October Favourites

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So it’s the end of another month (Happy Halloween by the way) and yet again I haven’t got any batteries for my camera sorted so it’s another good old favourites post. This month has been amazing for trying new products and falling in love with old favourites and discovering new ones so I hope that you enjoy this post.

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Starting with skincare I’ve been really enjoying my Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Eye Cream. This does not prevent bags or dark under eye circles but it actually helps to conceal them by adding radiance. I apply this in a morning before my concealer and find that my concealer looks better and I don’t need to use as much.

Onto makeup there has been so many things that I have been enjoying this month. For my eyes I’ve fallen back in love with my Rimmel London Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Smokey Noir which I’ve been mixing with my Avon Eye Artist Trio to get a stunning smoky eye. I’m been pairing this with my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Pencil in Nude for a sultry day time look.

I don’t often wear false eyelashes but I used my new Revlon Beyond Natural False Lashes for a house party and I just fell in love, they were easy to apply, looked really dramatic and the band was thin enough that I could apply my eye makeup too. I got compliments all night long.

For face makeup the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick and the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer have both won me over. The foundation stick has a hydrating core to prevent it from drying out your skin which is also anti shine and is so easy to apply albeit a little dark. The concealer is runnier than what I expected so you do need to pat it in thoroughly to prevent creasing but other than that it has great coverage.

My Nars Blush in Orgasm has made a reappearance and I’ve been using this or my New CID Lip and Cheek Tint in Strawberry Souffle on my cheeks all month long and have been loving it. On my nails I’ve also enjoyed Illamasqua’s Nail Polish in Vice, a stunning cerise pink which matches my hair and has a rubberised finish which is somewhere in between matte and glossy.

For my more random favourites I’ve enjoyed Disney songs and have sang many of them with my good friend Rachel. I’ve also started watching the Walking Dead and have reached halfway through, no spoilers please because I need to catch up but I am really enjoying it. My favourite characters include Daryl, Andrea and Dale.

Rachels mum also got an upgrade on her phone so she gave me my first smart phone a Samsung Galaxy S2 which I adore. I’m also enjoyed eating doughnuts with icing on this month and for the over eighteens who are reading this my drink of choice this month has been Apple or Cherry Sourz and I may or may not have a glass of one of them next to me as I’m writing this.

My favourite Youtuber of the month has been Natalie Stubbs although if you follow her blog you may know her as Thunderlove. She’s super sweet and really honest with her opinions which I just love. My favourite blog this month has been London Beauty Queen, she really knows her stuff and is an amazing writer.

So that is it for my favourites this month if you enjyoed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what some of your favourites have been.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Eyebrow Tips and Tricks – How to fill in the brows

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As the final part in my series “Eyebrows Tips and Tricks” I’m going to finish off by teaching you how to fill in your brows. I hope that you find this useful or at the very least enjoy reading this post.

Step One – Select Your Tool
I’m using the Sleek Brow Kit but you can use anything you want from a pencil to a powder. Powders are great if you want heavier and bolder looking brows whereas pencil is great for thinner brows that are more defined, but you can use whatever you want. Select the colour that is closest to your natural hair colour, don’t go for a dark shade if you are blonde because your brows will look fake. Also never go for black brow products (unless you want your brows to look fake) if you have black or deep brown hair go for a deep brown. Trust me there is a difference between black fake brows and brown natural brows.

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(My brows before filling them in)

Step Two – Work out how you want your brows to look
I’m assuming that you have already plucked or shaped your brows so now is the time to decide how you want them to look. Do you want thinner, more delicate brows or do you want thicker more dramatic brows. It’s up to you but make sure you decide before you start filling them in.

Step Three – Outline the brows gently
To start with take your product and gently outline your brows in the shape that you want them to be, this works as a guide so your brows will be as even as possible. Be sure to be light handed, you can add more product later to darken the brows but if your too heavy handed your brows will look fake and you will need to start again.

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(Outlining works as a great guide to filling in the brows)

Step Four – Fill in the gaps
If like me you have sparse brows take your product and working from the inner corner of your brow (the side closest to your eyes) begin lightly brushing the product through the brows filling in the gaps and making them look even. You can use a spooly or a brush to help to distribute the product through your brows more evenly but you don’t have to do this.

Step Five – Add the shape
You want the majority of the product to be on the start and arch of your brows, if you put too much product on the ends of your brows this will look fake. As stated above use a light hand because you can always go over it if needed. Use the guide you drew earlier to help you to achieve the shape that you want.

