Wednesday, 28 May 2014

How I Cleared My Acne / Skincare Routine!

I have struggled with acne prone skin since I was a teenager around 12-13 years old. I am nearly 21 so this has been haunting me for a while now. I used to use the Clearasil face wash (the blue gel) which really helped my skin in my teenage years. 

When I was in my 20’s I got a bad case of cystic acne which I had never experienced before (which I believe was caused by stress). I went to the doctor I was prescribed some Tetralysal tablets along with a cream called Epiduo, both of which seemed to help my skin tremendously. If you are prescribed the Epiduo cream I would highly recommend only spot treating with this cream and avoid using it all over the face. I had a bad experience where I used the cream all over my face for a few days in a row and I ended up with a small burn on my face so take care! It also dries your face quite badly so try to focus this only where it is needed. I actually do not use this every single night but maybe three times a week just so I do not become overly dry.

Also I have been prescribed the Skinoren cream before I was prescribed the Epiduo cream and this also helped my skin a lot. This cream is not as intense as the other one and you can use it over your face with no problems or overly drying or burning. Because this cream was not overly irritating they prescribed me on a slightly higher dosed cream which was the Epiduo cream I use currently.

The doctor also recommended that I stopped using face wash while using these treatments as it would overly dry out my skin along with using the pills and cream. As an alternative to face wash I have been mixing some Tea Tree Oil (pure) with some water (please use the directions on the bottle of the oil on how to mix it). I shake up the bottle before use and apply it on a cotton pad and rub it on my face. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial so it is great for clearing up acne and making sure your skin is clean, it can actually be found in many acne treatment products. I use this tea tree oil mixture maybe twice a day when I wake up in the morning and after I remove my makeup to ensure I get all the makeup off my face.

Tea Tree Oil - mix with water (as directed on the bottle)
A great tea tree oil product that I have found at my local boots is the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand which costs around £3. It comes with two sides which contain different formulas for day and night. I love the day side of this spot wand and I use it very frequently on any spots that I would like to clear up. I also contain the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Shine Control Day Moisturiser which claims to lightly moisturise and caring for your skin without blocking pores. I actually love the feeling of this moisturiser because it doesn't make me feel greasy but I feel it does smooth out my skin and your skin feels firm a while after applying it as it would after using a face wash. Boots actually has a whole range of the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel products which I am curious to try more of!

A few things I have found that also helped to clear up my skin is always remove your makeup. I know it is very easy to feel lazy when you get home and leave it on while you sleep but this is a very bad idea. Always wipe off your makeup even if you just use a baby wipe. Also try not to touch your face throughout the day. Also make sure you clean your hair frequently as the oils from your hair rub against your face, you can also put your hair up in pony tails to keep it off your face. Cleaning your pillow cases or flipping them can also be very beneficial for clearing up your acne.

Although I do suffer with minimal breakouts I have cleared up my skin more than it was before. I am not a doctor so I would highly recommend going to your local doctor to see what they suggest for your skin type. These products are what happen to work for me but remember every person’s skin type is different, I personally have dry combo skin where my t-zone gets very oily but the majority of my face is dry. I hope this can help you out or give you comfort in that we all have breakouts and I’m sure most of us feel self-conscious but just remember everyone struggles with this and you are not alone!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

TMI Tag - Fears, My YouTube Story, Favourite TV Shows?

A few days ago I decided to do my first ever tag video! I really started this blog to have a connection with all of you and make some really great friends. A majority of the blog posts that I post are reviews or makeup tutorials but they are never very personal so I decided to do the TMI tag.

This tag contains 50 random questions about you and it’s funny how hard they can be to answer on the spot! I love watching tag videos on YouTube and I would love to see if any of you do this video so please link it in the comments or send it to my Twitter or Instagram. I didn’t tag many people in the video apart from Jessica Duffy who is my good friend, but I tag you all to do it and please leave me a comment to your TMI video or list your answers in the comments below as I would love to know a little more about you too! The list of the questions can be found below.

1: What are you wearing?
2: Ever been in love?
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
4: How tall are you?
5: How much do you weigh?
6: Any tattoos?
7: Any piercings?
8: OTP?
9: Favourite show?
10: Favourite bands?
11: Something you miss? .
12: Favourite song?
13: How old are you?
14: Zodiac sign?
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
16: Favourite Quote?
17: Favourite actor?
18: Favourite colour?
19: Loud music or soft?
20: Where do you go when you're sad?
21: How long does it take you to shower?
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
24: Turn on?
25: Turn off?
26: The reason I joined YouTube?
27: Fears?
28: Last thing that made you cry?
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name?
31: Last book you read?
32: The book you're currently reading?
33: Last show you watched?
34: Last person you talked to?
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
36: Favourite food?
37: Place you want to visit?
38: Last place you were?
39: Do you have a crush?
40: Last time you kissed someone?
41: Last time you were insulted?
42: Favourite flavour of sweet?
43: What instruments do you play??
44: Favourite piece of jewellery?
45: Last sport you played?
46: Last song you sang?
47: Favourite chat up line?
48: Have you ever used it?
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
50: Who should answer these questions next?

