Friday, 19 May 2017

JOHN LEWIS BEAUTY EDIT: Get The Glow


Spring is upon us! I'm a huge fan of dewy skin, even in the Winter, so when the warmer months come around once again, I'm always happy that dewy skin becomes a 'thing'! My skin is quite dry, so matte foundations are a no-go anyway, but that's perfectly okay with me. Summer is all about having fresh and radiant skin. I don't really like a matte base, but in the hot weather, it's nigh impossible to keep it looking great, so you may as well give in and go for a dewy glow instead!

Curated by John Lewis, this Beauty Edit is inspired by bronzed, summer beauty. The look centres around fresh, hydrated skin and that glow from within that you often see on Pinterest!

I picked up:


This is literally like summer in a bottle. I can't say I'm usually a huge fan of fragrance in my make-up and skincare, but this smells really, really great. It has been featured on Allure magazine and has had a really welcoming reception from lots of fellow beauty bloggers, so naturally, I was intrigued! This is like a mix between Fix+ and Urban Decay's All Nighter. It's the summer-friendly, dewy version of the All Nighter spray! It's high end, without a doubt, but it's not so expensive that this couldn't be a gorgeous addition to your make-up battle station.

I really like the fact that this is 'buildable' - you can use one spray for a dewy finish, or even three to four, and you'll be even more glowing! This really is a must-have for any high-end lover, but you might not like this if you have sensitive skin. It's fragranced, contains coconut alkanes and coconut oil, which can pose an issue for acne-prone skin, and they're in a high quantity, so it's up to you whether or not you decide to get this product. I'm personally not sensitive to fragrance or acne-prone, luckily!

The mist is very fine, just like Mac's Fix+. At first I was a little 'woah' when I went to use it, as it's a stark, white liquid. But because the mist is so fine, you won't have any issues unless you go totally ham with this and spray your face twenty times, a la Jeffree Star style.

Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk*
The key to balancing out any dewy look, is to keep the eyes and lips matte. I usually wear matte or satin lipsticks anyway, so the Matte Revolution ones seemed perfect for me. I was debating which lipstick to get from Charlotte Tilbury, and I pondered for a long time.. The brand is so luxurious! But at £24 a pop, you really want to be sure on the shade, and I personally think that Pillow Talk really is an amazing all-rounder for lots of skin tones. It's the perfect balance between pink and brown, and would wear well with an array of different shades on the eyes, which is perfect if you want to use bright eyeshadows in the summertime!

Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow Flash Primer*
This really is a luxury - this primer is a dewy goddess' dream. It softens the skin and blurs imperfections, leaving you looking bright and glowing! Charlotte Tilbury has quite a few indulgent skincare products in her range, and this primer doesn't leave anything to be desired. And at £38.50, it shouldn't! It does everything she claims, and is a really great summer buy. It blends out into a subtle, champagne finish and makes you look that little bit more awake. Just like Strobe Cream, you could get away with this without foundation if you wanted to look like you've just been on holiday, or have the porcelain skin of a supermodel! In line with the price, you don't really need much of this product, which is always a plus when splurging on high-end products. This is a real game changer if you're into high end products.

 So what will you be picking up for Spring and Summer? Will it be high end, or drugstore? 
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

THE LIP PRODUCT YOU NEED: GLOSSIER BALM DOTCOM [REVIEW]

Glossier is one of the cool brands that you always see on Instagram and Pinterest, but never really pay proper attention to. I think that is probably down to the fact that it's only available widely within the US, which makes getting it to the UK a bit of a hassle - and I find that people tend to just ignore brands that aren't fuss-free and readily available on Beautybay or Asos (who have a damn good beauty range right now!), which is a shame - I really want a UK retailer to start stocking them! Anyway, I ordered my balms via my usual method, MyMallBox. I have a complete guide here, so you can easily work out how to get stuff from the US to the UK (kind of) easily.
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Glossier are all about 'clean' and polished beauty. Their products are super minimal and their branding reflects that. Nope, you won't be getting Mac Studio Fix type coverage from this brand! Nuh-uh. They advertise gorgeous, dewy skin and promote a more natural beauty, which is rather refreshing in a Instagram world full of matte skin and drying liquid lipstick! Their break out product has been the Balm Dotcom. Priced at $12, it's a universal skin salve, and it can be used anywhere - cuticles, lips, elbows.. anywhere that needs a hydration pick me up. It's quite a small tube, (I was expecting it to be bigger) so it's perfect for purses and handbags. You can actually get 20% off your first purchase via a friend referral code - here is mine - so this works out at a pretty decent price.

