Get Glowy With The Balm – Mary-Lou, Betty-Lou & Cindy-Lou Manizers

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The Balm’s three ‘Manizers’ are a must for any makeup lover so I thought it would be good to tell you a little more about each of them and why I love them. They each come in the cutest packaging with the most reasonable sized mirror to keep an eye on your glow throughout the day! They all retail at £17.50 each and you can find them HERE.

*Mary-Lou Manizer – Probably my most used of all three. This is a beautiful honey-hued shimmery highlight which can be used on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow, brow bone and eyelid to give you a light catching glow. It is ridiculously pigmented and you only need a small amount of it each time you use it therefore it will last for ages – making it super affordable at £17.50. I’ve had mine well over a year and haven’t even hit the pan yet!

*Betty-Lou Manizer – This is a simply stunning product. This is a shimmery bronzer which makes an absolutely beautiful eyeshadow but can obviously be used as a bronzer too – if you’re going for a very glowy look. I personally wouldn’t use this as a bronzer as its a bit to shimmery for me – although may be a great highlight for those with dark skin tones. Again this product is intensely pigmented which is why it is so amazing on the eyes.

*Cindy-Lou Manizer – Out of all three I have probably used this one the least, although it is still a beautiful product. The Cindy-Lou Manizer is a slightly shimmery peachy pink powder which I use as a blush but can be used on the eyes too. This is perfect to add a hint of colour to the cheeks whilst adding a slight shimmery glow. As I said this is a peachy pink colour therefore I don’t recommend wearing it as a highlighter in the same places I would with the Mary-Lou Manizer but more of a 2-in-1 product (blush and highlight combined).

Have you tried any of these? Which is your favourite?

 

Splurge or Save Illuminating Primers: Chanel vs L’Oreal

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A couple of weeks ago I had a little makeup splurge and bought a few new products to add to my ever growing collection. Amongst my haul I purchased Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base and the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer. If I had bought them in the same shop I would’ve perhaps realised they kind of claim to do pretty similar things but with different price tags. However, I’m glad I got both just for you because I’m kind like that – haha!

Le Blanc De Chanel

This product is an oil-free primer which illuminates the skin, giving it a subtle glow from within. It can be used to lighten foundation if you mix the products together too. It claims to reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles. This product costs £33 and you get 1 fl oz (29ml). Encased in a beautiful glass bottle it looks stunning sat on your dressing table. However, the chunkiness of the bottle makes pumping out the product a little messy. The smell is deliciously fruity yet floral.

L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer

This product is a light enriched base which illuminates the skin and claims to give the skin 8 hours of hydration. This costs £9.99 and you get 20ml. The bottle is thin and sleek making it easy to store. I can’t really smell much of a scent coming from this product.

Similarities, Differences and Final Thoughts

When I used each of these primers I was so shocked at how similar the results were. Once pumped out of the bottles the Le Blanc De Chanel was an opaque white whereas the L’Oreal Lumi Magique was pearlescent white. Chanel seemed a bit of a thicker consistency compared to L’Oreal – which you kind of expect for the price. Once rubbed into the skin I actually think the one from L’Oreal gave the more illuminating glow and Chanel looked a bit more natural.

All in all these two products do what they claim to which is illuminate the skin but at very different price tags. If you’re looking for luxury then you’ll obviously go for Chanel but if you’re looking for an awesome dupe then I’d highly recommend L’Oreal.

Have you tried these primers? Which one is your favourite?

Brown & Golden Bronze Makeup Tutorial – Modern 70’s

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GET THE LOOK!

Products used:

BASE:

Makeup Forever HD Foundation – N123 – BUY HERE

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer – Light - BUY HERE

Bare Minerals Well Rested Powder – BUY HERE

NARS Bronzer – Laguna - BUY HERE

MAC Blush – Peachykeen – BUY HERE

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – Copper Diamond – BUY HERE

EYES:

Anastasia Brow Wiz – Taupe – BUY HERE OR HERE

MAC Paint Pot – Soft Ochre – BUY HERE

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette – Bobby Dazzle, Down Fall, Undone, Reign, Lucky – Unavailable :(

NYX Jumbo Pencil – Bronze – BUY HERE

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Gold Digger – BUY HERE

NYX Jumbo Pencil – Milk - BUY HERE

Benefit Mascara – Roller Lash – BUY HERE

LIPS:

