Monday, 31 August 2015

5 More Tv Shows to Watch on Netflix

I'm back with five more tv shows that I have been absolutely loving to watch on Netflix lately. If you read my last Netflix related post (here) then you will know that I am obsessed with tv series' and that I am always looking for something new to watch and here are the five that I have been loving lately.

1. Gotham - My latest obsession is Gotham, a series based on the city of Gotham (the setting of Batman). The show follows officer James Gordan as he attempts to battle the city's crime and corruption whilst also looking into the death of Bruce Wayne's parents.

2. Sons of Anarchy - I'm only half way through the entire series at the moment, but it's one that I'm really enjoying, and maybe that has something to do with Charlie Hunnam playing the main character, aha ;).

3. Sherlock - I've already watched the Sherlock tv series but loved it so much that I decided to give it another go and rewatch every episode.

4. Gossip Girl - I actually finished this series a while a go but love to give it another watch every now and again.

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Although theses episodes only last for around 30 minutes, I find this show so funny! I love to leave this on in the background whilst I'm getting ready to go out.

What are your favourite tv shows to watch on Netflix at the moment?

Friday, 21 August 2015

Makeup Starter Kit: Eyeshadow

It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote my last ‘makeup starter kit’ post but today I’m back and focusing on the eyes, and in particular ‘eyeshadows’. The eyes are one of my favourite areas to experiment with makeup as there are countless products at both the drugstore and high-end department stores that you can use to create the perfect look. That perfect look can be anything from a sultry smokey eye, to a smart, and classic cat-eye. For those starting out with makeup the realm of eyeshadows can seem a little overwhelming, though when you know where exactly to look, you can pick out some real gems. I’ve put together a set of products which I think would be great for anyone starting to experiment with eyeshadow, including both cream and powder formulas.

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoos - These amazingly affordable pots of cream shadow make the perfect base for any eyeshadow look, though look equally great when worn alone. I personally love the shades ‘On and On Bronze’ (which seems to have earned somewhat of a cult status in the blogging world), and ‘Permanent Taupe’ (a matte and neutral shadow perfect for everyday wear).

Kiko Cream Shadow Sticks - If your looking for something thats even easier to apply than a cream shadow directly from the pot, then a cream stick is the perfect product to use. Simply swipe this across the lids and blend out with either you fingers or a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

Natural Collection Single and Duo Eyeshadow’s - Cheap and cheerful, but with brilliant quality are these eyeshadow pots from Natural Collection. They cost a mere £1.99 and are packed with pigment as well as being perfect for travelling with. They also have a great shade range and so are perfect for anyone looking to experiment or simply expand their makeup collection.

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes - This brand is the place to go to if your looking to pick up an affordable eyeshadow palette. MR sells a huge range of palettes in a variety of shades, a lot of them being dupes for higher end brands (check out these posts for a dupe to Urban Decay’s Naked 2 - here and Naked 3 - here). 

Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes - Another brand that sells affordable eyeshadow palettes is Sleek. My favourite is 'Oh So Special', which is  pretty colourful palette but is perfect for summer.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

3 Products to Achieve 'Glowy' Skin (For Oily/Combination Skin)

Finding the right products to achieve the look of 'glowy' skin when having either oily or combination skin can be a royal pain! After hunting both high end department stores and the drugstore I have finally found three products that work perfectly with my combination skin and give a glowing look without leaving the skin with an oily sheen after a few hours. I have picked three products that are all of different formulas - cream, liquid and powder - and which can be layered together or used alone.

Seventeen Wow Skin 3 Way Highlighter - This product can be used in three different ways - as a primer, mixed with foundation or used on top of makeup as a liquid highlighter but I've been using this as a primer, applying it to all of the areas that I want to add a glow to. 

No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter - I like to apply this to the highpoint of my cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bone, either directly from the stick or by taking some of the product onto my finger tips and blending it out using a fluffy brush. 

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle' - When I want to intensify the glow I layer this over the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter but find that this highlighter looks just as beautiful when applied by itself. Like the cream highlighter that I mentioned, I apply this to the cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bone as well as using a small eyeshadow brush to apply this to the inner corners of the eyes.

What are your favourite ways to achieve glow skin without getting oily or looking greasy?

Monday, 17 August 2015

From The Drugstore: Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in 'Iconic 2'

However much I enjoy using high end eyeshadow palettes (like the new Urban Decay Smoky palette, which fyi, I'm loving!!), the drugstore is the place I run to when looking to experiment with colour, finish and products from new brands. One brand in particular that always seems to catch my eye is Makeup Revolution. All of their products come at a ridiculously affordable price making them perfect for anyone looking to add to their makeup collection.

This particular palette is the 'Iconic 2' and is funnily enough a pretty good match for the 'Naked 2'. It's made up of 12 shades which are very pigmented considering the price. When applied the shadows are easy to blend and hardly give off any fall out so at £4 this palette, as well as others from the same range, make the perfect palette for those looking to start out with eyeshadows or anyone looking to experiment without breaking the bank!