Friday, 23 May 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette Inspired Tutorial - Coastal Scents 88 Palette

UD Electric Palette Inspired Eyeshadow using Coastal Scents 88 Palette
This is my recreation of Casey Holmes makeup tutorial where she is using the Urban Decay Electric Palette (I will link her Getting Ready with Me video down below). I personally do not own this palette but was very inspired by the bright neon colours, so I decided to recreate it using my Coastal Scents 88 Palette. Not only does this palette have 88 different colourful eyeshadows but it is very affordable compared to the Urban Decay Electric Palette so it is a great alternative. The colours I have used as well as all other products mentioned in this video will be listed below.

If you are planning on also using the Coastal Scents 88 palette I would highly recommend you use some sort of eyeshadow base to ensure the colours are vibrant and last all day. My favourites are the Maybelline Colour Tattoos and the Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk which is what I used in this video.

UD Electric Palette Inspired Eyeshadow using Coastal Scents 88 Palette
UD Electric Palette Inspired Eyeshadow using Coastal Scents 88 Palette

Products Used:

Foundation: L'Oreal True Match - Ivory
Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte - Translucent
Eyebrows: Sleek Storm Palette: Matte Dark Brown
Blush: Rimmel Powder Blush – Pink Rose
Highlighter: Elf Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder - Luminance
Eyeshadow Base/Primer: Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk
Green Eyeshadow: Coastal Scents 88 Palette (3 Right 3 Down)
Pink Eyeshadow: Coastal Scents 88 Palette (7 Right 6 Down)
Blue Eyeshadow: Coastal Scents 88 Palette (5 Right 8 Down)
Eyeliner: Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner – Black
Mascara: Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam
Lipgloss: Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss – Pink Shock

Lipstick: Maybelline Long Lasting Kate Lipstick - 101


1. Apply a cream eyeshadow base to the eyelids all the way to the brow bone. For this I used my Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk which I would highly recommend.

2. Apply tape from your lower lash line all the way to the end of your eyebrow. This will give you a sharp edge to your eyeshadow and create a wing type effect.

3. Pat the Green eyeshadow onto your eyelid (3 Right 3 Down in Palette) don't worry if this step is a little messy.

4. Blend the bright pink eyeshadow (7 Right 6 Down in Paletteinto your crease all the way out to the tape that you have applied. Keep packing the colour into the crease and blending it out with a blending brush with no product on it. If the colour is not as vibrant go back in with your eyeshadow and add more colour to the colour you have just blended and again blend away!

5. Pack the cobalt blue eyeshadow (5 Right 8 Down in Palette) onto the outer v. Use a clean blending brush to blend this into the pink and green but try to keep this focused in the outer v. Again keep applying colour back onto the colour you have blended and keep blending away the same we did for the pink.

6. Apply eyeliner, curl your eyelashes and apply some voluminous mascara.

7. Blend the blue and pink colour mixed to the outer part of your bottom lash line. 

8. Blend the green colour to the inner part of your bottom lash line and make sure to blend this into the blue/pink combination we mixed in the step before.

9. Add a matte white colour to the inner corner of your eyes and under your brow bone for a highlight. This will make your eyes look more awake.

10. (Optional) Apply fake lashes to intensify the eyeshadow look.

Useful Links

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Urban Decay Original Primer Potion - Review / Swatches

Recently I showed you all my first time ever buying high end makeup items and what I bought, and in this haul I showed the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion samples I received with my Naked palette. I plan on reviewing each of the four primer potions separately as they all have different formulations and colours. For the purpose of today’s blog post I will be reviewing the Original Primer Potion formula. This product can be found in stores such as Debenhams or Boots and retails for around £16.

The Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion is meant to be worn under eyeshadows to increase the longevity of the eyeshadows and prevent creasing. This works by creating a sticky base for your eyeshadows to stick to. The Original formula comes out of the tube with a skin tone colour but when you rub it on your eyelids it dries invisibly. The texture of this product feels somewhat like a face primer that contains silicone and it is a very thick liquid formula which feels great on the eyelids. The packaging for the full size version of this product is also very cute and girly. It is almost like a potion bottle top with either an actual bottle holding the product or a squeeze tube. A full size version of this product will also last you quite a long time as very little is needed to cover each eyelid.