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(My brows after filling them in)

Step Six (Optional) – Tame unruly hairs with a clear mascara
If you have very coarse eyebrow hair or you’ve filled them in but they are slightly unrulier than you’d like go of your brows with a clear mascara such as the Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara.I find that this helps to set your brows and prevent the product from running whilst also keeping the hair in place.

That is it for this tutorial, I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments what you like to use for your brows.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum Review

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In the past whenever I’ve tried a skincare product by Lancome I’ve always ended up not liking it, so you can imagine that I wasn’t overly excited to try the Lancome Genifique Serum. I’ve used this serum for a while now and oh-my-god it has really blown me over. Here’s my thoughts on it and why I love it.

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In reference to the price of this product this is not cheap. If you want to buy this serum for yourself you are looking at a good £35.00 for 20ml of product which isn’t a massive amount (although having said that you do only need a few drops at a time.) I do have the sample size so the packaging is just a plain white tube with a black lid, but for the full sized product this is beautiful with a black and silver glass bottle and lid which is just beautiful.

In terms of product claims this is aimed at those who are wanting to look younger so as a nineteen year old girl I’m not obviously massively invested in the anti ageing side of this just yet. This also claims to improve the appearance of radiance, clarity, firmness and evenness in skintone and texture.

This does tick most of those boxes for me, my skin does look more radiant in the fact that it has a healthy glow to it which I’m definitely enjoying. I’m not sure if I woudl say my skin is firmer because I am only young however it is a lot softer than usual and it does appear more even in tone and texture. For me one of the major selling points is that it hasn’t broken me out yet it is rich enough to keep any dry patches away from my face.

I think that the turning point for me is when I has used the serum and then I had a lot of stress going on and didn’t cleanse my face properly for four days, drank a lot of alcohol and got very upset. As you can imagine a combination of tears, alcohol and a lack of cleansing should have completely wrecked my skin and usually it would have yet my skintone was relatively even and still extremely soft. I remember looking in the mirror and expecting my skin to be a wreck and was visibly shocked that it wasn’t.

I can’t speak for everyone and say that this product will work wonders for you because at the end of the day we all have different skin types and different needs for our skin but if you are suffering with dullness and an uneven texture and skintone then I would recommend this because I am seriously enjoying it.

Ths Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum is available for £35.00 for 20ml at Boots by clicking here.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this or if you would give it a go.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Mark Hill Get Gorgeous Turn Up The Heat Extreme Heat Protection Spray Review

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I’ve been searching for a heat protection spray for a while now and I’m a huge fan of Mark Hill hair products so it only made sense that I picked up the Mark Hill Get Gorgeous! Turn up the heat extreme heat protection spray, especially as it was reduced to two pounds in the Boots clearance section. I’ve given it a whirl so now it’s time to share my thoughts.

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In terms of the price I would say that this is mid range drugstore pricing and by that I mean that it isn’t the cheapest product in the drugstore by it’s not the most expensive either and this definitely isn’t a high end product. In terms of packaging I really like this simply because it’s distinctive enough that whenever I see that bright coloured animal print I know that I am most likely looking at a Mark Hill product (or a spray painted leopard but that’s a different story).

It terms of whether or not this works I think that it genuinely does seem to make a difference. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this is a wonder product or that you need this but if like me you have coloured hair and you like to use heat on it then this is a decent product to have in your arsenal because it does prevent the damage.

I’m not massively keen on the smell because it is one of those products that smells mainly of alcohol, but I can forgive that if it can protect my hair from frazzling and falling out which it does do. My only bug bear with this product is that it sprays like a liquid onto my hair leaving my hair damp.

Call me stupid but I always wonder why heat protection sprays leave my hair damp because surely then the hair will absorb moisture, swell and frizz and of course if you’re using hair straighteners then your hair sizzles when it comes in contact with the heat. If you can explaint this to me do let me know in the comments because I’m really curious.

Overall this is a nifty little product that claims to protect hair from heat up to 235 degrees and if you’re looking for a nice little heat protection spray then definitely give this one a go.

The Mark Hill Get Gorgeous! Turn up the heat extreme heat protection spray is available in Boots for £5.99 just click here.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you can shed some light on the heat protection spray leaving your hair damp puzzle because I’m intrigued.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Ten Products I’d always Repurchase

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As a beauty blogger I do try a lot of products and I find that I’m constantly switching up foundations and mascaras. But, like every beauty blogger there are just certain products that I just can’t be without and find myself repurchasing over and over. Here is the ten products I’d always repurchase.

