Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Summer = Festivals, Part 2

Festivals, in the UK, are not generally associated with being clean and pristine looking. In fact most people, by the third day (some the second day.. euw) will stink, have greasy hair, and have 3 day old make up and facepaint on. The trick is to not smell as much as the people around you.. ergo you smell better! Nah I kid, the trick is to not smell/look greasy at all!
First off, if you are not one of the lucky bastards camping in luxury, then you will have to face facts that it will be very difficult for you to have a shower. As mentioned in the last post, baby wipes are your best friend! next up you want a long lasting strong deodorant  not something usually talked about on beauty blogs, but you need it! I'd recommend this Mitchum one, as it lasts a long time, and isn't too hard on your pennies.
Now for your face, you need to remember a face cream that has SPF in it, as you will be outside, literally ALL day. And don't bother with face wipes, baby wipes should do the job. A good SPF moisturiser is the best bet. I like this Boots Vitamin E with SPF 15, as again it isn't too expensive so if you did happen to lose/damage it, it's not the end of the world!

Onto Hair essentials, one, would of course be: dry shampoo. If you are not a fan of Batiste as I know some people aren't, they are a few good ones out there, such as the Umberto Giannini dry shampoo, or the Trevor Sorbie dry shampoo. A final hair essential would be a hair oil or serum, to combat the drying effect of the dry shampoo, but on the ends of course- not the roots! For cheapness and still generally still quote good results, love to carry around this travel size Tresemme Liquid gold, Argan oil.

Finally- make up essentials, after the first two days, I find I become lazier with my makeup and a smokey eye is what I end up resorting to, so what ever look you normally do, take make up for that- don't take a whole kit with you, for one thing you won't have time to do it (well I definitely didn't!) and you will regret carrying it all around. Take a few essentials that you know work: lipbalm, and an allrounder lipstick/colour, an eyepencil/liner, one or two eyeshadow shades, a mascara, and one powder, maybe a BB cream if they work fir you- I like Dr. Jart Water Fuse BB cream. A few brushes and you should be good to go. The only other thing I would recommend it a primer, they are definitely worth it, when it comes to keeping your make up in place, and not needing to reapply it so often! My favourite is the Benefit 'That Gal' brightening primer.

What are your beauty essentials for festivals? Anything you could recommend?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Glamour edition- Latest in Beauty box

Lately Glamour and Latest in Beauty have teamed up to release a limited number of boxes. When I first spotted it advertised in the latest issue of Glamour magazine I thought it sounde like such a god deal, and has some products that I've been wanting to try for a long time (Porefessional!)
This box is a bit different to the monthly beauty boxes, such as Glossbox, Birchbox or She said beauty. Latest In Beauty do one-off boxes, and you see exactly what you're getting. This box cost £14.95 including free P&P.

The Glamour Beauty Edit Box consists of 9 products for £14.95 with free p&p.The box contains - Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel 10g (really love this stuff), Benefit The Porefessional Primer 7.5ml, L'Oreal Super Liner Gel Intenza full size (one of my favourite gel liners!), Revlon Nail Polish full size, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum 25ml, The Vintage Cosmetic Company Tweezers, Jinnylash Strip Eyelashes, Stila Lip Glaze 1.5ml, Batiste Dry Shampoo 50ml.
In my opinion it's well worth the money! I've wanted to try Porefessional for aages, and love the L'oreal gel eyeliner- and you can never go wrong with a bit of batiste.
Have any of you tried this? Or any of the products in it?

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Blog hyped up products? Beauty

I'm sure if you read blogs, or write a blog, you'll know about getting caught up in the hype of some products when they hit the blogosphere. I too have been drawn in by the great photography and kind words, when really some of these products aren't that great! Here I'm going to do a run down of the hyped up beauty products (that are in my price range) I can't afford the luxury hyped about products (sob).
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
This is a bit of a hit and miss for me, in the summer I love it! It goes really easily onto my skin and covers any imperfections and lasts almost all day, but in the winter we do not get on, at all. For one thing it's a bit too orange for my pale pale skin in winter, and way too drying. my skin is dry at the best of times in winter, but this dries it out even more. So this gets a 3/5 as (to me) it's a great summer product.
Maybelline 24 hours Colour Tattoo
This was another product that I took some coaxing into buying, but once I did I was so pleased with the results, I wouldn't say it last 24 hours, but it definitely helped my eyeshadow last longer in the day, and I love using it a tiny bit of shimmer on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up. I have the rose gold shade, and it's definitely my favourite and looks the most natural on me. This one receives a 4/5

Rimmel Apocalips
Another lip product that was very hyped up in bloggyland. This one, however, is more of a liquid lipstick, than a tinted lipbalm. I love the shades that are available, and i love the colour pay off. You don't need a lot to colour your whole lips in. As with most lipsticks this can be drying, but I found a tiny amount of lipbalm on first and you're good to go. 4/5
Revlon Lip butters
It took me a looooong time to finally give into this hype and buy the product, I wish I'd done it sooner- for once the hype is correct. This really is such a great product, it gives a great build-able colour-with so many shades to choose from- and moisturises your lips at the same time. It doesn't feel cakey or sticky, and it lasts quite a long time. 5/5

O.P.I Nail Envy
I have been wanting this for months! Ever since I started wearing nail varnish a bit more often, and despite wearing a base coat, my nails have got in terrible flaky, breaking, chipping condition. Sick of my nail varnish only lasting a day before my terrible nails start flaking off I made an impromptu purchase of this. I've have now been using it for the past two weeks, and can honestly say that I don't really see a difference... disappointed is not the word! The search continues! 2/5

Thanks for reading, what products do you think are hyped up by bloggers and do you think they're worth it?

Monday, 3 June 2013

Graze box- the VIP club

The Graze nibble box is something I've been having for almost a year now, on and off, and recently they released the breakfast box. Or the 'Very important Porridge box'-basically it's 8 different flavours of lovely porridges: from coconut and date to apple and cinnamon, with a side of honey. Looking at the punnets, I was a bit sceptical as to whether they'd be filling enough (as they look quite small) but they are so nice and once they're cooked with milk, they look a lot bigger! As I did a post about a year ago on the Graze box, I thought it was only fair to do a small review of the Breakfast box.

So far the flavours I've tried are Apple & Cinnamon, Coconut & Date, Walnut & Pecan, and Blackcurrant & Cranberry.  The first three I loved! I'm still decided about blackcurrant and cranberry and if I liked them in a porridge? You get 4 in a box as with the other Graze boxes, and you can order them for whatever frequency/ day you fancy :)
If any of you are already Graze customers and would like to try a Breakfast box for free, here's an exclusive membership code you need to enter after using your usual GRAZE login:
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Have any of you tried these breakfast boxes? What did you think? And what do you think of normal Graze boxes if you've had them before?