Tuesday 25 August 2015

Top 5 Mood and Confidence Boosting Beauty Products

One of the reasons many of us become interested in beauty products is because they give us a little confidence boost. It's handy to have a handful of mood boosting products in your arsenal for those grey days when you need a 'pick me up'. Here are my five favourites.
Confidence Boosting Products
MAC Russian Red Lipstick
There is an excellent quote which states 'Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world', it's true! There is something so uplifting about wearing a red lipstick. I personally love MAC's Russian Red, a matte red lipstick that refuses to budge.

Veet Wax Strips*
Girls, we all know how good it feels to have super smooth legs! I recently tried waxing for the first time and loved the results. If you can get over the initial shock of ripping the strip off, it's worth it for silky smooth pins. They have great guides on their website, if you haven't tried waxing before.

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Perfume
Jo Malone perfumes are worth the splurge! This perfume has soft floral notes, which just boost my mood instantly and throughout the day I catch the scent again and it puts a smile on my face.
Top 5 Beauty Products that Boost your Confidence
Eyelure Lashes
Flirty, full lashes really help to draw attention to your eyes - the windows to the soul apparently! I just love adding that touch of glamour to my make-up using lashes. Eyelure have the best high street lashes, they have so many styles and they are very affordable.

Charles Worthington Texturising Spray
Big bouncy waves will never go out of style. There is something so pretty and youthful looking about messy waves. I just quickly run my straighteners over odd sections of my hair and curve them to create waves. Then I use the Texturising Spray to volumise the ends, I spray a little and then scrunch the hair up, this adds more texture and oomph!

Thank you to these products for giving me a boost of confidence on those grey days! I'd love to know what products give you a little boost? Write them in the comments below...
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Friday 21 August 2015

L.A.B2 Beauty 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit Review - Affordable Brushes

Using the right make-up brushes can make a big difference to your make-up. No one wants a brush which sheds when you blend your foundation or eyeshadow, or even leaves streaks when buffing products in.

I'm fond of my Real Techniques brushes but I like to try new things and switch things up, so when these L.A.B2 Brushes arrived I tested them straight away (after I photographed them obvs, #bloggerproblems).

LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Brush Kit Review

I haven't used a buffing brush in a long time, my Beauty Blender Sponge is my 'go to' when I want a flawless base. I found this Buffing Brush really worked my foundation into the skin and didn't shed at all. I did pat my beauty blender over the top once I was done just to perfect things.

The Foundation Brush was also good quality but I'm not sure if this brush is needed in the set. This flat painter style brush isn't as popular as buffing brushes for foundation as they can leave streaks and they don't really work the product into the skin. However they are great for applying high coverage beauty products like concealer and thick foundation quickly to those areas of concern. Then you can use the Buffing Brush to smooth out the edges and lines.

LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Face Brush Kit Review

The Eyeshadow Brush can be used in two ways; a flat packing brush and a fluffy buffing brush. You can lay down areas of colour by using the flat sides and then switch to using the semi-circle shaped end to blend any harsh lines and smoke out colours. This brush would be great for travelling so you don't have to take two separate brushes for eyeshadow.

Finally, my favourite, the Contour Brush, it's amazing at blending powder bronzer and contour shades. It's angled brush fibres fit perfectly into the hollows of your cheeks. I've ditched my battered Sigma Contour Brush for this one!

I'm impressed with the quality of the L.A.B2 Beauty Brushes, they are on par with the Real Techniques versions. My only downside is the rubberised packaging, yes it does look chic but over time I think this will be grubby. Nothing you couldn't wash off though.

The 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Set is available from Superdrug and is priced at £18.99, which I think is very reasonable. They also do single brushes if you just want to try one at a time.

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Monday 17 August 2015

Rose Gold Wishing Thomas Sabo at Silver Tree Jewellery

Investing in jewellery wasn't something I thought about when I was a teenager. My jewellery box was filled to the brim with cheap jewellery from high street shops that often fell apart. Now I'm earning in a job I enjoy, I'm more willing to part with my cash for designer or higher end jewellery pieces.

As you may know I recently purchased the Rose Gold Bee Necklace from Alex Monroe, which has reignited my love for rose gold again. I'm now on the hunt for some rose gold rings which complement the necklace in their colour.

I found these beauties on Silver Tree Jewellery, they caught my eye immediately, so pretty and very unique. I just love the necklace too, can I justify another rose gold necklace?!
Being authorised Thomas Sabo stockists they have the full range from the designer, which made choosing out of these lovely pieces even harder!

