Sunday, 14 July 2013

ELF Haul!!!

Hello There!
So, recently ELF has been calling to me and I had to answer. So this is what happened...

 I've seen bigger hauls out there, but for me this is pretty big all in one go. I usually space orders out. But I really enjoyed this haul because I could get my hands on several 'must-have' products that get raved about a lot. 



I've tried most of these products out now and I thought I'd just go through and give you a first impressions/worth the hype? type description on a few. So here I go...

Elf Essentials Tinted Moisturiser: This is a disappointment for me. I bought spares of this as well because I thought if I like it, it will be cheaper to just buy more now than paying shipping again. How wrong was I. It's fine on its own, as a moisturiser, although you do have to use a lot. But the minute you apply contour/blush/bronzer the moisturiser comes off. And it doesn't matter if I use a brush or a sponge or my fingers, I just can't get it to work :/

Elf Studio Lip Exfoliator: This is really good. Like really good. I've got the Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum, but I actually prefer this. Yes, they both smell insanely delicious, and both exfoliate to give nice soft lips. But the Elf one cuts the mustard just a little bit more because it's in stick form. It's so much more convenient and less messy and even handbag friendly!



Elf Studio Complexion Brush: I know there are great reviews for the Kabuki Brush and Powder Brush and yeah they are good brushes, but they really don't come close to the complexion brush in my opinion, and I don't think it gets enough attention. I really like this for applying bronzer. I prefer to the other brushes that I have, and for me this was the gem of the order!

Elf Studio Daily Brush Cleaner: I haven't used another type of daily brush cleaner before so I have nothing to compare it to. However, I can compare having a daily cleaner to not having a daily cleaner. And it is Amazing. I feel so much better now that I know that germs aren't reproducing on my brushes during the week. I've bought spares of this because I don't want to be without it!

What are your favourite Elf products? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Top Summer Products | #1 | Lip Tints

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I've decided to start a small series of posts listing my top summer products. These vary from cosmetics to skincare to haircare. Things that are really handy to use in the summer months to make life easier, or to finish a summer look. Because, we just can't be as bothered in the heat. 

So, first on the list is lip tints. I'm not really a lipstick girl. Or lip gloss girl. I have to have my balms. Nothing else works for me. Lipstick is too drying and I look all strange and flaky. Lip glosses are too thick and sticky and my hair just wipes them away. Lovely. So balms and tints are for me. And even then I'm pretty afraid of bright colours. Anyway, rant over. 

So I this is a very affordable option when it comes to lip tints/balms. They are the MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm. 
MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm.
MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm. MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm.

I think it's cute that these are all named after Beyonce songs. I have Broken Hearted and Irreplaceable. But I'll probably buy the rest at some point.. 

Anyway.. The gist of it is that I really really like these. They're moisturising, pigmented and sheer - everything you want in a lip product. Or, what I want anyway. But for £3, I'd recommend you trying them because if you like them you'll love them, and if not, you've not really lost anything. 

The only other thing I have to add about these Power Pouts is that they do have a minty taste/flavour. I'm not that fond of it, but it does fade away leaving you with beautiful lips :)

Hope this makes summer make-up less hassle this summer - these certainly have for me!

Have you got any amazing summer products? Let me know in a comment :)
Ciao for now, G x

Saturday, 6 July 2013

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |

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This think I think I've gone a bit creative with my nails - I literally can't believe how adventurous I felt and I just went for it and had a go at striping tape. So here's my tutorial for this nail look :)

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |

1. So the first thing I did was cut the striping tape into inch-ish pieces and stuck them on an open drawer. 

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |


2. I painted 2 coats of MUA's 'All Natural' on my nails. Wait until dry (7 mins ish)

3. Next I laid 5 strips onto my nails. You can put two next to each other to make thicker lines if you want. Do this for all nails except accent nails.

4. Paint your next colour on top. I used two coats of Sally Hansen's 'Black Platinum'. Apply layer 1 wait 30 seconds and then apply second coat. Then remove strips. It's best to do on nail at a time for this bit.

NOTW - Stripes & Spots | MUA & Sally Hansen |


5. Freehand dots onto accent nail with Dotter tool or cocktail stick. 

6. Finish the look with a top coat. I used Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. This gives a glossy manicure look, evens out the nail surface, and dries really quickly (30seconds). 

Have you been creative recently? Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

My Birthday Make-Up Look | Storm Palette

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Today I'm talking about the look that I created for my birthday. I felt like doing something a little bit different - just to mark the occasion really. So, I looked to my Sleek Storm palette because I really don't give it enough attention. I know that red and green are complementary colours so I decided to use the pinky-purpley colours to make my eyes stand out (top right hand colours). You could add a brown to the outer V to make it smokier, but I liked it simple for an everyday look. 


The big surprise for me was that I used a BROWN mascara. I guess the biggest shock was that I actually liked it. I picked this up in brown by accident but there's not much I can do now that I have it, so I decided to use it. The brush is so-so, nothing special, but the brown mascara is really subtle. I think it has the same effect on my lashes as clear mascara does. Just gives them a little something, but not a massive statement. 


I used the black eyeshadow and a push liner brush to thicken my lash line because I want to keep the focus on my eyeshadow and I thought that eyeliner would be a bit much (I can never get small lines). So for me this was tonnes easier. I guess that a brown eyeliner would also be good, maybe an idea for next time. 


So this is the look. Everything else is natural because I'm not that comfortable with bold looks yet, but I'm going to branch out soon. 

Have you been experimenting with different looks recently? 
Let me know in a comment!

Ciao for now, G x

Monday, 1 July 2013

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting

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I went to the dentist today and it just happened to be round the corner from a shopping centre. Oops. So I may have accidentally nipped into a few shops and made a few teeny-weeny purchases while I was waiting for my lift. And that's no joke, they were only teeny-weeny. And because most of what a got was a Bargain, I thought that I would share with you the new additions. 

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting
So, the first things I'll talk about are the shoes and the belts. I literally couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that these shoes were only £3 each. So I got both designs. There was a third which was browns but they didn't look so great. The black and white ones are great because they'll go with anything, and the rose gold ones are just gorgeous! The belts I just picked up because I haven't got a skinny brown belt in my wardrobe and for £2 for 2 they just flew into my basket. 

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain HuntingMini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting

I also bought both a purse and a make-up bag. I'd seen a blog post about a similar make-up bag a couple of weeks ago and so I had my eye out when I went to primark. It's a Ted Baker dupe, well I think so, but I just liked the design in general. I have to admit that I don't really use make-up bags and they tend to get random uses, but you know, I liked it... 
I also bought this purse. I've used the same purse (seen here) for about 3 years now and I saw this and just thought 'what the hell' 'why not' 'live a little' 'get a new purse'. So that's what I did... 

Mini Primark Haul | Bargain Hunting

The final thing I want to talk about is this really quirky sunglasses case. I just thought that it was a really fun thing for my handbag. I've been using an old make-up bag to store my sunglasses in my bag but I thought this was so cute I just had to have it :)

Have you been bargain hunting lately? Let me know in a comment!
Ciao for now, G x
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