Product claims: "Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, long-lasting moisture, paraben free, fragrance free, cruelty free"
Ingredients: 'Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D'Abeille, Lanolin, Dipalmithoyl Hydroxyproline, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract'

I think that the sightly 'above what you'd usually pay for a lip balm' price is justified for the product after seeing the actual ingredients. It's full of plant oils which are great for hydration and lanolin is a great chapped lip saviour too! Of course you can go out and buy a plant oil for a little cheaper, but it doesn't stay on for longer than 5 minutes (believe me, I've tried), therefore this is a great all-rounder.

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I also picked up the flavoured balm in rose
Honestly, I have tried a lot of lip balms in my time, and none have come close (except maybe this) to Glossier's balm dot com. It's a really great addition to my handbag, bathroom and make-up desk because of the size; It's a small tube, but you don't need much at all because of the super dense and thick formula (seriously, this stuff comes out the tube so slowly - in a good way!) I kind of want to try everysingleproductever now from the website after being so impressed with this! (But also because of the uber-cute stickers that the brand send out with each order.)

Have you tried Glossier's balm dotcom, or any of their other products?


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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Life Lately [& WIN Benefit's Galifornia Blush!]

University Update
Second year of university has been crazy. It really has gone by so fast!
People say university is the 'time of your life' and that it goes by quickly, but when you're in the moment, you never notice. It's only when you're a few weeks from your final exams, that you truly realise how fast time goes by when you're not looking. As a second year, I'm now expected to get some work experience over the Summer.. and I've managed it, thank the lord. I'm going be spending two weeks with a great PR company in my city that work with a wide range of brands and local business'. It's been something that I have been stressing over for a little while, as it's hard to get work experience in a city where there's two universities, countless schools and about 500 applications for any one job.

Over the past year or so, I have managed to find tune my interests, mainly due to blogging. I never want to be a full time blogger. As much as people glamorise it, it's never something I have wanted to do. However, I have realised that working alongside bloggers, managing brands and building client base for people who need that help is something that really interests me; PR/Marketing are industries that are constantly changing and adapting to new ways of marketing - e.g. bloggers, social media and the like, and I think it would be exciting and challenging to work in that industry.

I have exams coming up - eek. I am kind of freaking out about this and I don't feel very prepared yet. I've got to finish (and start..) a short story (they're so much harder that you think!) alongside a 1,500 word critical commentary of my work (fun). I also have another module that I am finishing off work for - all of this needs to be done before April 29th aka MAY aka EXAM MONTH... And then I will have 2 weeks until my exam dates to flat-out revise for them, I have this all planned, but I'm not sure how well my plan will really work. Oh, and did I mention, I'm currently under pressure to fine-tune my choice for my dissertation next year? Stressed is not even the word. But hopefully it's all worth it in the end.

Friends
Within the past year or so, I've lost a fair few friends. In university, especially when you don't live in halls, or with your friends in a student house, there is often a tough period in which you've grown apart from people, but haven't made new friends yet. There are also times, when you realise those "friends" are just fair-weather, 'convenience types, which can really suck. I've gone through both of those situations within the past year or so, and it's safe to say that I have felt a bit rubbish because of it. I found myself making effort that was wasted on people. My boyfriend would tell me to stop being a doormat and told me that if people were really interested in me, they would make the effort, even if it was just a text... but I didn't listen. I made excuses for people and gave them the benefit of the doubt. It can really hurt seeing people you thought were your best friends having fun without you on Snapchat when you didn't even know they were going to go out.

"Maybe they didn't invite me because it was a last minute thing.. for the 6th time this month".

It can hurt seeing people not invite you, or talk about WhatsApp groups the you're not in, right next to you. At the end of the day, it's healthy and normal go go through stages in life where you find yourself cutting people off, because sitting there thinking "well I need SOME friends" and allowing yourself to be treated like rubbish means that you're less likely to find friendships that you really value in life, because you're wasting time on people that don't value you.

Blogging
I've recently tried to be a 'better blogger' ... but it just isn't happening. I think it's down to the pressure I feel trying to make my content perfect. I don't post as much as I used to, because I work a lot and I'm in second year now, but mainly because as I mentioned in this blog post, your photos need to look like something from a magazine before anyone will even entertain the thought of reading it.  I have about 40 posts written up, some fully finished posts that need photos taken for them, some are just little ideas and snippets of my thoughts, but I still feel as though only 1/20 photos will come out at the standard I'd like my blog to feel. I'm sure others feel this way, too, but it is annoying, because I feel like I don't have the time to take a million photos for one post. I wish I could just snap a photo with flash on sometimes, but in the blogging world, it sometimes feels like your photos are more important than your writing.

