Monday, July 28, 2014

Lancome Golden Riviera Bronzing Brush- the Ultimate Bronzing Brush

lancome bronzing brush

Part of the Golden Riviera collection Lancome have released a brand new bronzing brush*. Its a pretty large brush, it fits across the palm of my hand with a little extra space. Its made from synthetic hairs, shaped at an angle making it perfect for sculpting the cheek area and is held together with a sturdy base. One of the main reasons why I love this brush is the fact of its uses. 

It works great applied to the face for a sunkissed look, as its slanted it works great as contouring, not precise contouring so best not to use a  very dark shade as you may find it difficult to blend it in on a specific location. However its easy to use if you use your everyday bronzer that matches and blends in with your skin perfectly. It also works great on the chest and shoulders. As its a large brush it covers large areas of the body easily and I have even used it on my legs to give them a quick bronzed look as I hate false tanning. 

The results you get with this bronzer brush is amazing, the bronzer you apply just looks so flawless and perfected. You can even use it for face powder and blot that oil in quicker time. One down side and its only small is it take forever to dry as its on the larger side, but if you can get over that, you have yourself the perfect bronzing brush. 

Now the major downside that might turn people off is the price tag,  it comes in at a whopping €35 which I personally think is crazy for one brush, however the quality is amazing, you will get lots of use of it and the look of the products that have been applied with it look amazing. So I do recommend it if you like to splurge but for people who think €35 is crazy like I do, give it a miss. Its not an essential thing to own.

Would you splurge? Is having a perfect bronzing brush important to you?

*PR Sample

Retail Price: €35 /£30

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tips & Tricks For Oily Hair

tips for oily hair

Having oily hair can be a nightmare, feeling the need to wash it everyday, hair always looking lank and just not feeling clean is very annoying. I have some tricks and tips that can help you in your day to day life.

First tip before we go any further is to not wash it everyday. I know you probably think 'well its greasy so I need to wash it'....wrong! washing your hair everyday is actually going to strip all the natural oils in your hair and just like overwashing oily skin it will cause excess oil to be produced leaving you with 'extra' oily hair.
dry shampoo for hiar
For days where you are not washing your hair use dry shampoo, literally the best invention ever. Ones I love are Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender which is a little on the pricey side, so to save some pennies opt for the Charles Worthington Dry Setter dry shampoo. I also love Lee Stafford original one, not a huge lover of the coloured ones and not a huge lover of batiste (mainly as I have dark hair, batiste works great on light hair) If you have blonde hair or not very dark hair in general use a translucent face powder for people with darker hair use a bronzer if you are really stuck. Another tip is to pick your shampoos wisely, avoid any that contain oils. Instead opt for ones designed for oily hair my fave is Klorane Nettle Shampoo

homemade oily hair recipes

Now to get creative make some home-made treatments. Apple cider vinegar or even white vinegar is actually really great for oily hair. After shampooing rinse with a cup of vinegar mixed with half cup of water . The vinegar will absorb any excess oil. It does smell, but if rinsed thoroughly you will be ok. Likewise with lemons as they contain acidic properties they will absorb the oils. Take the juice of 2 lemons and rinse your hair after shampooing. I actually did a video about it a year or two back.

Extra tips to include would be to try not to touch your hair all day, the oils in your skin will transfer to the head giving you an oily scalp. Only apply conditioner to the ends of your hair as conditioning the roots is a recipe for disaster. If you need to condition the roots try the reverse washing thing, conditioner first, shampoo second it seems all the range these days. I did try it and was left with shiny, hair but was a little oily the next day but everyone is different. 

So there are some little tips and tricks for you to try out. Let me know if you try any of these and let me know what shampoo you love, I love discovering new ones to try. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Getting The Chop- Short Hair Dont Care

So I cut my hair, I said ages ago I wanted to grow my hair so I could have curls and effortless styles, but I really don't know what happened. My hair just grew so quick since Christmas and I hated it. It lacked shape, style and it was in bad condition. It literally felt gross. So I was lying in bed last week and I was like 'I'm cutting it up short' well not super short as I am going away in a few weeks and I want to able to put it in some snazzy upstyles.

I did remove over 3 inches. It badly needed it and I couldn't be happier. I had a few layers popped in for some good measure. I usually wear my hair curly or slightly wavy, you hardly see my hair straight. Over my years of life lol, I have had my hair shorter than this and I loved it, so I think when I reach my weightloss goal and I am going to do a whole new look for myself but for now this does me. I actually like this length, so who knows I might just keep this length. 

