31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

Image courtesy of Weheartit. Edited by me.

Hey guys! Just a very quick post, whilst there is actually blue skies and the sun out. I wanted to wish you all Happy Easter, I hope you all have a great day and get loads of chocolate. Try not to eat too much chocolate though!

Atleast it is Spring now so hopefully we will be getting some nice weather soon that will last longer than a few hours! Frost and snow really shouldn't be allowed in March.

I would love to know what your plans are for Easter today, I am staying at home and hopefully writing up a few blog posts whilst eating sweets :)

29 March 2013

Soap & Glory Supercat Vs Collection 2000 Extreme Felt Tip Liner

Hey guys! Sorry this is so late, I have been really busy this week. Also Blogger decided to delete all my work on this post once I had finished it, and saved it, which meant I had to re-write the whole thing so I hope I have remembered everything I originally wrote. Some of you may have seen in my haul post here that I bought (actually it was free) the Collection 2000 Extreme Felt Tip Liner. I love the Soap & Glory Supercat Felt Tip Liner so I thought what better to do than a comparison post on the two!

I can't live without my felt tip liner (maybe not literally but still) so I am always on the look to try new brands! The Soap & Glory Supercat currently costs £6 from Boots, whereas the Collection 2000 Liner only costs £2.99, which is a pretty big difference for two things that are extremely similar.

Outside: The outside of both the liners are ridiculously similar! They are both the same lengths, they are the same widths and the lids even go to the same place. Maybe both companies use the same suppliers because it is pretty rare to find two products with identical packaging!

The Liner: The two are pretty similar when you first put them on, the tips are the same size, however the Collection 2000 liner is a little bit browner than the jet black colour of the Soap & Glory liner. Althought it isn't noticeable from a distance.

The lasting power of both eyeliners was pretty good, but I found that the Collection 2000 faded more than the Soap & Glory one after leaving them on for around 8 hours. Considering the Collection 2000 liner claims to last for 24 hours, which I didn't think would happen in the first place, I would have hoped its lasting power would have been a little bit better. 

I did a smudge test (where I put the eyeliner on, left it to dry and then smudged it) and surprisingly the Collection 2000 eyeliner smudged less. Personally I don't smudge my felt tip liner, but I know that some people do so the Soap & Glory one may be better for them.

Overall: Even though both eyeliners are great I would still rather buy the Soap & Glory felt tip liner if I had to choose out of the two. I just found that the lasting power of it was better than the Collection 2000 liner. If I wasn't going to keep my make-up on for very long than I would probably wear the Collection 2000 one, but for me the lasting power just wasn't good enough! If you were on a budget, but still wanted a felt tip liner, then this would be great for you.

Have you tired either of these felt tip eyeliners? What did you think of them? Please let me know in the comments whilst I go and bang my head against the wall because I had to re-write this :)

21 March 2013

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

Hi guys. I was tagged by Chloe from Chloe's Way to do the Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag, so thank you Chloe! I love tags which meant I thought I would do this one.

1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do.
I am terrible at remembering to moisturise! I always moisturise my face, however I just forget, or don't have time, to moisturise my legs, arms etc. But hey, who doesn't like dry skin?.....

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly? 
I really don't clean them as much as I should. Whenever I think "right I must clean my brushes today" a while goes by then I remember, and then I just think "oh well I am too busy now, I will do them another time." This tends to repeat itself for days until I get around to actually cleaning them. Oops!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
I just can't. As soon as my nail polish chips it comes off, otherwise if I leave it on I feel really concious about them.

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it? (i.e purchasing a new topcoat, or a new foundation etc.)
If I know I am running out of something I will buy it. With essentials like dry shampoo or facial wipes, I buy a few at a time. If it is something that I like, but I am not obsessed with, I will either not buy again and use up any other things I have similar to it, or only buy it if it is on offer.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I honestly can't think of a bad beauty habit of mine. I am a bit of a perfection artist when it comes to make-up and beauty stuff, so I guess I would have to say that I should be a bit more laid-back about it!

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
Hmm, it would have to be tidying my bedroom. I mean my bedroom isn't that untidy, but I tend to gradually allow little things to gather and then it turns into quite a big mess! Although I wouldn't let it get like a messy bedroom you see on TV, with things all over the floor.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?
Normally I get ready quite a while before I actually have to leave the house if it is for something like going out for dinner, going shopping etc. However if it is something quite early in the morning, or a low-key thing, I just get ready a short while before. I don't like leaving it until the last second though because I get really stressed if I am rushing around madly.

