. A quick spray and not only does it remove any trace of oil, but it adds a bit of texture that's very easy to comb through to the ends and breathe new life into limp hair. I'm particularly partial to the Batiste Dry Shampoo as it's friendly on the purse and offers a variety of scents and even has a range that includes a hint of colour. This is very important for covering up my alopecia patches, in case the wind takes hold of my hair and I'm left rather embarrassed! Another product I reach for if my hair is at the 'in-between' phase is the V-O5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray. It's the perfect 'pick me up' for you hair that seems to take control and make my poor effort look a million times better. This paired with a good hairspray and you're onto a winner in less that 5 minutes.

Lastly there's the products I reach for the day after a hair wash, the ones that perk everything up and stop what threatens to a bad hair day. The Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Grunge Glamour Tousled Salt Spray is my go-to for just such days. It gains great results from damp hair but I find there's an extra dimension to using a few generous sprays of this on bone dry hair. Careful to avoid the roots, massage the product all the way to the ends of your hair and tousle haphazardly with your hands. If you're feeling adventurous, grab a comb and give the roots a little backcomb as this will last all day. Then, for touch-ups, I pop the handy John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer in my bag. I don't tend to use it a lot, but on days where I haven't even had the opportunity to run a brush through it let alone any hairspray, I'll glide the wand down any problem areas and it's like a new head of hair!

What are your hair saviours? When you've only got 15 minutes to do your face and your hair, what do you find yourself reaching for time and time again?

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The TMI Tag

The TMI Tag |

I've seen the TMI tag making the rounds at the moment on YouTube and didn't know what else to film on the weekend, so I looked at the questions and figured I'd take a stab at it!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Who's tracking the stars this month? | My January Advertisers

January Advertisers 2014 |

This is my first post of this sort, just in time for the end of the first month of the new year, woohoo! It's the perfect opportunity for me to introduce to you some of the lovely individuals that have been sponsoring Late Night Nonsense for the month of January. Grab a mug of something hot, put your feet up and have a gander.

Gingerbread Smiles
Danni of Gingerbread Smiles is a 22 year old from the North East of England who has a little obsession with gingerbread men. She blogs about anything that interests her, from beauty products she likes, food she's tried to cook, places she's been or cool things that she's bought. She enjoys writing about her experiences, using her blog as a platform to share them on. If you haven't taken a look yet, I'd highly recommend it, especially Danni's nail design posts as she creates them so perfectly I can only sit back in awe!

Cherry Soda
Laura is a 20-something Northerner now living in south-east London with her fiancé and their flatmate. She blogs at Cherry Soda, where she mainly writes about beauty and lifestyle (including lots of book reviews and days out) but with a bit of fashion and wedding stuff thrown in too. Why not pop over an say hello sometime?

If you fancy advertising your blog or small business on Late Night Nonsense through the month of February, get in touch as I still have some medium and small ad spaces left. I offer competitive packages at affordable rates that cost as little as 13p per day!

Adrienne |

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Friday, 24 January 2014

No Makeup Makeup

No Makeup Makeup: Products | No Makeup Makeup: Applied |

Week day mornings call for me to get my basics on. I work in an office full of guys, so any interesting eyeshadow colours or bright lips are met with looks of, "why didn't you just spend that extra time in bed?". Now, the no makeup makeup look doesn't mean that it's only going to take you 5 minutes to do, but it does mean you've got a great base for any look to build from. It's my go to on days where I want to let my skin speak for itself and those days at home where I can't tell if someone might pop round. Nothing worse than being makeup less when the in-laws drop in for a cup of tea! But this safeguards you against the inevitable stares if you've got the trowel out to put on your makeup when you're still in your pjs.