Competition
I've decided to give away the brand new Benefit Galifornia blush! It's super cute and I'd love for you to enter. It's the perfect shade for Summer. RRP: £24.50. I'll be announcing the winner on the 1st May 2017! The giveaway is open to UK RESIDENTS ONLY. Good luck! xo


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Sunday, 2 April 2017

DEAR 17 YEAR OLD ME: SUNBEDS AREN'T COOL

That right there, is 17 year old me, burning away in a tanning bed.

It's really easy as someone with naturally fair skin, to want to be tempted to lay in the sun for 3 hours or hop onto a sunbed in order to tan quickly. When the sun and hot weather rushes in and out quicker than you can say 'get the BBQ out!', us paler girls are always behind everyone else in terms of looking 'healthy' or 'glowing' as some people describe it. We're all wanting to be brown, but what even is brown? Sun damage. Literally.

I've always been self concious of my skin tone. I hated my pale skin growing up and I'm still not fond of it now, but looking back, I could slap myself. Why? Sunbeds. They're so dangerous, yet they're the least regulated 'danger' in the UK it seems. From my previous experiences, it's always been young girls working there, or an older lady with a magazine at the front desk that just wants to finish reading the Kim K article, which means they usually don't ever check for ID or advise you to take it slowly. In fact, I was so infrequently asked for any proof of age when I was 17 that it's really quite worrying to think that any young girl can use a sunbed if she pops some make-up on and acts confident - that's really all it takes.

SUN VS. SUNBED?
A lot of people don't realise that here is no such thing as safe tanning. If you're going brown, that's your skin trying to protect itself against UVB/UV rays. I wish I could have told myself this years ago when I used to leave the sunbed salon smelling burnt. If I didn't climb out of the sunbed smelling that familiar smell - I'd go back in for another 5 minutes until I could smell it. Burnt skin. I cringe at the thought now. Did you guys know that every time your skin burns, it doubles your risk of skin cancer. And just because your skin isn't blistering red, it doesn't mean it hasn't burnt, especially if you're pale. It might just feel a little warm, itchy, tender.. or you may not even notice! UV rays don't just affect skin, either.UV can penetrate deep into the skin's layers and damage the DNA in our skin cells. This damage can happen before your skin goes red or looks burnt. And in case you need it spoon feeding to you, cells that are damaged by UV are at greater risk of mutating and then dividing uncontrollably, which is what happens in cancer.

At the end of the day, no amount of £24 Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser or £70 Estee Lauder Serum can save your skin in the long-term if it's damaged by the sun for years on end. We have one skin. We can't replace it or fix it once it's damaged. There are some really interesting studies online where sets of twins have been compared - one a sun lover, one an avid sunblock user.. the results are shocking. Suncream might not be glamorous, and yes, fake tan smells like biscuits and peels off quicker than a natural tan, but looking after yourself in the sun and not using sunbeds are two of the easiest ways to prevent damage to your skin in the long term.


"Just getting my skin used to the sun for my holiday!"

This is such a popular belief, it's crazy to me. Lots of people, who don't usually use sunbeds will go on them for a few weeks before going on holiday to 'prepare' their skin, or to get a 'base tan' .. but this does nothing. It doesn't prepare your skin or suddenly stop you from burning once you're underneath the sun in Egypt. Your skin doesn't 'get used' to the sun - it burns. Your skin will still burn underneath that tan, because 'At most, a sunbed tan is the equivalent to a sunscreen with SPF of just 2-4' [Source]

A few years ago I cringed at the thought of sunbed shops being illegal - they were my stop along the way home every single day after college, but now I can't honestly think of anything better now than just to ban them totally. They are always taken too far by people as it's so easy to get a tan if you have the time and money. SPF is not 'boring' or 'uncool', it protects your skin from irreversible, long-term damage. If I am honest, I wasted an awful lot of money on sunbeds, and it took a long time to build up a tan - it's just not worth it. And even if the expense has to put you off, let it - because unless you have a lot of money every week for a long time to build up a nice layer of sun damage aka tan, don't expect it to be a
 cheap way of looking cute.

