Monday, 7 April 2014

Spring Make Up Look | Tutorial

Well it's officially spring, and that means new make up looks and purchases - yay! Not that you ever need an excuse to purchase new beauty bits and bobs, but it's a handy one to sway parents, partners and friends to accept your need for more. I quickly put together a little make up look suitable for those warm spring days, so I hope you like it!

To start with, after cleansing, toning and moisturising, I used my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation for the base. I then added a tiny bit of the Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi concealer to cover my dark circles. For the brows I just lightly filled them in with the Sleek Brow Kit, and that was that for the full base. I don't powder because I have naturally dry skin and I find it irritates it, so I've started leaving the powder out of my routine.

For the eyes I used the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and dusted Burnout all over the lid. In the crease and outer v I used Trick, which I then brought under my lower lashline. Over the top of this, I used Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Torment to line my eyelid and brought it slightly under my lower lashes, then smudged this liner for a softer look. Finally a couple of coats of my Max Factor Masterpiece mascara and the eyes were done.

For the cheeks I used my trusty Benefit Benetint, and finished the look with a nice pop of MAC's Watch Me Simmer on my lips. Watch Me Simmer is discontinued, but I'm told that Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivid in Shocking Coral is a really good dupe, so pick that up :) It'll save you money in the long run!

I think this look is really light and springy, and I absolutely love how it turned out. Let me know what you think!

What I used with links to where to buy:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation - £10.99
Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Concealer - £6.99
Sleek Brow Kit - £8.49
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette - £37
Illamasqua Medium Pencil - £13
Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara - £9.99
Benefit Benetint - £24.50
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids (Shocking Coral is a dupe for Watch Me Simmer by MAC) - £7.19

Thanks so much for reading,
Kerry x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush | Review

 The left two swatches are made with the Real Techniques silicone liner brush, the right two with the Meybelline brush that comes with the Maybelline gel liner.
Now that that's out of the way, let's get onto the review, shall we ;)? So for Christmas I got a £25 Amazon gift voucher from my Aunt and Uncle. Not that you needed to know who it was from... Buuuuut I digress! Anyway, I saw this brush on Amazon and thought I'd give it a go. I'm absolutely terrible with gel liner and tend to stick to either pencil liner or liquid liner, but I'm not a fan of the "I just sharpied a line across my eyelid" look that liquid liner tends to give. I figured silicone had to be easier to control, and the brush shape is very similar to the brush of my favourite liquid liner (the Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner), which I love because I feel I have more control over what I'm doing than if I were using a long, thin brush instead.

It finally arrived yesterday and while I haven't had the chance to do a proper look with it, I have had the opportunity to play with it a little bit. So far, I like it. I'm still not at the standard I would like to be, but it's definitely a vast improvement! In the swatch photo above, the two swatches on the left are using the silicone brush, the two on the right with a standard liner brush. You can see that the edges are a lot smoother and less jagged, and the colour more evenly distributed.

The silicone liner brush makes the gel glide over the skin without any effort at all and the shape of it is perfect to retain control over the direction, angle and required width. I'd say that it wasn't as flexible as a traditional brush, but I didn't find that a problem, more of a help. The added benefit of this brush is that it is SO easy to clean. I just gave it a quick swish in water with some Dr Bronner's and bam, clean as a whistle. It's also really reasonably priced for what it is.

Overall I'm really impressed with this brush. The quality is fantastic and it has made applying gel liner so much easier for me. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush - £5.99

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring Beauty Wishlist

Spring Beauty Wishlist

It's nearly spring, and that means it's time for a new beauty regime! Long gone are the medium/full coverage foundations and out come the tinted moisturisers and BB creams! I haven't really stuck to that. You all know I like to break the rules ;) So I've just chosen some things I'd really like, regardless of the season. I'm not going to include reviews or anything, because I haven't tried any of them... Regardless, let's go!

