Thursday, 26 January 2012

Brush Up

It's just as important to maintain your make up brushes as it is looking after your own hair. You must wash them regularly to get rid of any excess product and dirt which builds up over time. Dirty brushes are often the cause of my breakouts so I've recently taken a sensible approach and decided to invest in the right products to keep my brushes clean. I often see brush cleaners and sanitisers at ridiculous prices that is until I realised I could find them affordable at feelunique.com. Although theses are the ONLY brush cleaners found on the site, I couldn't complain about the price.



Bare Minerals 'Quick Change' Brush Cleaner - £8.50
Bare Minerals 'Well-Cared For Brush' Conditioning Shampoo - £8.50

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Wink Wink

I only ever wear false lashes on nights out and I've been through a fair few to find the 'best'. I hate when false lashes look OVERLY false or when they aren't at all noticeable and so I often try different brands and styles to find a decent pair. This post features three of the most recent lashes I have tried, each a different brand and each with a different result!


The Kiss Ever Easy False Eyelashes are designed to make applying falsies a breeze..or so that's what is promised. The lashes are attached to red strings which you hold at each end when you are placing them on your lash line to ensure that they go on with precision. Once you're are happy that they are in place you must wait until the adhesive has dried fully before you can pull the strings out. Sounds simple but of course, it wasn't! I must say the addition of the strings was a huge benefit when applying the lashes but the biggest issue was when it came to removing them. I was able to place my lashes perfectly but this seemed pointless once I had taken the strings out, they just got pulled off my lids. I had let the glue dry and yet the lashes could not with-strain the pull of the strings and in the end I had to reapply in the way I would with any other regular false lashes. 




I was rather disappointed because I was so impressed with how easy the strings had made application, since I am such a flop when it comes to putting falsies on. I would probably consider another attempt as the lashes themselves did look really nice despite looking a bit tacky in the box. The Kiss Ever Easy False Eyelashes (£6.50) are available in a variety of styles, I tried 02 which I found to be just right and I would consider to be ideal for a dinner date or drinks with the girls. 


RATINGS
Appearance 4/5
Value for Money 3/5
Application 3/5


I often see these lashes in the beauty sales on Brand Alley for usually £1.50 which is fantastic considering they regularly retail at £4.00. But with the delivery charge I would just be paying a pound more than the regular price, not exactly a bargain at all! And so, still determined to get myself a pair I searched elsewhere and managed to find them on Amazon for a reasonable £1.99 each with no delivery charge. I got myself two different styles: Candy Kitten Glamorous False Eyelashes - 'Betty Ray' and 'Gigi Belle'. I had only seen these online so I didn't know what I was expecting but at such a cheap price I wasn't fussed if they were a let down. 

The 'Betty Ray' lashes were a lot more extravagant than I had visualised they would be. They had much more length and volume to my usual preference and were slightly heavy on the lids. I chose to wear them on New Years Eve since it was a night of celebration and over doing it, but I doubt I could get away with wearing them on general nights out as they're are a little OTT. I must mention that these lashes were an absolute nightmare to apply it actually makes me giggle thinking about how long it took to put them on, I even needed assistance from my friend. Firstly the lashes themselves were just too big across my lash line so I did need to trim them to scale, whoever designed these must have mistaken girls to have eyes as big as teacups. Secondly the adhesive that came in the pack was utterly useless and it took several attempts until the lashes seemed secure on my lids. 




These are the second style 'Gigi Belle' and it's obvious to see just how big these are on my face, they are absolutely huge and scream out 'FAKE'. Much like the other style, they were an effort to apply on my lids. I had to trim them down and I decided to use a lash glue from a another brand of lashes to ensure that they stuck and stayed stuck! Straight away I noticed how large and heavy they were on my eyes which was uncomfortable and I never like to feel like I'm wearing false lashes. I reckon the only way you could get away with wearing either of the Candy Kitten lashes is if you were in fancy dress because they are that ridiculous and can't be taken seriously.

RATINGS
Appearance 2/5
Value for Money 2/5
Application 1/5


These lashes are No.7's Lash 50 Extreme Volume False Lashes which are priced at £7.50 in Boots but with a £5 off No.7 voucher I got them for a cheeky £2.50. They come in a range of volumes to give either a simple or dramatic look to your eyes, I chose to go for something in between, high volume yet almost natural. The No.7 lashes guarantee high impact which these most definitely do and I was really surprised at how good they were. They were very easy to place along my lash line however I didn't use the adhesive that came with the lashes as it just wasn't sticky enough to hold them down. There is not really anything to complain about these falsies and I will definitely be using these again and may even try another style. 



