Thursday, 25 December 2014

Blogmas: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas Beauties!

Wishing all my gorgeous readers a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This is my last Blogmas post, thank you to everyone who has been reading throughout December.

Lots of love

Tamara x

Monday, 22 December 2014

Blogmas: Last Minute Secret Santa Gifts



£5 or less to spend
Barry M Christmas 2014 Limited Edition Nail Paint - £3.99
The perfect festive mani, available in two shades.

£10 or less to spend
Zoella Blissful Mistful - £8.00
A floral, fresh scent in a pretty rose gold bottle.

£15 or less to spend
The Body Shop Candy Kisses - £15.00
A selection of five lip butters for kissable lips this Christmas.

£20 or less to spend
Lush Winter Garden - £18.50
Contains: Ro's Argan body conditioner, Rose Jam shower gel, Sultana of soap and Helping Hands hand cream.

£30 or less to spend
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot - £29.50
Benefit’s famous box o’ powders together in a beautiful set of 6.

Tamara x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Blogmas: Winter Beauty TAG

1. What’s your favourite Winter nail polish?
Once Autumn/Winter arrives I reach for nudes, reds and metallics. Read this post for five of my top picks for festive nails.

2. What's your favourite bath time product?
Anything from Lush of course! My favourite bath bomb for this time of year is most definitely Cinders.

3. Favourite fragrance to wear for Winter?
Recently I have been using Vivienne Westwood's Boudoir, it has such warmth to it and lingers on the skin. It's seductively potent with notes of rose, bergamot and tobacco flowers.

4. What is your best way to moisturise your skin in the Winter?
Facial oils have saved my skin from the bitter cold of Winter. Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse dry oil and The Body Shop's Vitamin E Overnight serum-in-oil has worked wonders and of course my trusty coconut oil always does the trick.

5. Favourite eye shadow shades?
All year round I choose to wear neutrals but in Winter I like to experiment with earthy greens and plum tones.

6. Most worn accessory this Winter?
I have worn my Primark dog tooth scarf religiously over the past two months. It keeps me really warm and it's the perfect monochrome staple piece,

7. Winter hand bag essential?
With the cold weather my lips tend to get much dryer so I must always have a moisturising lip balm at hand.


Tamara x

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Blogmas: Red Winter Lips

(Left to Right)
Clinique Long Last Lipstick in 'All Heart'
Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in - 'Flirt Alert'
NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in 'Place Vendome'
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 107
Topshop Lipstick in 'Infrared'


Tamara x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Blogmas: December Captured


Covent Garden Christmas tree | Holidays are coming.. | Baubles over Apple Market | Southbank Winter Festival | Carousel | More London | Festive wreath | Gingerbread latte | The Melting Snowman | Christmas tree's up! | Nite in with the girls | Reindeer in Covent Garden


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Tamara x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Blogmas: LUSH Christmas

(Clockwise)
The Melting Snowman - £2.25
Luxury Lush Pud - £3.50
Christmas Eve - £2.95
Cinders - £2.50
So White - £3.50
Butter Bear - £1.95
Dashing Santa - £2.95

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blogmas: Grooming Gifts for Him


1. The Body Shop Modern Gent's Shaving Kit - £25.00
Contains: Macaroot Shaving Cream, Razor Relief and Shaving brush. Available online and in store.

2. Uppercut Deluxe pocket comb - £5.00
Available to buy online at ASOS.

3. Lush 'The Melting Snowman' - £2.25
Made with cinnamon, cocoa butter, cloves and patchouli oil.

4. Rituals 'Samurai' foaming shower gel - £8.50
Made with bamboo and cedar wood. Available to buy online and in store.

5. River Island red Mipac Tartan wash bag - £15.00
Available online.


Tamara x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Blogmas: Top 5 Vlogmas

1. Beautycrush
Catch up with fashion vlogger Sammi, her boyfriend Jason and their gorgeous little frenchie Riley.

2. Lily Pebbles
Follow Lily  as she attends amazing blogger events and shows us behind the scenes of her day to day lifestyle.