Top row, left to right:
1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - £30.50
2. Anastasia DipBrow Pomade - £15
3. YSL Touche Éclat - £25
4. YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation - £36

Botton row, left to right:
1. Dior J'adore Voile de Parfum - £57 for 50ml
2. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Rubenesque - £15
3. Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil - £37.50 for 150ml
4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Any shade really) - £28

So I suppose that's it for now. Give me the links to your wishlist posts! Do we share any beauty lusts? :)

Thanks so much for reading,
Kerry x

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Jelly Belly (Wax Lyrical) Bubble Gum Candle | Review

Hello hello hello, and welcome to the second instalment of The Candle Scoop! This time it's a review of the super-sweet Bubble Gum candle from Jelly Belly (although they are actually run by Wax Lyrical). I'm going to start off by saying that I absolutely adore this candle. And I'm about to tell you why.

To start with, how pretty is this packaging? I absolutely adore candles in glass jars, and the lid on this is super cute. Label is also colourful and I just overall love the packaging. My candle lid is a little bit deformed but it makes me love it all the more, for some strange reason. The lid also keeps the scent in the candle longer instead of having it all dry up and disappear, which has happened with candles before.

But what about the throw? Well I have to say, it's fantastic. There's a reason Wax Lyrical are my favourite candle brand; the candle is highly fragranced (well it does say that on the packaging haha) and it fills the whole room quickly. Once put out, the scent lasts a pretty long time, too. I only have one room to fill and the door is always shut, and although the scent is sweet, it's never sickly or overpowering. It hangs in the background with a pleasantly sweet scent. I have absolutely no complaints in regards to the throw. The bubblegum scent is like the blowing bubble gum, synthetic sweet kind. It's very accurate.

The candle is supposed to last around 60 hours, although I can't say for sure whether that's accurate. I've burnt around 10 hours so far and have barely made a dent. The candle burns cleanly with no tunnelling at all. I can't say what the wick is made out of as I can't find it online, but with regular trimmings, the wick is perfect and casts a decent size flame.

Overall I cannot complain whatsoever about this candle. It's absolutely perfect in my eyes, and everyone who loves sweet, bubblegum scents should buy this immediately. Immediately I tell you!

Thank you so much for reading,
Kerry x

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Essie Eternal Optimist | Review

Essie, Essie, oh how I love you, Essieeeee! Did you like my little song? Good. I really do love Essie. The range of colours is amazing, there really is something for every occasion and skin tone. The brush is beautifully thick which means you can pretty much coat the entire nail in one swipe. Most of the polishes are opaque and even in two coats, and normally the formula is good (although they are known to be inconsistent sometimes).

Overall, Essie polishes are great. And this colour in particular is no exception. It's a nude colour; brown with a hint of pink in it, which makes it suitable for day to day wear or a professional setting such as work. This is two coats and I have to say I'm absolutely in love with it. I think it complements my skin tone perfectly, the formula is fantastic, and there is nothing else like it in my entire (extensive) collection. The dry time is good and it lasted for a week with minimal chipping, although I do use a top coat so keep in mind that that may have affected the wear time. I cannot fault this gorgeous polish.
Count me pleased, please.

Please, sir, can I have some more? Let me know what you think in the comments :)
Thank you so much for reading!
Kerry x

Thursday, 6 March 2014

5 Minute Make Up Look | Tutorial

"How do you liiiike your eggs in the morning?" With a large side of another four hour's sleep, please! But, it's a week day, and that means it's time for work or school... yet before you know it, you fall back to sleep, and by the time you open your eyes again you're late (or very close to it at least). In this situation, you are forced to make one of the most difficult choices of your life: do you put your make up on and be even later, or do you go without make up in order to save time (GASP!). What if I tell you you don't have to make that choice? Try this five minute make up look for these days in particular!

For this simple, yet feminine look, I started out with a base of my Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream (in shade 13) after my usual cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. There's no need to blot this with powder for me due to my dry skin and the fact that this BB cream dries matte and will stay matte all day long. I did add a touch of my Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi concealer to hide my dark circles, though. I then added some Benetint for my blush and dabbed it in lightly with my fingers. Under this I swept just a couple of swipes of bronzer for a subtle contour. I don't know what bronzer it is because I've had it since I was about 10 and there's no name on it, but it's decent enough. Next came the eyes. Just a quick dusting of Maybelline's Pink Gold Color Tattoo all over the lid, followed by a slick of liquid liner and a couple of coats of mascara. In order to make the whole look "pop", just choose a bright lip of really any colour. Here I've chosen the Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick from MAC. I loved this look, and will gladly wear it again.

