Thursday, 29 November 2012

Eyeko ambassador!

Hi guys! Today I became an Eyeko ambassador. I've used their products for quite a while but they've always been that brand that I had a lot of but never really paid it much attention. I mainly use their liquid eyeliners as they come in a variety of colours and I love the crisp lines they give. Naturally, I wanted to be involved with a brand that I had gone back to religiously over the years.

Part of the Ambassador scheme allows me access to a code that I can give to you guys to use with your purchases. If you spend over £15 at, you'll be given a free gift! I love free things. All you have to do is enter the code E19273 into the ambassador code box at the checkout or you can click on the banner I'll be putting at the end of this post.

They offer free shipping to the UK and Europe regardless of what you spend and free shipping when you spend over $55 to the rest of the world.

Eyeko London, Tube Mascara Wardrobe and Eye Make Up

Bye guys!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Scrub up: my skin care products

I'm back!

I realised not so long ago that I owned a rather large collection of skin care products. Having obsessed over the condition of my skin for most of my life, I usually spend more time at the skin care aisle than I do the makeup aisle. I thought I'd show you what I use on a daily and weekly basis.

Scrublet. Illite French Green Clay. Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser. Bioré Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser.

Since I ran out of my LUSH Coalface soap a few weeks ago, I have had to try different cleansers (which I don't like doing - my skin doesn't like change). I settled for the Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead and Bioré Blemish Fighting Ice Cleansers as I've heard a lot of good reviews about Bioré. So far, I'm not disappointed, but I'm not impressed either. The warming cleanser does indeed warm my face, but only for a second or too and, as it is a scrub, is too harsh to use on my skin everyday. Also, the beads are difficult to wash off, so I only use this cleanser whilst showering. The ice cleanser is not a scrub, but has a slightly watery gel texture. It feels refreshing but doesn't make my skin feel particularly clean after using it. Neither products have caused me to break out and my face feels slightly less oily, but these cleansers haven't blow me away.

I have used a scrublet with cleansers for about two years now and I love how gentle they are, yet still manage to exfoliate my skin. I'm not sure if there are good and bad brands of scrublet - I just use one I got from L'Oréal a few years ago.

I try to use a clay mask at least once a week, especially after I've been wearing particularly heavy makeup. I bought the Illite French Green Clay because it came in 1kg bags from Amazon for about £8 (I think it's cheaper now). I was sick of paying upwards of £1 for a sachet of clay that would last me one or two applications so I decided to buy in bulk and managed to get this bag of clay. It was imported from Portugal so it took a while to arrive, but so far it has worked just as well as the other brands of clay I have used. It is slightly gritty so I can use it as an exfoliator too.

My next set of products are used in conjunction with my Hitachi Hada Crie.

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water for Normal / Oily Skin. Hitachi Hada Crie. JuJu Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Vitamin C Whitening Lotion. L'Oreal HydraFresh Anti-Shine All Day Hydrating & Matifying (Icy Gel).

If you've read my earlier posts you will have noticed me raving about my Hada Crie. I bought it a few months ago and so far it has made a massive improvement to my skin - my oil levels are down, my skin doesn't feel as bumpy, I'm less prone to breakouts... I use the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water and the JuJu Aquamoist Vitamin C lotion with it and I have never had a problem with either of them. The Aquamoist lotion can feel a little sticky after use (as I need to use more the necessary to coat the head of the Hada Crie), but I simply rinse my face with water after use and my skin is left feeling clean and soft.

After cleansing and toning my face with the Hada Crie, I seal in the moisture with the L'Oreal HydraFresh Anti-Shine All Day Hydrating & Matifying (Icy Gel). I usually have issues with moisturisers because a lot of them can leave my skin feeling quite oily, but this almost turns into a water on your face. It has a nice cooling sensation and keeps your skin hydrated all day. It can leave me with a slightly shiny face, but as I use makeup most days, it's not a problem.

That's it for now guys, see ya!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Dye my hair with me!


Today I thought I'd dye my hair and blog the process. Being completely honest, I absolutely HATE dyeing my hair; it takes forever, my arms always ache by the end of it, I always pull my hair out when I try to brush the dye through and I constantly worry that I'm going to miss a patch.

Today I was dyeing my hair from a medium to dark blonde to platinum blonde. I'd never used this dye before, but it caught my eye when I was in Boots looking for my usual dye. It's apparently new, so I thought I'd do a not-very-detailed review of it.