What do you think of these palettes?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Review: Soap and Glory Brow Archery

I have finally found a brow pencil that I love, Soap and Glory’s Brow Archery pencil! For the longest time I have used a powder to fill in my brows but since picking this product up, I haven’t looked back. I'd read a lot of reviews on this particular brow product so decided it was about time I tried it out for myself! I picked this up from Boots in the shade 'Blondeshell' (one of two shades available) for £8 and have been obsessed with it ever since.

The first thing that I noticed about this particular product is it's packaging. It is probably the most sleek and travel friendly makeup product that I have in my collection. So much so that I clumsily misplace this on a daily basis! This makes it the perfect product to take when travelling not only for it's size but for the fact that one end holds a very good spooly for brushing the brows before applying the product.

The product holds a thin, solid and waxy pencil which doesn't need sharpening and instead simply twists up. I lightly brush this through the brows to fill in any sparse areas (let me know if you'd like to see a brow routine!) and find that it lasts all day.

Overall, I love this brow pencil. It makes filling in, and evening out my brows very quick and easy, even more so than using a powder and angled brush. This has become a firm staple in my makeup routine, and one that I'm sure I'll be repurchasing. 

What do you think of this brow pencil?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A Few Holiday Snaps

Today I've decided to share some of the photographs that I took whilst I was on holiday last week. You may have noticed that I've mentioned that I was going away in my last few posts and that I've been a little 'mia' lately! Everything just seems to be a little manic lately but I'm trying my hardest to schedule enough blog posts to tide me over until I have time to sit down and write properly (which frankly, I can't wait for!). For now though, here are a few snaps that I took whilst on holiday in Spain, I had such a good time and it was the perfect place to relax. 

Saturday, 8 August 2015

From The Drugstore: Mua Luxe Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit*

Today's 'From The Drugstore' post features Mua's Luxe Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit*. I have tried products from Mua in the past and have really enjoyed using them so when Product Testing Uk (they are currently looking for beauty bloggers to work with so if your interested then check out this link!) asked if I wanted to review something from them, I jumped at the chance! Not only is this product an affordable take on the hugely loved contour kits, but it came at the perfect time for me as I have been looking for makeup products that are multi-purpose and compact so that I can easily take them away with me when travelling. An added bonus, and probably the thing that the brand is most well known for, is their insanely affordable prices with this particular product costing a mere £5. Perhaps the only downside is that Mua's products are only available to buy from Superdrug (online and in selected stores) or direct from their website.

The packaging is not overly luxurious, but is expected at such an affordable price. The compact itself is fairly bulky, comes with a good sized mirror and has two separate compartments - one for highlight, and another for contour. The kit comes in two shade choices, light/medium and medium/dark.

As I mentioned, there are two compartments within the compact and the first I'm going to touch upon is the highlighter. As you can see from the photo below, the highlighter has an almost champagne tone to it, however once the top layer has been worn away the powder becomes less champagne and more silver (you can see swatches below!) which surprisingly, I loved! I tend to apply this to the high points of the cheekbones, above the brow bone, the cupids bow and to the nose and think that this would be a perfect product to achieve the latest beauty craze - strobing!

The bronzer like the highlighter comes in it's own compartment and should have a similar finish but mine shattered as it came through the post box so had to do a little 'diy' to save it! (A post coming on that soon!) After a few days of trying to save the shattered powder, I finally got around to trying it out. I used a Real Techniques Blush brush to apply this over the areas that the light would naturally hit and found that although this bronzer is the perfect shade for me and my pale skin, it needed building up a fair bit in order to achieve even a subtle bronze. 

Swatches (Left to right) - Highlight, Bronzer

Overall, I think that this product makes a good addition to the drugstore, making it even easier (and affordable) to give contouring a go! Although I found the bronzer needed a few layers in order to really see the product on the skin, I think that it's worth paying the mere £5 just for the highlighter, which is just beautiful!

Have you tried this sculpting kit? What are your favourite products to contour and highlight the face?

Monday, 3 August 2015

How I Clean my Makeup Brushes

Although it does seem like a chore at times, I always like to make sure that my makeup brushes are thoroughly cleansed. Not only does this prevent bacteria build up but it allows  makeup to go smoother and the overall finish to be a lot better than if you were to use a dirty brush. I aim to do this at least 2/3 times a month and like to spot clean in between if needed. There are so many products out there that are specifically targeted to cleanse makeup brushes, however I don't see the point of spending a lot of money on a brush cleaner when there are very simple ways to make your own. 

What I use to clean my brushes - To clean my brushes I usually use Johnson's Baby Shampoo as it's gentle enough not to damage the bristles yet deeply cleanses removing all traces of makeup.

How I clean my brushes - I begin by wetting the bristles by running them under warm water then adding a small amount of Johnson's Baby Shampoo. I then swirl the brush around in the palm of my hand whilst running the brush under the water every now and again stopping when the water runs clear. Once the brush is clean I lay it onto a towel and leave to dry over night. 

Above you can see photos of one of my brushes both before, and after cleaning!

How do you wash your brushes?

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