Sunday, 26 January 2014

Barry M Amethyst Glitter & Barry M Plum NOTD

I had an extremely rare quiet weekend all to myself this weekend so made the lovely little choice of painting my nails!

I chose two Barry M Shades 244 Plum and 354 Amethyst glitter and what a good choice it turned out to be. 


I've got to admit I'm not really a glittery nails person. I was originally going to do just the one ring finger nail with glitter. I usually hate how long it takes to layer it up. However, I ended up going crazy and doing them all when I got this result from just 1 coat!




I would highly recommend giving this polish a go if you like glittery nails! The Plum shade is one of Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine and supposed to be longer lasting without chips! 

We'll see how it goes maybe I will report back in a few days and see how they're holding up!  

Lauren :) x

Blogs and Youtube Channels I'm loving.

There's some blogs I have really been loving at the moment and most of them are new discoveries so I thought I would share them with you all!


 First up:
  •  Hannah Maggs.
 I found Hannah's blog and channel after Zoella tweeted about her youtube channel. She has a lovely blog with a mixture of both beauty bits and mummy bits! I'm really enjoying her blog and channel at the moment. You can find her blog here and her channel here.
I would really recommend watching her 'Draw my life', really interesting to hear of her past.

  • North of London (Phoebe Dixon)
A beautiful little blog with honest reviews. Cute little hauls and wishlists. I love everything about it. You can find Phoebe's blog here.

  • Catherines Loves
I love this blog. Catherine does some really great nail posts which I love. Her hauls are great too and she seems to really like the same stuff I do! Some great budget beauty posts too! You can find her blog here.

  • Lauren Curtis
I cannot believe it has taken me until now to discover Lauren. She is, I think at the moment the number 1 youtuber in Australia. She does some amazing tutorials and I love all her get ready with me videos. Very jealous of her flawless skin! I really love Lauren's instagram account too! Find her channel here.
 

These are just a few of the blogs and channels I have been loving at the moment. There are lots more but I will probably just do one post a month with a couple in at a time :)

Leave a comment with your own links and also links or names of other blogs and channels you love. I really enjoy looking at new blogs and channels!

While you're here don't forget to follow using either bloglovin or google+. My links are to the right :)

Lauren x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Product Rave - Soap and Glory Heel Genius Review.

It's not often that I find a product I really want to rave about. Especially not a....Foot Cream?

However, things changed on Christmas Day when I received the Soap and Glory Yule Monty gift set which had this product inside.

Say hello to the Soap & Glory Heel Genius.


 Firstly take a look at the packaging, right on the front you see the words 'Amazing Foot Cream'. Straight away the product has a lot to live up to!

The Heel Genius contains Macadamia Oil, Menthol (the standard foot cream ingredient) Bilberry and Orange and Lemon Fruit Acid Smoothers to name but a few!


I've got to admit, foot cream isn't something I have ever bothered with in the past. Despite having (prepare for possible TMI here) horribly dry feet, especially my heels. 
Now, if you've ever experienced this, you know how uncomfortable it can be to have dry feet...not pleasant.


It has a lovely fresh scent, not too menthol that it's over powering, but not the typical Soap & Glory smell...it's more citrus and refreshing. 


It's a pale blue/green colour and really thick in consistency! 
The back of the packaging advises you to 'Massage a generous layer of Heel Genius on to clean feet every night. Slip cotton socks over top and let it soak in while you sleep'.
 I'm really not a fan of sleeping in socks. However, I just do it a lot earlier on in the evening instead and then take the socks off before I sleep. 

Let me tell you, this stuff...works a TREAT! My feet have literally never felt this soft and amazing before. I will definitely be re purchasing this!

As usual Soap&Glory have come up trumps with their packaging too. It's an all round lovely product. Looks the part, smells the part and most importantly...it performs! I urge all you out there with dry feet to go and buy this!

Let me know if you do, or if you received the same set for Christmas! Leave your links below :)

Lauren :-) x

Friday, 17 January 2014

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow & Blush Palette Review

Well...here's something I purchased a few months ago, but only at the weekend when I used it again did I think about reviewing it.

On the whole when someone mentions Barry M to me I think of affordable Nail Polish, not eye shadow palettes.
I love their nail varnishes but haven't really tried any of their makeup before, apart from a bronzer. Which after one month of being opened went a strange grey colour. Needless to say, I chucked it out and didn't think about it again!

When I saw this in Boots I swatched the tester and decided to give it a go.I was drawn in right away as I thought it unusual for Barry M but also because I'm a sucker for a smokey eye!

