September 29, 2013

Student Lock-In Wishlist

I didn't go to the last Student Lock-In in Leeds as I just didn't need anything really. This time around, I found out the date super early, printed off all the discounts, made a list of things I needed and have kept my purse shut ever since! 

So here are some of the things I am after! I've been wanting a really nice coat for ages. The last time I bought one was in 2010. My mum bought me it just after Christmas for Sixth Form. We got it from Debenhams in the sale for £14! It's been loyal to me and it's been through a lot but it's time to move on! I'm after a parka with a fur trimmed hood. The one pictured is from Boohoo but I'd really like one from Next that I've seen. 

Shoes-wise I want two pairs! I love a good pair of chelsea boots and the last pair I bought from Office have lasted me ages and I adore them so so much. I've decided to go for a pair of Office boots again as they're so well made and look really stylish as well. The pair pictured are the ones I've got my eyes on and AREN'T THEY BEAUTIFUL? I really want some new converse too! I love these leopard print ones and I don't think that the print is too overwhelming either.

I am currently loving the look of acid wash jeans and the ones pictured are some from New Look that I really want! They sell them pretty much everywhere but I have so many jeans that I don't want to spend too much on one pair. They're labelled as blue acid wash but I think that they have a slight grey tinge to them which I really like.

For uni, I don't have one single bag that will fit in my books and folders - so I feel it is a necessity that I buy one tomorrow night! This one is just one I found on either the topshop or warehouse website, I wish i could remember! I just want a solid bag that will fit in all of my stuff, maybe even my laptop too! I wish that I could have got hold of the Zara city bag but I think I'm a bit too late to jump on that bandwagon.

HEADPHONES! I would love to get some really good, over-ear headphones as I just got Spotify Premium via unidays and my music collection is better than ever. I'm after some pretty decent ones, my boyfriend has this pair (pictured) from Bose, but in black, and they're fantastic. I'd really like these ones but I'm not sure my budget will stretch this time around. I might stick them on my Christmas list and see what Santa brings! I do need some headphones though as at the minute I don't have any at all!

These items are my main must-haves but there are lots of things I'd love and no doubt lots more things I will buy! Most of my favourite shops, including Office, Topshop and New Look all have 20% off - so that's pretty exciting.

Keep your eyes peeled for a haul post later in the week. I'll hopefully get one done before the end of the week but this weekend I'm hitting the TOON to visit my boyf! I can't wait!

What's on your wishlist at the minute?

Lots of love, Steph xxxx

September 27, 2013

Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel

I began filling in my eyebrows only a year ago. I don't see doing my brows as a particular necessity to my make up routine, or my face for that matter, but I do notice if someone has a good set of brows and it got to the point where I wanted people to start noticing mine! I'd seen a few of my friends, both at university and school, using powders to fill in their brows, including sets from The Body Shop, Clinique and Urban Decay. I am a massive fan of Urban Decay when it comes to my eyes and I immediately, without thinking, decided to opt for their Brow Box to give my brows a little more shape and colour. I've been using that for around a year now and I really do love it. However, depending on the wax to powder ratio I use, it can be a bit hit and miss and as it's a brush applicator I find that I often can't get the exact shape I'm after! The other week, for a night out, I borrowed my housemate's Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil and was really impressed with it, so obviously I went out and bought it the next day...

It is a standard wooden pencil with a small, stiff brush on the lid that helps to comb your brows into a good shape. I chose the shade Hazel, as it was the lightest and I have pretty light coloured brows. The formulation means that the colour doesn't glide onto your brows which I really like. You can still draw onto your brows easily and the consistency of the pencil means that it doesn't smudge off easily (unless you wear it to a foam party...). The pencil stays really sharp even after a few applications. I must have used it a good 5 times now and it hasn't worn down at all really. I'm really impressed with it. The colour isn't fantastic. It's a little orange if you ask me. This luckily isn't a problem for me seeing as I am a redhead but I imagine it could be if you were brunette/blonde.  

For only £2.99 I'm amazingly happy with this pencil!! It's far quicker to use than my powder set and the precision you can achieve is fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone, particularly you redheads looking for a bit more definition!

Left - pencilled in. Right - bare.

