Friday, 31 May 2013

Summer Corals

Hey dolls! :) hope you're all doing good.
I love wearing corals in the summer time, I think they really brighten up your face and look great on many different skintones. Here are my top 3 coral lipsticks from the drugstore.

The first one is by Max Factor and it's called Bewitching Coral. It's from the elixir range so it's nice and moisturising and is a hot pink/coral shade.

The second is by Maybelline in the colour Coral tonic and this is from their colour sensational range. It's a more orangey coral and is very opaque. 

The third is by Loreal from their Color Riche line and it's called luminous coral. It's a more toned down true coral colour, not as bright as the other two and is definitely a luminous finish, where as the other two are quite matte. 

I love all three of them! What are your fave lipsticks for the summer? 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Skincare Wishlist

Origins High-Potency Night-A-mins
I'm on the  hunt for a good night cream and this seems to be a great pick. Packed with Vitamins C, E & H, minerals & moisture-rich replenishers. While relaxing aromas lull you to sleep, skin sloughs away dry, dead layers. 

Ren Invisible Pores Detox mask
I've been eyeing up this mask for quite a while but not yet taken the plunge. It is a
 detoxifying clay mask designed to reduce the appearance of pore size and leave the skin purified, smooth and toned.

Simple kind to skin soothing eye balm
I have super sensitive eyes and I need a fragrance free, no fuss, gentle eye cream so where better to look than simple. It contains vitamin E which is essential for helping with my dark circles.

The body shop Vitamin C microdermabrasion scrub
I've almost ran out of my St. Ives scrubs and for a change I want to try this one full of vitamin C, f
ine exfoliating micro particles and crushed garnet stones remove dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion.

Nivea lip butter - Raspberry rose
Nivea is my all time favourite brand of lip balm and I am yet to try these lip butters but have heard great things about them! The raspberry rose one looks lovely. 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Henna tattoo

I thought I'd share my henna tattoo with you all. They're so pretty, I love having them done! I actually did this design by myself and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I left it to dry for a couple of hours but If you leave it to dry for longer and apply some lemon and sugar you can get a more vibrant and darker result. :) 
Freshly applied

Freshly applied

Final result

Final result

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Clarins Skin perfecting BB cream

I had a sachet sample of the Clarins BB cream and thought I'd try it out and give a little review on it.

It contains SPF 25 which is great. They say: BB Skin Perfecting Cream evens skin tone, revitalises and protects. 
I had the sample in medium and I found that it was a tad too dark and orange toned even for my NC30 skin tone. The consistency was a little richer than other BB creams but once blended out, it felt light on the skin. The coverage is really good for a BB cream which I really liked. It also lasted quite well on the skin. 
Overall, it's an excellent BB cream but I really didn't like the colour selection. It retails for £28.00 which is on the pricey side in comparison to other brands so I don't think I will be buying the full product. 

Which BB creams have you tried? I would love a good recommendation! 

I swatched it over the veins on my wrist so you can get an idea of the coverage.

Blended out

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Revision tips for exam success!

Since exam season is here, I thought it might be useful to do a post with some tips on revising. Good luck to anyone who has exams and if you have already had them, I'm sure you've done well and this post might be helpful for future ones! You can also incorporate these tips into work too.

So the first thing you want to do is to figure out how you learn best. Some people are visual learners, some are auditory (learn by listening), and some are kinesthetic (learn by doing things), or readitory (learn by reading things). If you're not sure which one of these you are, there is a quiz you can take here:

Now that you know what kind of learner you are, m
ake a timetable so you stay organised, and here are some tips and revision techniques you can try. If you find you are a mixture of learning styles, then you can pick and choose ones from different categories that work for you. 

If you are a visual learner:
-Make posters, charts or diagrams. 
-Use colour in your notes.
-Make coloured flashcards.
-Look at pictures.
-Use mind maps.
-Watch tutorials

If you are an auditory learner: 
-Record yourself reading key notes and listen to it.
-Look for someone on youtube who talks about what you want to learn.
-Look for smartphone apps that might be useful.
-If you don't understand something, get a friend or tutor to explain it to you.

If you are a kinesthetic learner: 
-Organise a group revision session with your friends.
-Invest in a model. For example, if you're learning anatomy, invest in a skeleton to learn it practically.
-Get your family and friends to test you.
-If you are learning a speech, practice out loud.
-Make a song or dance to create a fun way to learn something.

If you learn by reading:
-Read a textbook or revision guide. 
-Re-write notes again and again until you remember.
-Condense the text into smaller chunks so you can remember key facts.

And no matter what type of learner you are, it is always good to do past papers! If you have no past papers, then make up questions that you think you might get asked and do them! 

Remember, everyone is different and what might work for you might not work for someone else. I am a visual learner and my favorite method is making coloured flash cards. It is a matter of trial and error. If like me, you tend to procastinate, put something that will motivate you on the wall, maybe a conditional acceptance letter to the uni/college you want to go to or a poster. Good luck! :) 

Monday, 13 May 2013

Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

So I know I'm late on the bandwagon for trying out this mascara but I finally picked it up after seeing all the raves. Let me tell you that it most definitely does live up to the hype!
The consistency is quite wet, not at all gloopy and not flaky either. With just one coat, it effortlessly lengthens the lashes beyond belief without putting in any effort! It thickens without getting clumpy either. It doesn't create any flaky fall out and holds a curl fairly well throughout the day. So as you can imagine, it is holy grail material. It's actually free inside Elle magazine right now so you can bag yourself a good deal and try it out for yourself!


After (sorry about the lighting here I was looking out of the window!)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

D.I.Y Ceiling light pendant

Another D.I.Y post! I've just been so inspired and creative lately! Here is a ceiling light pendant that I made from bits around the house. You can also change it a little to make it a dream catcher instead if you want to. 

You will need some cardboard, scissors, some pearls or beads (I used some old bracelets), thread, and also some glitter and glue which I forgot to include in the photo!
Cut the cardboard into a ring and cut out some hearts or a shape of your choice.
Wrap some strips of paper and some thread around the ring.
Cut out different lengths of thread and loop from the top.

Sprinkle some glitter over the cut out shapes and shake away the excess.

Put the shapes at the bottom of the threads and put the pearls and beads through however way you like.
Tie the beaded threads through the threads on the ring and you're ready to hang!