July Beauty Favourites

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Welcome to my first ever monthly favourites post! I recently wrote a post on my summer beauty essentials, but I'm back to ramble on about what I have been using throughout this month.  I have been so busy with work lately and am looking forward to August as I will be escaping the country for a week! I'm also gong to be moving into my new (larger) bedroom with my new double bed (I've waited 20 years for a double bed) and can't wait to get stuck in! So, let me explain what I have been loving this month!

 
Nivea Express Hydration Primer  - £4.99.
 
I have to admit I'm usually very forgetful when it comes to using a primer, but I have made more of an effort over the past few weeks to ensure I apply it before my foundation. This is the first primer I have tried, so am unable to compare it to any others! The main benefit of using this primer is the moisture it gives. I only need to apply a small amount, which is then able to cover my whole face, ensuring I'm moisturising too. It does absorb very quickly; however I like to know it's completely sunk in so I usually do something else while I wait for it to sink in. I definitely believe it does make a difference to the longevity of my foundation. I am enjoying using it, as I feel it does improve the moisture of my skin and also helps my foundation last longer through out the day. I am interested in trying other primers out though, but I'm concerned about splashing out and then they may be rubbish!
 
St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse - £2.99
 
I absolutely love this false tan. So much so, I challenge you to see if you prefer it to St Tropez. After using St Tropez for at least a year, I'm kicking myself for not trying out this tan sooner! It lasts longer and is around £10.00 cheaper! I am finding this perfect for the summer, although I do usually wear a light false tan regardless of the weather. It gives a professional looking tan and is super easy to apply. As the name suggest, it is an instant tan, but develops deeper as the hours pass, so don't go too crazy when you apply it! I would definitely recommend you use a tanning mitt when applying this, or you will find yourself with abnormally orange fingers.  I have been complimented on the tan and did confess it was all thanks to a good old bottle, I was told it looked natural! It lasts for at least a week before it starts to flake away and I need to exfoliate and start again. I recently wrote a fuller review on this product which you can read here.
 
Benefit 'They're Real' mini mascara - £9.50
 
As explained before, I know you wont need me to introduce this mascara to you! It is well loved in the beauty world and I can understand why. When I first used the full size mascara, I was wondering what all the fuss was about but as it builds up it gives brilliant volume and length. The mini size is perfect for travelling and would also be a good idea to buy this to try before committing to spending £19.50 on the full size!
 
Imperial Leather Foamburst - £2.99
 
If you are yet to try these shower foams, you are missing out. Seriously, they are so good! I usually only buy them when they were on offer and managed to find them reduced to £1 in Asda, so of course I bought more than one! These shower gels give you the ultimate shower experience. I only need to squeeze out a small amount onto the palms of my hands and this will then magically transform into a large bubble of foams. Also, Foamburst promises forty washes from one bottle which is pretty good value! The product I have been using lately is 'Soft Touch' which has a gorgeous scent of jojoba milk enriched with Vitamin E.
 
Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner - £10.00
 
I was really pleased that I picked up this eyeliner with the latest issue of Marie Claire magazine. The magazine was only £2.50 so it was a brilliant bargain. My first impressions of the eyeliner were not that amazing, I wasn't too impressed. The more I have used it, the more I have grown to like it. The eyeliner is a liquid black and is easy to apply using the skinny pen liner. I think its easy to use as you can choose how much you build it up. I did find it a change from my usual Rimmel liquid eyeliner which has a thicker brush. It glides smoothly onto the eyelid and I love the lasting power of this product. £10.00 does seem a bit pricey for me to spend on an eyeliner, but I do think I would splash out on this in the future
 
Nina Ricci Nina* - 30ml - £19.74.
 
I have saved the best until last. Words cannot describe how beautiful this scent is! I wont go into too much detail as I will be writing up a full review soon. It is described as a modern fairy tale and I couldn't agree more! The bottle is gorgeous too, will look perfect on your dressing table! It's an apple shaped bottle with Nina Ricci engraved on the bottle. It is a 'fresh floral-fruity fragrance: freshness, addictiveness, femininity and character.' This is my absolute favourite perfume I have ever used, it's overtaken my love for DKNY's Be Delicious.
 
What have been your July favourites? x
 
 

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Holiday Postcards

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Travel Supermarket are currently running a competition where all you have to do is write a blog post on your favourite holiday memory and why it is so special to you. If you fancy entering, you can find more information here.
 
