Thursday, 30 August 2012

Plenty of Fish in the Sea

I've recently become a devoted subscriber of a selection of beauty bloggers on YouTube one being the lovely Tanya Burr. Recently Tanya uploaded a tutorial on how to create a Fishtail Braid so I thought I'd do a short and sweet post on my attempt. I've gained a lot of inspiration watching tutorials and hauls and this one in particular is a perfect example.

This is my first try at the Fishtail Braid and I was really pleased with how it came out. My hair is extremely thick and I thought that would effect how well the braid would appear but it seems to be a style that anyone can create regardless of how thick or thin their hair is. My layers have over grown terribly but they worked in my favour for the braid however I think once I have had layers cut back into my hair it may have an effect on the ease of attempting the style again. The braid is simple, quick to do and looks really pretty. 

Watch Tanya's Fishtail Braid tutorial and subscribe:


Tamara x

Saturday, 25 August 2012

My Beauty Profile

I thought I would share with you all the products that I regularly use and will continue to use, from skin care to everyday essentials. All these products have honestly never once let me down and I'd recommend each and every single one. Most of them I have already reviewed however a couple are more recent purchases. 


(Left to Right)
No 7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser for normal/oily skin - £9.00
Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream - retail price varies
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Tea Tree Bar Soap - 50p
Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser - SheSaidBeauty sample
Clean Start Dermalogica Matte SPF Moisturiser -GlossyBox sample

I've finally found a handful of skin care products that I can confidently say I'm settled with, each has it's own part in keeping break outs and shine at bay. My most recent skin care buy is this foaming cleanser by No 7 which is now essential to my skin care rountine, it's amazing! This range has been developed for those with oily skin and this particular product has been most impressive. It takes off all  make up and leaves my face feeling refreshed and matte without drying out my skin and I've definitly noticed a reduction in shine and spots. Another cleanser I have been making use of is Murad's Time Release Blemish Cleanser which I found worked really well at drying out my spots and quickly reducing blemishes.

I usually like to exfoliate my face a couple of times during the week and out of all the many exfoliators I've tried this one by Clinique has taken the number one spot. It has always worked for me and has the right consistency for my liking. I think it's nice to have a good old bar of soap at hand and this Dr. Bronner's Magic soap with Tea Tree has treated me well since I was introduced to the liquid magic soap which I received with a past GlossyBox. You can find these nifty little soaps in Topshop at £1 each but I managed to grab a couple in the sale for half price. And finally my current choice of moisturiser has been this one by Dermalogica, it gives me a matte base for my make up and reduces shine. 


(Left to Right)
Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo - £6.99
L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray - £3.79
Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray - £6.99
Batiste Dry Shampoo - £3.99
Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner - £6.99 

I have been using the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner since around May time of this year, read this post for a full review. Both leave my hair feeling luxuriously soft, shiny and smelling gorgeous. With my hair so thick and heavy it tends to look flat so hairspray is always a must to give my locks some 'oomph' and I can always depend on a good old can of L'Oreal Elnett. The only form of heat styling I do is straightening which we all know can cause great damage to our hair over time so I always use this flat iron spray by Organix hair care to protect my hair with added keratin therapy. With the recent humid heat we've been having my hair occasionally feels a little greasy, especially my fringe so to refresh I use Batiste which I have been using for a few years now. This one in particular has been developed for those with dark hair, like myself, to avoid those white powdery patches that tend to appear when using the original. 


(Left to Right)
Nivea Good-bye Cellulite Gel-Cream - 1/2 price for £5.99
Sanctuary Spa Mela Body Butter - £9.50
St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse - £3.99
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - GlossyBox sample

One of my most irritating body flaws is my cellulite which I'm not ashamed to admit I have because I know plenty of us girls have it. I have been using this gel for over a year maybe two and it has reduced the appearance of my cellulite more than I would ever expect a high street branded product would, even my boyfriend was taken by surprise with how well and how quickly it had worked. I feel a lot more confident getting my legs out when I've used this gel , it's made such a difference. This Rose & Pistachio body butter from the Mela range by Sanctuary Spa is my ultimate fav, it's simply heavenly and worth the price you pay.
My skin is always left so soft and fragrant and the product itself lasts me a good while. Occasionally I use this Nuxe oil as a little treat for my skin since this is such a small sample I need to use it sparingly. Once used my skin feels nourished and delicate.

I've been against instant tanning products since forever but this self tanning mousse from St. Moritz has had an influence on me and considering I found it cheap in TK Maxx I couldn't refuse giving it a chance. The product blends well into the skin and leaves a long lasting natural tan.