3. Essie Button
Estée's take on Vlogmas - #JingleWeek - is a pleasure to watch and she's absolutely hilarious!

4. Fleur DeForce
Keep up with Fleur, her husband Mike and their adorable puppies as they enjoy the festive season.

5. Tanya Burr
If you haven't got into the Christmas spirit yet, Tanya is sure to get you excited as the countdown gets closer!



Tamara x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Blogmas: 5 Beauty Stocking Fillers

1. Elegant Touch Christmas Jumper Nails - £8.00
Limited edition, festive design. Available at ASOS, here.

2. Eylure Party Perfect False Lashes in 'Starlight' - £6.08
Lashes with a subtle sparkle, perfect to wear for an NYE party! Available to buy online.

3. The Body Shop Glazed Apple Lip Balm - £4.00
A sweet treat for the lips sure to get you a kiss under the mistletoe. Available online and instore.

4. H&M Shimmer Powder - £4.99
Add some Vanilla & Cedarwood scented sparkle to your body, face and hair on Christmas Day.
Available online.

5.  Cowshed Christmas Cracker - £10.00
Contains: 50ml Cow Herb hand cream and 12ml Lippy Cow lip balm. Available at ASOShere.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Blogmas: Festive Nail Colours

CLOCKWISE
Burberry Nail Polish in No. 202  'Metallic Khaki' 
Ciate London Paint Pot in 'Cocktail Dress'
Topshop Nail Polish in 'Costume Ball'
Nails Inc. Nail Polish in 'The Boltons'
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in 'Razzle Dazzle'


Tamara x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Blogmas: Christmas TAG

1. Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
Although we've always had a synthetic tree in my house each year, I much prefer to have a real one. I just love that Christmas tree smell and fingers crossed this year we're ditching the plastic.

2. You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
Gingerbread Latte is of course a favourite but nothing beats a delicious hot chocolate with cream. If you haven't already, go and try the Starbucks Honey and Almond hot chocolate.

3. Whats your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
Very traditional; red, white and gold.

4. Giving or receiving?
I really enjoy getting presents for loved ones and wrapping them up nicely..although I don't like the effect it has on my bank balance.

5. To mince pie or not to?
Oh I do love a good mince pie but I must admit I used to despise them years ago. At home we have mince pie scented candles that smell AMAZING. 

6. What's your traditional Christmas lunch?
Turkey, obviously. Goose fat roasted potatoes, parsnips, greens, pigs in blankets, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Oh and plenty of gravy!

7. Christmas day fashion
I like to dress up for Christmas lunch but once that has been devoured it's on with the PJ's, cosy socks and Christmas jumper.

8. What's your favourite Christmas song?
Nothing too cheesy. I quite like songs from the late 1940's and early 50's like 'Let it Snow' or 'It's beginning to Look a lot like Christmas'.

9. What's your favourite Christmas film?
I don't know if it counts as a film but every year I have to watch The Snowman regardless of how old I am it's a must. Elf is also a film I watch several times over the festive period.

10. Open presents before or after lunch?
Always before lunch and sometimes a cheeky one on Christmas Eve.


How do you spend your Christmas? I'd love to know, take the TAG and share :)


Tamara x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Blogmas: Beauty Advent Calendars

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar 2014 - £50.00
A bath, body and beauty prize for each day, details online.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Khroma Beauty

Khroma Beauty Quick Transformation Set 'Shebang' - £19.95 £3.99

TK Maxx never fails to feed my bargain beauty hunger and here is my latest find. Khroma beauty was launched by the Kardashian sisters with each product designed with Kourtney, Kim and Khloé’s personal input. This is the Quick Transformation set which includes a shadow palette, pencil eye liner and false lashes. The stunning shades of the palette were the initial reason I bought this, they are so pigmented and are gorgeous to wear this season. Together they can great a warm smoky eye or a golden neutral tone. The palette also includes two highlight shadows which are lovely to use on the inner corners of the eye or on the brow bone for added intensity. The eye liner is your standard kohl liner and I have yet to try the lashes but I have to say if I'm already this impressed with Khroma beauty, I definitely need to try more from the range!


