Maybelline Brow Satin & Brow Drama

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Since coming to the realisation that my eyebrows are sparse and light, I decided to purchase some brow cosmetics to help fill in and spurs up my brows whilst I wait patiently for them to finish re-growing. After asking friends and family for there recommendations, I decided to opt for the Maybelline Brow Satin and the Maybelline Brow Drama, both in the medium brown shade.
 
These two products together are amazing! The Brow Satin is a 'gel pen' one end and a 'filling powder' the other. I find that my brows look fine when I just the put the powder through them, but I tend to use the pencil end on the front of my eyebrows to draw in hair like strokes and to add definition to where the arch of my brow should be. I then like to set my brows with the Brow Drama, which is basically mascara for your eyebrows, so it makes my actual eyebrow hairs stand out, to get a more natural eyebrow look, and it defiantly works!
 



I usually apply both of these products with a very light hand as I don't want my eyebrows to look too dark and drawn on especially when applying the Brow Stain powder and pencil. I like adding the Drama over the top, as I feel it colours my lighter eyebrow hairs and blends everything together, making it look very natural.

Both products have amazing staying powder, there's no need to worry about having to sort them out in the middle of the day. I do my eyebrows fist thing in a morning and they last until I go to take my makeup off at night!


What do you use to fill and set your eyebrows?

Eyebrow Deilemma!?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

This week I'm going to be focusing on all thing's eyebrows!
 Why is this you may ask!? Well I'm about to tell you!

I've never really got the whole filling in your eyebrows thing, as my eyebrows have never really been a great interest of mine. At least that was until someone recently took a photograph of me and my eyebrows were so light and sparse, it looked like I didn't have any! So if that's not a good enough reason to start paying more attention to my barley visible  and over plucked eyebrows then I don't know what is!

Since then I have spent a number of months (about 3 months) waiting for some of my eyebrow hair re-grow as I have realised the error of all my eyebrow plucking years and even though it's so, so tempting to pluck out all the sparse hairs, that I feel like are out of place I'm trying my upmost best to avoid doing so! (I will get that dream arch and partly shaped eyebrow eventually I'm determined to!)

So where did I go so wrong?
Well like most people in there teenage years, you think skinny eyebrows are the best option, and then you kind of let them get thicker as you get older but they do not have any shape to them what so ever, and you don't have a clue what to do with them anymore so you just keep maintaining them in the same none-shape!? - Yeah pretty much sum's up my eyebrow history!

 I really, really want to get HD brows done, however currently I'm still waiting for the front of my eyebrow to grow back (from plucking it too much at the front) as well as the mid-to-tail of my eyebrow to thicken up/re-grow. I feel like I'm stuck in that awkward middle phase, should I get them done now or wait a while longer, until all my eyebrow hair has fully regrown back!? If I take the plunge now and get them done,  they're not going to look perfect but at least it will be getting them into some sort of shape and I will be able to get advice on how to look after them whilst I'm waiting for eyebrow hairs to grow in, where they are needed.

 If anyone has any advice on this or has gone though a similar eyebrow dilemma,
 then I'd absolutely LOVE to hear from you in the comments section below!

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Mousse

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Hello my lovely readers,

I'm sorry things have been a bit slack here lately and I've been putting up blog posts late, I've tried my best to keep everything back-dated so although there technically late going up, you're still getting the same amount of posts! Things have just been a bit crazy around here lately and I've lacked the motivation to keep on top of everything! That said hopefully I can manage to get things back on track and keep up with my regular days of Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Now, let's get back to business! Today I want to talk about another cleansing product, it's been a while! I recently picked up the Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Mousse, usually priced at £3.99 but I managed to pick it up from my local Asda on offer for 89p and being as I can't resist a good bargain, I just had to try it!

Nivea's cleansing mousse is enriched with vitamin E and Hydra IQ which is an active ingredient that they claim naturally helps to hydrate the skin within, as well as hydrate the surface of the skin.
The cleanser isn't harsh on my skin at all and doesn't dry it out or cause it to look or feel tight. Having said that when it comes to us beauty girls we like a cleanser to remove all traces of make up and this definitely does a reasonable job however, it is not something I would rely on completely.

Again, as I mentioned in a previous foam cleanser post, sadly this foam cleanser also contains those pesky surfactants, which basically change the PH balance of your skin, turning your skin more alkaline, which unfortunately means that it makes your skin more susceptible to bacteria. This in tern causes breakouts!  This Nivea Cleansing mousse contains Decyl Glucoside (mild non-ionic surfacent used for sensitive skin)

Upon doing my research of the ingredients this cleansing mousse contains, I feel that I should point out the fact that this cleansing mousse contains Butylphenyl Methylpropional which is a chemical compound which is used in cosmetic preparations for external uses,  such as skin care lotions and it  can sometimes act as an allergen and could cause contact dermatitis in susceptible individuals. It is often appears in the ingredents list as " Butylphenyl Methylpropional" but may also appear as "Lilial" and "lilly aldehyde"
Just something to take into consideration when buying any skincare product containing this as an ingredient, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin!
Overall, this cleanser is good for the price however I do not think I will be repurchasing it once I've emptied the container as I do not feel it does such as good job at removing my make up compared to other foam cleansers I have used.



