Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara Review

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I swear I always seem to have a constant supply of mascara minis, as soon as one finishes there is another to take its place. This does mean I try a lot of different ones and can easily identify what I love in a mascara. One such gem is the Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara* which I received in an event goodie bag last year but have only just gotten around to trying. I had never heard anything about this product previously, heck I’d never even paid attention to Urban Decay mascaras. After cracking it out a few weeks ago I’ve worn nothing else. The packaging is sleek and fits in with Urban Decay’s signature style while the wand itself is curved to aid with application. I’ve found the formula is more on the wet side although not overly so that the lashes stick together in a clumpy mess and the added Shea Butter keeps lashes in great condition. Additionally, it really holds a curl well while not feeling too heavy. One of the main benefits of this mascara, along with its lengthening abilities, is that it does not move at all. I’ve worn this for 12 hours without it smudging or flaking off, the former of which I did experience with one of my other favourite mascaras Benefit They’re Real. It doesn't add as much volume as They’re Real, but i prefer more length as my lashes are pathetically short. At £15 it isn’t the cheapest, falling into the higher end category but personally mascaras last me 6 months as I don't add a tonne of coats, so I would rather invest in a Leaping Bunny approved product that I know works for me.

Pros: Lengthens, doesn't clump lashes together, doesn’t smudge at all, holds a curl, sleek packaging, cruelty free.
Cons: Expensive.

I must apologise for my messy application in the above picture. I had just taken off a bright makeup look and slapped this on quickly, as I was about to film a video. Oops! You can pick this up from Debenhams online and in store. Have you ever tried an Urban Decay Mascara?

xox

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*Product provided in an event goodie bag

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Weekday Shirt

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Top: Romwe
Trousers: Forever 21
Jacket: New Look
Shoes: New Look
Nails: Primark

For my trip to London last week I wanted to ditch my usual jeans, t-shirt and skate shoes attire for something a little more dressy but still comfy and casual. I couldn't resist picking up this top on Romwe the other month, it’s still casual yet has a smarter edge while the material is thin and loose making it perfect for spring. I wore it with some of the $7 jeans from Forever 21 which I picked up in New York last year and although they are mega comfy, if worn for more than one day they start to loose their shape (as can be seen in these pictures). I’m thinking its time I ditch my bargain buys and invest in a good quality pair of black skinny jeans. Any recommendations? To finish off I wore a pair of Brogues and a blazer style jacket for when it got a little chilly, both from New Look. My nails are also the glue on £1 ones from Primark, which are absolutely perfect for a city break. It saved me having to worry about nail polish chipping issues. On this particular day I had to get up rather early to head to my Visa appointment at the US embassy and got some joy out of joining the early morning work commuters on the underground. Gosh I love London. I’m totally going to make the move there at some point in the near future. For the rest of the day we kept it pretty chilled, taking a walk through Hyde Park, visiting Buckingham Palace and exploring the Natural History Museum.

It was also my boyfriend Craig’s first time taking some pictures for me, heck Its probably his first time taking photos in general. He doesn't even know how to use a compact or a camera phone! Although I think he got the hang of it after some guidance. I can make a budding photographer out of him yet! Well…maybe not… You can see abit of what we got up to during our trip in my London Photo Diary.

xox

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

London Photo Diary April 2014

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These past few days me and my boyfriend Craig headed down to London to see Wicked and do a bit of exploring (aka persuading him to move to London with me in the near future). Originally we were meant to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, but silly us left booking it until the last minute and it sold out, darn Easter holidays. No matter, we had a lovely time! Wicked was amazing, it’s actually my favourite musical ever, although I don’t think anything will quite match up to when I saw it front row on Broadway. We did a few of the touristy things such as Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and The London Eye, took a stroll through Hyde Park and visited Harrods. I’ve been to London quite a few times, as I lived alot closer when I was in Southampton, but I have never actually done any proper sightseeing. Also, can you believe I never actually did any shopping on this trip? The only things I got were a Wicked tshirt, Wicked program and some Teapigs tea. It’s a first that's for sure.

Additionally, I’m seriously nursing a rather large food baby after the past few days, I ate so much! I don’t know what came over me, it was like SEE FOOD NEED FOOD! At least i got to scoff lots of yummy treats. One of the highlights was eating at the Rainforest Cafe on Shaftsbury Avenue. It just reminded me of the one in Downtown Disney and gave me so many feels. The food was delicious and it was a lot quieter/calmer than the one in Florida. Heck it was even quiet for London and was a great ending to our trip.

Where is your favourite place to eat in London? Have you seen Wicked?

xox

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails Strengthener Review

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For years I have suffered with weak nails, they are so bendy and split at the corners constantly. After a friend of mine recommended Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, I picked up the advanced formula from Bodycare. The Nylon formula claims to help strengthen and protect nails against chipping, splitting and breaking while protecting against daily hazards. While using this my nails do feel stronger, although it hasn't made much difference to the long term condition. I generally use this as a base/top coat, and while I haven't noticed it making my nail polish last considerably longer, I can really tell that it worked to stop my nails from bending and breaking off. I do like it but I doubt I would repurchase in future as I’m trying my best to only buy cruelty free products, as difficult as it is to distinguish between brands, I’m trying my best! Although if this was cruelty free, i would probably buy it again.