I haven't done my brows because I ran out of brow product a little while ago, but something like Anastasia Dip Brow would be fast and look fabulous! 

Products used, with links where applicable:
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream - Various shades and prices on eBay, just check :)
Unknown bronzer (just choose your favourite bronzer for this look)

So what do you think? I hope you like this look! Let me know if you recreate it, would love to see :)
Thanks so much for reading,

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

February Favourites

Woah where did February go? I swear it was here just a minute ago... They say that the older you get, the quicker the time goes, and I have to say I definitely agree with that. And I'm only 19!! How quickly is the time going to go when I hit 30? I dread to even think about it. It just seems like I have so many plans for the year and don't have enough time to do them all... Aaaaaaaanyway, onto my February favourites!

Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette - £12.00 for 50ml
Apologies for the dirty bottle - it was in my make up bag when I had a blusher crack and go everywhere. But CK One has been my fragrance of the month. It's definitely more of a summer fragrance, but I like to break rules, what can I say? The top notes that I can identify are lemon and green notes and bergamot, with floral middle notes. The base notes are primarily woody and musky. All of these makes it the perfect unisex fragrance, and one of the most refreshing fragrances I've ever had the pleasure of smelling. I've used it all month long, every day, and the amount of compliments I've received when wearing it have been astounding! Love love love this.

Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara - £9.99
I got this little sample a while ago now in a Max Factor gift from Boots after spending a certain amount on Max Factor products and only opened it a few weeks ago. It's their Masterpiece mascara in black, and it's fabulous. I'm not sure if it's better than my beloved Masterpiece Max, but it's definitely up there, and I haven't used anything else this month. It's not one for a false lash look, but it defines and lengthens nicely, looking more defined than normal but not false. It creates a very "your eyelashes but better" look.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Peppermint - £4.49
Ever since painting this on my nails a couple of weeks ago, I haven't stopped wearing it. I was always under the impression that pastel shades don't suit me, but for some reason this mint green (titled Peppermint) works amazingly with my skin tone and is just such a gorgeous colour. It applies smoothly, opaque in two coats, and lasts a reasonable amount of time. Keep in mind, I always use a base and top coat so this could affect the wear time of the product.

Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream in No. 13 - £8.94
The weather has been so up and down at the moment, one day freezing cold, the next absolutely glorious. Because of this, I've had to put away my trusty Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum for something a little lighter. This is amazing stuff. It's pretty much full coverage, but feels like you're just wearing moisturiser or something, and looks completely natural. It's one of the few things I've found that matches me perfectly as well. All around, a huge win!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold - £4.99
What can I say about the Color Tattoos that hasn't already been said? Long lasting, creaseproof, dries quickly, gorgeous colour, used as a base or on its own, blah blah blah. Yep this has barely left my lids all month. The end.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick - £15
Look how beautiful this is. Just look at it. All red and swirly and with a gorgeous frosted red tube. I could look at it all day. In real life, the colour is less orange toned and just a very neutral red. It has a frost finish but it doesn't look frosted at all. It's long lasting, gorgeous, and sure to suit all skin tones. I'm going to buy a backup or two of this one!

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner - £5.29
This is by far my favourite liquid eye liner of all time. It's the blackest of the black, long lasting, reasonably priced, and in my opinion it has the most perfect tip. I love the short, almost chubby tip, because it's easier to control than a brush and you can do both thin and thick lines depending on your preference. I just adore it. Have been using it since my early teens, and don't plan on stopping any time soon!

Dunelm's own Apple Orchard candle - 99p
I can't find a link online, but this is a gorgeous candle. The scent is strong enough to be detected but it's not sickly or overpowering. It's fresh and refreshing, and I've found myself burning it morning until night every day since I first started burning it. My entire room smells delicious.

