Sunday, 31 March 2013

March Instagram

More days like these please | Diet getting off to a good start | View from the train, I love London | Kitty Feet | Mother's Day | Pretty flowers for my Mama | Overdue Nandos trip | Waffles for breakfast yum yum | Happy Easter!

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Tamara x

Friday, 29 March 2013

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara

Seventeen Doll'd Up mascara - £6.29

Although it has been about for some time now, 'Doll'd Up' is the most recent mascara launch by Seventeen at Boots. Honestly at first I wasn't exactly thrilled when it first popped up on the shelves simply because I was turned off by the plastic applicator but since I had a nifty voucher that granted me the product for only £2 I thought I might as well give it a go. Mascaras by Seventeen usually win me over, my favourite being 'Va Va Voom', so there was no reason not to give this one a chance.

This mascara claims to guarantee long lasting width and curl to the lashes for up to 24hrs, I picked up shade 'Black', I only ever seem to see this one choice on the shelf although the product is also available in 'Brownest Black'. The packaging itself is ultra feminine with it's curved appearance and it's bold colour contrast of red and black.

The brush combs through my lashes giving them great definition and impressive length, almost comparable to Benefit's 'They're Real' so could be considered as a cheaper alternative. This isn't a volumising mascara, which I didn't really expect considering how skinny the brush was, so it doesn't give my upper lashes a great deal of drama or impact although I must admit it does wonders for the lower lashes! It isn't waterproof so it's rather easy to remove however it is very durable and does last for hours throughout the day. The product itself isn't too wet or too dry and is just right for building up the lashes without any unwanted clumps.

This is a very versatile mascara, I think it would be perfect if you're going for a 'no make up, make up' look as it makes the eyes look naturally larger and more sultry or it could even be used to compliment falsies on a night out if you want OTT, daring length.

Tamara x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Empties of the Month

(Left to Right)

CLARINS Extra-Firming Body Cream
I rummaged this out of my draw as I needed a quick firming fix as I hadn't restocked on my all time favourite Nivea Firming 'Good-bye Cellulite' Gel-Cream. This cream aims to lift, tone and comfort the most problematic parts of your body so I chose to use it on the back of my thighs where I'm sadly burdened with cellulite. I found this product somewhat effective however nowhere near as good as the Nivea Gel-Cream, the consistency is much too thick for my liking which made it a little uneasy to spread across the skin and the reduction to my lumps and bumps was only slight.

PREMAE SKINCARE Balance Rescue Face Tonique 
This is probably one of the best toners I've come across, I was rather gutted that the sample was so small and short lasting. I used this every evening after removing my make up to rid any left over dirt and excess oil on my skin, after every use my face was left feeling fresh and cleansed. The product contains natural antiseptic oils such as Sandalwood and Lemongrass which really helped to rejuvenate my skin at the end of the day.

FIGS & ROUGE 100% Organic Lip Balm
With the absolute horrid, freezing weather we've had, for what feels like years, my lips have taken a bad turn  and have become ridiculously dry. I've been slapping on all sorts of lip balms and Vaseline yet I'm still suffering with chapped lips. My pocket sized tin of the Figs & Rouge lip balm has unfortunately run dry in the process but it has done me good for quite a few months now. The balm is completely organic and has a pleasant scent of Peppermint. Once applied it melts into my lips nourishing them with soothing Tea Tree. 

THE BODY SHOP Ginger Sparkle Shower Gel
As a Christmas gift I received the Ginger Sparkle gift set from The Body Shop that I had my eye on. I think the scent of spices such as Ginger are really festive and warming in the Winter months and this shower gel was lovely for hot showers on cold nights. The gel lathers really well on the body and fills the room with a delicious aroma. The product looks like gooey Maple syrup and contains little hints of gold sparkle, a real treat for the body.