The holiday I have decided to write about is my first holiday abroad with my boyfriend. After being together a year last summer, we decided it was time for the next step and go on holiday together! We went to Fuencaliente in La Palma and stayed at a four star hotel; La Palma Princess. La Palma is a volcanic ocean island; the jewel of the Canary Islands. It is nicknamed the 'Pretty Island' as you may be able to tell from some of my photos! La Palma is also home to banana plantations; which are surrounded by walls to keep them protected, you can have a little look at the picture of the banana tree I took! I should also point out before rambling on about my little travels, I've decided not to put photos of me and my boyfriend in as I don't think he'd like it and neither would I! So I'll keep them for my scrapbook!
 
The night before we travelled from Gatwick airport, we stayed at the nearest Holiday Inn. As we live in Wales, my boyfriend drove up (I wouldn't have dared!) and we stayed overnight before flying early the next morning. I was so excited when we set off on the journey just to Holiday Inn as the holiday was starting! It was a gorgeous sunny day when we got to Gatwick, so we checked into our hotel room and wandered around outside. We soon found ourselves lost on the streets, having to ask neighbours where we could find a local pub! We eventually found one and we sat and had a meal outside before going to Tesco to buy a travel iron as all my clothes had got ridiculously creased. (Interesting story, right?)
 
 
 
 We stayed for seven nights  all inclusive at La Palma Princess and Spa Hotel. It was only a short flight and the coach trip to the hotel was rather bump to say the least! It was around a fifty minute drive to the hotel and I can only say how glad I am we had seatbelts! It was a bit like being on a rollercoaster (my worst nightmare!) but it was worth it once we arrived! The hotel is on a steep hill overlooking the sea. You can see the view from the bus journey on the last image of this post. Doesn't it look gorgeous?
 
 
 
The hotel is a very large resort in a secluded area. If you are looking for good nightlife and bars, then La Palma wont be the place for you. It's such a chilled out atmosphere; it is perfect for the ultimate relaxation holiday. I managed to get through four novels in one week, I think that's my best ever record! We had a twin room, which was basically two double beds pushed together. It was lovely and cool in the room, very spacious and the bathroom was very plush with a walk in shower! Unfortunately, the balcony was only very small and we didn't have a great view, just a view of the opposite balconies! But if you want a sea view room, you've got to pay for one! Now, onto the main attraction of this hotel. Not one swimming pool, not two; but eleven! There are eleven large immaculate swimming pools, each surrounded by a pool bar with soft drinks, beer and cocktails! It is literally like heaven, surrounded by lots of sun loungers; there's certainly no need to be rushing to put your towels down in the morning! The resort is lovely and peaceful, so much so that on quite a few occasions we ended up with a swimming pool to ourselves!  
 
 
 
There are three main restaurants to choose from. There's the pizzeria snack bar, open for brunch and afternoon snacks. La Choza is a buffet service for breakfast (amazing pancakes) and lastly, The Taburiente Dining Room; where we had our dinner each night. There was always a large selection of food to choose from and they even had a wine dispensing machine (yes that caught your attention, didn't it?!)  
 
 
 The hotel had a lovely little gift shop; where I stocked up on little tubs of Pringles for my evening snack (!) and lots of little gifts and souvenirs. For ten euros, I bought a lovely photo album ready to put the huge mound of photos that I had taken in! I also used it as a scrapbook, collecting little leaflets, maps, postcards and even napkins to put in as mementos! There were also gorgeous little ornaments and photo frames; it was only a small little supermarket store but it was lovely having a nose around! I also remember one night after dinner, there were market stalls outside with local sellers, a bit like a craft/boot sale! It was lovely having a look at the items and was definitely something different to do after dinner.
 
 
 This holiday was very special to me as it was the perfect break for me and my boyfriend to spend time together and relax. I would highly recommend La Palma if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, it's the ultimate relaxation resort. I would definitely go back again, just to have the swimming pool to ourselves again!
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
What has been your favourite holiday? x
 
 
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Maybelline Colour Show 'Metallic' Nail Stickers

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I recently reviewed Model's Own floral nail stickers - you can read the post here. I will be considering the quality of the Model's Own nail art for this review. I bought these Maybelline Colour Show nail stickers in the clearance section of Boots (I love to have a nose through there, although my local store usually just has reduced baby products!). The nail art was reduced from around £7.99 down to £2.99, so I thought I would give them a try. There wasn't a large amount of variety to choose from but these metallic stickers were my favourite. After using nail stickers before and being surprised at how easy they were to apply, I tested these out as soon as I got home.

