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MAYBELLINE THE ERASER EYE CONCEALER

Sunday, 29 March 2015

After reading many good reviews about Maybelline's Eraser Eye Concealer, I finally decided to pick it up in my recent trip to Boots and try it out for myself. I can 100% say that I'm very impressed. I believe the product comes in two different shades: Light and Nude. I use the shade Light as I find it perfect for brightening and highlighting the under eye area.

This concealer gives off pretty decent coverage and doesn't seem to crease throughout the day. I find the sponge applicator very useful as it evenly distributes the product onto my under eye area without any fuss, however I do like to blend out the product using my ring finger once it's applied to make sure it leaves a nice blended finish. The consistency is very light weight therefore feels as if you have nothing on your skin, but it manages to cover any dark circles or discoloration. I also noticed a brightening effect when using this product, if you're wanting to brighten up your skin and give your face a bit of a highlight then simply use this concealer over your foundation, blend it out and set with a light powder (Ben Nye's Banana Powder is my favourite). If you're looking for a good concealer which covers all those dark circles and unwanted areas then I'd definitely recommend to check this one out.

LUSH CUPCAKE FACE MASK

Monday, 23 March 2015

I recently took a trip to LUSH Cosmetics to specifically buy one of their face masks as my skin was in need of some TLC, plus I never tried any of LUSH's face masks before even though I've heard nothing but good things about them. I picked up Cupcake which is a perfect face mask for whenever your skin needs a deep cleanse. 

This mask contains the following ingredients: Rhassoul Mud (cleansing and softening), Linseed Infusion (protective and nourishing), Cocoa Powder (draws out any dirt), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (sweet and comforting scent). It also includes 3 different types of oils such as: Sandalwood Oil, Peppermint Oil and Spearmint Oil. The fresh mint helps to stimulate and tone the skin whilst the Cocoa Powder helps to draw out any dirt and give your skin a deep cleanse. The Linseed and Cocoa Butter work together to help soften and moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth once it's been washed off. All of these ingredients are 100% natural and vegan friendly therefore you don't need to worry about any harsh products being on your skin. 

It has a very thick clay-like texture to it and it spreads evenly onto your skin. You must make sure to keep this product in the fridge so that it doesn't catch any bacteria. I like to apply this all over my face avoiding the eye and mouth areas, I leave it on for 10 - 15 minutes and then simply wash off with lukewarm water. You'll feel a tingling sensation when the face mask is on due to the fresh mint. The mask will leave your skin feeling super soft and clean. I found that this mask has also helped reduce the redness that I tend to get which I am so pleased with. I love this face mask so much and I must go back to try out some more of their face mask range. 

TOP 10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY

Sunday, 15 March 2015

(Picture from Pinterest. Edited by me)
I am a hair freak and I spend way too much time on my hair than normal. For about 6 months now, I have been trying to get my hair in a much healthier condition as my hair started to become very dry and damaged. I have seen a massive difference in how my hair looks and feels after trying a variety of different tips and tricks. I thought I'd share with you some of the things that I do to help keep my hair in a healthy condition. 

1. Don't wash your hair everyday
It may sound a bit gross to some people but I wash my hair 2 or 3 days a week. Our scalp produces it's own natural oils which is really healthy for your hair, they help to nourish and produce moisture in your hair strands. If you wash your hair every single day then you're technically stripping the natural oils from the scalp. I also find that the more you wash your hair, the more greasy it gets. 

2. Don't use as much heat
Using heat on your hair from either a blow dryer or straighteners/curlers can take out the moisture from your hair even more which results in your hair becoming dry and frizzy. I recently have only been using heat on my hair 2 times a week! Heat can burn your hair strands when overused. If you're someone who has to use heat every day, then make sure you're protecting your hair by using either a heat protectant shampoo and conditioner or a heat protectant spray. 

3. Don't tie your hair up too tight
When you're styling your hair into a pony tail or even a bun, make sure you don't tie the hair back too tight. This will increase the friction on your hair strands and can cause a lot of breakage and overall damage to the hair and scalp. 

4. Use hair treatments
It's so important to use a good hair treatment every once a week. You could buy a deep conditioning treatment for your hair type and use that instead of conditioner once a week, or you could go for a more natural option and use oils such as Coconut oil or Moroccan oil on your hair for a good 20 minutes before you wash it out with shampoo. This will help to improve the condition of your hair. 

5. Don't brush your hair when it's wet
Try to avoid brushing your hair when it's wet or damp because wet hair is much more prone to breakage. If you really have to brush it then make sure to use either a wide toothed comb or a detangling brush such as Tangle Teezer's Aqua Splash which is specifically designed to use on wet hair. 

6. Buy the right shampoos and conditioners
Make sure to buy the right shampoos and conditioners which is suited most to your hair type. If you dye your hair often then make sure to buy a coloured treated shampoo and conditioner, if your hair is dry then buy a moisture shampoo and conditioner. They have everything for each hair type.

7. Massage your scalp
When in the middle of shampooing your hair, try to gently massage your scalp for around 30 seconds before washing the shampoo out. This increases the circulation helping the hair to grow, and it can also prevent dandruff.