Pros: Clear formula, dries fast, stops breakage, stops nails from bending, can double up as a top/base coat, affordable.
Cons: Smells really bad, can chip off if you use too many coats, not cruelty free.

What’s your favourite nail treatment?

xox

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Game of Thrones Tag

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Seeing as my favourite TV show came back this weekend, I thought I would do the Game of Thrones Tag to get myself all excited for the upcoming season. It’s one of my all time favourite franchises! Just everything about it, from the characters to the lore are thrilling while this season (i hope) is set up to be the best yet. As a devoted fan to the books, so many exciting and unexpected things are going to happen which had me on the edge of my seat. Don’t worry, I wont give away any spoilers but believe me, you’re going to love season 4!

1. How did you discover the series/book?
2. Who is your favourite house apart from the Starks and Lannisters?
3. Who is your favourite character from the House of Stark?
4. Who is your favourite character from the House of Lannister?
5. Who is your favourite character?
6. Who is your least favourite character?
7. What are your thoughts about the series/book?
8. If you could be one of the characters who would you be and why?
9. What is your favourite episode/season?
10. Who is your Game of Thrones crush?
11. What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming season/book?

I would love to see your Game of Thrones tags so tweet me or leave a comment if you have done it!
Do you watch Game of Thrones? Have you read the books? What is your favourite house?

xox

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Monday, 7 April 2014

My Beauty Bad Habits

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We all have bad habits, especially when it comes to beauty. I am totally guilty of committing some of the most common, I know its naughty but I just cant help it! Although, I’m proud so say that not removing my makeup at night isn’t one of them. I’m pretty dedicated to doing that *airpunch*.

Not washing my makeup brushes often enough has to be at the top of the list. I hate admitting how long it is since my brushes had their last wash…let’s just say it falls closers to months rather than weeks. I know I should set some time aside every Sunday for brush laundry, I just don't! To be fair, I do tend to wash my Real Techniques Stipple and Real Techniques Powder brushes more than any other… not often enough though… but I'm trying to make myself feel less guilty over here!

Removing chipped nail polish is another thing I fail at. Recently, more often than not when I apply nail polish I will just leave it for weeks, letting it chip off of its own accord. That’s probably down to my own laziness. Heck, not looking after my nails in general is a bad habit of mine. It’s rare that I will clip, file or moisturise my cuticles. Oops.

Eyebrows are another thing I should get on the ball with, as I hate messy brows. Although, I always seem to find myself waiting until they have grown out into one big mess, before I go and get them threaded. Luckily they are quite fair so you cant really tell too much but its something that really frustrates me but I just never get them done on time!

Not using body moisturiser has been a lifelong struggle let me tell you. I only use it on my legs after shaving, and I only need to do that every week (I love being blessed with fair slow growing body hair). It’s just so much faffing around. Sure I go through phases or if i have an important occasion coming up I will, but on a day to day basis I just cant be bothered with the hassle. Forever a lazy person.

What are your Beauty Bad Habits?

xox

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Tomorrowland: Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Inspired Makeup Series

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There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. Shining at the end of every day…Oh Tomorrowland, not one of my favourites I must admit, but this galactic spaceport themed land hosts not only immensely popular ride Space Mountain, but classic Disney Park gems such as the Carousel of Progress and the PeopleMover. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I adore Carousel of Progress, especially as it provides a great respite from the searing Florida heat. That theme tune is just so darn catchy too! The ice cream at Auntie Gravity’s is to die for while it’s always worth a stop at the Dance Party held in an area dubbed Club 626, to have a boogie with your favourite characters. I have fond memories of dancing along to Carly Rae whats-her-face with my friends there!

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For this look i wanted to stick with a futuristic metallic theme, using Sugarpill Tiara on the lid while blending Urban Decay’s Radium and Evidence into the crease. Annoyingly the pictures show the colours as being more muted that they are in life. Trust me that it’s actually alot bolder and brighter. I’m not really sure about the lashes, although the blue strips in them are pretty cool!

Face
Inglot Primer, Illamasqua Skin Base 02, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair, Fyrinnae Loose Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, NARS Boys Don't Cry Blush.

Eyes
UDPP, Sugarpill Tako, Sugarpill Tiara, Urban Decay Radium, Urban Decay Evidence, Urban Decay Venus, Collection Felt Tip Liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Zero, Barry M White Kohl, Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara, HD Brow kit in Foxy, MJ Mix Blue and Black Luxuriant Eyelashes-310*

Lips
Revlon Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious

Remember to check out Sam’s looks on her blog!
What is your favourite ride in tomorrowland?

xox


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