Monday, 31 March 2014

Looking For Stars - My March Advertisers

March Advertisers 2014 |

Firstly, let me apologise for going AWOL recently, I've had a lot of personal relationship issues that needed to be set straight before putting too much time into the blog. I hope you can all understand and that you forgive me! I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things over the coming weeks, but posts might be slightly sporadic as a result. I do have a lot to talk about in regards to #OxMeet though, so I hope you're ready for everything that's set to come for that!

Isobel Rose
Isobel has an absolutely adorable blog that I urge any fellow beauty blogger to check out and follow. There's the perfect mix of down to earth reviews, great features and a whole heap of personality! I became an instant fan, and the blog design is on point.
Twitter . Facebook . Bloglovin' . Instagram

Paige One
Can I just take a second to catch my breath when it comes to Paige and how gorgeous this girl is? I love that Paige mixes beauty, fashion, design, DIY and many other areas into her blog and the real passion and creativity just shines through. I must say, this is ultimate girl crush territory right here...
YoutubeBloglovin' . Instagram . Pinterest

Thanks for sticking with me guys, I'll try not to fall off the wagon again any time soon!

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Dirty Looks HK Hair Extensions

Dirty Looks: Full | Dirty Looks: Products | Dirty Looks: Booklet | Dirty Looks: Box | www.latenightnonsense.comDirty Looks: Packaging |

Let's start off by saying I'm not a regular hair extension wearer. I've only had one set a few years back and they were thin, fairly ratty looking and looked awful by the time I went to throw them in the bin. At the time I wanted them more for length than volume, but volume is something I've been looking for since August when I started dropping hair due to Alopecia Areata. Anyone that suffers from this auto-immune disorder will know that there are no warning signs, no rhyme nor reason, you'll just lose hair in patches across your head. Luckily I have only 2 patches that are easily hidden, but I do worry about the wind picking up and feeling embarrassed. It was with this in mind that I thought hair extensions would be my best bet and started looking into different companies. Dirty Looks caught my eye when I saw a fair few bloggers had tried them out and didn't have a bad word to say about them. It wasn't long before I was colour matched, given product suggestions and a full head of HK extensions landed on my door mat. The packaging alone is enough for me to swoon a few times over, it's this designers dream.

Dirty Looks thought Espresso was my perfect colour match, and I opted for the 12-14" HK full head hair extensions. The team at Dirty Looks are so helpful and from a few photos the colour suggestion was something I was happy to go with. Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see there was a separate section to see if the colour works with your hair without opening the void warranty seal. The extensions themselves come rolled up in hairnets, which is how they are suggested to be stored, and the box provided is wonderful to slip them into my dressing table drawer without worry they'll get tangled up. The pamphlet provided has loads of useful tips on how to look after your new hair extensions, how to store them, how to wash and dye them and there's a step by step diagram of how to put them in. This came in useful when I attempted it the first time round, and the labelling by number really helped speed the process up.

I'm wearing the full set in the above photo, but on a day to day basis prefer just to wear the quad weft and a few singles dotted around. There is an immense set of hair here, it's no wonder Dirty Looks call it a full head of hair extensions! They don't feel overly heavy, which is something I was worried about, but you can still feel that somethings attached, so you're not likely to forget to take them out at the end of the day. I love how natural these look, being made from the highest quality, ethically sourced human hair makes me realise just how wrong I was to ever invest in anything else. I won't be wearing them every day, but they will definitely be making an appearance on nights out and days where I feel like being a bit more adventurous with my hair. These should see me through for a long while yet, and I've not stopped gushing to friends and family about them. As for my alopecia patches? I can't see them with the full set in, and it's made such a huge difference to my confidence.

I love my hair extensions, do you wear any?

Adrienne |

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Friday, 14 March 2014

John Frieda: Luxurious Volume Videos

John Frieda: Luxurious Volume Videos |

John Frieda have been on my radar since the early days of my mums haircuts when I'd feel utterly and luxuriously pampered. Having a mum as a hairdresser definitely helps keep my money in check, but it does mean I like to splurge on all the haircare essentials that tame the frizz, keep it healthy and bring back the shine. I'm nearly all out of my John Frieda Full Repair range, rationing my Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner like it's the prohibition days.

Currently it takes a lot to get myself in gear in the morning and bother to do something other than run my straighteners through at lightening speed. Going out this coming Saturday has made me hunt around for something different to do with my hair, and John Frieda actually have some pretty informative videos on styling long and short hair. As my hair is just about skimming my collarbones, I can't wait to try out the Floral Curls look but also know that use short-haired girls can rock the Big Bold Waves with a few adjustments. In fact, it might be time to get the hair extensions out and give it a go, as this looks the perfect mix of effortless cool that I've been after. Time to get my hands on the Luxurious Volume range, I reckon!