I WISH MY SKIN WAS THIS FLAWLESS - yay for beauty mode! Wanted to show this pic as it shows off the arch I created in my brows.

What do you apply to your brows?

Lots of love, Steph xxxx

September 24, 2013

Starting Off: Blusher and GIVEAWAY!

Aloha lovelies! (Been watching far too much of Louise recently...)

Hope that you're all well! It's tuesday again and that means that it is time for yet another instalment of The Starting Off Project! This week it's Blusher.

Now if you were to ask me what my favourite item of make up is, without a shadow of a doubt it would be blusher. Blusher is a really easy and simple way of brightening up your face, making you look more a wake and most importantly getting rid of the ghost-effect! Blusher comes in so many different shades that you can be sure you'll find a shade that suits you. I tend to go for a more rose pink coloured blush. I'm a very fair english rose so if a blusher is too bright I just look a tad silly! I do like to buy blushers with a colour I can build though, as on certain occasions such as a party or night out I like to be a bit more vibrant!

The application of blusher is quite straight forward - on your cheek bone! I apply blusher from the apply of my cheeks, along the bone until I reach my hair line. Be sure not to flick too much blusher into your hair line - this could result in a dodgy red/pink section of hair - epic fail!

I have so many blushers and I don't really have a favourite. So this week I thought I'd share my collection with you and link you to where you can purchase them from. I've also added a cheeky selfie to go with the photos from previous weeks on foundation and bronzer.

Body Shop Baked to Last - Link and review here.

Maybelline ExpertWear Blush in 62 Rosewood

MUA Mosaic Blush - review and link here.

No7 Mineral Perfection Loose Powder Blush

Bourjois Blush in 03 Brun Cuivre

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in Peach


And now its GIVEAWAY TIME!!! My blog hasn't been at it's best the past few weeks due to moving back to Leeds and the chaos of working 9am-5pm so I want to treat you all. Today I'm opening up my giveaway for two weeks and if you enter you could be in with the chance of winning Collection's new "Does It All" mascara! This is BRAND NEW and I can say that, after having tried it myself, it's amazing.

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Lots of love, Steph xxxx

September 23, 2013

L'Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash in 300 Juliet

When the colder weather arrives, I rarely go for a bold eye and tend to stick with a more stand out lip. I think that this is mainly due to the fact that I get really lazy when it's colder, but still, I really like the look of a more colourful lip and a simple eye.

After tweeting L'Oreal about The Starting Off Project giveaway they were lovely and agreed straight away to donate some of their products! I was so happy. I've been using L'Oreal products for as long as I can remember and as a whole they are a brand I'm really interested in. They donated some amazing products to the giveaway (which can be found HERE) and were kind enough to send me a couple of extras. 

One of those extras was one the L'Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash lip stains. Now, my general idea for lip stains is exactly that, a stain. I've used some in the past that I've found to dry out my lips and make they feel a little as though I've not got anything on them. I think that this quality isn't too bad in that you don't have to worry about the colour wearing off, but I honestly like the feeling of having something on my lips. This L'Oreal lip stain is just something else.

The applicator is a heart-shaped doe foot which allows the product to glide on to your lips and enables an even coverage in just a few swipes. It's consistency isn't quite as thick as a gloss in that it is no way sticky. It's juicy, if I can even say that! I just feels like you've got a bit of vaseline or a smooth lip balm on your lips. Yet when you look in the mirror, you have this gorgeous, full colour.

Straight after application

What I was most impressed with regarding this product is it's staying power. The colour of this lip stain literally lasts hours. It stays glossy for ages too. ANOTHER amazing quality is that the colour does not stain onto anything else other than your lips. When you drink from a glass, you get a colourless glossy print. When I kissed the back of my hand (or my boyfriend's cheek - tried and tested!), absolutely no colour is transferred. I don't know about you, but I think that that is in-credible! 

One hour after application! Bit duller in appearance but colour still there!

I have never fallen in love with a lip gloss/stain/product quite so much. I get so excited every time I use it! It's amazing and it lasts for such a long time. It's retailed at an amazing price of £7.99 and I believe that it's worth every single penny. I'm excited to try the paler shades - and you can win one of two of them in my up and coming giveaway!

