Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Would You Rather Tag: Makeup Edition!

Hey my loves!

I've seen this tag floating around the beauty blogging world for quite some time now & I thought it was would be fun to answer so here goes!
(I have a feeling this may take me a while to answer the majority of these questions..) 

1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?

Waaahh this hurts to even think about loosing any of make up as I'd be loosing a ton of products! After about 5 minutes of staring blankly at the screen I've come to the conclusion that it's going to have to be loosing my palettes & eyeshadows as I definitely have far more mascara, eyeliners etc than I do these! (However if I had any of the Naked Palettes the answer to this would be totally different..)

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

Ok...So this question doesn't actually say how short you would have to chop your barnet to or if it would ever grow back?! But the thought of never being able to cut my fine hair seems a nightmare! Totally going to contradict what I said here & I'm going to have to say never be able to cut it, it only seems to get to a certain length before it needs a chop & I can always use hair extensions to make it look a bit better than the state it would be in.

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

Pink! Definitely, without a doubt. I do like coral but pink is the one.

4. If you had £1,000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Clothes! Although I am so obsessed with make up & skin care products that I'm beginning to doubt whether I'm sane. With £1000 to spend I could either do a huuuuge haul in Topshop or I'd buy one expensive present that I really wanted like a designer handbag or shoes. Yep, it's got to be the designer! (I have a handbag & shoe addiction as well don't you know?)

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

Ugh the thought of applying lipstick to my eyelids make me cringe just a tad! Could you imagine how awful the texture & general look would be? I have a fairly good range of eyeliners, so I reckon if I ever got this horrific ultimatum I'd go for that answer.

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Sadly we don't have Sephora in the UK! (Sephora you need to get your butt over here!) So I would go for MAC. I have seen a few bloggers mention they'd choose Sephora (you curazy peoples) the thought of living life without a Mac lippie in me purse saddens me a bit!

7. Would you rather only use one eyeshadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?

I love using all different lip colours & would be gutted if I had to stick to just one! 9 times out of 10 I always go for the same eyeshadow on my eyes anyway & occasionally I even go without. One eyeshadow colour it is for me. 

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in the summer or summer clothes in the winter?

This is going to sound sooo crazy but due to my job I wear flip flops. All year round. Without fail. (yep, I get 'Are you mad' stares all the time) So I think I'd have to go with summer clothes in the winter as I love me flip flops & pretty summery dresses. If I picked winter clothes in the summer, would that count a holiday? Could not think of anything worse being in a baking hot country in wintery clothes!

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

Oh this is easy - bright nails all the way. I do like dark colours on other people, just not a fan of them on myself. I always tend to go for bright nails accompanied with a nice bright lippie!

10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or your favourite eye product?

I have a number of lippies which I love but only one mascara which is my holy grail - the Maybelline Colossal Lashes. Going to have to get rid of the lipsticks I'm afraid.

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

These are my work hair-do's so I really don't like wearing my hair like this out of work hours. I do like a high messy bun but a ponytail is a bit more versatile. You can have it high or low, curl of straighten the tail & put some nice hair accessories in - yeah a pony tails the one!

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?

I wouldn't use lipgloss again. Unless that counts lipstick too? I feel like my nails look naked without any colour on them. Can't say no to nail polish. Ever.

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or Sharpie them in everyday?
I just cannot picture the thought of being browless. But I do detest sharpie brows - especially on Blondes! I'd go browless & have a full fringe cut in so you wouldn't be able to see I didn't have any so much! 

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

Ooooshhhh these questions have been mega tough! I'd live without nail polish. I'd be sad but make up all the way. Without my war paint I'd get mistaken for Casper the friendly ghost I'm so pale!

It's New Years Eve woohoo lets get merry! 
I wish you all a very happy, healthy & special new year!

I had so much fun doing this!
Have you done the Would You Rather tag?
I'd love to read them.
If you haven't, I TAG YOU!


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Review: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

I've always loved the Elemis product range & when they launched their Pro-Collagen cleansing balm it would have been rude not to try it!


Padina Pavonica - Powerful anti-aging active

Elderberry Oil - Firms & plumps

Starflower Oil - Maintains skin moisture levels

Optimega Oil - Improves skin hydration
Mimosa & Rose Flower Waxes - Softens & comforts skin

At first I was a little apprehensive as to whether or not I would like this product, as I've always been a cream cleanser kind of girl. Once I really like something, I can be a little stubborn to change. (Set in my ways me) My first impression was that it was a lot stronger smelling than any other cleanser I've used previously due to the 7 essential oils that the balm contains, but it smells beautiful & really does give you that 'spa like' atmosphere! The texture is how you would expect a cleansing balm to be - quite oily. However if you apply water the balm transforms into a milky cleanser.

After the first few days of trying this, admittedly I didn't think it wasn't the right product for me mainly due to the consistency & I  even thought about going back to my old cleanser. I am soooo relieved I didn't, as after 5 days or so I could feel how much softer my skin felt. My skin used to get the classic combination oily t-zone (which is your forehead, nose & chin) but after 2 weeks or so I noticed a big improvement.

You can use this cleansing balm as a Make-up Remover, Cleanser, Exfoliator & an intensive Mask. It's nicely packaged & you receive a 100% cotton cloth with it, which thoroughly removes any make up & grime. The cotton cloth also very gently exfoliates any dead skin cells, which I personally think is a bonus to such a wonderful product. I used this to remove all of my make up including my mascara. To use this as an intensive mask I removed all my make up, cleansed & then applied a fairly generous amount to my face, neck & d├ęcolletage, I left this to absorb whilst I soaked in the tub!

