Friday, 24 April 2015

Mother's Day with Lush

Hi lovelies,
I was very kindly sent a couple of the new, mothers day items from the wonderful people at Lush, which, as you probably know, is a brand I absolutely adore. As it will be Mother's Day soon, I thought I'd show you the items I was sent and tell you a bit about them!

First we have a Body Conditioner called Yummy Mummy*, which contains fresh strawberry juice, murumuru and Fair Trade Organic cocoa butter. The murumuru and cocoa butter really help to nourish your skin and leave you feeling smooth all over! It of course smells divine too! Massage a small handful of this conditioner into the skin and then, rinse away. Your skin will be left feeling so fresh and moisturised!

Next up is the Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb*, which contains skin-softening soya milk powder, orange flower absolute, rosewood and Turkish rose oils. When you put this in the bath, it explodes, (well, it doesn't actually explode, but you get what I mean) revealing pink and white foam as well as rose petals!

The next item is possibly one of the cutest Lush products I've ever seen, and it is called the Mother Superior Bubble Bar*. Scented with fresh smelling cherry blossoms, this little one creates lots of bubbles in your bath tub and leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft. I find with bubble bars, you don't need to use the whole thing. Just break off a quarter/half and crumble that under the running water. You'll find just using a portion of it, gives you LOTS of bubbles!

The Yummy Mummy Shower Gel* is a beautiful lilac colour and smells wonderful. Containing seaweed extract and subtle gold shimmer, this gel leaves your skin feeling refreshed and just a little bit sparkly.

The last item, reminds me of a little jelly, and it is called the Love You Mum Soap*. This soap smells deliciously sweet thanks to the mimosa and jasmine absolutes, and the bergamot oil helps to make you feel uplifted and refreshed, perfect for a busy mum.

If you can, I'd definitely recommend stopping by Lush to check out these items as well as the other items from the mothers day collection. I'm sure you'll find something you/your mum would like. 

What are your plans for mothers day this year? Hopefully, if I get up earlier than her, I plan to make my mum breakfast in bed!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Review • Remington Flawless Nails Manicure & Pedicure Kit

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I am currently in my last week of the mid semester break, and getting ready to return back to uni to finish off semester 1! I can’t believe how fast the first few weeks of uni flew by! 

Today I am reviewing the new Remington Flawless Nails Manicure and Pedicure Kit*, which I was very kindly sent by the lovely Elysia. This kit consists of 10 interchangeable attachments for filing, buffing, cleaning, shaping and callus/rough skin removal, as well as a cuticle stick and nail dryer. This kit also claims to be suitable on both natural and acrylic nails too!

I was interested to try this out. because I wanted to see if I would reach more for this kit rather than my usual nail file and buffing block. I was also intrigued by all the different filing and buffing attachments in particular, because to be honest, I find the task of manually filing and buffing my nails to be incredibly boring.

The main “appliance” that all of the attachment heads fit into, has two speed settings, which you can easily change depending on which attachment is being used, or what nails you are working on (natural or acrylic). Seeing as I don’t wear acrylic nails, I mainly kept the speed setting on the lowest, as I didn’t want to file my nails down too quickly!

To start, I cleaned under the nails with the included cuticle stick to remove any dirt/dust. Next I attached the fine grit filing disk and carefully filled the general shape of the nail. In this case, I went for squoval. I would recommend starting your filing on the lowest setting because I found when I put up the speed, not only did I have less control over how much I wanted to file, but I also managed to “burn” my finger tip by the friction of the file against my skin surface. Ouch! If you were preparing the nails for acrylics, this filing disk would be perfect to add texture on the nail plate to give the false nail something to grip onto. Just be sure you don’t press down too hard! After creating the general nail shape I wanted, I changed to the precision shaping cone, to smooth out the edges and perfect the squoval shape. This filing cone as well as the cylinder are of a much finer grit, which means they smooth rather than file away too much of the nail.

Next, I used the mini cleaning brush to quickly dust away any powdery residue from filing, before continuing on. I then went on to buffing and polishing the nail plate, ready to apply a base coat. To be honest, I didn’t find either of the polishing disks did anything, which was a little disappointing. Anyway, I then applied a base coat, and placed the nails into the high speed dryer fan. In theory this dryer is such a good idea, but I think it needs a little tweaking in it’s design if it is going to be used by anyone with average sized hands! My hands are not huge, but I found it to be a little bit of a struggle to fit my fingers in the cave-like dryer, without smudging whatever it was I had on my nails, whether it be base coat or nail polish. I finally finished up, with two coats of black nail polish, drying the nails in between the coats with the ‘cave-dryer’.