Tamara x

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Fashion Blah Blah Blah: The Fluffy Knit

H&M jumper - £29.99 £15

I've never got on board with fluffy knits but after stumbling across this H&M jumper I now totally get the hype. I managed to purchase this on sale at half price so it was the perfect Winter bargain. This jumper is so snug and cosy, it's really comfortable to wear and doesn't itch. These photos don't show the exact colour too well but it is a powder grey/blue. The material doesn't malt and is ever so soft. I choose to wear this with black leggings/jeans and ankle boots. It has quite a boxy shape to it and does make my upper body look a lot larger, my boyfriend claims I look like the 'hug in a mug' from the Cup 'a' Soup ad - but it's what you would expect with something so thick and furry! This has certainly become a real staple piece for my A/W wardrobe and I'd definitely invest in others.


Tamara x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Makeup Academy Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder

Makeup Academy Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Powder - £4.00

I have never taken much notice of Makeup Academy, I usually skip past and browse my regular drugstore favourites, but on a recent visit to Superdrug I had a sudden change of heart when I came across this product. This is the Pro-Base Prime & Conceal powder and as you can see it's very unique in appearance, that's because it is a colour correcter where by each shade has a different purpose to ultimately even out your skin tone. This product reminded me of the Studio Corrective Concealer by E.L.F cosmetics, which I have always wanted to try so I thought I would give this a go. 

The powder can be used alone on the face or buffed all over on top of your make up and is divided into four colours. Green counteracts redness in the skin, purple disguises dullness and both yellow and peach balances out dark circles. Although I choose to apply this all over the face I do like to use a smaller brush to focus on particular areas that need a little more attention. To brighten my eyes I'll pat on the peach shade to blend and set my concealer and if I have a blemish I take a small bit of green and carefully dust it over for added coverage. 

I think this is a really useful product, especially when my skin has been quite bland in this colder weather and better yet it is extremely affordable!


Tamara x


Friday, 14 November 2014

House of Holland & Elegant Touch Nails - Dotty

House of Holland & Elegant Touch Nails - £9 £3

I rarely wear false nails but when I saw these House of Holland and Elegant Touch acrylics for just £3, I thought why not? A single pack of House of Holland nails will usually set you back between £9 and £12 so this was a real bargain. Out of the design choices available this was the one that appealed to me the most and I thought it was more A/W appropriate. Up until now, I hadn't dared to wear black on my nails, just because it's not the most flattering colour for the hands and I feel like I'm dressed for Halloween. However, these nails have a matte finish which I've actually taken a liking to as they appear much more chic and suitable for everyday wear. There are a variety of sizes to choose from and some of the acrylics have small multi-coloured beads so you can experiment with different looks. To apply, I simply placed a generous amount of nail glue onto each of my natural nails and then pressed down the falsies on top until they set. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Behind the Scenes TAG

1. Why and when did you start blogging?
It was after I had left University in 2011, Summer was over and I was somewhat in a daze where I didn't really know what the next step in my life was. I was applying for jobs without a clear mind of what I wanted to do and nothing was really filling up my time. I started reading blogs and I really liked the idea of having a little space on the internet to call my own. Generally I like to review products on retailer sites but by creating a blog I was able bring all my opinions together into one place.

2. What gives you inspiration for blog posts?
Reading other blogs helps me to determine what posts readers are currently enjoying. New product launches and trends also help me to plan ahead, whether it be a simple review or a 'how to' post. But generally I review most products I have recently purchased or favour the most.

3. What advise would you give to people starting out?
One. Write honestly. I can be quite critical in my reviews but that's one of the main reasons I began blogging. I didn't feel that other bloggers were giving their true opinions if at all when it came to reviews. And two, brainstorm a few post ideas beforehand, there are plenty of articles out there on blog content ideas. This will really help to get the ball rolling!

4. What is the best thing about being a blogger?
Having a following makes me really happy, although it's small, it still makes me smile to know that someone has taken the time to read my posts and subscribe to something I created myself. My readers leave me such lovely comments and I make sure to reply to every single one.