Not such fun facts
Using a sunbed before the age of 35 increases the risk of cancer by 59% [Source]
Sunbeds provide no positive health benefits. [Source]
UVB rays can penetrate clouds. Live in the UK doesn't mean we're immune to needing sunscreen everyday.
Short, intense and irregular UV exposure, like you receive from sunbed use is the fastest way to damage your skin. [Source]

So there is my little moan for the year. Just kidding, there will be many more posts in which I write about my frustrations with products, people and other bits and bobs - but isn't that what blogging is about? It's not always flowers and a very cute marble background. Sometimes we really need to touch on the important subjects and inject a little opinion and controversy into the community. So tell me in the comments - do you think that sunbeds have a place in 2017? I would really love to know your point(s) of view! 


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Monday, 13 March 2017

Bloggers: Let's Talk About Affiliate Income

You probably didn't notice affiliate links, nor care about them until you became a blogger. Or if you're not a blogger, you likely had no clue what they were until a popular 'gossip' channel on youtube started to call out huge names such as NikkiTutorials and Jaclyn Hill for using affiliate links in their descriptions to earn an income from each click and purchase.

Affiliate income is 5%-8%, on average. Someone using them will make around £1-4 from someone clicking on their link and buying something, unless they go on a crazy shopping spree on that day. To put that into context, if someone buys a £20 top that a blogger has featured through their affiliate link, they'll earn £1.60 - that's if they have linked to a generous retailer that offers 8% commission!

Let's break that down.

£1.60. That's not even a latte.
Or a chicken fajita wrap at your local Boots. 

Bloggers, ultimately, do this because it's an outlet and a passion. I know for sure that I never started a blog to make money or to use affiliate links; I have only just personally started to monetise my blog - over a year and a half later from when I first started out.

When you read a blog post, or just scroll through photos for inspiration, it's easy to forget the work that goes into creating these photos. Blogs aren't 'casual' anymore. As a blogger, if you want people to read your blog, it needs to look damn near a magazine spread before someone even clicks on your post or pays any attention - which puts an enormous amount of pressure on bloggers. Photos in your back garden don't cut it anymore, you need to find location to take photos, like a cute looking street or cafe; Some actually pay photographers to take photos for them - not everyone has a boyfriend or sister to take photos. People will often spend hours perfecting shoots, editing photos and actually writing posts for the people that read their posts. It's fun, but blogging can become a mini job for a lot of people. It can be a nice little side income, but there is a reason that most people throw in the towel after a few months - it's hard work to keep a quality blog alongside full time work or university.

At the end of the day, bloggers have a right to make money from their blogs. Nobody has villanized magazine websites for using affiliate links for years and years - why bloggers? Those 'Top 10 Things To Buy From Amazon!!' lists on Buzzfeed, and top ten picks from Topshop lists on Cosmopolitan website are affiliate links. Why? Because editorial staff, web developers for those websites and at the end of the day, also 'normal' working people expect to be paid every month. They're not villanized by readers and other editorial staff for earning an income from their talent and hard work.. so why are bloggers? It's almost embarrassing how attacking some bloggers will be to one another over a ilnk that almost all established bloggers are using to earn something from their sites.

People want bloggers to provide inspiration, create content, upload cool Instagram photos, but expect them to be completely impartial when it comes to earning a living for themselves. People are happy to google swatches for a product and click on someones blog to see them, but forget that that person has created that content and spent time curating those photos, words and ideas into something that will show up on Google when you want to see what a lipstick will look like on someone thats NW15, or how a Colourpop lipstick shows up on darker skin tones.

If you like someones content - support them. 
Clicking on an affiliate link does not cost you anything extra, it doesn't take longer to load the website, or ruin your day, it just gives someone whom spends 2 hours posing down a pretty side street for nice photos, some money to buy new clothes - to inspire their readers every week.

Of course, like everything ASA, affiliate/sponsored/money-making related to blogs, there is just too much to argue over and say on the matter. What I do think though, is that there are a lot of big fish in the blogging and Youtube pond, that simply do not care to disclose advertorials or their affiliate links in description bars. These women will relish in the delight of buying a Mulberry handbag from the affiliate income they have pooled together from their 13 year old fans buying a £10 jumper because they told them it was 'so cute'..... So why are people attacking each other, when there are much more pressing issues within the community?


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Sunday, 5 March 2017

MINK LASHES WITHOUT THE £30 PRICE TAG!*

Mink lashes are all the rage right now. With everyone from Kylie Jenner to Huda Beauty wearing them, they've become an industry hit. A good pair of quality lashes can instantly transform your look from 'kinda cute' to 'damn glam" in a matter of minutes! Not only that, a decent set of lashes can last up to 25 wears [if you're careful]. I've considered buying the 'big ballers' such as Huda Beauty, Lily Lashes and other brands, but with a price tag of around £30, I'm a bit 'meh'. I'm basically just paying for these companies to pay the Kardashians to advertise the brand.