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
I have never actually tried one. I am not that bad at not buying things, however I don't really think I could go weeks without buying anything at all. I would probably get withdrawal symptoms if I couldn't!

9. How organized is your makeup and nail polish collection?
My nail polish collection is ridiculously organized (it is sorted into types, e.g purples, and then into shades, all with named cards to tell me what is in what section).

 My make up is kind of organized, I have the make-up I use a lot in one bag, the stuff I don't usually use in another and excess stuff in a box on my shelves. Although I am going to get some storage stuff for it all from Ikea soon!

10. What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?
I think around a week. Sometimes I find it really hard to come up with any post ideas that people haven't done a million times before, and other times I think of five ideas at once.

1. Copy and paste these 'rules' into your post when you write it!
2. You must state that this tag was created by Laura from The Beau Bow.
3. You must thank the person who tagged you at the start of your post, follow them if you're feeling nice and at the end of your post state who you tag, and comment on their blog  to let them know you tagged them.
4. Title this post 'The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG' .
5. Have fun! :)

That is it then. I hoped you enjoyed reading it as much I did writing it! I tag the following people to do this tag:

Alexandra from Lipsticks And Heels
Emma Louise from Not Your Average
Kylie from Lazy To Lovely
And all of you reading, just say I tagged you!

What are some of your worst beauty habbits? I would love to know! :)

17 March 2013

Rock Beauty Nail Rock (Spring/Summer 2013 Collection) // REVIEW

Hi guys! I was lucky enough to be send some of the Rock Beauty "Nail Rock" designs from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Nail Rock are large "nail stickers" that cover your whole nail, you then fold down any excess at the ends of your nails and file it off.  Simple!

Nail Rock nail wraps come in all sort of designs, ranging from spots, to geometric stripes, to floral prints and lots more! 

These claim to be such an easy thing to do instead of having to do your own nail art with all the fiddly dotting tools, tiny brushes and multiple nail polishes. Personally I just can't be bothered spending ages doing complicated nail art, which then takes a very long time to dry and will most likely smudge before it can even finish drying.

Each packet of Nail Rock comes with 16 nail wraps (in 8 various sizes), a cuticle stick, a file, and an easy-to-follow instruction guide. I really liked most of the designs I received, although I wasn't too keen on the floral set! I tried the black and white geometric print set (my favourite one).

I had previously tried cheaper nail wraps after being quite intrigued  by them, but the only word I could use to describe them is awful! They barely stuck to my nails and were just plain terrible.

The Nail Rock nail wraps were fairly easy to apply, thanks to not having to apply any nail glue, however I found that on the tips (where I filed any excess away) would be left quite tatty and rough looking. I am not quite sure if there is an "art" of being able to file any leftovers away, as they didn't look rough on a few of my other nails.

Apart from that I thought they were rather good. They stayed stuck on my nails for ages, and stayed whilst I washed my hands. The only thing I would say is that I don't think they would stay if you had a bath or possibly a shower, as the hot water would just be too much for the adhesive underneath the wraps.

All-in-all I was really happy with these, and I would most likely re-purchase them as they are definitely worth it and an easy alternative to doing actual nail art!

Have you tried any of the Nail Rock nail wraps before? What did you think of them? Please let me know in the comments! :)

Nail Rock is available to buy from Boots here 
Or buy direct from Rock Beauty here

14 March 2013

Goodbye Google Friend Connect!

Hi guys! Just a quick post. Some of you may have heard that for some reason Google are getting rid of Google Friend Connect (the thing most of you follow blogs on). This change means that you won't be able to read blogs off the main page anymore, and that bloggers will lose all the followers they have via GFC, which is seriously annoying after most bloggers worked so hard for that readership! 

Google will be getting rid of GFC from the 1st of July. This gives us all some time to start re-following the blogs that we currently following, be it on Hello Cotton or Bloglovin. 

Luckily Bloglovin has given us the option to let them transport all the people we currently follow on GFC, and make our Bloglovin accounts start following them instead. (If that makes sense)

I will be using mainly using Bloglovin to read blog posts from now on. If you would like to follow me on it you can do so here or on Hello Cotton here. I highly suggest that you all make accounts on one, or both, of those website otherwise you won't be able to read the posts of the blogs you love! 

If anyone knows exactly why Google are getting rid of GFC could you please tell me as I am really curious. 