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Adrienne |

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Unboxing - March Birchbox

Unboxing - March Birchbox |

Birchbox have teamed up with Lulu Guinness to create March's more than stunning box! The March Birchbox* contains a multitude of goodies including a Korres Body Milk, a Benefit Primer and a cute stick of rock with Lulu Guinness running down the middle! I was very impressed with this month's box, and you can see my unboxing video below.

Adrienne |

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Falling for Eyes

Falling for Eyes | Falling for Eyes: Close Up | Falling for Eyes: Eyeko |

Lately I've been loving doing my eyes. I would constantly just slap on a little mascara and be done with it but, looking at my overflowing eyeshadow drawer, it's safe to say that I needed to start using them up!

I've taken to using the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre £15 to prep my lids before applying any colour. After seeing it in countless Velvetghost videos where Gabby did the same, I felt it was about time I got my hands on this gorgeous neutral base. I haven't been disappointed and have used it every day since, even passing up on my coveted Urban Decay Primer Potion in favour of it. All my veins disappear and everything just seems much more even, and eyeshadow just simply doesn't budge! To add colour, I've been loving my MAC quad £6.50. I have Cranberry, Woodwinked, Sable and Coppering £10 and mix them up from time to time with other colours but they all make a regular appearance in my routine. I've taken to laying Cranberry and Sable together in equal amount for a gorgeous smokey eye that can be worn day or night. For work, I have not been able to put down the Rimmel Glam Eyes Palette in Brixton Brown £6.99, the colours are well pigmented with a little work and the addition of the deep red-brown in the centre really adds depth to the otherwise neutral eye. I have had no end of compliments on the colour and it's great to recommend it when it costs less than a tenner!

Then I have to highlight some hero products in my eye-loving phase. Eyeko have really cemented me as a lifelong buyer of their liner, but I was lucky enough to be able to try out a few more products from this wonderful company and I haven't been disappointed! The Eyeko Liquid Metal Eyeliner in Rose Gold* and Black Onyx* £21 have been helping me with my liner flicks. The application is so simple, a couple of turns of the end and it flows into the brush applicator. I can get such a solid flow of colour that sticks around even after a long day and the Rose Gold version just has me swooning each time I give it a go. It goes stunningly with the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette *winkwink*. I've been told you can dip dye your lashes by applying a hint of the liner to the tips of your lashes, which I'm thinking will be a great to try out in the summer. The Eyeko Black Magic Mascara* £18 was a winner upon opening the box , where a pick fell out and into my lap. At first I thought it was a clever play on the name and some kind of musical thing, but it's actually a really nifty eye shield to stop mascara smudges. The silver tube contains keratin and shea butter so it's nourishing for the lashes. The curved wand gets right into the root of all the lashes and the shield really does help to stop any smudging. There is serious curl, length and volume with this mascara and I'm totally converted! To finish up the eyes, you've got to draw attention to them and there's nothing better to do that than to sort your brows. This is where the Eyeko Brow Gel* £18 comes in, and we've got yet more keratin here but with gingko biloba to help condition, thicken and maintain a healthy brow. I've not seen any flaking or stiffening with this gel, but it does keep them, in place and adds a hint of colour. I tend to use it to set my brows after a little powder as I don't get the coverage I need for my bushy brows! A couple of upward strokes, and then smoothing them down gives you natural brows that look polished.

What are your favourite eye products?

Adrienne |

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner: Box | Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner: Application |

Thinking back to my younger days, namely school, I wouldn't be without a well crafted bit of eyeliner adorning my top lid. There's just something about perfecting that line with such precision that you don't mind if the rest of your makeup looks wonky or you've applied a touch too much blush. A good liner flick and you're over the moon.

With Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner* £12 I can honestly say that this is made a million miles easier than with most pen tip liners I've tried. I always figured them for the easier of applications, but been met with a messy black, smudged end when I go crawling back to my trusty brush and liquid combination. When this popped up on my doorstep however, I knew it would be something I would come to love. A quick swatch on my hand and the rich, pigmented black got me so excited that I promptly went into the bedroom to apply it. I experience no tugging or pulling, just a nice gliding motion when attempting my line and the black was intense while being fast drying. Nothing worse than applying, sneezing and finding you've got a nice jet black trail of liner all over your face. For those of the feint hearted when it comes to liner, a few well placed dots along the lash line will result in an idiot proof solution to applying; dot-to-dot has never been so useful!