5. What do your friends and family think about you being a blogger?
My mum is especially proud of my blog and has even had a couple of her own reviews featured. My friends are always complimenting my posts and I love being able to give them beauty tips and advice.

6. Is blogging how you pictured it to be?
I think deep down I always knew it was going to be a challenge, the reality is there are lot more sharks in the sea. Regardless I write my blog because I want to and I enjoy creating posts, taking pictures and sharing advice. One thing I didn't prepare myself for were times where I have no inspiration and little motivation. I try my best not to compare myself to more successful beauty gurus but there have been times in the past where my confidence has been knocked.

7. Are there any bloggers that you feel deserve more readers/ have you made any friends through blogging?
Unfortunately I haven't really been to many blogger events to have the opportunity to meet other beauty writers and I don't currently have any other friends who blog. Most bloggers I am subscribed to have a large following, but you may want to read my post from last month, where I mention five blogs I think people should read.

8. What inspired your blog name?
As you can obviously tell my blog revolves around beauty and due to my obsession with alliteration, it was either going to be Beauty Babble or Beauty Banter but these names weren't my cup of tea so I settled for Beauty Blah Blah Blah!


Tamara x

Saturday, 8 November 2014

How to: Kylie Jenner lip with Rimmel

Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liners - £3.99 each

The current obsession with Kylie Jenner's lips has gone viral, with so many of us attempting to recreate her plump 90's pout. Despite the speculation that she's had filler injections, big sister Kim has confirmed that it is nothing more than lip liner and skill. After endlessly glaring over Kylie's Instagram, I took it upon myself to give this look a try. I've always longed for my lips to have a natural plump and I was excited to see if her 'over lined' trick really worked.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Fairtrade Beauty

Visionary Soap Company Lavender soap 
Absolute Skincare Organic Shea Butter 

When it comes to Fairtrade most of us will think of bananas and coffee, however the Fairtrade Foundation certifies a much wider range of products including cotton, gold and even beauty! I have recently come across these two particular skincare brands that sell and produce ethical, organic and fairly traded goods.

Visionary Soap is the leading fair trade body care company in the U.K, all their products are hand crafted and made with natural ingredients from around the world. This lavender soap is just lovely and has now become part of my skincare routine. I like to use this to take the day off my face in the evenings and the soothing aroma of lavender helps me to unwind. Made with organic Shea butter, coconut and of course lavender oil, this soap is a real treat for the skin. 

This Shea butter from Absolute Skincare also consists of completely natural ingredients including orange, lime and mandarin. This butter is perfect for moisturising dry, winter bitten skin and has a zesty scent to awaken the senses. 

By buying Fairtrade products like these, you help to ensure that the small-scale producers behind them are provided a stable income in order to maintain a decent livelihood.


Tamara x

Friday, 31 October 2014

Moroccan Natural Skincare

Natural Rhassoul Clay
Pearl Powder - £15.00

When it comes to skincare, for me, the more natural it is the better. Ever since discovering my skin allergy, I have been encouraged to use products with the least amount of ingredients and chemicals. I had not ever heard of Moroccan Natural before and I was really intrigued to try these two items out.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Fashion Blah Blah Blah: A/W Finds

Although my blog has focused solely on beauty for the past 3 years, I have recently decided that I'd like to incorporate a few fashion posts into the mix. Of course I'm no expert in style but I thought I'd give it a try. To start, this is somewhat a collective A/W haul of pieces I have picked up in the recent mid-season sales and for general seasonal wear. I'd love to know what you think of this different take to my blog and if you'd like me to do more!

