Thursday, 20 June 2013

My Naked Face!

Hiya Everyone!

Today is the day, I am starting my green tea and water diet on an attack for the spots to be gone before my graduation!

This is me, in the morning - nothing on and nothing to hide the blemishes.
Now I know some of my friends will want to kill me at this point because honestly my skin is never that bad. I have a few huge recurring spot prone places such as the middle of my lips under my nose, my huge forehead and my eyebrows for some reason. Now this is going to be a huge experiment for me. 

From today on, I only allow myself 2 cups of tea/coffee a day, from then on it must be water or green tea. Now the reasoning behind this is the fact that milk and sweetener or sugar in tea can clog pores and create blemishes. I hate spots and I want to make sure that now I have finished my degree and my life is starting again, I want a clear start in every sense!

Now guys, if you want to join this please keep me involved on your twitters or your blogs and let me know how you go!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Green Tea, The Spot Remover!

Hiya Guys!

Today after this long time away, I'm going to tell you about a miracle that has really helped my skin blossom from a winter of spots to a spring that actually isn't looking too bad. 
So winter was really a bad time for my skin, it got really dry for a while and then I started smothering it in moisturiser which made it all of a sudden break out. I panicked because I've been hugely lucky with skin that isn't hugely prone to break outs. So when this started, I practically stopped my skin care routine and went for a approach which didn't clog my skin. 

Then, I was speaking to my friend who lives in China and asked her about spots and asking if there was any Chinese brands she would recommend because their skin was always flawless when I visited! She told me her secret was very much down to drinking no fizzy drinks, not wearing loads of make up and letting her skin breath. Now this is not a scientific approach, this is just something she credits her absolutely flawless skin too!

I went off to Cambridge Market with another friend and bought a LOT of green tea, different variations which were herbal and fragrant. This is Chinese Black Tea and has a woody, strong taste which can easily be drank without milk or sugar. Not only is this completely calorie free BUT it hydrates you quicker than water because it's heated and has lots of healthy anti oxidants which are proven to help your skin.

I started this of two weeks before my graduation and my skin was completely changed! Now I'm not just saying this, it hasn't got rid of my spots all together but it has stopped redness and the huge breakouts which were noticeable. I had lumps and bumps but nothing like how bad it was. I've gone home recently (as you can tell by my absence) and have got rid of this habbit. Now I'm going to attempt this again and in two weeks - i'll give you the results. 

What about you guys? Have you never tried them? 
Do you enjoy green teas?

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

My sincere apologies.

Hi my beauties!

Firstly, I want to say sorry!

I have not been on my best behavior in the form of putting my posts out there. I have had many things going on such as moving away from my university house, finishing my degree and going to various events. 
I know this is a lame excuse and I should have let you guys know what's going on but at the time, things where just so hectic, that I could not get this done. 

Hopefully, you guys will accept these apologies and understand that now, I am back I will not be leaving again! I have a lot coming for you guys, such as many fat attack posts, ways to get better skin and reviews of many beauty products for you all.

I hope that now I am back, you guys will continue to read my blog and be as kind as you have always been.

Here for your amusement is my graduation ball photo for you all. My first blog back on Friday will be how I did my make-up for this amazing night. (Which was better than this rushed photo in a VERY hot house!)

Hope you guys are well! Let me know you are still with my you beautiful people.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Nail Files #2 Magnetic Blue

Hiya guys!

The second case in The Nail Files is a beautiful little blue varnish from Barry M, called Metallic Blue. This gorgeous colour is part of the magnetic range they are doing now. 

If you have not heard of the magnetic colours, have you been living under a rock? These fancy effects are put on with two coats and then you put a magnetic strip over them and boom - they become a different pattern. This is the first of these kind of nail varnishes i've ever tried and I'm not hugely excited by it. 

The colour is absolutely gorgeous! With one coat it's a lighter blue but second coat makes it a dark twilight blue. Both colours of this are perfect on there own. When you then add the metallic that is where the issues happen.

With wide nails, I ended up with a strip of pattern, but plain sides which looked really weird. Secondly, when you put on the top coat: even when it was completely dry, it stripped the pattern from your nail. It made a real mess and ended up looking like tie dye colouring on my nails and i'm not hugely impressed with it's staying power.