Moisturising is an important first step, but even with that we're going to go all out when it comes to giving our skin that plump, nourished look. I like to prime using the Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, as I find any makeup stays on longer and my pores are less defined, but you can skip this step if you prefer to go without. Taking a decent squeeze of The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, buff it all over the face with a buffing brush or use your fingers and massage it in all the way down to the neck. I'm such a fan of this super light BB Cream, it's gives off an iridescent glow that I can't match with any other product. As this will be a really light base, we have to go in with a concealer to cover up any worrisome areas. Think under the eyes, around the nose and any hyper pigmentation or spider veins. I've been having a love affair with the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint, something I was really shocked at as it's such a full coverage concealer that I figured it would cling to all my dry patches and make everything look caked on. Not the case here, so I go in with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and dab it where it's needed, making sure to properly blend for a soft, diffused look. To add the colour back in, as naturally as possible, the Revlon Baby Stick in Tahitian can be applied directly from the bullet onto the tops of the cheekbones. This is so light, easy to blend and achieves a pinched colour. My go to product for simple and quick brows is the Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara, as with a few swipes I've filled in any major problem patches and tamed any strays back into place. A layer of Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette gives a little definition to the eyes, and with Faint in the crease and a whole lot of blending it's very subtle. This is the time to curl your lashes and then apply one coat of Revlon Lash Potion as it keeps the lashes understated, while a dab of Benefit Coralista Lipgloss gives a light sheen to the lips.

No makeup makeup at its finest. What products do you wear when you want to appear like you've just 'woken up' like this?

Adrienne |

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Blog Adoration

Blog Adoration |

I've been meaning to do one of these posts for a long time now. It wasn't until I was planning out my posts for the week that I thought it was about time I put it together! January makes me think of what I can do to improve myself and that goes double for my blog. So on that note, here are a few blogs (in no particular order) that I simply can not be without and inspire me to push my blog to new heights.

Jen's blog talks to my inner lust. Her ease with words and highly descriptive reviews never leave me with more questions than when I started reading. More than a few products have made their way from the shelves to my basket thanks to her posts. Jen is an effortless beauty, which makes those lipstick swatches holy grail status.

Life Set Sail
The eternally beautiful Brittany is a recent addition to the list, but a lovely girl that seems to hit just the right note when it comes to product reviews and swatches. It hasn't taken much for her to fast become one of my top enablers, girl knows how to sell a product!

Ellalogy | Favourite Post: Bedtime Routine
Bright pictures, wonderful content, just the right mix of reviews, lifestyle posts and everything between. What's not to love about Ella's little slice of the internet? Even her layout makes me want to get my design head screwed in to update my own.

Parisian To Be
Take a moment to look through Lillian's blog and you'll be blown over by the scope and depth each post brings. A girl in the United States that has a penchant for all things French, and it's pulled off to such a lovely effect. She has me lusting after products I can't get hold of on a weekly basis!

Fragmented Splendour
Annabel has recently updated the look and feel of her blog, which hugely compliments what gorgeously light photos she takes. It's no wonder Kate took her on to contribute to Nouvelle Daily. Some of my all time favourite posts are her nail reviews, which make a nail polish pessimist like myself actually want to experiment a little.

From Roses
If you haven't seen this blog, I highly recommend clicking through and immediately following on any and all social platforms that you can. Rebecca takes stunning photos, making me instantly want to add yet another product to my collection and her reviews are so insightful and concise that I can easily spend hours in the archives.

Dolce Vanity
I met LaaLaa back in July, at a Panasonic blogger event. Everything was a little awkward at first as none of us really knew each other but as we were sipping cava and gossiping about our hairstyles, we just clicked and since then we've been as thick as thieves! Skip over to her blog and Laa's glorious personality really shines through. Bonus? She doesn't review anything that is tested on animals and it's all vegan friendly.

Daisy Butter | Favourite Post: 8-Bit
The posts from Michelle make me want to try more with the fashion side of my blog. Her style is impeccable, mixing textures, colours and dressing for her height to such great effect that I feel even I might be able to pull it off if I could just stop spending money on anything other than my makeup drawer. Plus, Michelle scatters really intriguing lifestyle posts in there that really give an insight to the girl behind the blog.

