Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Gosh Natural Blush in Electric Pink

Gosh isn't the cheapest brand in Superdrug and if I’m honest I only buy from them if there is an offer on. Most of the products are quite good and my favourite thing about them is the packaging it is almost all black and just very sleek.
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I only have one of these blushes in ‘Electric Pink’ I must say it took me hours to find this out as Superdrug stuck a security sticker over the name. I thought this would be ‘Electric Pink’ as it isn’t very bright. This retails for £6.50 for 5g.
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These last pretty much all day and the pigmentation is great! These must be applied with a light hand as the pigmentation will leave you looking like a clown. They are a little powdery but are still easy to blend.
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The blush is matte and pretty pink with plum undertones which I think would suit almost everyone.

This is a great drugstore blusher and would really recommend it.

What’s your favourite Gosh product?
Sabrina X

Monday, 29 March 2010

Fixing a broken/split nail using a tea bag

A few days ago I split my nail quite low down and here is how you can fix it using a tea bag.
Also I know my nails are stained this is what happens when you paint your nails everyday.
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You need;
Clear nail polish
Scissors
An empty tea bag
Nail clippers

First clip the nail that is broken carefully, you don’t have to do this but if you don’t want to cause further damage I would recommend this.
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Cut a small piece of the tea bag large enough to go across your nail.
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Make sure it doesn’t hang off your nail.
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Paint a layer of clear nail polish over the broken nail and apply the tea bag pressing it down carefully.

Cover the nail with one or two other coats of clear nail polish and then add a coloured nail polish if desired.
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To remove just use nail polish remover and do this every time until the split has grown out.

Hope this helps.

Sabrina X

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder Review

This product along with other Wet n Wild products is available in Tesco’s in the U.K. This retails for under £2 so is very inexpensive. I have read many people comparing it to Mac Candle light however I don’t own that so will not be comparing it to that.
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I don’t really use this product very much if I’m honest but it is a product I quite like even if I do usually hate shimmer. I wouldn’t recommend this product as a blush instead it should be used as a highlight.

This product has four different colours either to be used individually as eyeshadows or together as a highlighter. It gives the perfect shine without leaving me looking oily or over shiny and doesn’t highlight my pores as much as many other products do.
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It is finely milled, smooth and silky. It includes a pale shimmery sand colour, a shimmery pink with a lilac undertone, a matte rosy brown and shimmery rosy brown. The pigment is quite sheer but with a few swipes is buildable and is the perfect amount of pigmentation if you are using this just as a highlight.

This product really provides a pretty summer glow, would recommend and for about £1.50 you can’t really go wrong.

What Wet n Wild products do you like?

Friday, 26 March 2010

ELF studio blush in Mellow Mauve Review

Available to purchase here for £3.50
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The packaging is often compared to the packaging of the Nars products; however this doesn’t have a rubbery feel. The blusher has a little window through which you can see the product within which I really like as it makes it easy to see which product is inside. It also comes with a small mirror although I do feel this is too small to do very much with.
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The blush is nice with a silky feel and slight shimmer which I feel is just the right amount (unlike the shimmer in the ELF warm bronzer). It is decently pigmented, especially as I feel it is better to build up a blusher than apply lots. It also blends well and leaves a pretty.
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The colour is a cool toned berry colour which doesn’t really suit me, I am an NW20 and this leaves me a looking a little bruised as it just isn’t the write shade for me.

I would defiantly be interested in trying the other blushers and hopefully they would look nicer on me.

What blusher would you recommend?
Sabrina X

Thursday, 25 March 2010

St. Moriz mist Vs Mousse

I have used and loved St Moriz mousse for quite a while now and I love it and am so happy that it is now available in savers for under £3! I did also buy in Savers the Mist which I have just recently heard of. St Moriz can also be found in TKmaxx and other discounted stores.
The packaging of the mousse and mist are similar however the mist has a tin bottle and the mousse bottle is plastic. The mousse comes with no instructions on the back, just a list of ingredients and a caution.