The photos above are of the cleansing balm which I brought back in May 2013 & again in December 2013, you only need a tiny amount & as you can tell by the photos that it will last you months! For £39.50 at 105grams, 7 months worth of product it works out at just under £6.00 a month which is actually cheaper than cleansing wipes! I honestly could not recommend this cleansing balm to you enough. I will most definitely be re-purchasing it again when I eventually finish the pot.

Have you ever tried a cleansing balm?
What's your favourite product for cleansing your skin? 

Friday, 27 December 2013

3 DIY Hair Masks

DIY masks for your hair are the perfect way to repair & replenish your hair & leave it feeling nourished & healthy, not to mention nice & shiny too! The use of a hair mask will always benefit your hair, regardless of your hair type. There are so many hair masks & conditioners available on the market right now. You can use a shop brought mask, or make your very own DIY hair mask - you'll also be saving yourself some money too. Creating a mask at home isn't as difficult as it sounds & most of the ingredients are things in your kitchen anyway!

Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Coconut oil doesn't only smell heavenly, it's also one of the best oils to be applied on your hair. Invest in a jar of extra virgin coconut oil - you can use this in so many more ways, but today I'll be sharing how to use this as a hair mask. I lavish my hair from root to end, mainly focusing on the ends, until my hair is smothered with the oil. Apply a shower cap & leave it on for 15-30 minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly and you're done! Another little tip is to apply a very tiny amount of the coconut oil to the very tips of your hair every night to keep split ends at bay.

Avocado & Egg Yolk Hair Mask
Blend 1/2 an avocado & a egg yolk in the blender & apply to your hair from root to end. Leave for 15-30 minutes, wash your hair thoroughly & shampoo & condition as usual. Avocados are highly moisturising & egg yolks are full of fats & proteins to naturally restore your hair.
Olive Oil & Honey Hair Mask
Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil for 20 seconds in the microwave, apply 2 tablespoons of honey & mix together. After you have applied the product to your hair, wrap your hair in a shower cap & leave for around 15-30 minutes. Shampoo & condition as normal. This hair mask is ultra hydrating & will leave your hair feeling super soft!

Try applying these masks in the shower/bath after you shampoo – the heat will open up your hair follicles and allow the masks to penetrate much deeper.
Have you ever tried a DIY Hair Mask? What's your favourite?


Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Christmas Tag 2013

As it's Christmas Day in 10 more sleeps (eeeeek!) what a better way to start my first blog post with The Christmas Tag 2013!

1.  Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
I've never had a real Christmas tree! My mum says that she got put off the idea of having one after one year her cat decided to climb up it & completely destroyed it on Christmas Eve. I do love our synthetic tree though as it's a 7ft with plenty of thick bristles which we absolutely cram full of fairy lights & decorations!  

2.  You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?

Hot Chocolate with lashings of whipped cream & plenty of marshmallows, of course! I'm not a lover of coffee, so it always has to be a Hot Choc for me.

3.  What's your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
The decorations we put on our family tree are a complete mismatch! My mum & I were decorating the tree last weekend & I came across a few decorations I had made her when I was younger, which was really sweet. Our decorations are all quite sentimental as we have collected them over the years from when we've been away around Christmas time. I wouldn't have our tree decorated any other way!

4.  Giving or receiving?
Erm, BOTH! Who doesn't like the excitement of presents?! I have so much fun & joy buying them for my loved ones & love seeing their faces light up when they open up their gifts. I'm usually really organised with my Christmas prezzies & am normally all done by mid November, although this year I do seem to think that I have more time left than what I've actually got.

 5.  To mince pie or not to?
The only time I'll ever eat a mince pie is when I look in the cupboards post Christmas & all the chocolate has been eaten & only mince pies are left - which is a very rare occasion! 

6.  What's your traditional Sunday lunch?
To start it would have to be either prawn cocktail or smoked salmon & for a main we usually have a selection of Turkey, Gammon & Beef with loads of roasties, piggy in blankets, Yorkshire puddings & veg. We have been out for dinner before but it definitely wasn't the same & I am quite partial to turkey sandwiches in the evening!

7.  Christmas day fashion
It would feel so weird opening my Christmas presents in anything but my onesie. Then for dinner I get all dolled up, although this year I think I'm going to rock my 'Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal' jumper! 

8.  What's your favourite Christmas song?
I can only choose one?! I love them all. This year my favourite Christmas song (which is on repeat in my car) is Michael Buble - Baby Please Come Home. I do love a good sing/hum along to them all, even though I don't know half the words.

9.  What's your favourite Christmas film?
Ok, the song choice was hard enough & now I have to choose my favourite Christmas film? The Polar Express, The Snowman, Jack Frost, Love Actually, Christmas Carol & Home Alone 1/2 are some of my all time favourites! Watching the classic It's A Wonderful Life at least once before Christmas day is a tradition.

10.  Open presents before or after lunch?  
First thing in the morning! Is anyone seriously willing to resist the temptation of opening their presents until after their dinner?

I hope you enjoyed reading my Christmas Tag & finding out about my traditions. Have you done your Christmas Tag this year? I would love the read yours, comment with your links below & I'll check them out!
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