1. Sterling Silver and Rose Gold Plated Ring, £135
2. Glam and Soul Rose Gold Ornamental Ring, £135
3. Rose Quartz Ring, £105
4. Rose Gold and Silver Eternity Ring, £155
5. Lotus Rose Quartz Pendant, £359

I love how unique these pieces are, so much more different than the high street alternatives I used to buy. When is pay day again?!
You can find more Thomas Sabo Rose Gold Jewellery over on Silver Tree.

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Wednesday 12 August 2015

Libbie Club August Review - LOLA Nail Polish, Therapie Aura Spray, Aurelia Miracle Cleaner and Exclusive Discounts

Libbie Club is quite new, it's like having a press sample box delivered to your door. Bloggers can apply to received a free box of goodies each month. Buy signing up you also receive exclusive discount codes and offers to share with fellow bloggers and friends.
Libbie Club August Review - LOLA Nail Polish, Therapie Aura Spray, Aurelia Miracle Cleaner and Exclusive Discounts
Here are my thoughts on the latest products:

Firstly I need to mention the colour, I adore it! It's a periwinkle blue, which is perfect for summer. It took two coats to get a nice even, opaque finish, but this is standard for most nail polishes. I'm eager to see what other colours are like in the range.

This was the product I was most excited about. It's a facial mist designed to calm and refresh you. It has a relaxing scent created by a fusion of essential oils and it's actually blessed by a Reiki! I love sprays like this; after a long day staring at a screen in work, a mist of this just brings me back to life and refocuses me. I'd love to try some of the bath products from this range too, bring on the relaxation!

This is very similar to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, it's super creamy and lovely to apply. It melts make-up and leaves your skin feeling super soft. I don't have one bad thing to say about this cleanser, a great alternative to the Liz Earle one.

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Friday 7 August 2015

70s Trend Wishlist Inspired by Little Magpie and Pages by Megan

I have some serious wardrobe envy at the moment; I've been religious reading and following both Pages by Megan and Little Magpie's blogs and Instagrams for style inspiration. I've done a bit of window shopping on ASOS to find items inspired by these stylist ladies. So here are my picks, you can click through to the actual item to buy!
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Sunday 2 August 2015

What To Do and See in Barcelona - Photo Diary

Barcelona has been on my bucket list for years, and I finally got to visit at the beginning of July. I soaked up the sun as well as the culture.

We flew from Liverpool Airport, this is about a 45 minute drive from where I live in North Wales. The car parking facilities are right next to the terminal, so there are no transfer buses. It's so easy to book the car parking online, you just enter the dates and your registration plate number. When you arrive, the barrier and camera recognise your number plate and it lets you in without a hassle. The car park is literally right next to the Liverpool Airport terminal, so it's not far to drag your luggage.

We only stayed Monday to Friday morning so we had to cram attractions in, I thought I'd share my favourite parts in photos.

Sagrada Familia
The Basilica created by Gaudi is a must see when staying in Barcelona. The outside is still under construction and has a completion date of 2026, it's incredible in its size. In all honesty, it's a little crazy. Statues, carvings and features adorn the outside, you could stare for hours, looking at every little feature.
I'm not a spiritual person but I was in awe of the architectural genius and how light was used to create an awe inspiring view and atmosphere.
I would recommend buying tickets for this in peak summer times, it cost under 20 euros for an audio guided tour.

Park Guell
Higher up in the hills sits Parc Guell, a stunning woodland area with mosaic buildings and houses. Many people sit and pose on the famous tiled waved seats for their photo to be taken and below sits the mosaic houses. These houses were originally meant as a luxury housing for the well off, sadly the Parc didn't have many buyers so it was bought out and made into a tourist attraction soon after. Another artistic influence to the city's lively culture. You need tickets to go down into the monument area, but the grounds are free to roam. I would also advise buying tickets in advance for this, they cost around 4.90 euros to visit the monument area.

Barcelona Cathedral
Tucked away down side streets is the Barcelona Cathedral. Not as grand as the Sagrada Familia but it's rich in history. You can also tour the buildings and areas with tickets but we just explored the outer walls and took photos.
La Ramblas
Our hotel was located about a 10-minute walk from La Ramblas; a busy tourist street which is filled with shops and restaurants. This area is infamous for pick pockets, so please do be on your guard, we didn't have any trouble though. You can find the makeup mothership Sephora at the top end and European shops like Pull and Bear, H&M and Zara in this area.

Cable Cars
The best way to take in the views if you aren't scared of heights. You can either go up into the hills to the castle or down to the beach.

St Josep La Boqueria Food Market
I didn't really think I would enjoy visiting a food market but an hour later I had hundreds of snaps and 20 euro worth of sweets. The colours and smells are incredible, it's a delight for the senses. I would recommend going in the morning when everything is super fresh and there are fewer tourists.

Barcelona was such a stunning, vibrant city and I loved every minute of it. So glad I ticked it off my bucket list!
*Free parking was provided in exchange for a review.

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