Katie is such a laugh, let's just use that to start with. Not only does she do up to date reviews on a variety of products from the high street but she also balances high end makeup, making the whole process of "Should I? Shouldn't I?" a lot easier. She also has a Youtube channel that has me in stitches.

The Beauty Milk
Coco has been on my list of blog reads for a long time now. Her tutorials are so informative and her skill with makeup is second to none. Not only that, but she's beautiful and such a wonderful person! If you can spare a few minutes on the weekend, pop one of her videos on and learn something new, you'll be glad you did.

These lovely ladies are just a small handful of the individuals whose blogs I adore. Who do you click onto Bloglovin' to scout out or who makes you smile and nod along with every word? Leave a few of your favourites for me to check out and expand my list.

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Tutorial |

Since having this glorious palette at my disposal, I've been trying out my usual trustworthy shadow combinations, but I figured if I was going to make a video that I needed to step it up another level. There have been plenty of tutorials for everyday wearable colours from this palette, but I'm showing off the right hand side of the palette and just how experimental you can get without having to resign it to nights out.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Blurred Lips

Blurred Lips: Apply | Blurred Lips: Smudge | Blurred Lips |
Wearing: Topshop Lipstick in Clueless

You read that right, not blurred lines, blurred lips! It's the trend that's set to make the imperfect, perfect and looking damn cool in the process. It's time to get out your leather jacket, backcomb your hair, crack out your best cat flick and then try this neat little trick on for size.

This is the most simple makeup trend going, and all it requires is your favourite lipstick and one of your fingers. I opted for a deep, vibrant pink as it's set to be big for this coming S/S, but don't forget the Pantone colour of the year (Radiant Orchid). There's no messing about with a lip brush, just apply the colour directly onto the lips from the bullet, building up the colour in stages after blotting. Once you've reached your desired opacity, use a finger and press along the lip line to give it a blurred and soft edge. If you prefer an even more extreme version, only apply lipstick to the centre and use a lip brush to blend outwardly. This way you can achieve a true gradient and turn those night time colours into ones you can wear to work.

The less defined the better, you want that lipstick to almost bleed into the outline of your lips. It's got such a grungey vibe to it, perfect for shaking up your typical red lip or going crazy with an old favourite. I will be using this on most of my looks going forward, to hell with lip liner!

Adrienne |

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Monday, 20 January 2014

January Birchbox 2014

January Birchbox 2014 | January Birchbox 2014: Contents | January Birchbox 2014: Products | January Birchbox 2014: Book & Soup |

The lovely individuals at Birchbox got in contact recently to see if I wanted to try out their beauty box subscription service. As anyone that reads my blog knows, I'm picky when it comes to beauty boxes and have fairly high expectations. So what did I think of this offering?

Birchbox has such a great design aesthetic that, as a Senior Designer, I can't help but fawn over the box alone. Upon opening, the first thing I noticed was the card detailing what was in the box and an introduction for 2014. There's also a little book of manageable, bite size resolutions which I found to be a lovely touch. I opened this box fairly late at night with my bedroom lights on, and I found it quite difficult to distinguish the yellow from the white. This is always a problem designers face when printing yellow, but I was actually quite shocked at how little I could make out. There's some key call to actions that appear in yellow and it was all lost to me until the morning after.

After delving into the main content of the January Birchbox*, I was quite surprised to find that the products were only separated by a little bit of tissue paper. Not a massive concern, but products have been known to leak and break, so the packaging seemed a little off. When it comes to the products themselves, though?