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Johnsons Baby Shampoo
When walking around a drugstore I always see a ton of brush cleansers advertised but in all honesty nothing cleans my brushes better than Johnsons Baby Shampoo. Cheap, simple yet effective this is the only product I’ll use on my brushes.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
Ever have those days where you wake up, you’re in a rush and your hair needs a wash? Yep, me too which is why I always like to have a can of Batiste Dry Shampoo on my dressing table. This smells nice, is cost friendly and allows me to get away for one more day without washing my hair.

Sleek Brow kit in Dark
I never was a huge brow person but now that I’ve started using this I’ve realised that I’ve been using only this exclusively for the past few months. The wax is pigmented but not overly shiny, the setting powder is great and the brushes, tweezers and mirror and so handy for on-the-go grooming.

Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara
If you tuned into my blog early in the week you may have seen me talking about this multi-purpose product that I’ve recently discovered. This acts as a mascara, lash primer, bottom lash mascara, brow tamer and stay hair tamer all in one handy little product for £1.99. I honestly don’t think you can get a better bargain than that. I absolutely love this and will repurchase it over and over.

MUA Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Usually liquid eyeliners either, smudge, fade, run or flake away from my eyes throughout the day leaving me looking like one hot mess, yet this is the first liquid eyeliner I’ve tried that just doesn’t do that. This stays in place, looks great and is oh-so-affordable. I think I’m in love…

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder
I’ve mentioned this quite a few times on my blog but it is definitely repurchase worthy. This sets my makeup and banishes in shine without looking cakey, drying my skin out or looking orange. This product is coveted by quite a few bloggers and having tried it I can completely understand why.

Revlon Lip Butters
If you haven’t yet tried these then you seriously need to because you are missing out. These are perfect for adding a pop of sheer colour to the lips without drying them out. What I love about these is that they fade evenly, are moisturising on the lips and don’t bleed which is great for when I’m having low maintenance days and don’t have the time to keep blotting and reapplying.

Maybelline Baby Lips
I know that these are one of those love or hate beauty products but I’m planted firmly on the love side. These smell nice, add a wash of colour and stop my lips from drying out or chapping which I just love. They’re not waxy or sticky and they cost under five pounds.

Real Techniques Brushes
I plan on taking good care o these so hopefully I won’t have to repurchase them but I love them so much that if I needed to I absolutely would go out and by these again. These are soft and fluffy and make such a difference in my makeup application, I honestly don’t think I could be without these.

Beauty Formulas 3 Minute Clay Mask
When my skin is having a temper tantrum and decides to dry out and go red, this is my go-to face mask. This is cooling, relaxing, affordable and leaves my skin beautifully soft and smooth. I recommend this to absolutely everyone and am on my second tube already.

So those are my top ten products that I would repurchase, I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite products are.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm Review

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With all the innovation poured into funky packaging, fruity flavours and better pigmentation I find that sometimes it’s difficult to find a bog standard lip balm that does what I want it to do which is to hydrate my lips and to prevent chapping. So when I was shopping and came across the Nivea Hydro Lip Balm reduced to a pound I picked it up and then promptly forgot about it until the cold started and I needed some moisture. I’ve tried it, fallen in love with it and now I’ve finally got writing a review here it is.

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In terms of packaging this is pretty standard in a pale blue tube with the Nivea logo, but I like that they’ve kept it simple. This product is a twist up lip balm that contains pure water and aloe vera to keep your lips soft and smooth. This is available for under two pounds which I think is a bargain.

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In terms of colour this is a clear lip balm, I love the texture it’s neither greasy, sticky or waxy like Vaseline or Chapstick but glides onto the lips, feels lovely and keeps them moisturised.

In terms of product claims, Nivea claims that this lip balm:
+Helps to provide intensive and long lasting moisturisation.
+ Is quickly absorbed thanks to it’s light formula.
+ Non- greasy for smooth lips.
+ Skin compatability and dermatologically approved.

I don’t usually agree with product claims but I can honestly say that this lip balm ticks every single box and does live up to all of it’s claims. This is both moisturising and light on the lips and I honestly think that everyone should have a tube of this in their stash for the colder months.

This lip balm is available from Boots for £1.58 here.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Battle of the brands L’oreal VS Revlon

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When I’m in my local Boots or Superdrug I find that there’s two brands in particular, both on the higher end of drugstore which always produce products that I like. The brands in question are of course L’oreal and Revlon. Since I’m always flicking between the two I thought it would be fun to put them both to the test against each other.