Goodbye GFC, you were really great! *wipes tear*

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13 March 2013

Mid-Week Wishlist

Mid-Week Wishlish

Hi guys! Today I have my first wishlist on this blog (yay). Working out how much these things cost has really made me realise how much I want a purse that creates money.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette 
Debenhams - £20

I think most beauty bloggers want/have this palette, and I am most definitely one of the ones who want it. I really wish there was a cheaper dupe made, just like the Naked 2 Palette which was copied by MUA, because for a small palette £20 is quite a bit!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm
Feel Unique - £34 (100ml)

I have heard so many people talking about this saying how great it is on combination skin especially. The price tag is quite a lot, however everyone I've spoken to seem to think it is worth it. I seriously want to try this, so I might have to get saving!

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
Boots - £8.99

This new foundation seems to have been getting a lot of great comments from the beauty blogging community. I don't really wear foundation much as I have pretty good skin, but this is suppost to be a really light foundation with great coverage, so this might be great for me!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Boots - £9.99

I don't actually own any Real Techniques brushes, which is probably really bad considering I am a beauty blogger. I can't really say that much about a brush, except Real Techniques brushes are always raved about by everyone, so I am excited about getting one of these.

Bow Detail Nude Quilted Clutch
Miss Selfridge - £18

How cute is this clutch?! I don't usually have a big love of clutches, however this one is definitely an exception! I love the colour of it and the little diamante bow. I can see me buying this and it being one of those things I love, but just don't use.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Asos - £10.95

I love doing my nails, however I hate waiting forever for them to dry. This is where this top coat comes in. Many people have said this actually works well, which makes me really want to get it as this may make me like painting my nails regularly.

River Island Light Pink Cross Body Satchel
River Island - £24
Note: This was on River Island's website when I started writing this post, but it has disappeared this evening so I can't give the link.

Woops, another satchel. This bag is absolutely gorgeous, I adore the detail and buckles on it. It looks casual yet classy at the same time, but would still look great with some skinnys and a top in Spring/Summer.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover
Boots - £4.99

This seems to be one of the most talked about things at the moment. We all hate having to stand there rubbing away at nail polish to get it off (especially glitter nail polish), so this seems like the perfect solution. All you do is dip your nail in the pot and rub it on the sponge inside, supposedly taking all of your nail polish off in seconds. I MUST have this!

Mac Paint Pot (Shade Lets Skate)
Mac - £14.50

And finally. I actually saw this in one of FleurDeForce's videos on Youtube, and just fell in love with the colour! In the pot it looks very pink and glittery (which I really didn't like the look of), however when it was blended on the eyelid it became a gorgeous, pale nude/pink, shimmery colour. It looked really pretty, but since it is made by Mac its price tag is obviously quite big.

Have you tried any of these things and what did you think of them? Please tell me in the comments as it might force me to buy it (not like I need any forcing though)!

9 March 2013

My Top 5 For Under £5

Hi guys! Today I am doing a "top 5 for under £5" post, because I have had few people ask me to do one and I thought it would be fun. So here goes!

       Make Up Academy Lipstick Shade 16

First of all is the Make Up Academy lipstick in the shade 16. This was in my MUA haul post the other week, but since then I have been wearing it loads!

 It is a really nice pale pink/nude colour, the pigment is great and it doesn't make your lips go dry. The only thing slightly bad about it is that when you have a lip balm/gloss over the top, the lipstick "gathers" around the corners of your mouth.

Only £1 from Superdrug!

Palmer's Dark Chocolate & 
         Peppermint Lip Butter 

Next is another lip product. I normally wear Palmer's Dark Chocolate & Peppermint lip butter under lipstick, to ensure my lips don't dry out, or just by itself. It tastes, and smells, ridiculously amazing, and keeps my lips really soft.

£2.75 from Superdrug.

             Sainsburys Shea Butter + 
                        Jojoba Bath Creme

Sainsburys shea butter + jojabo bath creme is a seriously good bubble bath, especially for its price. You only need a tiny bit to make loads of bubbles, which means that one bottle last for ages! It smells just as its name suggests, like shea butter. It also leaves your skin feeling pretty soft.

The only thing a bit annoying about this is the fact that the smell wears off quite quickly, after putting it in the bath, which is a real shame. However it is still worth trying!

£1.49 from Sainsburys.

  Collection 2000 Lasting
       Perfection Concealer

Next is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. I have heard so many people talking about this, saying how good it is, so I had to try it! 

The coverage is really good, however it can be quite hard to blend if you put a little bit too much on. I like how you get it out using a little brush (a lot like a lip gloss wand), and this makes it far easier to get the amount you want out, instead of squeezing it out of a tube. I don't really have much else to say about it apart from that it is a great concealer!