The first thing that I thought was silly was the fact that they give 18 stickers. I don't know about you, but I fail to see the point of having 18 stickers? Twenty, yes two applications if you're careful or keep the rest for spares. But with eighteen, it's just eight spare stickers rather than two applications which I feel definitely isn't worth the full price of £7.99. The package includes the stickers, a nail file and a cuticle stick.

  • Select a sticker that best fits each nail.
  • Lay the sticker over the bare nail and apply a little pressure over the entire surface of the nail using the cuticle stick.
  • Fold the spare top of sticker over nail tip and file away the extra length of sticker in a downward motion.
I think the best thing about the nail stickers are the easiness of application. As you can see from the above simple instructions, all you have to do is pop them on and flatten them onto your nail - I didn't use the cuticle stick, I just smoothed them on using my fingers. I absolutely love the pattern of the stickers, I thought it gave a high end look with the metallic design.

Onto the negative of the product: the longevity. The quality of the stickers are nowhere near as good as Model's Own and I was left feeling disappointed. Yes, the design looks lovely, but I would recommend using these for a special occasion - and don't expect it to last you through the week! As they are so easy to remove, they then become easy to fall off. Every now and then I would look down at my nails and realise I had a few missing! I did top these up using the spares but after a while I decided to give up and peel them all off. It did get quite irritating that they did not stay on for long - definitely not worth full price! I am glad I bought these in the sale as I was pleased with how they looked; but I wouldn't buy this brand of nail stickers again.



 
 


Have you tried Maybelline Nail Stickers? x
 
 
 
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Sweet Dreams on Instagram

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Instagram. Yes I know, where have I been hiding all this time? Under a rock? As I'm sure you'll already know, Instagram is the home of all things gorgeous and I can't quite believe I'm only now getting into it! I did create an account a few months back purely as my sister was going to Australia and I wanted to be able to see all her photos while she was away. I don't want to use Instagram as a way of showing off my life or over-sharing, so will just be sharing some pictures of things I come across and love!



I will be using Instagram as an inspiration; finding pretty images and inspiration for my blog! So this was just a little post to let you know you can now find me stalking through random photos and updating mine!

So far I am only following around 10 people, so please leave me your links as I would love to be following more. You can find me at @alexandra_cl. Although thinking about that, as I want to make it blog related perhaps I'll change the username, I'll edit this post if I do though!


Would love to follow you, so feel free to leave me your links! x
 

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I went to HobbyCraft .....

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... and bought a bit more than I intended to! I first read about the Smash Portfolios' on 'A Design Rookie's' blog and I was straight onto Hobby Crafts website, ready to buy my own! When I realised I'd actually have to be patient and wait a few days for delivery, I popped into my car and off I went to the nearest store which is around 20-30 minutes drive away. This was my first ever trip to a Hobby Craft store and I can't believe I've left it so long! The store was set out so beautifully, with ready made crafts on show and so many different products to look at. Outside the store was a hopscotch image drawn with chalk, welcoming you to Hobby Craft. My initial thought was 'that's a shame someone's drawn outside the shop', until I realised it was done purposefully! I should wear my glasses more often! It looked lovely though and thought it was a sweet touch. My favourite thing I spotted was a huge Minnie Mouse 3D balloon - I'm hoping somebody gets me this for my birthday (Even though it's not until next year!). I'm going to show you what I got my hands on; I'm really pleased with what I have bought and am looking forward to getting started! I have a slight feeling I will be showing my face in the shop very soon!
 
 
 
This is a Decopatch Mache Owl - how cute is he? There were so many different animals to choose from; it was close competition between an owl, cat or dolphin and the owl came out on top! For £6.49 (small) you simply take him home plain and decorate him as you wish! The store sells Decopatch paper which is suitably designed to decorate your chosen ornament as you wish. There are lots of gorgeous designs to choose from and I went for the pink and white floral design as shown in the photo below! The floral design paper was £3.79.
 
 

 
 
 
 
This one's plain and simple - another new notebook to add to my collection! Yes, I have too many that I never use but it was only £3.00 and was really pretty so that's my excuse. As you can see it has a beautiful vintage bird design and is a hardcover book. Whether I'll actually use it is a different story ...
 