DERMALOGICA Daily Microfoliant
I only ever used this exfoliating powder occasionally so I'm quite surprised that I managed to finish it, this was a sample I received in a past beauty box but isn't something I would purchase in future. Everything from the scent to the texture of the product reminds me of baking powder, which itself can be used as a nifty home made facial exfoliator. This rice based powder must be mixed with a splash of water for it to become a paste, making it easier to apply onto the face. Although my skin did feel fresh and clean after use this isn't a product I found worth investing in. 

Tamara x

25 Facts About Me

1. I was born in the month of May and my middle name is May
2. Part Sri Lankan but always get mistaken for other ethnicities, usually Turkish or Cypriot
3. I have been with my boyfriend for 6 years, he's my backbone and my best friend  :)
4. At the age of 22 I'm still afraid of the dark..
5. Never broken a single bone in my body and hope I never will, ouch
6. All my school friends would agree that I have worn eye liner almost everyday since the age of 14
7. I'm not well travelled at all! I've still yet to fly outside of Europe, I've only ever been to the Greek Islands, Spain and Portugal
8. I was an only child for 20 years until my half brother came into the world two and a half years ago
9. I believe in Karma, what goes around comes around
10. My motivation for the day generally depends on the weather
11. I don't know how to drive and don't intend to learn. I live in London where public transport is at my door step
12. I'm a total neat freak, any form of mess stresses me out
13. I find fashion extremely intimidating, I wish I could say I have a unique style and I'm hopeless at keeping up with trends
14. Ridiculously indecisive and tend to change my mind a lot
15. I'm a saver not a spender
16. I have a phobia of Spiders whatever size or form
17. Although I'm often late for things myself I can't stand waiting for other people
18. I sing at the top of my voice when no ones around
19. Cat person, have owned 10 in my life time 
20. My parents were going to name me Jack Daniels if I was a boy
21. I have the worst eyesight but hate wearing my glasses
22. As bad as it sounds I cannot and will not leave the house without make up on 
23. I consider myself to have a good memory so if I say 'I don't remember' I'm probably lying 
24. I talk to myself way too much but it's definitely an only child thing not because I'm insane..
25. Oh and I HATE feet, they're at the bottom of your body for a reason 

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Tamara x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

GlossyBox: City Chic

I've heard a fair few comments about this product from beauty bloggers but I can't say I can relate with the hype. The cream itself is much more like a balm, it has an incredibly thick consistency and for a product that claims to be 'fragrance free' it smells awful! It is a multi-purpose cream and can be used to revitalise the face or to smooth dry areas such as the hands, cuticles and lips. Personally I didn't like using it on my face as it was difficult to blend and sat heavy on the skin, it does however work well for shaping my brows but that isn't really a major necessity for me. I hate letting things go to waste but I really can't see myself using this product.

This fragrance is right up my street! I tend to go for sweet, floral scents like this and Juicy Couture is a brand I wouldn't usually consider so I was rather surprised as to how much I like it. 'Couture La La' is ultra feminine, sexy and simply gorgeous to wear, perfect for night out on the town. It has an intense musk of White Lily and Orange Blossom accompanied by a hint of Mandarin. The product, unfortunately, isn't incredibly long lasting and begins to fade over time so I have found myself re-spritzing several times, the same issue I found with Prada's 'Candy'. 

I honestly didn't think I'd take to this lip product but it is actually quite pleasant. This is a lip crayon that gives a buildable tint to the lips with a sheer finish. I got the shade 'Cranberry' which on first appearance seemed like a pinkish red however once worn on the lips it's more of a warm toned red that works really well with my skin tone. I don't often dare to wear a red lip as most shades, especially cool toned, don't suit me at all so I'm pleased that this lip blush has suited me. The product isn't drying but I don't find it to give a great sense of moisture either. 

I love these teeny tiny Nails Inc. polishes they're as cute as a button and practical for travel. I received the shade 'St. James' which is a vibrant cherry pink, probably a colour I would have worn back in my teens and not so much these days. The product applies well on to the nails and 2 coats works best as I found that just the one chipped rather easily. 