I've never had a problem with Barry M but this hasn't been my favourite product - i'll stick to the non-fancy nail varnishes from now on. If you like tie dye though, these might make a pretty idea as they don't look horrific but aren't what I expected at all!

What about you? Have you tried the metallic strip varnishes? Has it gone better for you?

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Prime yourself!

 Hiya everyone!

Today's been an odd one for me, 6.30am and I turned up at my sister's to babysit. I turned up to my Sisters flat in an aztec onesie, with cowboy boats, an owl hat and a leather coat - not one of my finest fashion moments but let's just ignore that one. I turned up like that to my brother in law being sick and me getting dropped straight back home, so now I get to update you little lot with a little secret in my make-up bag!

Primer is one of those cosmetics that was never shown to me, I didn't even know it existed until my best friend took me out to a huge boots and we got a lovely rep to help us with our make-up woes. 

Primer is an awesome little product that helps with any lumps and bumps to make sure your foundation coverage is doing everything it can for your skin. I have had a recent break out so stopped using a lot of make up but this is such a helpful tub of miracles. I put this all over my skin, in a circular motion and it just keeps my skin looking fabulous even though I know it really isn't at the moment.
I just bought some of this for my sisters box and it was £14.99 from Boots but it goes SUCH a long way. I've had mine (Pictured above) since beginning of last summer and it's still going strong with me using it every day. 

The only fault with this would be don't put it under your eye and use any of the lumi magic eye pen over the top. It seems to become crusty and it isn't a nice look. Even that isn't something that could put me off buying it.
The best part was, when i've shown ANYONE the first word they have said is WOW. It works.

What about you guys? Have you tried primer? Would you recommend any others?

Sunday, 31 March 2013

My spring lipstick choice!

Hiya guys!

Today is a gorgeous day, with the sun shining and the snow falling -.- Seriously it's starting to get really annoying isn't it? I've been getting all my spring clothes out and keeping them in a box because I just can't wear them. It's heartbreaking :( Anyway, back to the matter at hand.

It's my sister's birthday next week so I went out and got her beauty products (Which will have to remain secret in case she reads this post hehe) for her little beauty bag. Whilst doing this, I couldn't resist something that could hopefully get rid of the STILL winter blues. So I bought this peachy lip butter to make my lips look all summery.

Revlon color burst lip butter is amazing! It comes in a tube that makes it look like a lipstick but in fact it feels a lot more like Vaseline on your lips. This is a nice spring change from the darker colours of winter, and it is a light coverage that doesn't come over to strong. (Mine is peach in case anyone is wondering)

There were MANY colours of this and it made me really smile because it's rare to get such a contrast in lip colour from such a moisturising lipstick. It goes from really vibrate oranges to light peachy coverage to darker purples and means no matter your skin colour you can get a good lipstick!

It does however need a lot of re application throughout the day because it just doesn't last. It's not a thing that would ever put me of buying it because the pros completely outweigh the cons in this. 

So girls, have any of you tried Revlons color burst? Would you recommend any other moisturising lip colors for the summer?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Nail Files # 1 Double Duty

Hiya Guys!

Today's Nail Files is about how to set a perfect base for ANY nail colour. Sally Hansen is a nail make which specialises in different technique nail varnishes to add strength, length, durability, colour etc etc etc. She has become a big name in my house because me and my Mother are on huge resolution to get our nails back to perfect condition.

Today I'll be discussing her double duty nail varnish. This is a base and top coat which has strengthening abilities that are beyond belief! I would always recommend putting this underneath your nail varnish and then above. This can be used simply as a nail varnish as well when you don't want loads of colour. 

I was weary that this wouldn't work but it really does. From biting my nails for as long as I can remember this has gotten them back up to heavy duty strength in less than two months of use. It lasts a long time as well because you don't need to gloop it on thick for it to work. 

My only problem with this product is that if you use it on its own, it tends to like crumble? I don't know if that's the right word, but it comes of very patchy if you leave it too it's come off itself, which is never a good look. You just need to remember that you must take this off to change nail varnishes nicely and smoothly. 

I got this one in TK Maxx for £4.00 but I do know it is always in places like Boots and Super drug but tends to be more expensive. So if you can check in TK Maxx or places first, you might get lucky.

