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 Khlo√©’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