Lancome Teint Miracle 5ml - GlossyBox sample
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues - £4.50
Clinique Compact Mirror - Freebie
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick - £23.50
Vaseline Limited Editon Lip Therapy in Crème Brûlée - £2.99

These are all the products that are essential for my day to day use and will always be found within my handbag. I like to try to only take simple necessities as I like to keep my bag clutter free and light weight. I have a small sample of foundation on hand for any minor touch ups I may need during the day. At work I'm always wearing my glasses and by the end of the day I'm left with noticeable marks on the bridge of my nose so I like to cover those up before my commute home. Although I have noticed pleasant results from my skin care I still admittedly have an odd bit of shine here and there on my face usually around my T-zone and chin. These blotting tissues are fantastic at absorbing excess oil and leave my skin with a matte finish. Its pure instinct to throw a compact mirror into your handbag and probably for most of us girls, a lippy too which varies depending on my outfit that day. To keep my lips hydrated I always depend on good old Vaseline which I was glad to get in this scrummy limited edition.

Tamara x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Tweety Pie

Hello beautiful people, despite not being the biggest fan of Twitter I made a decision to sign up to create more awareness for my blog. I'd be ever so grateful if you followed me @Beauty_Blah and I'll keep you up to date with my tweets.

Tamara x

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

GlossyBox: International Superstars

Personally my nails don't appear discoloured however this German brightening effect nail polish guarantees to rid nails of yellowing. There is no harm in me making use of this product although I will probably use it as a base coat instead.

DHC DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
I'm a little reluctant to have a go at this Japanese cleansing oil, considering my skin is oily in general I'm not exactly keen on adding more to my face. I am aware that this product requires rinsing after use however with past oil based skin care I have used I found to be left with a greasy residue on my face afterwards. The oil has a soft fragrance and on first impressions feels a little heavy when I placed a small amount on the back of my hand. I plan to give it a chance eventually but I'm in no rush for now.

This is actually my favourite product of the lot..which says rather a lot with it being rather basic but compared with the other products I received this month it was the most impressive. Eve's Balm nourishes dry skin within an instant leaving it delightfully smooth. I've been using this balm on my lips everyday since I got it, I've really taken to it. It has a lovely scent, I can definitely smell all the essential oils enriched into it and it leaves my lips feeling lusciously soft and hydrated.

VERA VALENTI L'ombre a Paupiere Margarita 
Next is a Spanish product; a compact sized eye shadow palette consisting of green and brown tones. At first glance it looks as cheap as it costs, not that appealing at all if I'm honest, I was reminded of the tacky little make up samples I'd get in teen magazines back in my younger years. I'm not crazy on the shades of green in this palette but I do quite like the darker shades of brown so I will try to make use of them occasionally.    

I've still yet to put this product to the test, I'm know for obsessively applying lipstick so it would be great if this lipstick sealer does do as it promises. My regular choices of lipstick tend to come off quite easily either through eating and drinking or really just in general so it would be handy if this product does work for me. The product itself looks and even smells a little similar to nail varnish which is a little off putting as I wouldn't want to have that taste on my lips all day. 

GLOSSYBOX GlossyBox Lipstick
I'm still 'umming' and 'ahhing' over this lippy as I can't actually decide whether I like it or not. Lipsticks are always a nightmare for me as I'm often limited to what shades will suit my skin tone and dark facial features. Dark shades tend to make my face look washed out so I like to stick to pale peaches and pinks which I have most likely mentioned before. This GlossyBox lipstick is in shade 'Glossy Pink' which is slightly on the darker side so I reckon the only way I could pull it off is if I get a bit more sun on my cheeks. The lipstick is smooth to apply however I did find it left my lips dry rather quickly.

Tamara x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

No 7 Beautiful Skin

No 7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser for normal/oily skin - £9.00
No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water for normal/oily skin - £9.00

It's really rare for me to come across skin care that wows me however a couple of products from the Beautiful Skin for normal/oily skin range by No7 have taken me by surprise. I've never considered No 7  skin care before and I was intrigued to see a whole range had been created for oily skin which I'm sure I've mentioned I suffer from about a billion times. I decided to purchase the Foaming Cleanser and the Cleansing Water and together they have improved the state of my skin dramatically, it's been a breath of fresh air to have found products that work with my impossible skin.

My favourite of the two is the Foaming Cleanser which I use when washing my face either first thing in the morning or just before bedtime. I usually pump the product two or three times onto the palm of my hand and then apply on to my face, rinsing thoroughly to finish. Instantly all  make up is washed away and my face is left feeling revived and oil free. The matte feeling on my skin lasts most of the day and shine on my face has been noticeably reduced so much so I have found I have had to touch up less often throughout the day than I would usually have to. I haven't had a serious break out since I've started using this cleanser and any minor spots that I do get, dry out incredibly fast. This product reminds me of Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam but is without a doubt ten times better. It has a pleasant, fresh fragrance compared to Clinique's cleansing foam which had a strong chemical like smell to it and overall gives longer lasting, better results. 