The mist however explains you should exfoliate, moisturise and then spray this from 6-12 inches away from the body.
The mousse comes with a pump which allows you to control the amount of product you use quite well, this is important to me when I fake tan the back of my hands and other smaller areas.
The mousse itself is quite light and easy to apply. It is extremely important to wash your hands after each section of your body to avoid orange hands. The tan mousse is tinted so it’s easy to see where you have applied it and you are far less likely to make mistakes. This product does dry fast so you must rub it in quite quickly and do smaller sections at a time.
The spray harder to control and I find it easier to rub the mousse into some places than actually have to spray it on. This doesn’t apply as evenly as the mousse and the colour also isn’t as nice.

Neither of these have a terrible fake tan smell, just a clean smell.

The colour of the mousse is perfect a natural golden brown neither orange or muddy, however I found that the mist was slightly more orange. This is an instant tan and the colour does die down after 2 baths but I wouldn’t say it goes completely.

I really recommend trying the mousse and I doubt I’ll switch fake tan for a long time. If you are a fan of mist fake tans then you may as well give St Moriz a try at under £3.

*For your chance to win a bottle of St Moriz click here*

Whats your favourite fake tan?

Sabrina X

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Barbara Daly @ Tesco Nail Polish

Is it just me or is it almost impossible to not buy makeup whilst food shopping? I have tried a few Asda nail polishes so this time I thought I would try the Tesco Barbara Daly range.
I picked up two nail polishes, one in neon pink and the other in salsa for £4 as they were on offer, I think they usually retail for £3 each. The packaging is nice, but nothing special the only problem I found with this product was that the top was short and made it a little uncomfortable to hold. It comes with only 7ml which is quite a small bottle.

I have only tried neon pink so this review will be based on that one. The colour is really nice bright colour as the name would suggest with no shimmer however it is almost coral rather that a true pink. It applied really well and I needed two coats but I think some people’s nails would only need one. The colour stayed glossy for 3 days + and it didn’t chip at all however the tips of my nails did begin to wear off which is normal of most nail polishes.
Picture is after three days of wear.

I quite like these and would buy some more, I think the quality and the price are both really good.

For a list of stockists click here

Have you tired any products form Barbara Daly?
Sabrina X

Monday, 22 March 2010

How to revise

(Sorry to those who this information isn't important) It’s got to that time of the year where everyone in university or college is starting to think about revising including myself and here are a few of my tips…

Start by clearing you desk, you want a neat big space where you will be comfortable to revise for hours each day.

Organise your books and folders so they are easy to use and you know where everything is.
Buy stationary including pens, paper, post it notes and flash cards, highlighters depending on how you like to revise.

Plan what you are going to revise each day, know not only the subject and topic but also what you want to have learnt by the end of the section.

Depending on the type of learner you are highlight your books, record your voice on to your phone and play it back, draw images and spider diagrams (mind map) or make up rhymes.
Learn the key terms for each subject this often gets you higher marks.

Never end a session on a problem this will make you reluctant to start revising the next time.
Take breaks and spread your revision out throughout the day.

Practice exam technique; know how you have to answer the questions and what you must include in your essay.

"Remember we learn:
10 percent of what we read;
20 percent of what we hear;
30 percent of what we both see and hear;
50 percent of what we discussed with others;
80 percent of what we experience personally;
95 percent of what we teach to someone else.
---William Glasser"

This is purely my opinion, what are your revision tips?
Good Luck!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Soap and Glory Arch De Triumph

After receiving lots of Soap and Glory products for Christmas and being some what disappointed their is one I think I would repurchase and that is Arch De Triumph.
It retails for £7.50 from most Boots, which I've actually just realised isn't that cheap.
This products is as you can see two ended with a light grey/brown coloured brow shaper and a pale pink highlighter.

The only half of this product which I really rate is the brow definer, its a grey/brown colour which means its not very over powering and is actually quite a natural colour even on my almost black eyebrows.
It isn't the creamy but I don't have a problem with that as its much easier to apply eyebrow pencil than it is to have to remove it if the product is to creamy and you have applied to much product.

The highlighter on the other hand I feel should be creamier and instead is quite a dry and very hard to blend consistency. It is also a totally matte which I like in most products but highlighters.

Whats your favourite Soap and Glory Product?