River Island blouse - £38 £15

I must admit I don't browse in River Island as much I should do. When I noticed that their sale had started I thought there was no harm in taking a peek. I only managed to find one item that I really loved, which was this floral blouse. It is one size too large but I couldn't let it go! This looks great paired with black trousers or a skirt.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

5 Blogs You Should Read

1. Lily Melrose - Beauty
I have followed Lily for a couple of years or so now and I have to say I'm a true LLYMLRS fan girl. Lily is a fashion and beauty blogger and Youtuber with a unique style and down to earth perspective on life. She writes great reviews that get straight to the point without all the unnecessary  and I adore her photography.

www.etcllymlrs.com/


2. KB Eats - Food
Admittedly I only discovered Karishma this month but I immediately fell in love with her blog. KB Eats is a food blog that is sure to get your taste buds excited. Karishma features some amazing recipes and her photographs are good enough to eat. With step by step instructions, she shows you how to create some wonderful dishes.

www.kbeats.co.uk/

3. Beauty Crush - Style
Sammi is another fashion/beauty blogger who I have been following for a while now. I have always admired her style, it's so effortless yet she always manages to look amazing. She certainly knows how to put an outfit together, whatever the season and whatever the occasion.

www.beautycrush.co.uk/

4. Blogilates - Fitness
About a year and a half ago I was eager to get in shape and shift some unwanted weight but I knew I wouldn't ever invest in a gym member ship and I needed to find something that suited my schedule. I first came across Cassey on Youtube, however I love to read her blog for inspiring diet plans and healthy post work out recipes.

www.blogilates.com/


5. A Thrifty Mrs - Money
If you know me personally, you'll know I'm a saver not a spender. This blog is great for money saving tips and tricks that'll help you manage your everyday spending. Anything from your weekly food shop to financing a holiday, she's got some damn good advice. Thrifty has also featured on Channel 4's 'SuperScrimpers'.

www.athriftymrs.com/


Tamara x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Halloween at LUSH

(Left to Right)
Wizard bubble bar - £3.25
Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar - £3.50
Lord of Misrule bath bomb - £3.50

I think we all get a little excited when it's that time of year when Lush gets all festive, ready for Halloween and Christmas. I certainly was and I decided to pick up a few spooky treats while I could. Throughout the month I have enjoyed using these three bath time terrors and I really wish I had picked up more as they are limited availability until the 31st. 

'Wizard' was certainly a wise choice, this is a lovely bubble bar that crumbles so effortlessly under the tap. It gives bath water a vibrant purple tint with a touch of shimmer and of course a lot of bubbles! Infused with Ylang Ylang, Juniperberry and tangerine oil, this was a real delight. The 'Sparkly Pumpkin' was my least favourite of the three, although I couldn't take my eyes of it's golden wonderfulness, the overpowering citrus scent wasn't really my cup of tea. I also found this bubble bar much harder to crumble and chunks of the product remained in the bath. However, I wouldn't knock it entirely, it releases a fresh aroma and gives the water a tinged sparkle but I wouldn't repurchase this for myself. Finally, my absolute favourite of the bunch, 'Lord of Misrule'. I love a good old bath bomb and this one really took me by surprise. I immediately fell for the scent of vanilla and Patchouli which are just made for each other. Initially I thought this would give me a Hulk green bath until the bomb bursts from within, revealing a wine centre - I also was not expecting the popping candy! 


You only have over a week to grab these Halloween treats, don't miss out!

Tamara x

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A/W TK Maxx Beauty Finds

Burberry Iconic Nail Colour - £15 £7.99
Rituals Duo Eye Shadow - £17.50 £4.99

TK Maxx has always been my go to for discounted beauty. Recently I have noticed more and more high end brands making an appearance on the shelf including MAC and Laura Mercier. On my last visit I picked up these two products that I think are absolutely perfect for this season. First I found this gorgeous nail polish from Burberry in shade 'Metallic Khaki' which is self explanatory but like nothing I've ever seen before. It appears like liquid metal on the nails and glistens beautifully, however the formula of the polish is quite thin and requires 3 coats. 

I then came across this stunning eye shadow duo from Rituals. I love Rituals bath and body products so I was intrigued to see how their make up would perform. This is the 'Amber Passion' duo, two warm, neutral shades that compliment each other wonderfully. Enriched with natural Sapphire, both shadows have excellent pigmentation and blend well to enable you to create different looks. 