8. Eat healthy foods
Your diet has a massive part in the condition of your hair. Foods such as: Tuna, Salmon, Walnuts, Almonds and also Milk all contain omega-3 which are great for skin, hair and nails. Banana's contain Vitamin B-6 which is important to your hair. Protein is very essential and helps keep your hair looking healthy. Chicken, Eggs and Fish all contain a good amount of protein. 

9. Get regular trims
I find it hard to get my hair trimmed sometimes only because I love having long hair. It's very important to get regular trims every six to eight weeks to get rid of all those nasty split ends. Cutting off the split ends will prevent your hair from splitting even more.

10. Avoid hot water
When washing your hair, try to avoid using hot water. Lukewarm or even cold water works perfect on your hair as it helps to seal the cuticles which results in locking the moisture into your hair. When hair is blasted with hot water, it can dry out the strands and create tangles that could result into breakage.  

RIMMEL SCANDALEYES THICK & THIN EYELINER

Thursday, 12 March 2015

I desperately needed to invest in a new eyeliner as my 17 Gel Liner was currently coming to an end. If I'm honest, I'm rubbish at applying eyeliner and I can never seem to get the perfect winged eyeliner look. However, this has all changed for me since purchasing Rimmel's ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner, it glides beautifully onto my eyelids without tugging and without it feeling scratchy like I know most liquid eyeliner tips can feel. 

It's shaped into a pen like formula therefore making it easy to hold. This product has a 3D tip which gives you the option to either create a thin line or a thick line, as well as having an angled tip which makes it easier for you to create the staple winged effect. I have never been able to get a good winged eyeliner look, however my first time using this product and I was able to achieve the winged liner in just a few seconds. It's very pigmented and leaves a matte black finish which lasts throughout the whole day. The only thing that lets me down with this product is the fact that it claims to be waterproof, but as soon as my eyes started watering this product rubbed straight off. I don't think this will stop me from buying the product again though because I really do love how this eyeliner looks on my eyes. It doesn't seem to dry my lids out and it doesn't crease either, also without my eyes watering it lasts throughout the whole day on my lids. I think this would be the perfect eyeliner if you're just starting out with makeup because of how easy it is to apply, I would recommend trying this product out if you haven't already.

TAYNA BURR'S LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Today I was in the mood for some baking. I was having a lazy Sunday afternoon reading through some baking blogs and decided that I wanted to bake something also. I reached for Tanya Burr's book and flipped through the recipe chapter, the Lemon Drizzle Cake immediately caught my eye so I thought I'd give it a go. It turned out looking and tasting pretty amazing that I just had to share the recipe for those of you who don't know it yet. 

You will need for the cake:
170g Self-raising flour
170g Casting sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
170g butter
3 eggs
Zest of 2 lemons

You will need for the icing:
150g icing sugar
Juice of 2 lemons

Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 180°C. 
Add the butter and sugar into a big mixing bowl and cream together, once the mixture is light and fluffy, add in eggs and mix again. 
Sieve in the flour and baking powder then fold in the mixture until it turns into a nice cake batter consistency.
Zest 2 of your lemons by using either a zester or just a normal grater, then mix all the lemon zest into the cake batter.
Line a baking tin with either butter or use a non-stick baking tin, then pour all of your cake mixture into it.
Bake the cake for 35-45 minutes depending on the size of the tin and your oven. My cake took about 38 minutes before it was fully cooked. Make sure to slide a knife in the center of your cake and if it comes out completely clean then that's when you know the cake is done.

To make the icing just simply mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice. The recipe says to use 150g of icing sugar, however I only had 100g therefore I used less lemon. I managed to use 1 and a half lemons for the juice and it turned out just fine. When the cake is still warm and put onto a plate, poke holes in the cake with either a skewer or a knife and then pour over the lemon drizzle evenly so that it can soak into the cake. 

MAC LIPSTICK | PLUMFUL

Thursday, 5 March 2015

I seem to own way too many lipsticks and my collection is starting to get a bit out of control. I personally love collecting and wearing lipsticks. I have a variety of different shades and I actually get a bit excited whenever I'm putting my makeup on as my favourite part is picking out a lipstick colour for that day. I wanted to share with you the lipstick which I have been wearing non-stop recently.

MAC lipstick in Plumful is a gorgeous cool toned plum colour that is suitable for either everyday wear or going out wear, it's the perfect shade if you're wanting a pop of colour on your lips without it being too bold. It's a lustre finish therefore it's not as pigmented as other lipstick, it has more of a sheer and glossy finish to it. It's so natural looking and you can easily build this colour up to help it look more pigmented on the lips. It's very comfortable to wear, it's not drying in the slightest and the lasting power is around 3 hours before having to touch up again. If you're the type of person that leans towards to the more nudes and natural shades but would like to start wearing more colour, then this the perfect lipstick to help you get into those more bolder shades.

ANOTHER ASOS WISHLIST

Monday, 2 March 2015

It's been a while since I've done a wishlist post and I seem to have been browsing through ASOS quite a lot recently. I am always looking to update my wardrobe and since I cleaned out my whole wardrobe a few weeks back, I think I'm in need of some spring clothes ready for the new season. I thought I'd share a little edit of my favourite items in stock at ASOS. 
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