Private Label Extensions are offering those 'must have' lashes at a super affordable price. They are a wholesale supplier that have branched out and now offer their mink lashes to consumers - handy for those of us after a bargain! .. And aren't we all? The site is run by a wholesale/banding company that specialise in hair extensions, and are now branching out to offer beautiful, 3D mink lashes. They have two options on site, the unbranded type - for private labelling, and the customer friendly retail ones under their own little in house brand "Mink Lash Co", which is inexpensive and simple.
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How much?!
The lashes cost $13.50/£10 which is crazy cheap. They're unbranded, meaning you're getting the same kind of styles as the big brands sell, except you're not actually paying for the branding on the outside of the box or lining some huge beauty vloggers pocket. It's genius! A lot of people buy the £1 lashes from Aliexpress but in comparison to these, they don't feel the same. The ones you get from Aliexpress and other sites feel 'stiff'. These lashes are very soft and silky, and don't feel like you need to use a pair of pliers to bend them in order to make them fit onto your eye. These, needless to say, are actually real mink. The hair used in the actual lash is very fine and thin, meaning you're avoiding the chunky looking lash and can channel your inner Kylie Jenner after her $300 mink lash extensions.
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You can see how fluffy and amazing these are close up.
The site have a large range of styles, with lashes ranging from the more dainty and delicate 'Amelia', to the huge and fluffy 'Ella' that photograph amazingly and are perfect for clubbing or photo shoots. The lashes are gorgeous and this is a well-priced brand - The lashes were also surprisingly easy to apply - I didn't even need tweezers. The thick band makes for an easy application, because you can see where you need to apply the lashes and the band itself, although thick is flexible and bends to shape easily. It also means that the glue doesn't get caught up in the mink hair itself and ruin your expensive.. oh wait, very cheap lashes! These certainly feel expensive and I love that - when something is cheap, but feels expensive. So satisfying.

My favourite styles:
♡ ELLA - A fluffy but dramatic and thick lash, perfect for clubbing. These are super romantic and look perfect with a black and brown smoked out eye. 
♡ AMELIA - A more subtle and yet dramatic lash - perfect for a daytime party or event - these don't require heavy eye make-up to work and look beautiful with winged eyeliner and a red lip!
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[No face + eye make-up]
A note about my photos: I get irritated very easily in my inner corner when I wear lashes, 
which is why my photos feature the lashes cut a little more in the inner corner than someone else might.  

I have to admit, I'm so impressed by these lashes. They're good quality, they hold up after cleaning and you can't beat the price. They're gorgeous and I absolutely love the styles that Private Label Extensions offer! It definitely pays (literally - you're saving money!) to do some research about what brands you buy from. Sometimes you really do just pay for the label - I'm glad to have found a company that cut out the middleman. What lashes do you love? Will you be trying out the site for your mink eyelashes?


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

A £3 Cleanser You Should Run To Boots For Right Now: Garnier Micellar Gel Cleanser Review

Sometimes, having dry skin can make it difficult to find products that work for my skin. I need something that I can use every night without it stripping my skin and making my face feel like I've just rubbed fairy liquid all over it! I've been looking for a 'foamy' cleanser for a little while now, however most I have tried, are too foamy and leave my skin feeling tight and awful (SLS isn't good for your skin anyway!).

I was in Boots the other day and stumbled across Garnier's new Micellar Gel Cleanser! I was really intrigued, as a lot of 'foamy' cleansers can be very stripping and drying to the skin. Usually at the drugstore price point, manufacturers add fragrance and other irritating ingredients in order to make products more appealing to consumers... an orange fruity scent does nothing for your skin, people! The ingredients don't contain a load of rubbish, therefore I picked it up (I'm a shopaholic - of course I did...)

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I, as always, couldn't wait to get home and try this, so took all my make-up off as soon as I got home using my usual hot cloth method, and then double cleansed with the gel cleanser. It foams the tiniest bit, which means the it won't dry your skin out. My skin wasn't left feeling tight or 'squeaky' clean after using (REALLY not a good thing) and I am honestly very impressed with this product.

It's (thank goodness) fragrance free and has sturdy and hard plastic packaging, with a good quality pump. Are there better products out there? Probably. But for £2.66 on offer, I wasn't about to pass up trying this... And I am glad I did. I can honestly say that this product is going to become a part of my everyday routine, simply because it's so cheap and doesn't dry my skin out. Hey, you don't always need high end products, sometimes the cheap stuff will do!


Have you tried this new cleanser yet?! Let me know your thoughts!

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