As this primer dries invisibly, the primer will not cover up any redness or veins that can be found on the eyelid. I find that the shadows do show up more vibrant than if they were applied on the skin by themselves but it is not as big of a difference as say a cream eyeshadow base would be. I find that the primer makes a noticeable difference on the longevity of the eyeshadows that you apply over the top. I have worn eyeshadows over the Original primer potion for over 12 hours straight and the eyeshadows still are in place with no creasing. The package states that it will give you 24 hours of vibrant crease-free colour, but I do not like wearing makeup for that long as I have acne-prone skin.

After the Primer has been rubbed into the hand. Dries invisibly.
I personally always like to wear some sort of base under my eyeshadow whether it is an eye primer or a cream eyeshadow base, and I feel that it does make a huge difference in the way your eyeshadow lasts. Although for the price of £16 for the full size I cannot see myself paying that much for an eyeshadow base. I feel that my Maybelline Colour Tattoo’s or Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencils have the same effect as the primer potion but at a fraction of the price. I also like that the cream eyeshadows have a colour to them so that when you apply them to your lid it covers up any redness or visible veins. It is also nice to lay a coloured cream eyeshadow under your normal eyeshadows as it can bump up the colour intensity even more (eg. layering a bronze cream eyeshadow under brown eyeshadows).

I do not find that I have issues with creasing by only using a cream eyeshadow as a base, but if you have oily eye’s it may be worthwhile to invest in an eyeshadow primer to wear underneath a cream eyeshadow / eyeshadows. Also if you are looking for a primer for a big event such as a wedding or anything where you want your eyeshadow to last above and beyond 12 hours it may also be worth buying this product. If you are like me and do not have a problem with oily eyelids I think that there are better products in the drugstore that give you the same effect as the Urban Decay Primer Potion for a fraction of the price. I do not feel that this primer goes above and beyond the similar drugstore products and therefore I cannot see myself purchasing the full size.

I do plan on reviewing the other Urban Decay Primer Potion formulas as soon as I have tested them thoroughly. What do you think about the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion? Do you find that it is worth the money or is it better to skip and find a drugstore eyeshadow base/primer? I would love to know what your opinions are so feel free to let me know in the comments how this product worked for you!  

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Max Factor Dip-In Eyeshadow - Vibrant Turquoise Review/Swatches

Today I am going to review the Max Factor Dip-In Eye Shadow in shade Vibrant Turquoise 07, which honestly is one of the strangest concepts I have in my makeup collection. This product not only confuses me for its use and purpose but is also a little pricey for what they are. This product comes in quite a few different shades that range from more neutral browns to fun bright colours. These can be found at your local Superdrug or Boots and retail for around £5.99 each, although they are included in many of the 3 for 2 sales.

At first glance the packaging almost reminds me of some type of liquid eyeliner where the product is stored in a container where the top screws off with an applicator. The actual eyeshadow is held in the bottom part of the container and once you unscrew the top it has a little sponge applicator at the end. This sponge applicator is what you are meant to use to apply the loose pigment to the eyelid. In the top part of the container you can also hear a small ball rumble inside when you shake it which can be somewhat frustrating. If it was in the bottom part I would assume that this works similar to a nail polish in that it separates the pigment from sticking and clumping together, but since it is actually in the handle I'm not quite sure of the use.

The actual pigmentation of these eyeshadows is decent but it is not as opaque as my Sleek eyeshadows. You could definitely use this all over the lid and the colour will show but it won’t be super intense. I find it a little awkward using the sponge applicator to apply the product but it is impossible to reach into the tub of pigment with a brush. I feel like this could be helpful however to smudge the colour under your lower lash line.

Because it is a loose pigment when you apply the eyeshadow with the sponge applicator pigment goes everywhere. You get fallout under the eyes as well as all over your clothes and surroundings. If you are going to use this product I would suggest doing your eyeshadow first and finishing up with your foundation so you can wipe the fallout under the eyes with a baby wipe or cotton pad.