I believe that's all for this month. Were any your favourites, too? Let me know :)

Thanks so much for reading,
Kerry x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

February 2014 Glossybox - Be Mine Review

I know, I know, I'm super late posting this... but I had so many other posts that I was excited about that came first... So here we are, better late than never, right? Anyway, the theme for last month was "be mine", obviously playing on the whole Valentines thing. I don't actually believe in Valentines day, but it's still a nice gesture, and I do like pink. So how did the box compare to last month's disaster? Let's find out. I'd already opened it before I took the pictures this time because there was a certain chocolate goodie inside that was calling to me... Anyway, here we go!

How cute is the box this month? I always keep the boxes that I get for jewellery storage, and this one is just gorgeous. Not quite as pretty as my Pearl Lowe box, but it's cute nonetheless. As well as the usual Glossy magazine and card with your items, there was also a post card where you have to kiss the back and upload it  to the Facebook page for the chance to win a holiday somewhere. I wasn't all that interested, so didn't bother. But what about what was inside?

The first thing I pulled out of my Glossybox last month were these Eldora B110 lashes. They're cute and fluffy and not too dramatic, so I think I'll really like them. My eyelash glue ran out a few weeks ago, so as soon as I get some more glue I'll try these out and write a proper in-depth review of them!
These are full size and retail at £4.50

I then got these three little sachets of hair products, a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. I've heard good things about Giovanni so am excited to try them out. This is the Giovanni ultra sleek set.
I think these samples, at 7.5mL, are worth 25p per sachet (although maths never was my strong point). The full size 8.5oz products retail at £7.99 each.

Next was the Maybelline New York ColorSensational Stripped Nudes lipstick - could that title GET any longer?! I got mine in the shade Coffee Craze and I actually really like it. I didn't think I was going to, but it flatters my skin tone without washing me out or making me look like I came right out of the 90s. Well I did come out of the 90s, but you understand my point. The formula is creamy and moisturising, and it lasts for an average amount of time before needing touching up. I really like it and am looking at other colours in the range.
This is full size and is worth £6.99

The Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer was next. When I first pulled this product out, I was a little dubious. I hadn't used shimmer body lotion since I was 12ish and it just looked cheap. When I opened it, however, it smelled really nice (a bit like roses) and when rubbed in it wasn't really shimmery, more illuminating than anything else. It left my skin feeling silky and soft, and looking great! Will I use it all up? Not sure, but it was fun to try out. The bottom picture is it all rubbed in.
This is a 100ml sample worth £5.60, the full 250ml size is £14

My last (and favourite) item is the Ciate Paint Pot nail polish in the shade Cocktail Dress. It's a gorgeous red/pink that has the wonderful Ciate formula. I was hoping for the red one, but this is a really pretty shade too, so I really can't complain.
This is full size and worth £9

As a little bonus treat this month, Glossybox also threw in this Lindor chocolate bar. You'll have to enjoy this lovely stock photo since mine didn't even make it to photo taking time. 79p and absolutely divine. 

Overall, this wasn't a bad Glossybox. It wasn't exactly a good Glossybox, but it is an improvement on last month. Unfortunately, it wasn't good enough for me to continue my membership, so I have cancelled my subscription. I'll buy something I'm really wanting each month instead! 

Glossybox is £10 + shipping, and this month's box was worth £26.84 (if my sachet calculations are correct). Not bad, but not the best. What did you guys think of this month's box?

Thanks so much for reading,
Kerry x

Thursday, 27 February 2014

My Portable Office

Something a little bit different from me this time; I'm going to talk about my portable office. The wonderful folks at Currys/PC World are hosting a competition where you could win a Surface Pro 2 tablet simply by writing a blog post about your portable blogging experiences. I decided to have a lot of fun with mine and do something a bit different, so I hope you find it entertaining! You can find more information about the competition and a link to the full terms and conditions by clicking here.

As I'm sure most of you know, it can be really difficult updating regularly when you have a job, studies or are just taking a holiday somewhere nice. Not only that, but you have to keep up with your emails and social networking platforms as well. The idea is quite daunting. And that's where the portable office comes in; technology that you can take on the go, post whenever and wherever, and keep up to date with everyone. Perfect. This is my personal portable office, for which I am eternally grateful.