£4.19 from Boots

                  Simple Kind To Skin
     Hydrating Light Moisturiser

The Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser, has got to be my favourite moisturiser for dry skin! It really does help me, because I get dry skin in the Autumn/Winter months (especially on my nose), and since I have been using it it has helped me so much. 

It absorbs really quickly, and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy. It stays on your skin, keeping it soft, for absolutely ages, and it also works really well as a primer! 

Definitely one of my favourite moisturisers!

£3.79 from Boots.

Have you tried any of these products and what did you think of them? Also what are your beauty favourites that cost less than £5? Please tell me in the comments! :)

3 March 2013

Products I Won't Be Repurchasing

Hey guys! Today I have a post that I have wanted to write a long before I even started blogging, and that is the "products I won't be repurchasing". Remember all of the opinions I state are just my own, and you may think otherwise!

                                            The Beauty Emporium Bath Marbles

First of all are the Beauty Emporium Bath Marbles (which I bought from M&S). These are little balls that are filled with bath oils, so they dissolve in the bath. I have used these a few times but each time they have made my skin feel very greasy and not very nice, however I made a huge mistake the other day. 

I had my hair down whilst I was having a bath, got out, and left it to air dry. A few hours later I noticed that it still looked wet, but it didn't feel it, it had however gone exceptionally greasy, I realised that the only thing different in my bath this time were the bath marbles. The next morning I had to wash my hair THREE times to get the oil out of it, it was that bad! So I wasn't impressed with these at all.

                                      Rimmel London Lycra Pro Professional Finish

Second is the Rimmel Lycra Pro Profession Finish (wow that is a long name), in the shade Trend Spotting. This colour is absolutely gorgeous, so I honestly couldn't resist getting it. It was so easy to apply because of the large brush, and it did look really nice on.

However after a couple of hour I noticed that the tip of my nails didn't have any polish on anymore.  At first I thought it hadn't dried properly and rubbed off. I used it a few more times and it did exactly the same thing, but it was definitely try each time. Even if the colour and finish is amazing, it really shouldn't come off the tips of my nails after only a couple of hours!

                                                     Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

Next is the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker, in the shade Candy Gloss. I adore Soap & Glory, but I don't feel the same about this particular product. The shades are very nice, but I find it is just too sticky. If I wear it out, and there is any wind at all, I end up with hair-covered lips. Due to the stickiness it feels rather uncomfortable! The only other good thing I can say about it, is that it does last for quite a long time (if you can bare to keep it on).

                                              The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo

I bought the Body Shop Rainforest Balance shampoo quite a while back, however I felt that I really needed to include this in this post. I get rather oily hair, and have done for many years, so I am always on the look for shampoos/conditioners for oily hair. When I saw that The Body Shop were doing one, I jumped at the chance and decided to give it a go! 

The first thing I noticed was the smell, which was a bit like the smell of a forest, I wasn't too keen on that for my hair. I used it around 4 times, but each time it made my hair look very flat, and made it go rather greasy quite quickly, which isn't the best thing! 

I was pretty disappointed with this, as I usually love The Body Shop's products, and they normally work perfectly well, unfortunately not this though.

                                                                Make Up Academy Fur-Effect Nails

I was so excited to get the Make Up Academy Fur-Effect Nails, in the shade Fluff & Cuddles, because from what I had seem, they looked really nice. Quite frankly I was very disappointed in this! 

Firstly you had to apply a base colour to your nails, which I did, and then you needed to put your nails in the fluff whilst the polish was wet. I ended up taking off the sifter lid as it took forever to try and get the amount of fluff I needed through it. I did exactly what it told me to do, and made sure my nails were completely dry before I went and washed my hands. As soon as the fur got water on it, it started to come off my nails. By the time I had finished washing my hands, there were patches of fur missing, which really shouldn't happen!

I had to take the polish and fur off soon after, because the dye from the fur had actually started to come off, so I would have preferred not to stain my house purple! I was very upset that this didn't work, as they did look really cute finished.

                                         Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner 
                                                              (image courtesy of Google Images)

Finally the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner. This one is probably the one I am most unhappy with, as I had heard so many people saying that it was an amazing eyeliner. So I was extremely keen to try it out! 

I had used it a couple of times, and it really did work well, however it then came to sharpening it. As soon as I started to sharpen it it started to crumble, and it continued to until its "death". It would even crumble as I was putting it on, which is really not good at all! Once it had worn down until it was about 5cm long, the liner part actually came out, which obviously meant I had to throw it away.

I was so unhappy with this product, as it started out to be a great waterproof eyeliner!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think about them? Please tell me in the comments! :)