Friday, 29 May 2015

Topshop 5 Years of Beauty (& Giveaway)

As you may have heard, Topshop Beauty turns 5 this year! It's crazy to think that it's already been five years since my first trip when it first launched to get some blushers and lipsticks. I was having a look through their previous ads and I fell in love from one from 2013; dewy skin, ombre lip and a slightly smokey eye which I was inspired by for the makeup look I wore yesterday. 

I usually go for either eyes or lips but I think one wash over the eye can still work with a bright lip. For this I went for Topshop's Mono Eyeshadow in Explorer, £5 a beautiful burgundy brown which I buffed all over the eyelid and ran lightly under the eye. I chose to not contour my eyes and instead went for a good coating of 3D Curve mascara, £10 and a thin liquid line.

As my brows are naturally very dark I try not too pencil them in too much but need a product that will keep them in place. I used the Topshop Brow Fixer brown shade to fill in sparser areas and the wax to keep them in place.

In order to keep the skin quite natural I chose two cream products, the glow stick to add a little colour and shape to the face as well as Glow Highlighter in Polished, £9. I love Glow Highlighter, it's such a beautiful yet quite natural highlight which is easy to apply, even with finger tips.

Although I had never tried an Ombre Lip, the Topshop Lip Ombre in Astound, £9 made it all very easy, I applied the darker colour with a brush and patted on the lighter colour into the middle of my lip simply using my finger. I feel in love with the colours, the effect it gave and I was surprised that it lasted all evening.

To celebrate their 5 years of beauty, Topshop have released a limited edition collection with some of their most loved products and the packaging is stunning (available here)

Head over to my to my Instagram for your chance to win your own set of Topshop makeup

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Beauty Sleep

Credit: here via Pinterest
I love sleep and I do my best to sleep eight hours every day but have also wondered   if getting a little less sleep and extending my day a little would actually affect me. Is   beauty sleep a myth or does sleep actually affect the way you look?

When Bensons for Beds and Dr. Guy Meadows, founder of Sleep School initially  asked me to take part in their sleep deprivation experiment I was both scared and   interested to see the results.  

The experiment took place over 11 days; one of which I got only four hours sleep   and after a few nights of eight hours sleep, I had to have five nights of only six hours   sleep. The four hours sleep initially sounded the most difficult, I was shocked by how   easy it was but I did find that it was the following days when I felt more tired. The   five nights of only six hours sleep ended up being far harder, I found myself comfort   eating and having a real lack of concentration but what affect did it have on my skin?  
Photo: Normal Sleep, after 4 hours sleep, after 5 days of 6 hours sleep
& clearly I like grey. 

I had my skin analysed throughout using a Visia Machine which found the porphyrins   (bacteria on skin) in my skin had increased by 8% when I had just four hours sleep   but by a huge 76% after five nights of 6 hours sleep which is worrying as they cause   excessively oily skin, react with UV light to cause photoageing of the skin, and often   make the skin look less fresh.

My brown spots increased by 47% after five nights of six hour sleep which caused   bags under my eyes but can actually go on to cause more permanent discolouration   of the skin and my red areas increased by 27%.  

There were clearly lots of visible signs; I also felt more irritable after five nights of 6   hours sleep and worryingly hungrier which can lead to weight gain. I felt less healthy   and my self-esteem was also lower, especially after the five nights of six hours sleep.  

While one night of four hours sleep had an effect on my skin it was the five nights of   six hours sleep that caused particularly negative effects. Although it sounds like six   hours sleep isn’t too little, it can have a really negative impact on the skin and looks.   Worryingly, research carried out by Bensons for Beds shows that almost half the   British population sleeps for 6 hour or less on a regular basis meaning they could be   causing long term damage to their skin and indeed health.  

Watch the video below to follow my journey through the week and my lack of sleep.  
I think I’ll be sticking to eight hours sleep from now on...
*This is a sponsored post

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Drugstore Favourite Brands

This morning whilst browsing in Boots and picking up a few foundations I noticed that there are brands I trust more than others for certain products and I thought I would share which they are. I know some people are a little scared of drugstore products as there often is anyone to help you chose the best product and there are so many brands it can often be overwhelming. 