Having another travel sized Benefit The Porefessional is also going to be a welcome sight to any beauty blogger worth her mustard. I use this every so often and it keeps my makeup in place hours longer while reducing my pores. It glides on like silk and is a great little sample to have in the set! Another big brand name belonged to Philip Kingsley, which showcases a little tube of their Moisture Balancing Conditioner. After greedily using up my can of the One More Day Dry Shampoo I've been aching to get my hands on some more products before I part with the big bucks. The conditioner is meant for medium textured, wavy or dyed hair which I think I tick a few of the boxes for, so go into my next hair washing with an optimistic outlook. The brightest of all the samples is the Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser which made my mouth open aghast when I saw the price of the full size tube. I'd expect this to turn my skin to gold for £150, but I am quite excited to try this due to the stem cells that are present in the formula, just not entirely happy with the premise. Seems like quite a controversial topic… The Vasanti Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleaner looks a little cheap to me, but claims to wash away toxins and makeup. I'm always up for trying new skincare products, which I hope blows me away as the packaging is so poor. I also felt this was the case for Premae Anatomy Nutrients Instant Renewal Body Oil, but my skin is crying out for some hydration are a particularly dry winter. The lovely addition of a packet of Miso soup from Itsu was a nice surprise, I do love Miso soup and at 42 calories, so should everyone else!

I'm looking forward to properly trying out all of these products in the near future, and hopefully taking a leap of faith on some of them if they live up to expectations. I have been impressed with the big names like Benefit and Philip Kingsley in there, and being introduced to brands I've never heard of which is the way we can really scale the breadth of the beauty blogging world. One or two full size products within the box might be a nice addition in future boxes, but that's just me trying to damage control my sample collection. Happy Birthday Birchbox, let's hope 2014 is a good one!

A Birchbox subscription is £12.95 per month (including P&P) on a rolling basis but they also offer 3 month , 6 month and yearly subscriptions. Great if you like to try new products that you might otherwise have missed or can't decide if you truly want to invest. Do you have a Birchbox subscription? What do you think of this months samples?

Adrienne |

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Winter-defying Lips

Winter-defying Lips | Winter-defying Lips - Smith's Rose Balm | Winter-defying Lips - Nivea Lip Butter | Winter-defying Lips - Lush Lip Scrub |

I don't know about you, but in the winter my lips get super dry. Well, they're dry all year round but this season definitely doesn't help! I've made it my mission to try more with my lips and I'm partial to carrying several lip balms and salves around in my coat pockets and bag. Before applying your next coat of lipstick, why not treat your lips to a mini-pamper session?

Winter-defying Lips - Step 1 |

Step 1
Starting out it's always easy to slather on a bit of nourishing lip balm. It softens the lip surface enough to work with, and gives your lips that much needed initial injection of moisture. I tend to lean toward Smith's Rosebud Salve, as it's intensely hydrating with a mixture of oils. Think Vaseline with a kick! Alternatively, Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé is a thicker formula that I only have to re-apply every 4 hours or so. If you don't want to go this route, just use some water.

Winter-defying Lips - Step 2 |

Step 2
Apply a generous layer of lip scrub, making sure to coat the entire top and bottom lip. There are a few out there if you look hard enough, but I have a soft spot for the offerings from Lush. Currently I'm using Santa's Lip Scrub, as it's cola flavoured, bright red and has these cute little edible hearts in there too. They have a bunch of different flavours and often come out with limited edition ones that you should snap up before they sell out!

Winter-defying Lips - Step 3 |

Step 3
Take your finger and really go to town scrubbing it in circular motions, back and forth across the lip. Sometimes I'll repeat steps 2-3, just to make sure I've taken off that hard top layer. For added exfoliation, you could always use your toothbrush. Lightly rub the bristles over your lips like you would the scrub.

Step 4
If you've got an edible scrub, give your lips a good lick and wipe away and excess. If you're not so fortunate, a soft flannel work equally well.

Step 5
The last step is a great one to get the hang of before applying any other lip product, and that's to put a layer of lip balm or salve on. It stops any dehydration from your lipstick, and keeps your lips in perfect condition. A product I reach for all the time is Cymex. This little yellow tube has saved my sanity on many an occasion, sorting out those dry and flaky troubles that can occur in the cold weather. But if I want to go without colour but to add dimension, I apply The Body Shop Natural Lip Roll-On in Orange. It gives me a 'gloss' look that's moisturising and non-tacky.