That sign does actually say "how". Stupid washed out paper.

How do I portable-office-work-thing? I actually use a variety of methods. Why don't you enjoy this collective shot of everything I use?
The main thing to note here is my notebook. Without my notebook, I'd be lost. I really do believe that a pen and paper is best as you can often do things so simply that may take a lot of time to do on a computer, or may even be impossible. In my notebook, I can write down whatever I want in whatever layout I want to write it in. Usually I use this to schedule my posts, jot down new ideas for posts and jot down new ideas for series to feature. It comes with me everywhere.

The next most-used item would have to be my laptop. Blogging, social networking, emailing, playing, reading, researching, watching, listening, procrastinating... is there anything it can't do? I use this little baby for all of the above. Mine is very old now and is on it's way to the laptop graveyard, but it still comes with me everywhere and anywhere. If I go somewhere without Wi-Fi, I just tether the internet from my phone. Speaking of phones...

HTC Incredible S. Yep, it's old and a little bit rough around the edges. However, if you're somewhere where you need easy access to the internet, look no further. I use my phone for social networking, emailing, googling, surfing, jotting notes down if I can't get my notebook out, and obviously making those very important texts and phone calls. And playing Flappy Birds. Lots and lots of Flappy Birds...

My Google Nexus 10. My little tablet of joy. My companion on all roads long and treacherous. My salvation on the road trips of train hell. Yet again, tethered to my phone this baby can do anything. It's great for the larger screen and greater capability than that of a phone. It also loads the desktop versions of sites much quicker. I use it for pretty much everything I use my phone for. Minus the Flappy Birds.

Sometimes if I need a little bit of a break from brain activity (hahahahaha) I'll bring out my book. I absolutely love to read. It's by far my most loved past time and my greatest hobby, and it's nice to take a little bit of a break from this world and transport myself into another. It just gives me a bit of a rest from the mundane nature of every day life. Not to mention it gives your eyes a rest from staring at a screen all the time! Or if I fancy a bit of fun, I'll crack open the 3DS (Pikachu edition) and play a little game of something. Phoenix Wright, Pokémon, Animal Crossing. I love them all, and if I need to check emails or something while playing you just have to minimise the game and open the internet browser and away you go! Fantastic.

Well that's it for the how... What's next?
I think a better question is "when don't I?" I always have some form of technology with me in order to check emails and whatnot. I suppose the main times I use my portable office would be when I'm travelling on trains or in cars (as a passenger of course) or when I'm just lounging about doing nothing. Of course I have my phone on me every minute of every day so it's hard to try and narrow down exactly when I use my portable technology, but I'd say those are the main two. In regards to lounging about, it's usually on weekends and in the evenings, and travelling is during the week for various reasons. Oh and maybe if I'm out and waiting for something or someone. Then I'll occupy my time with technology and blogging and gaming. And Flappy Bird. I guess that's about it for "when"... Which leaves only one last topic to discuss.

Where do I use portable technology? Well besides in transport and waiting rooms, which I couldn't get a picture of in time, let's consult this series of photographs.

The main place is in my bedroom. Yep, neon orange, yellow and green. One of my best decisions. And this is on my bed, AKA my favourite place on Earth.

I also spend quite a lot of my time in the living room with my dad, and brother if he can be bothered to come out of his room and walk down the stairs. Teenage boy, what can I say? Sometimes we have the TV on, other times we just sit and chat. I love spending time with my dad - he's like my best friend and dad rolled into one. I still like to stay in touch with everyone though, so my phone or tablet will come with me!

I also absolutely love spending time at my local park. It's quiet, peaceful and just gives me a bit of time to myself. I even get to play with the dogs being walked, and that's never a bad thing. Usually my phone and tablet come with me, but sometimes I leave all that behind and just bring my book. Occasionally I'll even play on the swings, even though the park is meant for kids under 14. Shh don't tell! 

I suppose I'll stop rambling on now. This is all about my portable office, so I hope you all enjoyed reading. 

Thanks so much,
Kerry x

P.S. those signs took me a good few days to make, so don't laugh, mmkay? ;)