Have you tried this cleansing mousse? I'd love to hear you're thoughts on it!
 
 
 

Alberto Balsam Sleek & Smooth Nourishing Hair Oil

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


I'm always on the lookout for good beauty bargains, and recently Alberto Balsam has released a new range. So naturally when I saw them on offer at Asda for only £1, I couldn't resist popping a couple of items into my trolley!  I purchased the Alberto Balsam Nourishing Hair Oil and Also the Alberto Balsam Stunning Shine Spray. However today I'm just going to talk about the hair oil as I've yet to try the shine spray.


I've never used hair oil in my hair before, so I must admit I was a tad apprehensive about using it, as I thought it would make my hair greasy. On the bottle it says it can be used on wet or day hair, so I've been using it on dry hair and I have to admit, I wasn't let down. I was expecting it to make my hair clump together and look greasy. Surprisingly it didn't, and for my hair that's quite an achievement as products often makes my hair greasy super easily!

When applying the product I used two pumps of the oil, rubbed it in my palms and then applied to my hair from the middle lengths to the ends. I did this to one side of my hair to begin with to compare the difference the first time I used it, and I couldn't believe how lightweight the oil was and it left my hair not only smooth but also shiny and smelling lovely!!

So overall I am extremely impressed and I have been applying the oil to my hair once or twice a week since.


Have you tried this hair oil? If not can you recommend any other hair oils?
 I'd love to try out some others, so leave your suggestions in the
comments!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Thursday, October 15, 2015

It's always nice to gain inspiration from the internet before deciding what to do with your pumpkins, before carving into or decorating them. So I just thought I'd share with you all some inspiring pumpkin pictures I have found and will be using as my inspiration this year!
Image Courtsy of www.trendhunter.com
 
Image Coutrtsy of www.www.blog.papersource.com
 
Image courtesy of Pintrest
 

Image courtesy of www.michaels.com

 
Image Courtsy of www.portlandmercury.com

 
Image courtesy of www.adoreyourplace.com
 

Ghostly Lantern String Lights DIY

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

With just over two weeks until Halloween, today I wanted to give you some DIY Halloween decoration ideas. I'm pretty sure everyone likes sting lights so; today I'm going to show you a quick and easy way of making an illuminated ghostly garland. These are perfect for hanging on your mantle!

These are super easy and super quick to make, you will need the following;


Strand of white lantern lights
2 meters of white fabric
white string
black sharpie
scissors

Firstly cut ten 14"/36cm squares from the white fabric, then fold them into a triangle and cut the tip off to create a hole in the centre of the square. Then very carefully remove the lantern from the light bulb, then thread one of the squares of fabric over the light bulb and then replace. Repeat this for all the lights.

Once you have places the fabric squares over all the lanterns, you then want to tie a piece of string around the bottom of each lantern sphere to hold the fabric in place in order to form the head of your ghost.  Once you have completed repeating this for all the lights, you then want to take your black sharpie and draw a ghostly face on each head. Then, place the lights where ever you want inside or outside of your house and turn them on! Simple as that!
 

Rimmel Clear Complection Clarifing Powder

Thursday, October 08, 2015


Don't you love Boots 3 for 2 offers? You go in for one specific thing and come out of the shop with two extra items you weren't aware you even needed? I'm sure everyone gets drawn in with boots great offers!  (Sorry bank balance!) Well, the Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder is one of them!

I've tried a lot of powders in the past, but I never tend to stick to the same one longer than 2-3 repurchases, currently my favourite is Rimmels Lasting Finish powder which I was about to re-purchase, but then I spotted this one and thought it sounded enticing! A powder that clarifies skin and minimize breakouts?! Sounds too good to be true, right?! The powder claims to  prevents breakouts  with it's Pureskin Complex, however I've noticed since using the powder,  I've had two spot appear in my eyebrow. So I cannot say I'm not 100% convinced on it's anti-breakouts front.

 I always use powders on top of my light coverage liquid foundation and I've  never used a translucent powder before. When buying a powder, I usually match it to my liquid foundation, as I feel it build's up coverage without thickly applying layers of foundation to get a good coverage. I feel that this one with it being translucent gives a very natural no make up appearance, which is fine for a day time look. However on
nights out, I would  want use a different powder that gives the appearance of a fuller coverage, but this one is a nice addition to my make up collection and one that I've been frequently reaching for during the day.