Overall I just don’t understand the real use for this product. It seems to fidgety to use all over your eye to create and eyeshadow look without ruining the rest of your makeup from the fallout. The sponge tip applicator is ok but I would have much preferred the eyeshadow to be in a pot so that I could use a brush or sponge as I pleased rather than being forced to use the sponge tip applicator. I think that there are better eyeshadows in the drugstore for around the same price and if you are in the UK I would suggest the Sleek palettes. If you are interested in the Sleek palettes you can check out my reviews for the Original and Storm eyeshadow palettes.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Getting Back to my Natural Hair Colour! (Colour B4 / Clairol Nice and Easy)

I have been on the quest for a few months now to revert back to my natural hair colour. As I have dyed my hair various colours this has become quite the challenge and cost me a lot of money. I think I have finally made a step in the right direction and although it is a little dark I think once it fades a little it should work great. I am sure I am not the only person who has found it very difficult to get back to your natural colour so I thought I would share my experience with you all. I am sorry if this post is quite lengthy but I feel that if you are trying to get back to your natural hair colour or planning on lightening your hair before another dye job then this may help you out.

For a little background my natural colour is a very light brown shade. Around two years ago I decided to dye my hair for the very first time a permanent bright red colour which I kept for nearly two years now. Around four months ago I decided I wanted to try to get back to my brown hair so the only way to cover up the red was to dye it a dark brown colour. I had hoped that this would not only cover up the red but also fade similar to my natural colour. As you can all guess this did not happen and I was left with almost black hair that never faded to a lighter brown, but as the dye faded it would turn red. Then I drastically decided to try ‘purple’ hair but aimed for a dark plum colour which again did hardly anything but make my hair look redder. I actually did a review of this purple hair dye which you can find here. Ever since I have been dying my hair dark brown as my roots come in and as the colour fades back to red to even things out.

L - Natural Hair / R - Bright Red Hair
Hair before application (dark brown/black/red mixture)
So desperately wanting my natural colour back I looked up reviews for colour strippers and stumbled across the Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover in Extra Strength. This product has more than enough good reviews on the Boots website and I decided to give it a try. This product is not a ‘bleaching’ product and contains no bleach or ammonia so it will only change your colour back to the lightest you have ever had it. So for example if you bleached your hair prior to dyeing your hair the colour will revert back to blonde. If you have light brown hair which has never been bleached it will turn back to brown.

For the application of the Colour B4 you mix two bottles together similar to normal hair dye and place the mixture onto the hair and spread it around evenly. You then let the mixture sit on your hair for 25-60 minutes, which the company recommends 60 minutes. It is good to keep your hair warm during this stage so by wrapping your hair in cling film and placing a winter hat on top works great. The only thing that I can say about this product is that the smell is horrible. It is beyond horrible and it stays in your hair even after a few washes. I actually found that the smell lasted in my hair for 3 days and it only disappeared after I had dyed back over it. Once you rinse it out you need to let it rinse for 30 minutes and be sure to use the Buffer that comes in the box every 10 minutes almost like you would a shampoo. When I did this to my hair I could see that the colour of hair was a light orange brown colour, so I was expecting it to be slightly on the orange side but as long as it was light I had hope to get it back to a natural light brown shade.

Colour before I washed out the Colour B4 product
Now I had very good experiences with this product and it turned my hair from a very dark brown (almost black in colour) and changed it into a very light coloured brown… which had a very slight orange tint to it. I am not sure if everyone gets an orange tint to their hair or if this is simply because I was bright red before and the red is being stubborn. 
After Colour B4 application - Slight orange tint but overall much lighter
 I did not want orange hair so I decided to wait 2 days before dyeing back over it which it did slightly change colour so I would recommend waiting a few days before you dye it again. After those two days it wasn't really that orange and I probably could have gotten away with keeping it but decided to dye back over it with a Natural Light Ash Brown colour from Clairol Nice ‘n Easy. This did cover up the orange but made it slightly darker than I would have hoped for. I hope that this colour will indeed fade just a slight bit so that when my roots start to grow in the colour won’t be too different.

Sorry for the bad picture but it is very hard to get a true to colour picture when it is very cloudy in England at the moment. This is the closest to the colour it is now but a tad bit lighter!

So that is my story of going from a Red to Dark Brown (black) to Light Brown! Slowly on my way back to my very natural colour! I hope you found this useful and possibly even help you to get your natural hair colour back as well! I definitely recommend the Colour B4 hair stripper if you have had problems with getting permanent dye out of your hair!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Sleek Storm i-Divine Palette - Swatches + Review

Sleek is one of my favourite drugstore brands and I especially love their eyeshadow palettes. These palettes are very affordable and contain 12 different eyeshadows. The palette retails for £7.99 at your local Boots or Superdrug, although you can usually catch this on a 3 for 2 deal at either store. The packaging is very 'sleek' with its black exterior and is small enough to fit in your handbag or travel bag. Today I am going to be reviewing the Sleek i-Divine eyeshadow palette in Storm which I am very surprised I haven't done a review of this already! This is one of my all time favourite palettes of the drugstore and I use it very frequently along with my Original palette which you can find a review for here.