Here is what it looks like. Plain black, tough cardboard with a magnetic lid. Keeps it affordable. Does the job well.

As you can see you get 6 shadows and one blush.

 I love these eye shadows, they're all well pigmented and apply easily.
The only one I have found less so is the matte black shade, it needs quite a lot of building up to get a strong colour. This is the only matte shade.

The shimmery shades are lovely, and have the 'shiny/wet' look about them when they're applied.
The darker grey and black shade have much chunkier glitter/shimmer in them which would usually put me off but actually they have a really nice effect.

The blush is a gorgeous peachy pink colour. Again very pigmented, although I found the formulation of this quite chalky (which I actually expected of the shadows not the other way round).


The palette also comes with a double ended sponge applicator which I discard. Not because there is anything wrong with it, simply because I have no use for it.

I've used the palette a bunch of times, especially for nights out. I can't say I use the blush as I have much nicer ones in my stash but for the money you really can't complain.

 Overall Barry M have done well on this one. You can also get the palette in two other themes, the Glamour Puss and the Natural Glow palette and they're available for £6.49 in boots.
Bargain!
Lauren :-) x



Friday, 10 January 2014

MAC Nocturnal Nudes Lip Gloss Review

Friday...at last!

 Here we are with another product review!

I got this set for Christmas from my boyfriend's mum. I was thrilled. If you've been with my blog from the beginning you will know I am definitely a nude lip girl!

The Nocturnal Nude Set was limited edition for the holidays so unfortunately I don't think you can buy it anymore. However, I still decided to review as my two favourites of these shades are available in the permanent line in the UK. Check online for nearest to you though.

The set comes with essentially 4 mini lipglosses...3 Cremesheen and 1 Dazzleglass. Still 2.4g of product though so I wouldn't count them as a mini when the full size is 2.7g

 From Left to Right (Phiff! Boy Bait, Over Indulgence, Richly Revered)

 (Swatches in same order as above)

My two personal favourites from this set are Boy Bait and Over Indulgence, which actually reminds me of a previous favourite 'Just Superb'. Similar in colour. All of these have generally good colour pay off but if you would prefer them more true to pan they are easily buildable.

I know I a lot of people have been disappointed with Phiff! But for me, I don't own a lipgloss like this and have found its really nice layered over just about any shade of lipstick. It will be perfect for a night out!

Richly Revered isn't a shade I would have chosen for myself but I was pleasantly surprised. The colour pay off is good but not so good that I find it too dark on me. Perfect for a bold lip shy girl like me!

MAC Never disappoint with Lipgloss for me...not too sticky, good colour pay off and they smell amazing! The downside...the price. Especially for a full size, you are looking at about £17.50 each!

The packaging is obviously different from the usual for MAC. A little bulkier but I like it. Feels sturdy and looks nice in your makeup bag!

All in all a great set. If you do manage to pick one up or any of these shades, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Lauren x

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin Review

Back with my first review of 2014 *claps for me for being organised*.

Let's get into it!

Maybelline Baby Lips were a complete hit for me. I know they were a love it or hate it thing but on the whole I was impressed with them. It was only the packaging that let me down really!

However, now we've seen the arrival of one of their new products 'Baby Skin'. An Instant Pore Eraser.


 The main reason I decided to buy this was because I am a huge fan of Benefit Porefessional...I just can't afford to be buying it all the time so I'm always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative!

What Maybelline say - 'Pores appear instantly erased for smooth-looking skin'

Firstly the packaging...not my favourite if I'm honest. Similar to the Baby Lips, I think it appeals more to younger teenagers. Very bright though and certainly catches your eye on the shelf.
 One thing I do like though is the nozzle...much cleaner and saves the end of the tube from turning in to a sticky mess!


The product itself differs hugely from The Porefessional...It's much thicker in consistency and is more like a cloudy/clear gel.


It applies really nicely, and feels smooth on your skin. It even goes on nicely over my dry skin but it's actually fairly matte so I think It would work well for people of all skin types. Which actually is one of the things I like it for more than the Porefessional...as that one dries out my skin a little!

Without a doubt this products makes your pores appear smaller, and also makes foundation application much easier.
 I wouldn't use it on it's own but underneath makeup I think it makes a fantastic base and I will definitely be using this up. I still think I'll hang on until it's all gone to see which I prefer of the two. 

Maybelline Baby Skin is available in Superdrug and Boots for £7.99 at the moment, but every time I have been in since buying mine it has been sold out...so be quick!

Let me know your thoughts too!
Lauren x