The kit I used was the L'Oréal Féria by Préférence in L01 Extreme Platinum Power. It claimed to lighten my hair by eight shades.

Before I start, I want to apologise for the lighting in my bathroom. There are no windows in there and the light decided to stop working, so I was relying on the shaving light.

I was looking pretty scared just before I committed to bleaching my hair.

There were so many steps to this dye! I had add three components to the developer solution.

It's definitely lighter. I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not at first, but once I'd done my makeup and straightened my hair, it had grown on me.

The hair dye was exceptionally awkward to apply and I did miss a couple of patches. As I said earlier, there were four components to the solution - the developer, lightening powder, lightening creme and high shine shot. The powder made the solution incredibly thick and dry, leaving it near impossible to spread onto my hair. The end result was better than I expected, with white roots and little brassiness (possibly due to the toning conditioner supplied in the kit), but my hair is completely stripped of moisture (which the kit claimed not to do). I'll keep applying my extraordinary oil and Split Remedy products to see if I can get my hair into a better condition over the next few days, but, unless I need to significantly lighten my hair, I won't be using this dye again. If you don't want to gradually lighten your hair, go for this dye, but it will dry your hair out.

Logan update:

I bought him a new bed today. It's more like a sleeping bag and he LOVES it. As soon as I put it in his cage he went and laid in it ^_^

Bye guys!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Shopping time!

Hey guys,

Yesterday I got paid and that meant going shopping. So I headed out into the driving rain, ran around the corner and straight into Superdrug (I know, I live way too close to Superdrug...). Actually, I had a meal in Wetherspoons first, but that's irrelevant.

Superdrug have had a 3 for 2 offer on for a while, so I decided I would use that as an excuse to buy more things than I intended.

1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Cherish and Rendezvous 2. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR in 40- Permanent Taupe, 65- Pink Gold and 05- Eternal Gold 3. Revlon Matte powder blush in 002- Blushing Berry

As you can see, I can cross a couple of things off my wish list.

I now have Color Tattoo in five colours:

20- Turquoise Fever, 50- Eternal Silver, 05- Eternal Gold, 65- Pink Gold, 40- Permanent Taupe

I really do love these eyeshadows. They're very pigmented and the newest additions to my collection spread and blend more easily. Today I'm wearing gold and pink with a tiny bit of eyeliner to break up the neutral colours. Most importantly, they really do last. After attempting to remove the swatches on my arm with makeup remover, this was the outcome:

I guess the Permanent Taupe really was permanent...

I'm still on the lookout for Barely Beige. I thought I could get away with Eternal Gold, but it's a little too sparkly for my everyday wear.

I'm really enjoying the balm stains. I find with a lot of lip products I use that the colours aren't strong enough to mask my natural lip colour (and it's not like I have unusually colourful lips...), but these are very pigmented and cover it without any problem. The only thing I've noticed is that they don't last as long as I would like them to. After two hours, the colour is still there but it has faded a significant amount. I haven't had much to eat of drink in those two hours, so I don't think the colour would last all day without a top up (which I prefer not to do). Despite that, they feel just like a lip balm and don't dry out my already slightly dry lips. I've also found that I can use these with dry lips and the colour doesn't collect around my dry skin (like a lot of lip product do). My favourite colour so far is Rendezvous as it reminds me a lot of the lip butter Tutti Frutti colour.

When I tried to remove these swatches, they were similarly as difficult to remove as the Color Tattoo, but I expected that as they are lip STAINS so I didn't feel the need to show a picture.

My last product was just to bring my Revlon items up to three but I've been needing a good blush for a very long time. I've been using an cheap ELF blusher for a few months but it doesn't last very long at all. I don't know a lot about all the different blushes out there because they're not that well advertised. That's probably why it's taken me so long to stop using blushes out of makeup kits. I decided to go with Revlon as I use their PhotoReady powder and I LOVE it. So far, this blush is much more pigmented that the ELF blush. I can't say anything about it's staying power yet as I've only been wearing it a couple of hours.

That's it for now, buy guys!