  • Don't lick your lips! As tempting as this can be, and feel like it can help those dry, flaky areas that you can't seem to moisten, DON'T! Saliva actually drys out your lips, and is a sure fire way to exacerbate the problem. This goes double for biting, which we can all be guilty of from time to time.
  • Throw away your crappy cheap lip salves and balms and opt for something moisturising. You need your lip product to work for you in the best possible way, and that means creating a barrier that seals in moisture. A good lip product will most likely contain vitamin E or nourishing oils too.
  • Believe it or not, water isn't just good for the skin on your face and body, but it's also vital to keeping your pout in tip top condition. Want plumper lips? Drink more water!

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Colour Couture Nail Art Diary 2014

Colour Couture Nail Art Diary 2014 Preview | Colour Couture Nail Art Diary 2014 | Colour Couture Nail Art Diary 2014 - Nail Polishes | Colour Couture Nail Art Diary 2014 - January | Colour Couture Nail Art Diary 2014 - January Nail Polish |

For Christmas, my sister-in-law (or boyfriend's sister to be more precise) got me a far few gifts. I was utterly spoilt but hugely grateful! One of the gifts was this amazing Colour Couture Nail Art Diary 2014. It reminds me of the Ciaté Advent Calendar but on a month by month scale, meaning there's something to look forward to year round.

I finally got over the panic of the last few weeks, and sat down with a cup of tea in hand to properly look at January's offering. Unfortunately the polishes themselves don't come with names or any kind of identifier, but that's such a small detail when the nail polishes are utterly gorgeous!

For now, let's call the polish January. The bottle actually reminds me of the American Apparel polishes, which is no bad thing at all. There's plenty of product, and looks great with being displayed on the dresser each month. 'Starting the year off with a bang' is no better way to explain the glitter present in this clear polish: flecks of red, green, yellow and purple. This will look stunning teamed with a darker colour for reflective interest, but still works wonders over bare nails. Setting time is rather long, so be prepared to have a good book or TV show to hand.

I can't wait to see what February offers up, and I'm trying to be good and pace myself where that is concerned. Let's face it, there isn't much to look forward to between now and when it starts getting warmer, so I'll have this as my personal treasure trove.

What do you think of the nail polish calendar idea?

Adrienne |

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Monday, 13 January 2014

Maybelline Brow Drama & Master Shape

Maybelline Brow Drama & Master Shape | Maybelline Brow Drama | Maybelline Master Shape Pencil | Maybelline Master Shape Spoolie |

I'm a brow girl, through and through. I can't get enough of filling them in when they're sparse, defining them on a night out and just running some clear gel through them to set the unruly strays into place. I have quite big and bushy brows, so I'm constantly on the look out for new products to cut the time it takes to up my brow-game, before work especially.

I'd been seeing Maybelline Brow Drama, £4.99 pop up on many a beauty blog, and let it slip under my radar as I thought it look like a whole lot go hype and not much of a product. It wasn't until I was perusing the aisles of Superdrug that I got to have a play with it, and get a feel for just how it would slot into my routine. Now, I can't say I'm blown away. It hasn't transformed my brows into anything more than my HD Brow Kit accomplishes or my Urban Decay Brow Box sets straight, but it does take a fraction of the time. It does last all day, and doesn't leave that horrible crusty/flaky residue which I adore, as there's nothing worse than plastic eyebrows. There's not a huge amount of colour there, and I do find I need a little more in terms of filling in, but that's where the next product comes in.

I haven't used a pencil brow product in years. Probably over a decade, if I can think back that far! But the Maybelline Master Shape, £2.99 pencil caught my eye while I was trailing Brow Drama. It's a very soft product, perfect to smudge into the gaps and gives off a lovely blended brow look. My main gripe is that I can really 'feel' it on my brows, that is fairly heavy and it almost irritates me that I can tell it's there, without seeing it. I do however love the spoolie that comes on the other end, just what I need for my unwilling brow hairs.