Have you guys tried Sally Hansen before? Do you bite your nails?

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Test it Tuesday - Clarins Cleanser

Hiya Guys!

This is a brand new post called Test It Tuesdays! These posts will hopefully be fortnightly and be about a tester product that I have been lucky enough to get from my lovely friend. This first one was the most amazing product I could have hoped to start with.

I have been desperate to find a nice cleanser that does leave my skin feeling more hungry for moisture than ever! I've found many but none like this.

Clarins Paris have made an amazing gentle foaming cleanser that is so nice. It's for combination / oily skin so matches my skin perfectly, as I don't have excess grease but I don't have dry skin. 

The first point is that this cleanser is exactly as it says on the tin, it's gentle. This isn't a scrub, I know that but I like a feel of renewal and that new skin is coming from cleansers as well. With this, I put it on and felt the small bubbles of exfoliating goodness on my skin. It doesn't take five layers of my face OR make me feel like my face is on fire.

Secondly, it's beautiful when you take it off. You put moisturiser straight on and you're skin feels so smooth it's unreal. So unreal I did have to run to my house mate and ask her to feel my face, she did say oooo and stroke my face (They put up with so much!).
It does leave a little to be desired as it feels a bit like when you have used soap on your skin. It's not a huge issue though but with the amount in actually costs, it does make a difference. Topping your skin straight of with a heavy moisturiser means that you do feel very glam and smooth afterwards and it gets rid of the soapy feel. 

For the price of a full bottle being £18.00 from Boots - it is something a lot of people would umm and ahh with... I would however make one final point. This stuff LASTS, I had a normal sized tiny tester and I had 5 uses which completely covered my face each time. So it would be amazing to see how long this would last!

What do you guys think? Ever tried Clarins? Will you be trying now?

Monday, 25 March 2013

Feed your hands!

Hiya everyone!

Just a quick post today - I wanted to tell you about an amazing hand cream.
Now I know you are
SICK to death of me doing posts about Soap and Glory like some sponsor but now - I do have to tell you about there Hand Food. This is all over the blogasphere but I got some this Christmas and fell TOTALLY in love. 

I'm not one to really care about nails or hands or creams, because I used to bite my nails and never take pride in them. Now, with the blog going strong, I have grown my nails and started to take huge priorities in getting my nails back to form.

This hand cream is amazing, it's so moisturising, goes a long way, is pretty in a pink tub and finally it smells amazing! I really enjoyed this and for the price in Boots of £5.00 for 125ml or £2.50 for the 50ml version you cannot go wrong. It looks nice when you get it out with your friends and also fits into a handbag in either size. 

Have you tried this miracle? Would you buy hand food?

Monday, 18 March 2013

Movie Mondays!

Hey Guys!

Today, I'm getting back into the normal swing of things and here we have another new Movie Monday post. This is on an absolute classic that will be overlooked by some younger readers, but to anyone roughly my age and a good ten years older and British will completely understand!
Bridget Jones Diary is a movie adaption of the great book with the same name written by Helen Fielding which was published in 1996. Now I only watched this movie recently because my friend is studying its adaption in Film Studies and I had overlooked it for so long. This 2001 movie is about a single, thirty something female who is looking to loose weight, drop cigarettes and find the love of her life. Being portrayed by Renee Zellweger, she isn't the most pristine woman but she is a funny as hell chick. 

It's a typical movie about waiting for love, when two come along at once and isn't that ALWAYS the way. It offers some amazing eye candy from Colin Firth and Hugh Grant and they also have some AMAZING one liners and scenes. The best being one of the most hysterical fight scenes ever which goes through a restaurant and is so pathetic it's very true to life. I absolutely love how typically British this movie is - even though Renee is the only NOT British thing about this movie, I LOVE her and I love it.

Now if you're not into romance, PLEASE don't rule this out. This movie is hilarious and even my male friends love watching it because Helen Fielding has done an amazing thing and made it relate-able to men as well. They laugh at the jokes, so if your partner says he wont watch it - beg him to reconsider! Also, it's an amazing lesson about love not always coming in the neatest package. Literally most hilarious movie and I would really recommend it to anyone who it has passed by!

What do you think? Have you read the book, would you recommend the movie?