Overall, I was pretty underwhelmed by this Manicure and Pedicure kit, because I expected so much from the features it offered. I feel this would be better to use if you were doing someone else nails, and were planning on spending a bit more time on them, than if you were just doing your own nails. But that being said, I reckon this kit is more suited towards acrylic nail wearers. Not only are the filing plates better suited towards tough acrylic nails, but they are probably less time consuming to use than a regular nail file. As you may have noticed in the photos, the cuticle stick is missing, because unlike the attachment heads, the cuticle stick does not click into the base of the storage chamber. I found this to be annoying, because I was constantly loosing it, and would only find it later on in the day.

I feel like for what it is, this Nail kit is not work the $100 price tag, and I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday use on natural nails. If, however, you work with acrylic nails a lot, then this might be better suited for you. If you have tried this kit, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you haven’t tried this kit, do you think you’d you would?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Tutorial • Jane Levy Inspired Makeup

Hello again! Today I am here to share with you a make up look I did, inspired by the beautiful Jane Levy. This is an inspired look, because I only took inspiration from a photo of her, and played around with the look to suit my face. So the eye make up isn't an exact copy, but I still loved how it turned out. Without further ado, here is the look!

1. To start off this look, I applied the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB cream in the shade 01 all over my face with the Real Techniques Sponge. you can use your fingers to apply this BB cream, but I prefer the coverage I get when I dab it onto the skin with a sponge.

2. Next I dotted a little of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the shade 01* underneath my eyes, again, blending out with my Real Techniques Sponge.

3. Using MAC's eyeshadow in Omega, I lightly filled in my eyebrows to neaten them up a bit. For this look I wanted to keep my brows looking natural, but not too sparse.

4. Then I stippled on a little of the NYX Cream Blush in the shade Rose Petal.

5. Now onto the eyes, I swept the pigment in the colour Honey Child by Napoleon Perdis all over the lid and slightly above the crease. Then I took the colour #538 by Art Deco on a pencil brush and blended that into the crease and along the lower lashline. I then used a mixture of Art Deco's Mineral Eye Styler in the shade Mineral Ivory and NYX's Jumbo pencil in the shade Yoghurt, to highlight my inner eye corner. I also ran a little of the Art Deco pencil along my lower waterline to open up and brighten my eyes. To further make the eyes 'pop', I also added a thin line of MAC's Tempting close to the lower lashes.

6. Even though in the photo I was using as reference, Jane didn't seem to have much or any eyeliner on, I added a some on anyway because I like the way it makes my eyes look. Feel free to not do this if you don't feel like it. For my liner I used my favourite Za Liquid Liner Pen* to draw on a winged liner.

7. To finish off the eyes, I curled my lashes and applied a coat of Collections Supersize Mascara* on my top and bottom lashes. Then, just for fun, I added on some false lashes. The ones I used here are the Eylure Naturals in number 015

8. For the lips, I outlined them with MAC's Pro Longwear Lip pencil in the shade More to Love and filled them in with the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in the shade #106.

9. To help give my roots a little texture, I sprinkled in a little of the Fudge Urban Powder Styler Instant Root Boost* into my hair, on either side of my part. After curling my hair, I then used a couple of bobby pins to secure one side of my hair behind my ear. 

I hope some of you found this tutorial helpful, and I'd love to see you recreate this look for yourself! If you do, take a picture and tag me in it on instagram or Twitter!

My yellow top is from Boohoo, by the way ;)

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Conflicted about my Content

Over the past few weeks, I've been feeling a bit conflicted over what content I want to include on this blog, which is partly the reason I haven't posted anything recently. As you are probably aware, I am doing my degree in Fine Arts, so it will come as no surprise that a huge passion of mine and quite frankly, a very large part of my life is art. I adore making, writing about, viewing and learning about art, so it makes sense that I would include this side of me on this blog. The only problem with this though, is I feel like in blogging about both, I am limiting my readership in some way. I've already noticed a huge drop in Instagram followers recently, which I know I shouldn't focus on, but I can't help it. I can't help but thinking, 'if I hadn't posted pictures of my art or others art, maybe people would be sticking around..'
I've also been feeling stuck in a rut regarding blog post creativity. It's hard to explain, but do you ever get that thing where you are feeling so inspired but you have too many different ideas and things you want to do, that you don't know where to start? I'm probably not explaining this very well, but that is how I am feeling at the moment. It sounds a bit ridiculous seeing as a lot of people find it difficult to be inspired, and here I am feeling "too inspired!" (maybe inspired isn't the right word..hmm)

Anyway, I'm not too sure what this post was meant to be, but I guess what I'm getting at is I'm going to try and introduce more posts about art on here alongside my beauty posts. I really do hope you enjoy these posts as much as my beauty posts, and as always, I'd love to hear your opinion on things you'd like to see on this blog.

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