It's still early days with these products, and my true test will be if it can stand up to my hectic weekday morning makeup routine. If I feel I can get away with just a sweep of Brow Drama, then I'll give it a big thumbs up. Anything to not spend half an hour in the dark, struggling with my face, so I can spend more time in bed.

EDIT: After having used both products in minimal light this morning, I have to say that I'm more impressed than my initial thoughts suggest. Not only did it take me all of 30 seconds to fill in the sparse areas with the pencil, but it only took a few more to set them in place with Brow Drama. They're hugely simple compared to my usual brows, but the natural look is winning for me.

Have you tried Brow Drama? What did you think of it?

Adrienne |

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Friday, 10 January 2014

2013 Skincare Edit

2013 Cosmetics Edit |

I'm back with my last round up of 2013 goodies! This time I'm sharing my skincare favourites: the things I just couldn't do without and the things that caught my fancy.

CLEANSER - Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleaner
EXFOLIATOR/SCRUB - Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream
MAKE-UP REMOVER - La Roche-Posay Physiological Eye-Make Up Remover
TONER - Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion
DAY MOISTURISER La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra
NIGHT MOISTURISER - Origins Make A Difference Night
OIL - Suki Face Pure Facial Moisture
EYE CREAM - Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream
MASK - Good Things 5 Minute Facial Face Mask
SPOT TREAMENT - Origins Super Spot Remover

BODY WASH - Korres Cedar Showergel
BODY SCRUB - Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub
BODY LOTION - Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Souffle
HAND CREAM - The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream

What have been your skin care saviours of 2013?

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

2013 Cosmetic Edit

2013 Cosmetics Edit |

2013 flew by! I don't know about you, but I found it difficult to narrow down my favourite products from the last 12 months.

FACE PRIMER - Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer
LIQUID FOUNDATION - Revlon Nearly Naked
CREAM FOUNDATION - Dr Jart. Regenerating Beauty Balm
CONCEALER - Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
POWDER - Maybelline Fit Me Powder
BRONZER - Bourjois Bronzing Primer
POWDER BLUSH - Benefit Coralista
CREAM BLUSH - Illamasqua Androgen Pigment
HIGHLIGHTER - Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder

EYE PRIMER - Urban Decay Primer Potion
PALETTE EYESHADOW - Urban Decay Basics Palette
MASCARA - Benefit They're Real! Mascara
BROWS - Urban Decay Brown Box in Brown Sugar

DAY TIME LIPSTICK - Rimmel Moisture Renew Notting Hill Nude
NIGHT TIME LIPSTICK - GOSH Velvet Touch Flirty Orange
LIP CRAYON - Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Heftiest Hibiscus

I'm looking forward to a happy, healthy 2014. My resolutions are to be the fittest I've been (a tough challenge when I used to dance), drink more water and to spend equal time with my hobbies. What are your resolutions?

Adrienne |

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Monday, 6 January 2014

The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag

The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag |

The wonderful Danniella of Famous In Japan created this fantastic tag with the knowledge that being a blogger means a dent in your bank balance. You can read all about her tag creation on the original post if you want to give it a go for yourself.

1/ Who are your most influential bloggers?  Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?

This is such a difficult question, because it tends to change on a month by month basis. For right now though? I'd have to say that I get tempted to buy most items from The Beauty Milk. Coco seems to hit the nail on the head with the product photos, descriptions and also the way she trials the products. Estée of Essie Button has a massive impact on how well my bank balance fares pretty much every day. Milk Bubble Tea by Becky is my other vice. She just has the most gorgeous photography, lovely home-ware and it just makes all her posts a real delight to read. Once I spy something I like on any of these blogs, I just have to have it!

2/ Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?