I have been using the Cleansing Water in the evenings after I have washed my face to clear away any left over traces of eye make up or foundation. The consistency of the product stays true to it's name, it literally feels like water and is light on the skin. Using with a cotton pad the water intensely removes all make up, dirt and any excess oil on my face leaving it fresh and cleansed. The only small con I could mention is that this product kept my skin matte for a shorter amount of time compared to the Foaming Cleanser but honestly that's the only negative thing I can really say.

Tamara x

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer

No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer - £13.50

With everyone lusting over the YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen it's no surprise that other brands are beginning to compete with their own take on the product. This Instant Radiance concealer by No 7 is a perfect example, retailing at £13.50 at Boots. The product is only available in two shades 'I' and 'II' - I opted for the lightest choice to be on the safe side. Very much like the Touche Eclat the product comes as a pen like form in which you click the bottom to push the concealer through to the brush nib at the other end.

After my first use I wasn't exactly as impressed as I prepared myself to be. I think the No 7 range has some really great affordable products so I did expect more from this highlighter but in all honesty it wasn't particularly good. The concealer over all gave poor coverage and short lasting radiance to my face which was rather disappointing considering it was a little more than I'd usually pay for a concealer. I was, however, pleased with the texture of the product it wasn't at all greasy and didn't feel heavy on my skin.

In terms of the package design, I'm certain alot of product will go to waste inside as it's likely to stick around the edges and unlike a tube you won't be able to cut it open to get what's left over. The brush nib doesn't appear to absorb the concealer itself which is a great advantage.

I suppose in all cases it's a matter of personal opinion, I have seen some positive reviews on this concealer but in my experience it didn't work for me.

Tamara x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

SheSaidBeauty August Box

This is actually the final box of my three month subscription but I think I will most definitely continue as I really look forward to receiving my SheSaidBeauty box each month. The August box came a little earlier than I expected it to, not that I'm complaining, and this is what I found inside.

WHITE GLO Professional Choice
I did enjoy using this toothpaste, it had a much more gritty texture than your typical Colgate or Aqua Fresh which might throw some people off but I much prefer toothpaste with a bit of 'oomph' in them. I didn't notice any instant results but I think it is gradually having an effect but I'm certain I'd need a full sized sample to get the best out of it. My teeth were left squeaky clean and  there was a noticeable burst of freshness in my mouth after use.

BALANCE ME Rose Otto Intensive Lip Salve
Oh dear, I wasn't at all happy to see this in my beauty box this month. I received this lip salve in last month's issue of Glamour which I had picked up specifically because I thought since it regularly retails at £12 - it's got to be good, right? Well..not exactly, although it does give my lips the intense hydration I was hoping for it also has a horrid taste which I can't help but notice every time I put it on, even my mum hates it. It's literally like sucking on rose petals or having perfume on your lips just thinking about it makes me shudder. And so now I have not only one but two of these dreadful tasting lip salves to stash away. 

REDKEN Colour Extend Radiant - 10
I really like Redken hair products and if they were more affordable they'd probably be my first choice every time. Redken hair care always leaves my hair smelling gorgeous and feeling incredibly smooth and soft  so of course I was pleased to receive a sample this month. Although this product is for coloured hair I'm still making use of it as it has 10 essential benefits for your locks, it's light weight and again it smells lush. I've been applying it on to wet hair but it can also be used when dry. It's made my hair feel really lovely and I must admit I might have used it a bit excessively as I've already used a third of the bottle..oops.

PAPOER POUDRE Rachel Powdered Paper
I couldn't have received these at a better time as I have recently run out of my trusty facial blotting tissues from The Body Shop which are essential  throughout my day when I need to touch up any shine on my face.  The booklet consists of 20 sheets which isn't going to last me considering my one by Body Shop had 65 sheets and lasted me a really long time. I am going to make use of these powdered papers but once I've used them all I will return to my usual and cheaper preference.

NAILS INC Nail Polish
Adore this shade! Gutted it's not the full sized sample as I reckon I will finish it in no time, the colour is just lovely and I can't seem to stop wearing it. The product itself is quick to dry and doesn't seem to chip at all, a full size polish retails at a ridiculous £11 so I'll probably go on a hunt for a cheaper alternative. 

4711 Eau De Cologne
Apparently this brand goes back 200 years but I can't say I've ever been aware of it. This is a teeny tiny sample which I'm not too fussed about really as the scent isn't really my cup of tea.

Tamara x