 
Lastly, I bought this Boofle 148 piece card making kit. I absolutely love Boofle; he's so sweet! A usual Boofle card costs around £1.50, if my memory serves me correctly, so I paid £14.95 for the kit which will make 32 cards, along with 148 decorations. My family can expect Boofle cards for a long time from now on! I find this such a relaxing hobby to do as it ends up looking really sweet and it doesn't take an awful lot of effort!
 
Have you shopped at Hobby Craft? x
 

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Competition Tips

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I've decided to put together a little post including some tips on entering (and hopefully winning!) competitions. By no means am I an expert, but I have been entering competitions from a young age and still remember my first competition win. Does anyone remember the 'Freebies' page in Shout magazine where you would tick what you want and see if you win? My first win was a set of  'Party Girls' books - please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers these? a year or two later I won a Sequin Art set. I think that from then on I have always enjoyed entering competitions as there is always the 'What if?' and imagining yourself receiving an email telling you you've won a luxury holiday abroad - at the end of the day some one has to win it! My family members will say 'You're so lucky! and 'I never win anything!' - if this is you, then lets change this! As cheesy as it is - you've got to be in it to win it! Of course you're not winning anything if you aren't entering!


 
Entering competitions is usually classed as a hobby and I think you should be able to dedicate some time of your day or week to enter some of your favourite competitions. Lately, I have less time to enter competitions as I work full time and also want to find the time to get my blogging done too. I usually find it easiest to sit down with my laptop when I get a few hours to myself and go on a huge competition spree! Why you enter competitions is all up to you, but the main aim of course is to win! There are so many amazing prizes on offer, you'll find yourself spoilt for choice. It can also really save you money too. You may well find yourself getting excited when you see the postman, hoping he's bringing you some goodies!
 
Over the past few years, I have won a good few competitions. I can only hope you don't see this as bragging but it may give you a good idea of what you could win! I have won a years subscription to More! magazine (R.I.P!) and currently a years subscription to Heat magazine. I have also won a£100 cheque which definitely came in handy and recently won £500 worth of beauty products from The Organic Pharmacy. My favourite win to date has been £100 Boots vouchers - I had a lot of fun getting that spent and it didn't take me long to spend either!
 
The main thing to be aware of is that you're not very likely to win overnight. It sure is possible but its not very realistic. I can go for a long period of time without any wins at all, as many compers do and then all of a sudden, two or three can turn up in a week, restoring your faith in competitions! You need to be aware that winning can take time, as explained above. Keep a positive frame of mind and carry on regardless of not winning a thing. When there are 'bigger' giveaways such as Glamour's May Beauty Giveaway; you have a much higher chance of winning seeing as there are more prizes to give away. You never know when there may be a winning email waiting for you in an inbox!

Don't just enter for anything and everything. You'll soon find yourself feeling disappointed when you find out that you've won a novelty hat that you wouldn't be seen dead in. I no longer enter for things I do not want or could not use as it seems unfair to other people who generally may be longing to win it. Someone's perfect prize could be my nightmare, so why enter for it? I will enter for things that I know family or friends may use, such as books, beauty products, DVDs, games - some that may not be my type of thing but I know there is something close to me who will be more than happy to receive it.

A tip that you may find helpful is to have separate accounts for Facebook, Twitter and your email. I have a separate 'comping' email address than my personal email address. This is because once you enter a lot of competitions, the companies will most likely send you marketing emails and newsletters. This would soon clog up your personal email address and you could find yourself missing important emails. As for Facebook and Twitter competitions, I would suggest you have a separate account for these for entering competitions. A lot of Twitter competitions are 'RT to win' and you may well be getting on your friends nerves with endless competition tweets and re-tweets! Make sure you have a profile picture and follow companies so nobody thinks you're a robot! (Yes, really!) Also, be mindful of what information you are giving out over the internet. I have no problem giving my name, address and email so I can ensure to receive a prize, but I fail to understand why they need my home phone number and telephone number! Some companies will insist on you giving your phone number and I tend not to enter these. We all know how annoying those automated phone calls can be!

Now that I've talked about what I feel are the main tips for entering competitions, you may well now be asking yourself 'Well, where can I find competitions?'. I would suggest signing up to competition forums such as Loquax and Money Saving Expert - both forums of which I regularly join in and post whenever I find new competitions. You will need to create an account and be sure to be grateful and respectful to other member. Don't just take and take, if you find a brand new competition, share it with others! Karma comes back around and you'll also get a good feeling from sharing too.