Too Faced Perfect Lips Liner – Perfect Nude -BUY HERE

Lime Crime Lipstick – Coquette – BUY HERE

Loving Tan Ultra Dark Review

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I love having a good tan, who doesn’t?! But gone are the days where I would lay on a sun-bed with fake vitamin D harming my body. I had a scare when I was 20 when I had a mole removed and it had a slight malignant melanoma in it, safe to say I never set foot in a tanning salon again and never will. Thankfully, fake tan is the best option for a healthy, not to mention non-harmful, glow all year round. I used to be a girl who would fake tan around twice a week but now I’m getting a bit older (and a bit lazier) I just do it when I have an occasion or I want to feel better about myself because lets face it I definitely prefer my appearance with a tan.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try out an ultra dark mousse from the Australian company Loving Tan. The ultra dark tan has a whopping 13% of DHA in, which is the active ingredient for the tan to develop, whereas the other leading brands have only 3-6% DHA…wow! This makes the ultra dark tan the same strength as a dark professional tan. However, Loving Tan don’t only use DHA they also use Erythrulose which helps to eliminate that orange tinge, instead leaving you with a natural olive tan. All Loving Tan mousses are made with certified organic DHA with no parabens or alcohol.

How I got on with the tan:

To apply I used a Loving Tan mitt which feels a little bit velvety making it seem very luxe for a tanning mitt. This particular mitt helps the tan to glide on smoothly. I must say you have to work super fast when applying this tan because when it says it dries in 60 seconds its not kidding. When I first started applying it I noticed it was a deep dark reddy brown shade which is just the instant bronzer to help you see where you have applied the tan. After I had tanned everywhere I was a tiny bit patchy because it dried in some areas so quick however this wasn’t a problem because when I washed it off the next day I was streak free. However, I did make a rookie mistake before tanning because I forgot to exfoliate (*face palm*) which is also probably why it was applying a little patchy.

As this was a darker tan I expected the smell to be even worse than most tans but I was so surprised as this tan has hardly any smell. Another bonus? It hardly marked my bed sheets!

This tan lasted about a week before it really needed to be scrubbed off which is quite a long time, especially because I didn’t exfoliate beforehand. I can’t wait to try this tan again as I got so many compliments when I wore it – even my fiancé said it looked great and we all know men can be so oblivious to things like this!

You can get a FREE tanning mitt with any Loving Tan mousse with the code JordanB 

They ship worldwide :)

www.lovingtan.com

Lime Crime Velvetines Review – Wicked & Cashmere

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There has been so much hype over the Lime Crime Velvetines but because you have to purchase them from their US website I kept putting it off until they released one of their most recent shades, Cashmere. Once I saw swatches online of Cashmere I knew I had to have it. Typing in http://www.LimeCrime.com as fast as I could, to my horror, I discovered it was sold out. Luckily, I was on my A-game and as soon as it was back in stock I snatched one up and thought while I was on the site I’d treat myself to Wicked too. The delivery took quite some time and I was worried it was lost somewhere in the world and I would never try the original liquid lipsticks. Thankfully, about 4 weeks after I ordered them I had a postman come to my door with the precious package.

These liquid matte lipsticks come in at $20 each (£13) and P&P to the UK is $10.95 (£7.12) no matter how large your order is which I don’t think is too bad. All Lime Crime products are cruelty free and vegan friendly which is always an extra bonus.

The colours:

Cashmere: is a grey beige (greige!) which may sound a little odd but I think its such a beautiful yet fun nude to have in my collection.

Wicked: A deep dark burgundy vampy red.

I think if you’re afraid to step out of your lipstick comfort zone then I would try a more general colour first like their Red Velvet shade which is a beautiful rose red – which may be my next purchase! ;)

My thoughts:

When I opened the beautiful packaging and the pretty tube I got a waft of chocolate caramel. Oh my! These lipsticks smell absolutely incredible and edible (they’re not so don’t try licking your lips for a sweet treat!). The doe-foot applicator is so soft and helps to glide on the liquid product easily to the lips. I was a little intimidated that the product would dry almost instantly making it a nightmare to apply but it stayed quite glossy for a good few minutes. Once the product dried it left me with the perfect matte lip. Velvetines are definitely a fab alternative to a matte lipstick as they apply so much easier. The wear on both of these Velvetines was pretty good. I only had to reapply slightly to the middle of my lip after eating but after that I didn’t need to apply again for the rest of the day.