Friday, 23 November 2012

November favourites

  1. Split Remedy range. I've used four of the products from this range: shampoo, conditioner, hair masque and leave-in conditioner and I think they're BRILLIANT. Of course they haven't completely repaired my hair, but my split ends have been reduced and my hair is a lot smoother. My hair no longer snaps off easily and I don't end up covered in broken hairs when I brush my hair.
  2. Maybelline Color Tattoo 2HR. I mentioned these in my wish list as I don't have all the colours I would like, but so far I've been really pleased with the colours I do have (50- Eternal Silver and 20- Turquoise Fever). The colours I own are a bit too bold for my every day wear so I tend to use them as eyeliners for day time (they're also great primers). They are very pigmented and last all day without smudging. The only problem I have found is they don't blend too easily, although I tend to use my fingers for my day time makeup so I haven't actually used them with a brush yet.
  3. L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil UV Filter for coloured hair. I was sceptical about buying this as it was expensive (despite being on offer in Boots at £6.66), and I didn't want to add oil to my already oily hair. Someone recommended it to me in the summer but I still didn't want to buy it. After lightening my hair twice, even my Split Remedy products were struggling to keep on top of the damage so I decided to take the plunge and buy it. I'm so glad I did. I rarely ever straighten my hair anymore as this smooths my natural waves into an acceptable hair style. This, combined with a little styling gel, is all I use to style my hair for the day and I have no problems with frizz.
  4. LUSH Coalface Cleanser. I'd been using this soap for about six months or so but I finally ran out last week and I can now see the good is was doing my skin. This soap is ever so slightly exfoliating, but not enough to completely dry your skin out. It can be a little drying if you don't keep on top of moisturising, but I don't mind drying my skin out slightly when it's getting oily. I think it was about £5 and lasted me forever. But once it was gone, the oil started creeping back.
  5. HUGO BOSS - Boss Orange. I ran out of my favourite perfume (Ghost Deep Night) a couple of weeks ago and had to dig out this perfume I got for my birthday. I've had it before (Christmas present), but never really used it because I had my Ghost. I knew I liked it from the times I fancied something different but I've realised how much I like it in the last few weeks. It's now definitely up there with Ghost.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

November wish list

Hi guys,

I thought I'd start doing a monthly wish list and monthly favourites. My favourites post will be coming later, first I'll give you my wish list.

  1. MAC Face and Body Foundation. I've wanted this foundation for so long as I've heard so many good reviews on it. I actually want two shades (white and N1), but at £26 per bottle I think I'll have to keep wishing.
  2. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR. I have this eyeshadow in two colours, but I want them all! Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer and I decided to try them out, along with their eyebrow pencil. They only had very bold colours, but I would love to have this in more neutral colours.
  3. eos lip balm - Smooth Sphere. I absolutely love the design of these and rally want to get my hands on them. I've never seen them in UK shops, so I have no way of trying the different flavours.
  4. Pretty Polly Flighty tights. I saw these on the Pretty Polly website when it was still new and unheard of, but I didn't want to pay £10 for a pair of tights. They're not actually on the official website anymore, but you can get them on Amazon for a little cheaper.
  5. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain. These remind me a lot of the Clinique chubby sticks but after doing a little research, I found that the Revlon product is more pigmented.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Go away ginger!

Hi guuuuyss!

I just want to say before I get started - no, I'm not being offensive to ginger people. I love ginger people. If I were a boy, my celebrity crush would be Karen Gillan. But anyway, today I wanted to talk you through the process of getting rid of ginger hair.

In August, I decided I wanted to dye my hair red again. Remember that nice, dark, ginger colour you all complimented me on? I wanted that back, and, being lazy, I decided to order the colour off Amazon rather than go to Superdrug. Obviously, you can't get the Superdrug brand hair colour on Amazon, so I went for a ’similar’ product. In actually fact, it was completely different. When it arrived, I ripped open the box and ran upstairs immediately to try it. Forty minutes later I emerged from the bathroom with BRIGHT ORANGE hair. I'm not even joking, that colour would put Ginny Weasley to shame.

Getting rid of orange hair, it turns out, is not a simple task. I thought a nice semi-permanent ash blonde would do the trick, but it didn't even make a dent in the colour. Then I tried a light brown, and that toned it down to an acceptable auburny colour. I could live with that, and went on happily until my next shopping trip.