Tamara x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Nail Polish in Soul Session

Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Nail Polish in Soul Session - £4.49

Now that Summer is officially over I've been on the search for the perfect nail colour to suit the transition of the season. I'm not quite ready to bring out the greys and taupes so for now I've settled on this little lovely. I had seen this featured in Barbara's (ThePersianbabe) monthly favourites and instantly fell for it. It was rather tedious to find but at last I got my hands on one and I must admit it is on the pricier side for your average nail polish. Needless to say I've been wearing it daily, it's definitely a 'less is more' shade as it is a very subtle pinky nude but still gives the nails a tint of colour. I agree that it doesn't chip however I would recommend to apply the product right around the edges to avoid the tips showing through as they grow.

Tamara x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Topshop Lip Cream in Pout

Topshop Lip Cream - £7

I love lipstick, hate lip gloss but have not given much appreciation to lip cream..that is until now. Strangely enough I don't usually browse the make up range on my visits to Topshop but on this occasion I decided to have a quick glance over and this product was calling my name. This is a lip cream in the shade 'Pout' - a bright red with an orange undertone. It is extremely pigmented so I make sure to apply a little at a time to avoid over doing it. The consistency is slightly thick so I would recommend to dab the lips with a tissue to remove an excess product and to avoid smudging. This particular colour is a very close, if not exact, dupe of Illamsqua's Matte Lip Liquid in shade 'Exotic' which I have been lusting over for months but I simply can't justify spending £18. This lip cream however, is a fabulous alternative that won't damage the bank account. In my opinion this is more of a Summer colour, so not good timing on my part, although I am off on holiday next week and I will definitely be taking this with me!

Tamara x

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dove Colour Radiance leave-in Conditioning Spray

Dove Colour Radiance leave-in Conditioning Spray - £3.59

After washing my hair I always apply a conditioning spray for extra care and treatment. I absolutely love Dove's Intensive Repair and Nourishing Oil Care leave-in conditioning sprays, however they aren't always available in my local Boots store so this time I picked up this one for colour radiance. As you may know  I have dipped dyed my hair so it only made sense to buy something specifically suited for coloured hair. This spray maintains vibrancy whilst ensuring long lasting shine. It has a light weight consistency and leaves my locks smoother and more manageable. Since using this product I have had more compliments on my hair than usual, one even from beauty YouTuber Sabrina, who I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday! 


Tamara x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My Beauty Space & Storage

I'm always interested to know how beauty gurus keep their make up organised, I often find inspiration from other bloggers or I create little ideas myself. Take a look at my personal beauty space and storage...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Bake Off with Click Fragrance


With the return of the Great British Bake Off I set myself the challenge of finding some sweet treats good enough to eat, available to buy on clickfragrance.co.uk.

1. Prada Candy is one of my all time favourite fragrances! It's playfully seductive with notes of citrus, sweet pea and caramel.

2. Keep your skin polished and delicious with this Juicy Couture Sugar Scrub, it has a yummy base note of Vanilla Crème brûlée and makes the perfect recipe for gorgeously soft skin.

3. This Bourjois Pastel Mania Nail Enamels Set will leave your nails as cute as cupcakes. With six delightful shades you'll be spoilt for choice.

4. Give your skin a bronzed, baked glow with Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights Baked Starburst. Apply this over your cheeks, nose and temples for added radiance and highlight.

5. Strawberries and Champagne are both quintessentially British and this body lotion from Victoria's Secret will certainly give a sweet and luxurious scent to your skin.

All these products and more can be found on clickfragrance.co.uk with free delivery for all mainland UK orders. You can also find Click Fragrance on Twitter @Click_Fragrance.

'Sponge A New Perfume Off Click Fragrance' -  enter this competition for your chance to win two £10 vouchers to spend on Click Fragrance, see details here.


Tamara x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Fitness Beauty Do's and Don'ts


We all have our own make up and skin care routines but recently I have had to introduce a new one that revolves around fitness. A month ago I started a dance class and soon discovered what essentials I needed to have at hand and all the Do's and Don'ts when it comes to beauty.