Sleek Storm Palette

The Sleek Storm palette contains 12 eyeshadows that come in matte and shimmer finishes. The palette has a wide variety of somewhat neutral shades including champagne, browns, pink/burgundy's as well as throwing in some green and blue shades so many looks can be achieved by only using this same palette. The one thing that I think sets this palette from other Sleek palettes that I have owned is it contains 2 matte brown shades as well as a matte black shade. These shades I think are essential in creating an eyeshadow look however many of the Sleek palettes do not contain these basic colours. The only thing that I can see that this palette lacks is a matte highlight which I personally prefer a shimmer highlight so this doesn't bother me too much. The packaging also has a strange material similar to the Nars blush packaging where it gets very dirty looking and you cannot clean it. I don't find you can see it in overall lighting but it does not photograph well at all!

Sleek Storm Palette
Sleek Storm Palette
The pigmentation of these eyeshadows is incredible for a drugstore/high-street price. For less than £1 per eyeshadow the colours are very pigmented and very true to the colour. When I swatch the eyeshadows on my hand they look exactly the same as they do in the palette apart from the green shade which I think comes off a little more dark and not so green on the lids. The colours are viberant on the eyelid without a base, but with a base they really pop on your eyelids and will last a much longer time than if you were to use no primer or base. I also love the two matte brown shades for filling in my eyebrows. For my particular hair colour (darker brown/red) I mix the two shades to fill in my complete brow and use the darker shade on its own to fill in any gaps that don't have much hair. 

Swatches of the Storm Palette First 6 swatches are the top row the Final 6 swatches are the Bottom Row
Overall I love this palette and use it everyday for my eyebrows and very frequently for creating my eyeshadow looks. If I were to choose one palette for the rest of my life this would be the palette I would choose. There are so many differnet looks that can be achieved with just this palette by mixing in the colourful eyeshadows to spruce up your eyeshadow as well as neutral colours that can be worn on a day to day basis. The matte black is also great for setting your eyeliner so it stays put all day! This palette would be great for travel as you have many different eyeshadow options and the packaging is very durable with a tight clasp. I would recommend this palette to everyone!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

First Ever - High End Beauty Haul! - Urban Decay/NARS/YSL

So this week has been very exciting as I purchased my first ever high end beauty items! As many of you could probably tell by reading my blog posts I am very much a drugstore kind of girl and I feel that there are many bargains to be had at the drugstore! I decided to just go ahead and dip my toes into the high end side of beauty and decided to try a little from Urban Decay, Nars, and YSL.

Now I have never bought any high end makeup or even used any high end makeup before, so you can imagine how overwhelming it was to decide what to get. I decided to buy from the House of Fraser website as they were having a deal where if you spent £50 you would get £10 off one makeup item from a list of items and free shipping which I thought was a great deal.

The first item I knew I wanted to try was the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette. Now my skin has a very obvious yellow undertone to it so when looking at the entire Urban Decay Naked collection I thought the first eyeshadow palette would suit my skin tone best since all of the shades have a very warm tone. I am not sure if this is a difference between the UK vs USA palettes but my palette come with a double sided brush as well as a 4 pack sample of the Urban Decay Primer Potion in all the different formulas. The package states that each of the four Primer Potion samples should supply a weeks’ worth of primer so this should last roughly a month.
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette
Urban Decay Primer Potion Samples
For my second item I decided to try a NARS blush as they are always talked about and have a good reputation for lasting all day and having great pigmentation. I know some may not like the shimmers in the blush but I am a big fan of shimmer and glitter on the cheeks and love my highlighting! I decided to go with what seems the most popular blush from NARS which is the Orgasm blush. This blush is a pink shade with golden shimmer to it.
NARS Orgasm Blush
NARS Orgasm Blush
NARS Orgasm Blush
The final Item I purchased was the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in shade 13 Pink in Paris. This lipstick is not only the cutest packaging I have ever seen on a makeup item, but it is also the best feeling lipstick I have ever tried. It is very moisturising and feels similar to a Revlon Lip Butter but I find that this actually does moisturise my lips and leaves that moisturised feeling for much longer than the Revlon Lip Butters.
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine - 13 Pink in Paris
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine - 13 Pink in Paris

I will be doing full depth reviews on each of these products once I have used them for a while so I can really see how the products work and last. So far I have used them for two days and I am overly pleased with them and so happy that I purchased what I did. I would love to know what your favourite high end beauty item is and if you have never tried any which would you be most excited to try?