Considering Wicked is a burgundy red shade I thought it would bleed badly, especially after eating, but it wasn’t too bad at all. I do think I perhaps need to purchase a couple of lip liners which match each of these Velvetines to help me create the perfect pout and avoid any mistakes. If you have super dry lips then I recommend applying lip balm a few minutes before the velvetine as they are drying like all matte lip products. I’d heard that removing these liquid lipsticks can be a bit of a pain but I didn’t find them any trouble at all as they came off easily with my Johnson’s face wipes.

Have you tried the Lime Crime Velvetines? What shades do you have?

 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

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I think pretty much every beauty lover in the UK has purchased this months issue of Elle magazine simply because Benefit has given the readers the first samples of their new mascara Roller Lash. I used to buy Elle religiously but I’ve been on a bit of a break from the magazine so I thought that this was the perfect time to rekindle our relationship. Although this mascara was only a sample size it still gave me all the results I needed to write this review for you.

When I pulled the mascara wand out of the tube I noticed that it was curved – this brush is actually called the ‘Hook’n’Roll’ as it is designed to hook onto the base of the lashes and when rolled up it lifts and curls as it coats the lashes. I definitely noticed after a couple of coats that my lashes looked curled, lifted and thoroughly coated in the product from root to tip. My lashes looked more curled than usual and stayed in place all day. I really noticed how much my bottom lashes stood out when using this mascara. I also found because the lashes are being curled and lifted by the mascara that my eyes looked larger and gave me the appearance of wide awake eyes – and trust me I didn’t feel wide awake!

I cannot wait to treat myself to the full sized product when it becomes available in March because not only does it make my eyelashes look dreamy the packaging is gorgeous! I always loved rollers for my hair and now I have my own special one for my lashes!

* 97% said it visibly lifts lashes

* 87% said it gives long-lasting curl

*94% said eyes look more wide open

Based on 31 women after 4 weeks

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www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Mid-Twenties Life Crisis?

Ok, the title of this blog post may be a tad dramatic, which is why I placed a question mark at the end, but I keep wanting to do different things to my appearance lately and adding everything up makes me sound like I’m going through some sort of quarter-life crisis.

So, firstly before Christmas I was deliberating whether to get my nose pierced or not as I kind of thought that now I’m 25 I should either go for it now or forget it. However, I’m being a pussy and worried I’ll end up with a gross lump or scar if I take it out/when I wore a fake nose ring my mum said my nose looked fat, so I probably won’t bother unless I have a drink and feel ballsy. Thinking those things probably tells me I’m not cool enough to go for it so should probably stick to leaving my nose as it is. Thoughts?

Next, I’ve always wanted to do something different with my hair and I’ve tried the Bleach London semi-permanent dyes a few times which in the past may have seemed crazy for me as I never really venture away from blonde. However, since the Bleach London dyes only seem to last around 3 washes on my hair and don’t come out too well for me I keep toying with the idea of having my hair completely dyed pastel pink at the salon. This is all obviously fine and shouldn’t be considered a life crisis at all (how ridiculous) but I feel that I want to dye my hair a funky colour before its too late and I end up looking like a saddo. I’ll probably look back at this blog post in 5 years time with bright blue hair laughing at how pathetic I sound! In fact, if you’re older than I am and reading this you’re probably thinking ‘what a stupid girl’ and I don’t blame you! I’m a true believer that age is nothing but a number but at Christmas I got engaged and when I get married I definitely want to have blonde hair so I think if I get the pink out of my system I’ll be fine.

Also, I want to book another tattoo…but I’ve already got like 10 so thats normal for me.

Perhaps all these thoughts of doing some funky things to my appearance is more because these things are quite in fashion right now and I’m not just going a bit mental. So maybe I should ignore my judgmental thoughts and just go with the flow and follow my heart. You only live once and even if I have pink hair at 60 who really gives a damn?!

(Disclaimer: This is obviously supposed to be taken lighthearted and is more of a silly blog post)