After wearing it all day on Saturday while shopping with Tamira, I was impressed to see that it hadn't budged, faded or flaked off. I then re-applied this for a night out, thickening up my line with relative ease, using the pen at an angle. It's so versatile and has retained a spot in my 'everyday makeup' bag for all the reasons stated above. Can I swoon yet?

Have you tried an eyeliner product that made you go all heart-emoji?

Adrienne |

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Haul #3

Haul #3 |

After my 'Frugal February' I had a bit of a spend on Saturday with my gal Tami. I also had a few bits before FF started which I tried not to use until the month was through. So my list looks ridiculous, but I haven't gone this mad in a long time, and it'll probably be the only time I am this frivolous.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Fancy Topaz
Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Night Jewel
Rimmel Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow Palette in Brixton Brown
Rimmel Eyeshadow Paint in Golden Bronze
Maybelline Color 24HR Tattoo Eyeshadow in Permanent Taupe
Maybelline Color 24HR Tattoo Eyeshadow in Metallic Pomegranate
Topshop Nebula Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pro Palette Eyeshadow in Woodwinked
MAC Pro Palette Eyeshadow in Sable
MAC Pro Palette Eyeshadow in Coppering
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC 239 Brush
L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara
Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil
Nuxe Rev de Miel Lip Balm
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking
Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Gloss in Glorious Grapefruit
Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Gloss in Electric Orange
Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush
Models Own Hyper Gel Nail Polish in Coral Glaze
Dior Glow Maximizer
Chanel Blush in Chamade
This Works Lavender & Vetivert Candle

Adrienne |

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Monday, 3 March 2014

The Lipstick Tag

The Lipstick Tag |

I've been tagged by the gorgeous Tamira of The Guilty Girl (seriously follow this girl: she's just started a YouTube and is a complete babe) to do the Lipstick Tag! I do love a good tag, and lipstick has been something that's crept up in numbers in my collection over recent years.

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

It's over the 30 mark, if we don't include lip glosses (which I actually don't like very much anyway). That sounds ridiculous when you have to count and it goes beyond even 10!

2. What was the first lipstick you owned?

This is a really tough question because I have to think all the way back to when I was in school! I think the first one I bought myself was probably from someone like Barry M or in the days when Seventeen was still 17. It was most definitely a 'concealer nude' type of lipstick, I was very anti-colour in those days unless it was shocking blue and on my eyelids.

3. What is your favourite lipstick brand?

At the moment I would have to say that this prestigious title goes to Revlon. Some of the Colorburst Lip Balms they've been releasing have been spot on and much cheaper than picking up a chubby stick. Plus, they're minty!

4. What is your most worn lipstick?

I've been reaching for Rimmel Moisture Renew Notting Hill Nude more often than not. It's such a gorgeous nude with pink tones that is my ideal work-day colour.

5. What is your favourite finish?

It would have to be matte, it's just the only finish I can stand for longevity. Most other finishes seem to disappear in a short space of time but matte hangs around a great deal longer. I do have to make sure to really moisturise my lips before, during and after though, which is a real bugbear but something that's necessary if I don't want to look like I've been travelling through the arctic circle.

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

It happened to be a Revlon Colorburst Matt Balm in the shade Striking. I picked it up when Tami had said how lovely Audacious was on me, so I couldn't resist adding to the collection. It's a warm ready that should be a great colour for going out in.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Amazingly, only the one, Revlon Colorburst Matt Balm in Audacious. I had a clean out of all the remnants of makeup before I went out on the weekend and this was the only thing that made the cut to be taken out.

8. What is your favourite red lip colour?

No question about this one: MAC Red. It was my first MAC lipstick purchase, and a classic. It makes my teeth whiter, it's incredibly soft and supple on the lips and, with a good lip liner, the fade from it is much more subtle than most intense reds.

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

Shamefully, I have no acrylic storage to put them out on my dressing table, so they actually all go rather haphazardly into a HYPE clothing box in one of my beauty drawers. Ideally I'd like to get a better setup, but it's working for me for the time being and I also think I want something that will match my dresser a little more.

10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?

After seeing Morange on Tami when we were in the MAC store in Oxford, it's shot up to the top of my list. I'd also like to try any of the NARS lip products as it's something I've not invested in yet.

I tag: JennyCocoMeganMegan, Katie

Adrienne |

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