DO keep your hair off your face. Exercise works up a sweat and you certainly don't want your hair to soak it all up, make sure to keep a hair tie around your wrist for you to use should you need to. Also if like me you have a side or full fringe, it is a good idea to clip it up to avoid it sitting on your clammy brow. 

DON'T wear make up! Seriously. A full face of make up whilst working out is not good for your skin, heavy foundations and powders will clog up pores. Pores open up during exercise to allow your skin to breathe and sweat, make up will fill these open pores causing potential breakouts. CC creams and BB creams are no exception! 

DO take deodorant. Obviously no one smells their best after a work out so make sure you have one in your bag to use before and/or after your session. 

DON'T forget to bring water. Keeping hydrated is essential and it only makes sense to have water at reach when you exercise. You lose body water mass through sweating so to avoid dehydration you should always take a bottle with you.

DO refresh your skin with a facial water mist. There may not always be an opportunity to wash your face so keeping a facial mist in your bag will come in handy. These will instantly cool your face and leave your skin feeling much more revived.

DON'T put up with sweat. I have found dancing makes me sweat places I never thought I could! Using a small flannel really helps especially for dabbing my face, neck and cleavage. 

DO refresh your hair. Again you might not always have the opportunity to shower or freshen up so I would recommend to take a dry shampoo to remove excess sweat and give a fresh boost to your locks.


Products shown:
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Coconut & Exotic Tropical 
Dove Go Fresh Antiperspirant Deodorant in Cucumber & Green Tea
Caudalie Grape Water


Tamara x

Monday, 4 August 2014

Benefit Lookin' to Rock Rita

Benefit Lookin' to Rock Rita - £17.20 on clickfragrance.co.uk

Introducing Rita. My newest addition to my fragrance collection. Benefit is one of my all time favourite cosmetic brands but for no particular reason I have not ever considered to try their perfumes. I came across 'Lookin' to Rock Rita' whilst browsing on Click Fragrance and I instantly knew I had to have it. Honestly it was the top note of coconut that won me over, coconut is truly my weakness, however this also has a blend of freesia, sandalwood, hyacinth and Brazilian rosewood. This is a true Summer scent and comes into close comparison with Estee Lauder's 'Bronze Goddess', although Rita has a more distinctive zest of lemon. As this was a gift set I also received a silky body lotion which has a really light, gentle consistency.

You can find this fragrance set and more Benefit products at discounted prices at Click Fragrance!

Tamara x

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Would You Rather.. TAG

1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?
As much as I love my palettes, I feel that mascara, eyeliner and lipstick are staples in my make up collection so I'd be lost without them.

2. Would you rather chop all of your hair off or never be able to cut it again?
It has taken forever for my hair to grow to it's current length so the idea of chopping it all off would be a nightmare!

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
A coral cheek suits my skin tone much more than pink, I never usually opt for blush but if I do I settle for peachy tones.

4. If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
Definitely clothes! As much as I love beauty, obviously, updating my wardrobe would be a dream.

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
Lipstick as eyeliner. There's so much more choice of shades and you could add a real pop of colour to the eyes.

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
I've never been to Sephora so I'm going to have to choose MAC.

7. Would you rather only use one eyeshadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?
I don't experiment with my eyes as much as I should so it'd probably be no problem for me to use one eye shadow colour..

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
This seems like and impossible question but if I had to I'd say Summer clothes in Winter, that way I'd feel like I'm brightening up a dull gloomy day and I can't think of anything worse than wearing thick woolly jumpers in the hot sun.

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
I find that darker shades on my nails makes me look washed out so I'd have to choose bright nails. There are plenty of colours that are wearable for all seasons, especially red which is so versatile.

10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip colour or favourite eye product?
I don't really have one particular favourite for either but out of the two I'd give up my favourite lip colour, that way I'd be more encouraged to experiment more with other shades.

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or messy bun?
A 'messy' bun is an understatement when it comes to my hair, with it being so long it ends up looking like a birds nest so a ponytail would definitely be much more presentable.

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
Never use lipgloss, I rarely ever wear the stuff anyway!