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Mascaras
In all honesty I’ve not tried any mascaras by Revlon although I do have the Revlon Lash Potion waiting to be used, but I absolutely adore L’oreal mascaras and their Telescopic mascara is one of my all time favourite mascaras. This can’t really be a full comparison seeing as I haven’t tried much by Revlon in terms of mascaras but simply because the Telescopic mascara blew me away I can say that L’oreal are favoured by me in the mascara department.
Winner: L’oreal

Foundations
I have tried the Revlon Colourstay Foundation and the L’oreal True Match Foundation so now I can really compare the two brands. I did like the Revlon Colourstay as it lasted all day long but it was heavy on the skin and the shade range wasn’t as wide as I would have liked it to be. The L’oreal True Match Foundation has a lighter coverage but evened out my skin tone and colour and just made me look a lot nicer. If I could only ever use one of the two I’d go for the True Match.
Winner: L’oreal

Lip Products
When it comes to lip products I’ve tried a few from each brand. I did try the L’oreal Colour Riche Lipsticks and although the colour range is great I do find that they can be quite drying on my lips even the ones that are not matte which is a shame. I also tried the Glam Shine Caresse Stain Splash but found that it faded patchily so I didn’t get much use out of that. I do have a Revlon lip gloss which I don’t particularly love or hate. The Lip Butters are stunning I have the shade Wild Watermelon which I’ve nearly used up, and the Colourburst Matte Balms are some of my all time favourite lip products.
Winner: Revlon

Nail Polishes
I’ve not tried a massive amount from either brand but none of theL’oreal polishes stood out to me massively. I do really want to try the Revlon Parfumerie range as they look absolutely stunning and I’m already a fan of their Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamels which last for ages without chipping on my nails.
Winner: Revlon

Tie-breaker
In terms of a brand as a whole L’oreal do have a lot more products including their haircare and skincare, but I’m not a huge fan of either products. Revlon of course own Charlie and make the perfumes and body sprays which I adore so it looks like Revlon has just pipped L’oreal to the post.
Winner: Revlon

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you prefer L’oreal or Revlon and why.
Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist Review

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This post will probably be a little shorter than usual but in all honesty I really struggle to write reviews on scents and I know that quite a few people seem to also struggle with them. Today however, I have a body mist to share with you. I’ve been using this for a a while now and despite not liking it initially, it has won me over.

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In terms of packaging this is quite a simplistic design in a clear glass bottle with the logo and product information on a sticker on the front. In all honesty the glass does make it look more expensive but I would prefer a plastic bottle just in case this breaks in my handbag.

In terms of smell this does smell like coconut but I do think that it’s almost a little too sweet. When I first tried this mist I wasn’t a huge fan as I thought that it was almost sickly, but after using it for a while I have grown fond of it, and unlike most body mists this does cling to your clothes and last all day which I really like.

Overall I do like this product and I’d be open to trying more scents from the range, I just hope that The Body Shop will make these a little more travel friendly!

You can purchase this product for £7.50 for 100ml by clicking here.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button.
Thanks for reading.

Love x
Nina

Vivo Captive Eyes Review

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You know when you like a product and then it gets discontinued and you feel really crap about it? I felt like that when I found out that the Vivo Captive Eyes had been discontinued and that one of my favourite eyeshadow bases had now blinked out of existance. Here’s the reasons why I like it so much.

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I can’t give you an RPP simply because this has been discontinued but Vivo Cosmetic were stocked in Tescos for only a few pounds and they were surprisingly good quality as well as been affordable.

The packaging is small and minimalistic which I like because these days some brands tend to get quite gimicky with flamboyant packaging that simply isn’t needed.

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Although this eyeshadow that I’m going to show you can be a little chalky it adheres to my lids well and covers up any blue veins I may have on my eyelids, better yet it’s a realy nice colour for my skintone and is a “your eyes but better” sort of shade.

I initially used this instead of a primer but it also looks nice on the eyes on it’s own and prevents my eyeshadows from creasing. Sadly now that it no longer exists I need to find a good substitute, any suggestions?

I know that this was a short post, but I wanted to give this product a mention simply because I’m sad that I can’t buy it anymore. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for good eye bases for me!

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

LOTD Audrey Hepburn Inspired

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Hey everyone, today I have another LOTD post for you and today I have been inspired by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. Here’s the look I created and what I used.

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Eyes
MUA Heaven and Earth Palette (eylids)
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Face
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base with SPF15
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick in Ivory
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Ivory
Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold

Lips
Revlon Lipgloss in Bellini

This is a really lovely look that’s really easy to create and natural looking. I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what your favourite look of the moment is.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

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