Have you tried them? Have you tried any similar lip stains?

Lots of love, Steph xxxx

September 19, 2013

So Long Summer

This Summer has been the best Summer ever and I wanted to briefly show you a few of the places I've been and things I've seen! I'm not going to babble on because I could type for days but I thought I'd share some pictures with you all.

I'm now back in Leeds with all my girls, missing my family and boyfriend loads but having a great time. I can't believe how incredible my Summer was and as much as I'm sad that it's over I'm really excited for the rest of the year and especially CHRISTMAS! My favourite time of year!!

Hope you enjoyed having a little browse at my Summer and seeing some of the amazing sights I've seen.

Lots of love, Steph xxxx

September 17, 2013

Starting Off: Bronzer

Bronzer is a difficult one to explain if you ask me! Bronzer just gives your skin a bit of a glowing, tanned look and can also help to contour your face and emphasise the structure of ya bones! I will admit this now, I didn't actually bother with bronzer when I first started off with make up because I didn't understand it, but now, particularly after beginning blogging, I've learnt how to get the best out of it. It's now an essential part of my make up routine.

Bronzer's main form is a powder, pressed or loose, the bronzers you will come across will nearly all be powder! Chanel and Bourjois are the leaders in the creamy bronzer department and brands including Estee Lauder have some lovely liquid bronzers. I personally have always stuck with powder bronzers, mainly just for ease and the fact that they're less messy and you don't waste any. I have tried both pressed and loose powders and I honestly don't have a favourite as I have found fantastic examples of both.

I apply my bronzer using the "3 technique", which I was taught by one of the Benebabes a few years ago in Sheffield! I use bronzer with the aim of looking more defined and contoured and to give my skin a little bit of colour. I apply bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks, around from my temples to the outer edges of my forehead and slightly along my jawline. If I'm going on a night out, I will follow more strict "contouring rules" but generally I just apply it quickly to these places. I sometimes apply bronzer down the sides of my nose to give it a thinner look!

Without bronzer!
Half bronzed...which side have I applied bronzer to?
All done!

I use three different bronzers and when I use them depends on what kind of look I'm going for. One of my most used bronzers is the Bourjois "Chocolate" Bronzer (Delice de Poudre). It has a lovely cocoa butter scent and it's colour (Shade 52) is a subtle brown colour with more dark than orange undertones. It is really easily blended and it doesn't make you orange at all. I never really choose bronzers with orange undertones just because I think that they look horrendous on just about everyone! This bronzer is only £6.99 in Boots and I would say that it is just as good as my Benefit Hoola which I spent a whacking £23.50 on.

I bought this Benefit Hoola bronzer about a year and a half ago now and as you can see from the photo, there isn't much left! It's fantastic and is only the slightest bit more pigmented than my Bourjois bronzer. I can't personally see a difference in the undertones of this and the above once they're on the skin but in the packaging I would say that the Chocolate bronzer looks a little more orange, even though it actuality it isn't. It's amazing and I don't regret spending £23.50 on it, even though it's expensive. I think that Bourjois have done really well with their product because personally I see their product as a subtle dupe for Hoola and it is near enough the same, all but the pigmentation and the price.

I think that if I had to choose a favourite bronzer then this would be it. I would have expected to dislike Warmth by bareMinerals due to the fact it is a loose powder rather than pressed and I often find them hard to blend but I don't have an issue with this at all with this product. It blends really easily and the colour is absolutely perfect for a bronzer in my eyes. It has a mixture of brown and terracotta undertones and it has such a slight glimmer to it. It's hardly noticeable in that I only noticed for the first time (after a year and a half at least!) after swatching it for this post. It's retailed at £19.00 and I think that this is an incredible price. A little goes such a long way and the effect and longevity it has is INSANE! Best. Bronzer. Ever. 

Swatches left to right: Warmth, Chocolate, Hoola
 And finally, to apply my bronzer I tend to use Real Techniques' Contour Brush. It's rounded in shape and isn't too bulky. I am able to combine application and blending with the use of this brush and, as with all the RT brushes, it's just so so soft!

Do you use any of the same bronzers as me? Have you tried the RT Contour Brush?

Make sure you tweet me your links!

Lots of love, Steph xxxx