TRESEMME TRESemme Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray 
With my hair being so thick and heavy, I don't ever really benefit from hair spray no matter what strength of hold it promises. I have used hair spray by Tresemme throughout the past few years but can never really depend on it. This particular spray is the salon finish extra hold and even this barely does anything for my barnet, although it does keep my hair in place it just isn't enough to give that much needed 'oomph'. Too much of the product leaves my hair a little sticky so I tend to avoid over doing it, although it does take a lot of the spray to show any form of result. The spray has a lovely fragrance and would definitely work better for those with finer, lighter hair. 

Tamara x

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine & Textured Nail Paint

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint - £3.99 each

These two particular shades really appealed to me out of the entire Gelly Hi-Shine range, I just love my nudes and sky blues! 'Lychee' is a light neutral beige/nude colour wearable for both day or night, it gives a chic appearance and has a super sleek shine to it. 'Blueberry' is a beautiful powder blue perfect to wear for Summer, I think it may be a little too bold for the Spring so I will be saving it for when the sun decides to come out more regularly. Both polishes apply really well onto the nails and dry much quicker than the original Barry M nail paints. They're much more durable and I found that 2 coats with a base worked best.

Barry M Textured Nail Paint - £3.99 each

I have been eager to try the Texture range for some time now and it was really hard to choose which shades to try first as they're all so tempting. I settled with 'Ridley Road' a delightful mint green colour and 'Kingsland Road' which is a strawberry milkshake pink. Both shades are well suited for this season and bring a subtle pop of colour to my nails. I've taken to the texture of the polish itself and I love that it has a matte finish, however I did need to apply around 3 coats which resulted in a thick layer of product which was prone to chipping. I always wear pastel shades this time of year so I will be making great use of these two and soon I may possibly try more from the range. 

Tamara x

Monday, 11 March 2013

My Moisture Match

Everyone's skin is different and whether it be dry, oily or dull we all need to moisturise, it's a beauty must! Garnier has recently launched a new range of facial moisturises consisting of 5 unique creams to suit your specific skin type and skin woes. The Moisture Match has been developed to target; normal, normal/dry, dry/very dry, dull and oily skin with the appropriate ingredients to tackle each skin issue. 

The full Moisture Match range, each retailed at £5.99*

As you may already know, I have oily skin and search continuously for products to tackle shine and keep my face matte throughout the day. I don't currently have a 'go to' moisturiser as I tend to make do with samples that I regularly receive, so I took this as an opportunity to find a well suited match for me and my skin type.

And so, I purchased the 'Shine Be Gone' moisture match option, a mattifying cream ideal for combination to oily skin types. The key ingredient of this particular cream is Green Tea which is a wonderful anti-oxidant and gives a long lasting, smooth texture. This product is completely oil free and has a pleasantly light consistency so doesn't sit heavy on the face or clog my pores. It has a fresh fragrance and upon application it does genuinely give my skin an instant hydration boost. Since my first use I have noticed the surface of my face to be dramatically softer and I gain a great sense that my skin has been thoroughly hydrated. This moisturiser can be used both morning and night but I have chosen to use it at the start of each day before I put make up on, simply because I have found that using mattifying products too often will completely rid my skin of all oil and results in dry areas appearing around my face, especially on my T-zone.

One critical point I must mention is the durability of this facial cream. The product promises 24 hour hydration which I can't in anyway deny, however in terms of keeping my face shine free it isn't that reliable. Once applied to the face, the cream absorbs incredibly well into my skin leaving a matte canvas but as the day goes on I did eventually begin to see the shine had returned and I was need of a quick fix of powder.

I will continue using this moisturiser on a daily basis as I would rate it to be one of the best for a deep skin hydration despite not giving an all-day shine free face. Overall I am satisfied with this purchase, it's great value for money aside from the minor set back and I would definitely recommend to try the Moisture Match range as I can guarantee you will find a cream best suited for you and your skin.

Tamara x