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Must it be a sharpie? Either way I would look completely ridiculous but I think it would be more humiliating to have to draw them on with a marker pen. I would just make sure I had a fringe to conceal the fact I have no eye brows.

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
Honestly, as bad as it sounds, I couldn't go without make up so I'd be willing to give up painting my nails.

Why not take the 'Would You Rather' TAG?

Tamara x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Barry M New Summer Shades

Barry M Nail Paint
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint 'Coconut' - £3.99
Barry M Matte Nail Paint 'Copa Cabana' - £3.99

I'm coming out of a phase where I just haven't been making the effort to paint my nails, most of my polishes have dried out and I can be so indecisive when it comes to choosing the colour I want to wear. Boots recently had an offer on Barry M nail paints so I used this as an opportunity to try some new shades and get back into the swing of things. I settled for these two, one a Gelly Hi-Shine and the other a Matte finish. I have wanted to purchase 'Coconut' for such a long time but it has always been so tedious to find in store. This is an off-white colour that looks great with a Summer tan and as with all Gelly Hi-Shine nail paints it is a lot more durable that your average polish. I have found two coats works best and it is easy to remove. 'Copa Cabana' is my first matte finish nail varnish so I was really eager to see how it would appear. This is a gorgeously vibrant pink/red colour wearable for any occasion. I love how it looks on my nails however I was rather disappointed at how well it chips, I found I had to reapply much too soon.
 
 
Tamara x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Garnier Ultimate Blends

Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo - £3.89
Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner - £3.89
 
I rarely come across a hair care range that I absolutely love and commit to. I usually just settle for any standard brand that's going on offer but with the complications of my recently diagnosed skin allergy, choosing a regular shampoo and conditioner has not been a simple task. That is until Garnier released their 'Ultimate Blends' collection and at last I have found my perfect match.   

I was first introduced to this range when I purchased the Silky 7-in-1 Dry Shampoo which left me even more intrigued to try the shampoo and conditioners. There is a variety of products to choose from to suit your hair type, whether it be coloured, damaged, dull or normal. My favourites of the range are 'The Nourishing Repairer' blended with European Avocado Oil and African Shea Butter, 'The Sleek Restorer' which combines the nourishment of Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter and 'The Silky Smoother' with Madagascan Vanilla milk and Brazilian Papaya extracts. All of these leave my hair feeling incredibly soft, shiny and more manageable. The naturally sourced ingredients have made a huge improvement and better yet the formula does not contain any trace of MI/MCI.  


Tamara x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Woppin' Watermelon

Clinique Chubby Stick -  free with this month's Glamour magazine

Whenever I am out with my girls they always whip out their much loved Clinique Chubby sticks from their hand bags and yet to this day I still haven't had one at hand, so when I saw that Glamour included them as their monthly freebie I was rather excited. Out of the two shade options available I chose '06 Woppin' Watermelon' which is a playful pink, perfect for Summer. I didn't really know what to expect from this product as it isn't something I would usually opt for. I much prefer matte, opaque lipsticks as opposed to sheer and subtle lip tints which sums the Chubby stick completely. This is a lip balm that moisturises as well as giving the lips a pop of colour which is really useful for having on the go or when you want to keep your make up simple. This is a pretty shade and compliments my skin tone well however I'm not hugely keen on the finish it gives to my lips. I may just need to experiment with it a little more but for now I'm not overly thrilled with it. 

Tamara x 

Boots Botanics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution

Boots Botanics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution - £2.99*

Cleansing is an important part of my skin care routine and this year I've really enjoyed using micellar waters. My usual preference is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing water but this time I decided I wanted to try this one from Botanics at Boots, which is currently available to buy on an introductory offer. I have been using this daily upon a cotton pad after washing my face with a cleansing balm, to remove any left over make up residue and dirt. The key ingredient of this product is Hibiscus flower extract which is a natural brightener for the skin, gently exfoliating to give a smoother appearance. The consistency of the solution is light on the skin, leaving it feeling clean and refreshed, even better so it is suitable for all skin types and is fragrance free. 


Tamara x