I hope you find my tips helpful! Good luck x
 

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The 40 Beauty Questions Tag

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I first spotted the '40 Beauty Questions' on Kirstie's Yellow Brick Blog and seeing as I try to keep my blog aimed at beauty and lifestyle posts, I thought I'd give it a go! Feel free to tag yourself if you fancy writing a different kind of post for a change - leave me your links to the post if you do!
 


 
How many times do you wash your face daily?
At least once or twice a day. When I haven't got gradual tan on my face I love having the perfect excuse to exfoliate! I will use a face wash before bed as long as I'm not too tired!
 

 
What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
I've definitely got normal skin as I never have any problems with it! (I'm not rubbing it in) I will occasionally get some dry patches around my nose but that's about it.
 

What is your current facial wash?
I'm currently using up Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit daily wash and also using Clean&Clear's Morning Energy daily scrub.
 
Do you exfoliate?
Yes! I absolutely love having a good excuse to exfoliate- I know you're not supposed to do it everyday so I force myself not to, but I easily could!


What brand do you use?
I'm using Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush body scrub - smells so delicious! I'm also using The Body Shop's mango sugar scrub which is perfect for getting rid of any annoying lingering fake tan patches!

What moisturiser do you use?
I've got a few moisturisers on the go at the minute, I can imagine you're not supposed to mix them up though? I'm loving Garnier's Wake Me Up moisture match and Clean and Clear's morning energy moisturiser.

Do you have freckles?
Too many to count! Especially when the sun rears its head, the army of freckles come out too!

Do you use eye cream?
When I remember! I've got a few eye creams and love applying them but I tend to forget. I use Nip+Fab's Dark Circle Fix and Clinique's kind to eyes roll on. Apparantly the skin around our eyes are very thin so I'll make more effort to not forget!

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Luckily I don't suffer with my skin.  I will just get the occasional spot now and then when I eat too unhealthily but they don't pop up too often. I bet now I've said that, I'll wake up with a big fat one my nose!

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
I have had to Google this as I've never heard of it! It's skincare for acne-prone skin, so as explained above I don't suffer with spots, so no I haven't!

What foundation do you use?

My current favourite is No7's Beautifully Matte foundation in 'Deeply Beige' after being skin matched at my local Boots. It gives good coverage, which is the main thing I look for in a foundation but it can dry out my skin sometimes so I make sure I moisturise before and after using.


How about concealer?
I used to spend so much time trying to conceal my 'dark circles'. Literally, I would have paid ridiculous amounts for something that probably wont even work. Using a light gradual tan on my face gives me a bit more colour on my unusually pale skin! This helps with my dark circles, so I now just use a cheap Natural Collection concealer for when I remember.


Do you know your undertone colour?
 have absolutely no idea. This is the part where I go and find out ...

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
Love them! I only wear them on a night out these days, but I used to wear them every single day without fail! I tend to buy the pack of ten pairs that are an absolute bargain from ebay and use a good Revlon adhesive glue to keep them in place!

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Ooh, not three months, I thought it was every six months. Shock confession, I don't go out of my way to dispose of mascaras too old I keep them and use them later on after forgetting I opened them! Don't worry I know this is naughty and they are holding all sorts of yucky bacteria.
 
What brand of mascara do you use?
I'm always changing it up, I can't stick to just the one! I love Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara for length and then use Rimmel's Scandaleyes in extreme black to add volume on top.

Sephora or MAC?
Neither! I've never heard of Sephora (is that bad?!) I tried MAC's Studio Fix Fluid foundation after reading such rave reviews, but was hugely disappointed that I spent £30.00 on something which was not worth it for me.

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
Short and sweet - No.
 
What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
My grubby paws! I'm afraid I don't bother using makeup brushes, it's all applied by my paws apart from eyeshadow! I wonder if I'd prefer foundation after applying with a brush instead, so I should give it a go.

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Nada.

For the face?
I use Nivea Express Hydration Primer when I remember. It's lovely and moisturising and I only need to apply a small amount to cover my whole face. I'm pretty bad at remembering to apply it though as it doesn't fit in my makeup bag so it tends to disappear for a few weeks!


What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
I only use Rimmel's eyeshadow! My favourite is Smokey Quartz.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Both. I mainly use liquid eyeliner on my top eyelids and then use a pencil eyeliner on my water line (if my eyes aren't giving me grief!).

