Monday, 20 August 2012

Products I'm loving right now!

What post do beauty bloggers love to talk about most?.. Favourites!

This month there are a handful of products I have been using on a daily to weekly basis. As I tend to stick to drug store products unless I am on the splurge, all of these products are available at Boots or in the supermarket (you will be pleased to hear!)

First up are two skincare products, the first being a cleanser from Eau Thermale Avene. It's such a gentle product and is advertised as being kind to very sensitive skin. I like products like this to remove my eye make-up, I can't stand perfumed products near my eyes as it makes them so sore. This has no fragrance and doesn't sting at all if I get any in my eye. If you do have particularly sensitive skin, I would recommend testing it first to check if it's suitable for your skin. It costs around £8, but Boots have offers on fairly regularly that include this brand. 

I've also really been enjoying Dove's Firming Nourishing Body Lotion, it has a lovely subtle scent which is very non-offensive. I am a big Soap & Glory fan, particularly of their body scrubs, but I find the smell of their body lotions can become over powering. So I decided to opt for a new lotion and really love this one. It only cost around £2-£3. 

Since I have been trying to budget my spending, I have cut out on purchasing my beloved Mac Studio Fix Fluid. I have been trying out more high street brand foundations and have been loving L'oreal's Lumi Magique foundation. I must admit, in the first week of having it I didn't like it as much. My skin was going through an oily stage and this highlighted the oil like you wouldn't believe. Now my skin is back to normal I have been loving this foundation. It's very dewy and illuminating as it says. I love the consistency and it goes on really well using a stippling style brush. As with any foundation, you need a good moisturiser or primer underneath. It costs around £10, they were recently on offer as two for £15 at Boots. 

I have also really been loving Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB cream. I hadn't used a BB before but really like this as it wasn't as I had presumed. It has great coverage and it's very build-able. I believe it is around £7 to buy. I have been mixing these two together to produce a more suitable shade and they seem to work well together!

A well known but well loved product. I love Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush. It smells lovely and freshens up your hair for those 'every other days' between washing your hair. It freshens up your hair and I find it also helps build volume slightly too!

My bargain favourite. I have been using these Tesco Everyday Value Facial Wipes for quite a while now and I love them! At 45p for a pack of 25 wipes, they are a bargain. They smell lovely, have plenty of moisture and are great for those lazy days when you want to just fall into bed and take your make-up off as fast as possible (naughty for your skin, but we all do it!) I must admit they aren't perfect for taking eye make-up off, but I never use wipes to fully remove my make-up, I always use a removing solution. 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Marble effect bright nails

Hello lovelies :) 

So here I am, back in the wonderful blogosphere, and happy to be back. 
I am excited to get blogging and share my love for all things fashion and beauty again. 

I thought I would start with these fab marble effect nails that I spotted on Makeup Savvy, so full credit to her on this nail tutorial!

This is a really easy way of achieving a marble effect, so read on to find out how I achieved it!

What you will need..

Nail polish remover
 I love Cutex Ultra Cleansing as it removes polish in one sweep!
Also have some cotton wool pads and buds to hand. 

Nail polishes
An array of around four nail polish colours, I found that adding pastels colours in worked really well for this effect. 

The secret ingredient
Cling film, I found it worked well to cut ten small pieces, one for each nail. 

Start by blobbing on your colours onto one nail, then take your piece of cling film, press lightly on top and dab around until the colours mix in to each other, then carefully peel off. 

You should start to see this effect on your nails, don't worry about it going over the nail onto your skin, you can clean that off after. 

Wait until completely dry to add a shiny clear top coat to seal the colour and finish them off. Then clean away around the edges and you're done. 

This was my first attempt and I'm really pleased with the results, it was easy and really fun to do. 
The trick with this one is patience to let your nails dry!

Hope you enjoyed