Whatcha think of the new do? You can be brutally honest I wont mind....much. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

1 Palette, 1 Look- Rimmel Brixton Brown

brown toned drugstore palette
drugstore neutral palette

So carrying on with my new series, today I have a palette from Rimmel. I'll be honest I bought this one because a youtuber mentioned it being a dupe for a Charlotte Tilbury Palette and I was like 'Hell YES!' It was kind of hard to get hold of, I think as its the only brown palette in the bunch from Rimmel in the 5 quad collection. Either way it took me a while to get it and it cost me €8.75

The palette itself consists of 5 shades, 2 satin shades, one frosty shade, 1 matte and 1 glitter/satin shade. The palette is overall a very neautal toned palette however it does include a striking but very pretty burgundy shade, that some people will either love or hate. I personally love it.

swatches of rimmel brixton brown

As you can see from the pictures above the colours come out great once swatched on the hand however once blended they seem to go a little blah, the pigmentation fails and sometimes just turns to glitter. Which is a real shame. That striking burgundy is such a gorgeous shade swatched but on the eye it really lets it down. Even applied with a primer, I get the same result. However they are easy to apply and feel nice to work with but they do lack in the pigmentation department and staying power is a little disappointing aswell.
look created with rimmel brixton brown

I did in fact used all the shades to create the look and over applied that middle shade to try and get a dramatic look so it would show on camera, but I still don't think its great. Overall, I was disappointed with this palette, I would probably only recommend to makeup beginners or for people who want only a little of colour on the eyes. If you are looking for a palette for everyday, this may not be it. It lacks in pigmentation and the staying power is a little bit disappointing. 

Have you tried this palette or any others from the range? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Budget Skincare Must Haves

5 Budget Skincare Must Haves

When it comes to skincare some may think you have to buy highend in order to get good results however after many years of trailing different products from ones that will break the bank to ones that can be bought with the spare change in your pocket, I have found some real gems that won't cost you the earth.
budget, skincare and makeup removers
Starting off with cleansers/ makeup removers, two that I can highly recommend is Botanics Gentle Cleansing Cream Ultra Calm. Like it says on the tin its targeted for sensitive skin so its super gentle and smells like marshmallows but it doesn't irritate the skin. This product is a creamy consistency so its best to either to apply with a cotton pad or I like to do slap it all over the face buff in with my hands and remove with a hot cloth. It removes all traces of makeup and leaves the skin super soft. Now if you want an easier makeup remover fix, pick up the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, not the first time to make an appearance on my blog and its no wonder why. This stuff is amazing, quickly removes makeup, doesn't irritate the skin and is a fraction of the cost of Bioderma. Highly recommend.

budget skincare, toners, sensitive skin

Now I'm not one to use Toners that much as I can never find one that doesn't strip my skin, however I came across this one a few months back. Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz smells like Turkish Delight in a bottle. Smell aside though its a refreshing mist that tightens the pores and cleanses the skin. It also leaves the skin looking brighter which is a nice added bonus. Also its under €6.
budget skincare, mask, scrubs

As for masks and treatments, I seriously had to narrow it down so I decided to show two I haven't spoken of before. For a mask I have picked Quick Fix Facials Anti Blemish Mask, now there are other masks in the range in fact they do one for every skin problem you can think of so there is something for everyone. I find the anti blemish one to be a calming mud mask that helps active breakouts and leaves the skin looking and feeling softer and brighter. Now for a good dead skin remover I highly recommend Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It, this is a AHA scrub that removes all dead skin and makes the skin noticeably softer and gives you a clearer looking complexion. I love to use this all over the body, on the legs to prevent ingrowing hair, on the face when its looking a little dead and on the soles of my feet to remove any hard skin. It is a truly amazing product and its under €13, bargain!  

So there are some budget skincare products that would break the bank but will stay give you great results. Now you can have a full skincare routine without spending all your cash. 

What products do you love that are purse friendly? 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gluten Free Whoopie Pies With 3 Different Fillings

gluten free food

I was browsing around the isle of Aldi lately and noticed they stocked Fluff, straight away I knew I had to do a Gluten Free recipe for Whoopie Pies. I had never tried whoopie pies prior to this, so I was intrigued and kind of excited, what can I say its the little things in life.

For this recipe I have come up with three fillings. So if you are making a batch for a party or a friend I feel its nice to give them options. First option is Fluff or you can use marshmallow and melt them down in the oven. Next is marshmallow and Nutella and lastly is marshmallow with desiccated coconut. So now onto how to make these.
whoopie pie fillings ideas
What you will need:  * to make this recipe non gluten free use plain flour
  • 125g/4½oz butter
  • 250g/8¾oz Gluten Free flour blend or 200g Rice flour & 50g Tapioca Flour
  • 150g/5½oz chocolate,
  • 225g/8oz sugar
  • 3  eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp gluten free baking powder 

1.First preheat the oven to 180C /350F and preline two baking trays with some greaseproof paper.
2.Start by melting the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of  boiling water. 
3. Once melted set aside to cool. 
4. Next whisk the eggs, vanilla extract and sugar together in a separate bowl. 
5. Now add the chocolate mix to the egg mix and whisk together, however do not over whisk. 
6. Now sift in your flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the wet mix. 
7. Fold all togther until you get a smooth texture. 
8. Place teaspoons of the mixture onto the trays leaving good space between them. Do not place too much mixture on the tray as they will just cling together. 
9. Cook for 8 mins. 
10. Once cooked leave aside to cool. Before placing on a cooling rack.
Gluten Free Whoopie Pies With 3 Different Fillings
 11. Now fill them with your choice of filling, remember to only fill one side of a whoopie pie, otherwise they will just get messy. Press a clean piece on top of piece you have placed marshmallow on and press down.
Gluten Free Whoopie Pies With 3 Different Fillings

Lastly place on the kettle, make your fave hot drink and enjoy.
gf whoopie pie