There are the rare few reviews where I write the product down and promptly rush to the nearest store and pick it up. One I distinctly remember being the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. Estée was definitely an enabler that day! When it comes to the more expensive purchases I will read a few reviews from bloggers that have the same taste as me, but nothing beats testing the product over a space of a few weeks in store. I go pretty swatch crazy, and I think it helps cement those big purchases, making them seem less daunting.

3/ What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

It's probably The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I was adamant that I didn't need this one, not when I had Naked 2 and the Basics palette. It wasn't until I saw the massive amount of posts that I realised just how much the colours appealed to me. I'd never been truly happy with Naked 2, but Naked 3 has all the tones I'd been craving. I would also have to say that MAC Cranberry is a result of constant blog traversing, and I couldn't be happier with how perfect that colour is!

4/ What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

I can honestly say that I've not been disappointed by anything I've bought as a result of blogger hype. I've been fairly lucky, and dodged a fair few bullets. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is probably the only thing I thought I didn't like, but now it's become a staple in my makeup bag!

5/ Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Soap & Glory Girl-o-Whirl, Latest in Beauty GLAMOUR Beauty Box, The Body Shop Vitamin E Spray.

6/ Have you ever given into blogger hype?  If so, which hype?

I went a little overboard and snapped up all the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons. I couldn't make my mind up from the countless posts, and decided that the only option was to have them all. I don't regret the decision, they are amazing lip products!

7/ Have you ever avoided blogger hype?  If so, which hype?

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. Seriously, I'm not entirely sure why this has been hyped so much. I can't honestly see myself paying out £50 for a rather ridiculous sized bottle of something that doesn't actually do anything. I may be wrong, but I just don't understand what it's supposed to do...?

8/ Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?

I like to try and scope out new products for myself, especially when a lot of people I read don't have the same skin type as myself. But that isn't to say that a lot of what I consider hasn't been blogged about at one point or another. A lot of brands I wouldn't have even considered have been introduced to me through other bloggers taking a chance on them. I'm a lot more savvy with what I spend my money on, beauty-wise than I used to be.

And now I tag the following lovely individuals to have a go at this tag too!

Coco from The Beauty Milk
Katie from Sugarfixx Beauty
Sophia from Tattooed Tealady
Elena from Cocoamourr
Megan from Southern Charmed

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

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I don't need another eyeshadow palette. I don't need another eyeshadow palette. I don't need another eyeshadow palette. Oh BUM, I'm in Debenhams at the Urban Decay counter and I'm looking at another eyeshadow palette. Okay, so I bought another eyeshadow palette.

But there in lies the rub, Urban Decay Naked 3 isn't just 'another' eyeshadow palette. It's a rose gold beauty with colours unlike I've ever owned before. If you thought you'd have them all when you purchased the original Naked palette and then Naked 2, then you need to rethink just how little scope there is for the peachy, pink and gold tones. 12 stunning shades, of which 3 are matte and 9 are full of shimmer, all encased in a tin much like Naked 2 which is much easier for transportation and for keeping clean.

I've been using Naked 3 nonstop for the week I've owned it, and it's so transferable from day to night looks. The left side of the palette leans more toward the light, subtle pink and gold hues that can easy blend together with minimal effort. Then you have the right side of the palette, perfect for the ultimate in rose gold smokey eyes. There are a few shades that have bigger fall out than others, but as they're on the lighter side it's so easy to dust them off with a fluffy brush and clean up with a little concealer. Paired with the Urban Decay Primer Potion (of which you get 4 mini samples in the pack) and you've got a potent, long lasting combination that works all year round.

The brush is your standard UD affair, with a fluffier end for blending and closely packed settle of bristles on the other for more rigid application of colour. I find this one slightly easier to work with than the Naked 2 brush, but I'm still going to invest in some newer eyeshadow brushes from MAC to make the process a little easier. With any luck I should do a little tutorial with this palette, as it's so easy to work with and could well be my first Get Ready With Me video!

Have you invested in a naughty pre/post Christmas treat? What do you think of Urban Decay's choice of colours?