I really love these lashes and they take 1st place out of the three. They have beautiful length, are well defined and better yet so easy to apply. I would recommend you to try lashes by No.7 as you'd be surprised at how lovely they are and I could even say they are a close comparison to lashes by Eylure which never disappoint. In my opinion I think spending more than a fiver on lashes is quite silly so at £7.50 I think these are a little costly but they are actually worth it due to their durability and the results they give. 


RATINGS
Appearance 5/5
Value for Money 4/5
Application 4/5


Tamara x

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

7-day Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Trial


For most of 2010 and throughout 2011, my foundation preference was Lancome's Teint Miracle foundation. I began using this after using a sample given in an issue of ELLE magazine a couple years back, luckily in my shade, and it gave good results compared to the long list of foundations I have tried previously. I invested in purchasing this product and have not dared to change ever since. I became really settled with this foundation and despite recommendations of foundations by other brands, I couldn't bring myself to risk the chance on spending a lot of money on a new one that may not even work for me. That is until recently where I figured I should chance trying another foundation by Lancome, since it is a brand I know will have the right foundation for me. 

I read upon a number of reviews on the Teint Idole Ultra 14H, which has endless 4-5 star ratings and was ranked above brands such as Chanel, Dior and MAC, which was rather surprising. Most people claimed it is long lasting, gives great coverage and better yet, has a matt finish. I wanted to wait for my current bottle of Teint Miracle to start looking empty before I bought the product and so last week, during a trip to Westfield Stratford, I visited the Lancome counter in Boots. I was greeted by a lovely consultant who informed me that a new and improved Teint Idole Ultra has been developed but won't be launched available for purchase till the 1st of February. She suggested that I should take part in the 7-day trial which is being offered at all Lancome counters and in around 2 weeks time I can return to give my feedback along with purchasing a full bottle.



I was matched up with the shade suited for my skin tone and was handed a small sample to  test over a week. The consultant herself told me how she, like me, had been using Teint Miracle but has now seen dramatically better results from the latest Teint Idole Ultra. This new foundation promises 24hr wear with lasting perfect coverage, an even finish with a delicate touch and is available in 18 shades. 

MY VERDICT

Well...after the 7-day trial I can honestly say that I'm impressed! This is a definite improvement from my original choice of foundation. Even though I didn't get the chance to try the Teint Idole Ultra 14H, I have already seen a few reviews claiming that the new 24hr development gets top marks and it was even featured in this month's issue of Glamour to be the 'go to' for a long lasting finish.

The most intriguing thing I have noticed about this product is, that when wearing it my skin doesn't feel like it has much make up on it at all. Usually if I were to touch my face I would feel that awful layer of slap which doesn't make my skin feel natural at all, the matt finish is also extremely ideal for someone like me who has an oily complexion. The product is easy to apply with a trusty foundation brush and blends well with no need for touch ups later on. Its out with the old and in with the new for me in 2012 so once the Teint Idole Ultra 24H is available for purchase, I will be going straight down to a Lancome counter ready and waiting to buy it!


Tamara x

Thursday, 5 January 2012

My Inspiration..

I consider myself to be a 'newbie' in the blogging world since I only began my own blog back in October. I started simply because I like my opinions to be heard, not to rave and rant, but to advise and benefit others specifically focusing on beauty. Throughout most recent years I've used plenty of beauty products, some that have totally improved my daily routine and some that were just a beautiful nightmare! Either way, I have always been keen on sharing my views on the products I have used and so I began to regularly write reviews on retailer websites to help encourage..or even prevent people from purchasing those items. And then one day it came to mind that I should create a blog to enable me to have all my reviews and opinions in one place for anyone to see!

My decision was also influenced by a blogger from the U.S, Jessica Harlow, who I have been following since last summer. I have learnt a lot from her make up tutorials and her general chit chat about products that she's recommended. Along with Jessica's blog she has her very own YouTube channel which I have also subscribed to and I can honestly say this girl has natural talent. She has a lovely personality which shows and she gives great, genuine advice. I think it's unlikely that I will created video posts myself, however I aim to continue to try and test many more beauty products to come.

Here is Jessica's most recent tutorial:



'NATURAL' BEAUTY: No Make Up Make Up



Tamara x

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year Beautiful!

Happy New Year! Of course the new year always brings SALES, a very dangerous word I must say, but if you're feeling the itch to spend why not visit secretsales.com's latest beauty sale until January 4th. There are some great reductions on the brands we all love, Lancome, MAC, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique and Stila!



Tamara x