 As powder goes on translucent, there's no colour in it so it's like a one-shade-fits-all type of thing, which is a good thing because you don't have to spend ages trying to find the perfect shade to match you (or frustratingly, get it wrong and waste money).

So in a round up, The Clear Complexion Powder is perfect for every day wear because it's not heavy or cakey. It minimizes shine and with a light brush sweep, it will mattify the areas of your face which are inconveniently glossy - so that would be an oily T-Zone for me! Depending on how much you apply to your face, it can last up to 3-5 hours but sometimes I would find myself re-applying after 2. It doesn't last very long on the skin which is a little frustrating as with my usual Rimmel Lasting Finish powder I only apply it in a morning and it last's all day!

Baking Swirl Cupcakes!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


On Sunday, I decided to do some baking! Baking id always something I do more in the winter months, not really sure why... I guess it's just a comfort, home baked food kind of thing! Anyway I made some vanilla and chocolate swirl cupcakes and they were AMAZING! (Even if I do say so myself) so today I thought I'd mix things up a bit again and give all you lovely people my swirl cupcake recipe!

Now the most brilliant thing about swirl cakes is that you DO NOT have to make a vanilla cupcake batter and a chocolate cupcake batter, you just simply make a vanilla sponge batter and then add coco powder to part of its batter. This in turn means, less dishes, less time, less stress!

The vanilla batter is all mixed together in a matter of minuets and once you've put an equal amount of vanilla batter into each cupcake case, you simply add the coco powder to the remaining batter, with a small amount of milk, mix and then add even amounts on top of the vanilla into the cupcake cases.

The marbling/swirling part isn't tricky at all. All you will need is a cocktail stick and gently swirl together the vanilla and chocolate batter, and this is what gives the cupcakes the swirl/marbled pattern.
 


Ingredients:

Cupcakes
110g unsalted butter at room temperature110g caster sugar2 medium free range eggs1stp vanilla extract110g self raising flour1-2 tbsp milk

30g coco powder and 1-2tbsp milk (to be added to half the vanilla mixture)
Frosting
140g unsalted butter at room temperature208g icing sugar1-2 tbsp milk
30g coco powder and 1-2tsb milk (to be added to half the mixture)



 method
Preheat oven to 180C/350F
Cream together butter and sugar until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract
Fold in the flour using a large metal/wooden spoon and then equally divide half the mixture between 12 cupcake cases.
To the remaining vanilla batter, add coco powder and milk and mix, then divide equally between the cupcake cases
swirl together the mixtures using a cocktail stick
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until skewer inserted into cakes comes out clean
set aside to cool for 10 minuets
For the butter cream icing, beat together the butter in a large bowl until soft and then add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth
Add the remaining icing sugar with one table spoon of milk and mix until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Spoon half of the mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle
now add the coco powder and a small amount of milk to the remaining frosting mixture and mix
Spoon the chocolate icing on top of the butter icing and then swirl together
Finally pipe your cupcakes and decorate as you wish.


 

 

Hello October

Thursday, October 01, 2015


GOSH, it's the 1st October already? I know what you're all thinking...
what happened to September? It just flew by, in the blink of an eye!


image courtesy of Pintrest
Well I for one LOVE the Autumn/Winter months and today I thought I'd share with you a few thing's I'm really looking forward to;


The evenings getting darker - Personally I actually like it as the nights start drawing in as we get further into autumn.

Conkers - As they bring back so many childhood memories.

Halloween
- not necessarily the dressing up part, but I love carving pumpkins and eating lots of sweets!

Autumn Leaves - Going out on a cold foggy/frosty morning and walking across a field of leaves that crunch under foot! Also the colour of Autumn leaves before they fall of the tree's reds, oranges and browns.

Hot Chocolate - YUM! I cannot wait until it's officially cold enough to drink hot chocolate!

Hats, Gloves, Scarves and Boots - I think all these things combined just make you feel really cosy and toasty on a cold morning!

Bonfire night/firework displays - I mean who doesn't like attending a bonfire/firework displays?!

Candles - Preferably candles that smell of cinema and apple - basically anything that smells of CHRISTMAS!

Oversized/chunky knit jumpers - For me this really has to be done every A/W season!

Putting the fire on - making the room all warm and cosy!

Duvet Days - Days where the fire id on, you drag down you're duvet off your bed and sit on the sofa under it watching movies!
 
and finally,

The feeling that Christmas is Approaching - I absolutely love Christmas (so as we get closer expect a lot of Christmas related blog posts!)




What are you excited for around this time of the year?