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Not very often actually! I'm probably more likely to get a mascara brush or a smudge of eyeliner in my eye - ouch! So annoying when your whole eye makeup is then ruined!

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Oops, what's a pigment eyeshadow?

Do you use mineral makeup?
I don't but I used to love using L'Oreal True Match minerals foundation. I like a lot of coverage though, so I tend to stick to liquid foundations. I would love to try Bare Minerals foundation though.

What is your favorite lipstick?
None! I have nude lips almost constantly, I always end up smudging it off and can't be bothered to reapply. So lazy.


How about lipgloss?
Ugh, I hate using lipgloss! I know it looks good on others but I just don't feel it suits me. I hate the feel of it, all slimey on my lips!

What is your favorite blush to use?
I usually forget to use blusher. I'm noticing a pattern of my forgetfulness/laziness whilst answering these questions! I use a Clinique blusher my mum gave me, I'm not sure what exactly it is but I love it!

Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
I know you have to be careful about buying makeup on ebay - there are a lot of fakes out there! I would be willing to buy a boxed brand new item from a genuine seller though.


Do you like drugstore makeup?
My favourite!


Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
I'm afraid not. I have no idea if there are any near me or not.
 
Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I don't think I would bother to be honest! Although it would be good to learn new tricks, so maybe so!
 Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I can be but it depends if I'm rushing usually I can end up with liquid eyeliner smudged up to my eyebrows - not a good look.
 
Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Hmm, maybe too much eyebrow pencil?! I think we all make makeup mistakes and learn from them, so who am I to judge!

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?

I would stick to neutral shades of eye shadow but I would use a brighter shade of lipstick to try out a new look.

Which celebrity always has great make up?
Demi Lovato. I absolutely love the makeup she wears when she is on X Factor USA, she's drop dead gorgeous. Plus she looks good without it to!


 Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes I do, I don't do it all the time obviously but sometimes there's things that are more important than the way you look.


Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
In an nutshell, no. But that's the way I am and it's not always practical to constantly be wearing makeup!

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Foundation wise, it would have to be No7 or Clinique. For all my eye makeup, Rimmel is my favourite as the products are great and such a bargain too!
 
What do you think of Makeup? 
Love it of course! I love how much it can improve confidence and you can completely change your look to suit your mood.

I tag you! x
 


 
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My Summer Beauty Essentials

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I hope you're all enjoying this amazing heat we are having! I'm making the most of it, as I'm sure it will be back raining in no time (and then we'll all be complaining it's too cold, never mind too hot!) I'm writing this post in the sunshine, I wish everyday was like this. I've decided to write a post on my favourite summer essential health and beauty products that I will be using throughout the summer. I'm off to Menorca at the end of August so will be using them then if the sunshine in the UK decides to vanish.



Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash - £6.50, Boots.
If you're a fan of Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush body scrub, I can't recommend enough that you need to get your hands on this fresh and foamy body wash. My initial thought what with me being such a money saver was did I really want to spend just under £7.00 for a shower gel when you get some in Poundland?! But you have to treat yourself sometimes and this was definitely worth it. For the price, you get a 500ml beautifully packaged bottle. The best thing about the product is the gorgeous citrus scent, making it perfect for a cool shower after a day of sunbathing. It's hydrating on my skin and you only need a small amount, which means the bottle is going to last you a long time!
 
Quattro Titanium Sensitive - £7.19, Amazon.
My mum got me this pack of three disposable razors as they were reduced down to a bargain price of around £1.50 in Sainsburys! It was just what I needed as I'd been thinking how rubbish the razors I was currently using were. "This high performance 4 blade razor provides the look, feel and quality of a replaceable blade razor in the form of a disposable". The razor is really smooth to use on my skin and I'm impressed with it, I've realised I need to be investing a bit more money if I want a good quality razor. This will be perfect for me to use throughout the summer, making sure my legs are hair-free if the sun decides to pop out.
 
Coconut &  Sweet Almond Intensive Conditioner - 89p, Superdrug.
This intensive conditioner was a brilliant bargain for just 89p in Superdrug's store. I can't seem to find it online but they are selling their own branded Coconut Oil for £1.50 which can be used as a hair treatment. For just 89p, you get a tub of intensive conditioner which leaves your hair feeling softer and smoother. The conditioner has a lovely scent of coconut and sweet almond as is a perfect treat your hair deserves. I will be making sure this gets used on my hair during the summer as we all know how damaging heat can be to our hair.
 
Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara - £19.50, Feel Unique.
This mascara needs no introductions so I wont waste your time there. This is my favourite mascara to use, after splashing out almost £20 on a mascara, I hoped it was going to be worth the price. My first few uses, I'll admit I was wondering what on earth the fuss was about, but as the mascara builds up you finally see why so many beauty lovers have this as a permanent item in their makeup bag. I think it's perfect for a summer day when you don't want to be caked in makeup, so a few coats of this is enough to make your eyes look wide awake and gorgeous.
 
Clean & Clear Morning Energy Daily Facial Scrub - £3.99, Boots.
This daily facial scrub is one of my essentials for keeping my skin exfoliated each day. It has a citrus scent with papaya and lemon extracts - it smells gorgeous! It's gentle on my skin and leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed once I have washed it off.
 
Eau Thermal Avene Water Spray - £6.50, Boots.
This cooling water spray has a unique ingredient which leaves your skin feeling soothed. This spray is perfect to carry around with you when you are out and about, when you feel yourself getting too hot, simply spritz it onto your face and body for an instant refresh. This will definitely be coming with me on my holiday. It's a very versatile product, and if you've found yourself slightly sunburned, spray this onto the sore areas for a quick relief.
 
Macadamia Healing Oil Spray - £6.45, Amazon.
This spray by Macadamia leaves my hair feeling conditioned and in much better condition that before use. It is a weightless mist which infuses moisture and shine that you can use before blow drying or for calming down any flyaways - helpful for when the sun may send a few stray hairs all over the place! It smells beautiful and will leave your hair feeling refreshed. It also contains natural UV protectants, so again it will help your hair this summer.
 
Sure Maximum Protection Deodorant Cream - £5.10, Amazon.
I have recently been using this stronger deodorant as the weather has been getting warmer. We all need a good deodorant which actually does its job, and I can recommend this. It is a strange formula, it feels like I'm applying whipped cream under my arms - not that I do that very often! It claims to last after a shower, however I wont be risking that and will be reapplying. It feels much more effective for a spray, and will be an everyday product for me from now on.
 
   Lady Gaga 'Fame' - £24.50, The Perfume Shop.
This is my current favourite perfume which I will be using everyday throughout the summer (and the rain too!). The fragrance is richly floral, based upon being 'dark, sensual and light'. The fragrance is the first ever black Perfum and it sprays clear. The fragrance comes in a beautiful bottle, with a gold metallic claw which is gripping the lid.
 
What are your summer beauty essentials? x
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Magazine Freebies July/August 2013

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It's always my favourite part of the month - when the brand new issues of my favourite magazines come out! I'm definitely a magazine hoarder with stacks of Cosmos and Glamours' piling up under my bed. The magazines really seem to be competing against each other to see who can offer the best freebies each month, which results in us being very happy readers. These are the magazines and freebies I've got my hands on and I'll also tell you some other freebies that are on offer too! All the magazines are the August edition and are available to buy now!
 
 
 
The latest edition of Cosmopolitan has Rachel Bilson as their cover star, costing £3.60. The freebies on offer this month are a choice of three Nip & Fab Products. You can choose from Dry Leg Fix, Bust Fix or 365 Body Glow Fix (False tan) or of course you could collect them all! I chose the Body Glow Fix and I'm looking forward to seeing how I get on with it! There are two free samples consisting of Palmolive shower gel and L'Oreal EverPure shampoo.
 
Marie Claire are giving  away an Eyeko 'Skinny Mini' Liquid Eyeliner which is worth £8.00. The magazine is on offer this month for just £2.50 - usual price £3.80, so I thought it was worth a go! I don't usually buy Marie Claire magazine but I thought I'd give it a try for the eyeliner!
 
I subscribe to Glamour magazine so I didn't have a choice in which of the four Balance Me products I would receive. I received the 'Shine on Tinted Lip Salve' which is not really my kind of thing but I'm sure I can find a happy home for it! The other three products to collect are 'Super Toning Body Wash', 'Pure Skin Face Wash' and 'Moisture Rich Face Cream'. The products all together are worth £45.00, but you can grab all four for just £8.00! I also had a free sample of Herbal Essences Bee Strong shampoo and conditioner which I am looking forward to trying out.