I try to stay clear of the very inexpensive brands when it comes to foundation and my go-to has to be L'Oreal, I think True Match is just as good as most of my highend foundations and I have high hopes for Infallible too (picked it up today so will get back to you soon). Other great options are the Bourjois range (although do be careful as my skin is particularly sensitive to these) and Revlon Colorstay if you are looking for good coverage. To set my foundation I almost always use Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder if I want one with a little colour. 

Although it seems every blogger loves the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I find it to be far too drying my go-to are Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, Rimmel Wake Me Up and Bourjois Healthy Mix although I have also been loving the Barry M Instant Light Concealer which is great if you don't need too heavy coverage.

I would be lying if I said I regularly reach for drugstore eyeshadows, it's not that I think they're bad it's just that I love my highend palettes. If I had to pick I do use my Makeup Revolution palette every now and then, the L'Oreal Maybelline Colour Tattoos and I've heard great things about the L'Oreal La Palette Nude although I have never tried it myself. 

I haven't strayed from Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for a while but before I became so loyal I loved all of the Max Factor mascaras, if it's volume that you want than I find that they always deliver and would always be my best drugstore bet. 

In terms of lipliner and eyeliner Rimmel are my fail safes, super inexpensive, great colour range and just work exactly as I want them too. Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob is one of my all time favourites. I haven't yet found a liquid/gel liner that I love (I'm struggling in general with these) but I'd love some recommendations if you have any.

I think Bourjois do the best blushers and bronzers with their baked blush in Rose D'Or being an absolute must have for everyday. 

There are so many great lipsticks in the the drugstore; L'Oreal do some beautiful reds, I regularly reach for my Rimmel Lipsticks but Revlon and Bourjois also have great ranges. 

The one place I always save on has to be nails, I rarely buy highend nail polishes, instead opting for; Barry M, Rimmel and Models Own, the quality is great and the colour range is extensive.

There are some real gems to be found in the drugstore, hopefully this will help you with your journey if you are someone that feels a little overwhelmed/untrusting of drugstore. Every brand has a few good products it's just knowing which ones they are, if you have any further questions regarding Drugstore makeup head on over to my Facebook Page where I am happy to help

Monday, 25 May 2015

How I Wash My brushes

Since it's the bank holiday and the weather isn't as good as I had hoped I thought it would be a good day to share how I wash my brushes in case anyone is planning to wash theirs this evening. I try to deep cleanse my brushes every few weeks and use three products which you can find in your bathroom and kitchen.

Cleaning your brushes is so so important to avoid spreading bacteria, keep skin looking great and to maintain brushes in a good condition in order to keep them for as long as possible.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Weekend Casual

The weather in London has been all over the place; it's quite literally sunny one minute and rainy the next which is why I decided to make the most out of the sunshine we got over the weekend.

I went to the park and had a bit of a drive around, there are few things that make me happier than driving around, in the sunshine with some music on. For that reason I needed something comfy, that would be warm enough for evening but that still looked quite summery so I decided to take my white jeans for their first outing of the year.

These jeans are from Missguided and I love that they're ripped on the knees, I think it makes them look super relaxed and casual. My shirt is an oldie from GAP but looking at these photos has made me really want a new one.

My shoes are new and from Ugg, I have been so impressed recently by Uggs non-boot selection and there are so many which I would love to have in my wardrobe. These Ugg Leopard Espadrilles are perfect for this time of year and I was surprised by how comfortable they were, I usually have to break shoes in but these fit like a glove and were perfect for a day filled with walking.

These D&G glasses have also barely left my face, I love them! They're great for winter or summer sunshine as the shape and colour is so classic, I love cat eye sunglasses! I'll do another post showing them a little closer at a later date but the inside of them is glittery, a requirement I am going to have every time I buy sunglasses from now on. These are from Sunglasses Shop who sell fairly affordable designer sunglasses if you're looking for a summer treat.

I am also hoping to do a few more outfit posts over the next few months (possibly one a week) so do let me know if that is something you would be interested in, hopefully even a lookbook!

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