So, to get rid of red undertones, you will need:

  • A hair brush
  • A hair clip/hair tie
  • Some blue or purple rinse (I used Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo from Boots, £3.09)
  • An ash toner (I used Colour Restore Cool Ash from Boots, £11.99)
  • Hair dye (of your choice, I used L’oréal Récital Préférence 10.21 Stockholm very light pearl blonde)

Firstly, make sure you read the instructions for the toner and decide which option you will take (there are three - maintaining shade, creating deeper tones, tonal colour restoration). After doing that, wash your hair with the purple/blue rinse. The shampoo says to leave for 5 minutes, but I wanted as much red removed as possible so I left it on for 20 and wrote this blog post to kill time. After waiting for as long as you please, rinse your hair with LUKE WARM OR COOL water to keep as much of the purple pigment as possible.

Towel dry your hair and move on to the toner. Apply it as instructed, make sure it is spread evenly in your hair and wait (right now I am sitting with it on my head, writing this post) for as long as you see fit.

Wash it off with more purple rinse and leave it for another five to ten minutes.

After spending 616472794 hours in the bathroom, dry your hair and look at the result. I couldn't actually see that much of a difference straight away, but, strangely, after a few days my hair became less orangey. Once my hair had recovered from its intense washing (Touch of Silver can be a bit drying), I decided I would be brave enough to try a dye. I went for the lightest one I could find (and it had pink tones in it, to make things a little different) and set to work. After following the instructions to the letter, I rinsed and dried my hair to see the result. I don't actually have a picture to show you so I'll tell you that it was dark, but not orange; the yellow tones were still there.

A few weeks later (yes, it has taken me that long to write this post) I put on the same hair colour - this time I do have a picture (cover photo). As you can see it’s definitely lighter and not ginger. There are still some brassy tones, but they've probably come from dyeing dark hair light. I'm going to keep working at my hair; I will achieve that light, slightly pink tinted colour on the box! I think I'll be staying away from red hair dye from now on too...

Logan update:
A very confused little boy being weighed for his flea drops.

Bye guys!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

I've been away

Hi guys...

I say that in a sheepish manner because you've probably forgotten all about me. I apologise for that - I've been busy!

So, what has happened in my absence? Where do I start..? Let’s do things in a chronological order.

Firstly, July became a very busy month for me when I was given my very first job! It wasn't the most exciting of occupations, but it paid and I enjoyed myself. Working with Excel and all different kinds of stationary actually makes me pretty happy ^_^

Of course I am no longer working there as at the end of September I found myself on my way back to Wales for the start of the new semester. With that came the excitement of my very first flat. I moved in with the boyfriend and our many plants - we like plants; we have two carnivorous plants and two trees. I’m actually attempting to grow more trees at the moment; I found some star fruit in the local Morrison’s and decided I HAD to plant the seeds. They're currently happily sitting in my propagator while I stress over whether they're actually going to grow. Getting off topic...

Being a zoologist and owning my own flat, I felt one of the first things I must do is buy a pet. Since being a student is another way of saying, “I have absolutely no money”, I decided to go for a relatively inexpensive pet (no, not a fish - we've already got two): a hamster, Milo (cover picture). His story is a rather sad one as, after spending a month with us, he became sick and died. It was heartbreaking but we took comfort in the fact that he died with people who loved him rather than in a pet shop on his own.

Not long after Milo came along, I was given another job. This time I wasn't so lucky - I don't enjoy it. I keep reminding myself that I'm being paid and the work comes to an end soon. A lot of people share the attitude that 'a job’s a job’, and in these times it's probably the best attitude to have, but my advice would be to put yourself first. Trust me, it’s not nice when you literally have to blackmail yourself into going to work. I have been treating myself to a lot of Ben and Jerry’s because of it though (ahh! My skin!).

We've recently bought a new hamster. We saw him in our local Pets at Home and decided we couldn’t go home without him. We loved our time with Milo and missed his companionship so when we met Logan, it didn't take us very long to convince ourselves to buy him. His personality is completely different; he's incredibly shy but if we keep working with him he’ll grow out of it. I’ll keep you updated while Logan grows up - he is still a baby, after all ^_^

That covers everything that explains my absence. See? I do have a life outside of the Internet - haha.

The last thing I want to add is a thank you to all of the people who have still been coming to my blog while I've been away. I lost track of my comments a long time ago (but I do still try!) so I'm sorry if I haven't replied to you all. I hope you understand. Oh, and one very last thing - IT’S CHRISTMAS SOON ;DDDDDDDD

Bye for now!


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