Here's some other freebies we can all get our paws on:
 
Harpers Bazaar - £4.00. Free L'Occitane Precious Cream worth £15.00!
InStyle - £3.90. Rituals Perfection Volume Mascara worth £8.00.
Red - £4.00. REN skincare kit including three products.
 
What freebies have you picked up? x


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St Moriz 'Dark' Instant Self Tanning Mousse Review

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I have read rave reviews about St Moriz tan but I was happy enough carrying on using my St Tropez gradual tan. I was lucky enough to win a St Moriz set from their Twitter page just before Christmas, but I have left it for this long to try it out! I now regret not trying it out straight away as it's so brilliant! I'll start off by admitting that I was sceptical of whether the tan would be any good as it's so cheap - I can now admit I was completely wrong! Even though I won this bottle, I've already bought my next bottle which was just £3.00 for 200ml at Wilkinsons! £3.00 for a false tan that actually works?! The Instant Self Tanning Mousse retails at around £4.99, but I think you could get it even cheaper in bargain stores such as Home Bargains. However, you can't argue with paying £4.99 for a natural looking tan!

Directions: To exfoliate your skin, moisturize the dry area of the skin ( knees, elbows, hands, ankles, feet and hairline). Apply the mousse by rubbing gently and evenly onto the skin, allowing the mousse to absorb. Wash hands after use or wear gloves. For best results apply in the morning and allow at least 4 to 6 hours for the tan to develop before showering. For a mid tan re-apply in 5 to 7 days, for a dark tan, re-apply in 3 to 5 days.

As I mentioned above, I was used to using St Tropez's Gradual Tan in medium/dark so I hadn't really felt the need to try out a new false tan. After finding my St Moriz bottle hidden at the back of my never ending drawer of toiletries, I decided to try it out straight away. My favourite part of applying false tan is the excuse to exfoliate and moisturize! It's so important to exfoliate before applying false tan - you can read more on my post about exfoliating and the products I love to use. I'm currently exfoliating with the gorgeous scented Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush and then moisturising with Soap and Glory's Smoothie Star Body Milk. After the pampering is done, it's time to start tanning. As I was using the 'dark' tan I knew I would probably end up with completely orange palms so I bought myself a tanning mitt. The tanning formula is a very dark mousse formula which makes applying and blending the tan so easy. The tan doesn't have that typical 'false tan' smell (You know the one!) and I'll be honest and say I don't tend to notice a scent when I use the product. As the tan is instant it makes it so much easier to apply whilst looking in the mirror to make sure you get all your skin covered and don't end up with streaks and patches! The photo I have showed below is how the tan instantly develops and you can see the change in the colour of my skin. I am so impressed with the tan as it doesn't give me any unwanted streaks and gives such an even and natural colour. After showering later on as per the directions, the tan really does result in a natural look with no awkward 'Someone's been on the fake tan' moments. This will definitely be my brand new go to tan from now on and I can't believe I have only just discovered it!


 
 

Before and After: Instant Application.
 
St Moriz is available to buy at supermarkets and cheaper stores such as Home Bargains. The product is also stocked online by FeelUnique, Fragrance Direct and Semi Chem. You can also try the instant mousse in medium and I fancy trying out St Moriz' Instant Self Tanning mist too!
 
Have you tried any of the St Moriz range? x
 
 
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Truffle Shuffle Inspired Tees at Asda

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I've always loved browsing through the likes of Truffle Shuffle and Junk Food's vibrant t-shirts, but there's always one thing that puts me off and that's the price. The average t-shirt on the two websites is £19.99 and upwards. To me, I personally find that a bit pricey considering I'd probably wear it once or twice and it would never be seen again! I always have a look through the George clothing section at Asda, as lately I have seen so many things I want to buy! I wanted to share with you the cutest character and Truffle Shuffle inspired t-shirts. Each tshirt is an absolute bargain at just £6.00 each, so you could have three tshirts for the price you may spend for one tshirt on a more expensive website! The Bowie tshirt is not something I would wear myself, but I included it as I have seen much more expensive tops than that one!

 
Cat Photo Print 'Dusky Rose' Tshirt - £6.00
Kermit Moustache Tshirt - £6.00
Pug Tshirt - £6.00
 
 
Animal Print Coca Cola Tshirt - £6.00
Bowie Tshirt - £6.00
Kelloggs Tshirt - £6.00
 
Would you wear any of these tops? x

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