Sabrina X

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Maybelline Line Definer Liquid Liner

I love liquid eyeliner although I did abandon it for a while and used gel eyeliner.
One of my favourite is Maybelline Line Definer.
Its available from all good drugtores but I can't seem to find it online.
This eyeliner has a felt tip like end and the product is in the pen rather than having to dip it it the liner. (Does that make sense?)
This makes it very easy to apply and means that their is always the right amount of product in the tip.
It is very black, totally smudge prove and long wearing. I really would't recommend this in the water line, It isn't designed for this.
I love this eyeliner and won't be trying any other one for a while.
I really think this is the perfect eyeliner, I love it!
Whats your favourite Liquid eyeliner?
Sabrina X

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Natural Collection Lipstick

I realised that there is a few little gems in my collection which I do not wear enough and one of these lipsticks. At only £5 for 3 products at the moment these are a real bargain and actually quite good quality.

Natural collection is a brand available in lots of Boots and I am a huge fan of both their lipstick and their blushers.

I only have 2 of their lipsticks but will be picking up at least 3, next time I am in Boots.
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The two I have are Rose Petal and Pink mallow and I love them both.

Rose petal is a pretty soft pink with a slight coral tone whereas Pink Mallow is a darker pink but is still very wearable.
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Both are highly pigmented and do not dry out my lips. I would really recommend these especially if you are trying to build your lipstick collection and try a few new colours or if you just want a good quality inexpensive lipstick (or three.)

Have you tried these if so what do you think? Would you recommend any other natural collection products you have tried?

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Sleek Bohemian Palette

Today sleek realised a new limited edition palette called ‘Bohemian.’ I’ve read that the palette is inspired by antique trinkets, vintage finds and Sienna Miller, but how I’m not sure to be honest.
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It comes in a card box rather than its usual plastic one; I actually much prefer it to the actual white packaging of the palette.
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I much prefer the usual black packaging to the white.
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The colours are nice although some are repeated from the other Sleek palettes I have.

It has both shimmery and matt colours and as you can see a variety of colours. This eyeshadows are like all of their eyeshadows greatly pigmented and great quality and this palette has a great variation of colours.
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Two of the colours however especially the one in the bottom left hand corner is very pale and really doesn’t show up on my skin.

This palette is limited edition and is £4.99 from Superdrug.

What do you think of the palette? Will you be picking it up?
Sabrina X

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

ELF Warm Bronzer

I was very excited to get this warm bronzer as I had heard great things, however this product really isn't for me.

At first glance it looks lovely different shades of browns and a pink with only a little bit of shimmer.
The price is great at only £3.50 of the ELF website and the packaging is also quite nice.
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But in reality I found that this bronzer didn't have an amazing payoff and it isn't the colour I expected. Of course these colours can be used separately but I haven't really tried them like that.
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I found that this bronzer is a gold colour which really doesn't complement my pale skin (I'm NW20-25 in Mac) it leaves an ugly sheer gold and all the shimmer just highlights my pores.

I will be trying this again in the summer when I'm a little more tanned maybe my review then would be more positive, but at the moment I really dislike this bronzer.

I do feel that this would work for others who have a medium skin tone and are after a golden glow and like aren't scared of shimmer.

Have you tried this? What did you think?

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Mac Palette

I like my Mac palette simply because I can store 15 eyeshadows in a nice easy to store palette, however my mac palette doesn't included just Mac eyeshadows.
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I also store my Body Shop and ELF eyeshadows in here as they are the perfect size, I think I will always have a Mac palette for eyeshadows which are not Mac.

My favourite Mac eyeshadow that I own is 'Naked Lunch' as an all over lid colour, but I really need to buy a few Mac eyeshadows which are not neutral.

Do you only keep Mac eyeshadows in your palette?
What Mac shade would you recommend?

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Free Art

If you read my blog a lot you will know that I love 'Saidos da Concha' blog a lot, today She posted about her book shelf and included a link to where she got the image that is below.
(Image from Saidos da Concha)
It was from a website called 'Feed Your Soul' and it has free art!
Yes, Free Art!
(Image from Feel your soul)
All you do is print it out and than frame it, I think this is such a lovely idea which I thought I would share with you all as art and pretty pictures can get so expensive.

I hope you like the website and maybe add a new image to your walls.
Sabrina X

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