Archive | February, 2012

Thought I’d share a little thing with you…

27 Feb

I know this is a beauty-review blog, but I like to take different, alternative things to make-up and make people see the beauty of them too. I went round my school today, and managed to get a bunch of people to have a picture taken of their eyes. I zoomed in on one eye, and made a quick collage with them. I think that they are all beautiful! Reviews for anyone who can guess which one is me! 😀
Christie 🙂

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Do good: Sevenly

25 Feb

For around four months, I have been aware of an amazing non-profit company called ‘Sevenly’ that sells t-shirts for charities all around the world on their website sevenly.org

Each t-shirt is $22. Even though I live in the UK, the postage and the t-shirt only ended up at roughly £22, which I think is amazing. They now sell hoodies too!

Every t-shirt they sell is only available for seven days. Seven days to meet a target. Seven days to change lives with one specific charity. And then the company helps another charity. The designs are changed every single week, and are always beautiful. 

Personally, I adore this idea. It may not be everyone’s style, but I think that the designs are always unique and represent something more than just fashion. I ordered my t-shirt around four weeks ago, but I’ve loved every design since too! Here’s a quick picture of me in my t-shirt! 

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If you get a chance then visit their site, even if you don’t buy a t-shirt, you are still educating yourself. I think I’ll be a supporter of Sevenly for a long time to come. 

Don’t forget to smile!
Christie 🙂 

Nails of the Year: Blue Moon Glitters

25 Feb

I am not a nail varnish type of person. However, after watching videos where it seemed to be an essential part of one’s look, I was compelled into buying…yes, that’s right. Nail varnish.

Warning: This is a Nails of the Year post, which means that I have almost zero knowledge of  how durable/pigmented high-quality nail varnishes are supposed to be. The only nail-varnish I’ve ever used is the little kiddie sets 🙂

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NYC Expert Last Nail Polish in ‘Lights-Camera-Glitter’ and Barry M Nail Paint in ‘Blue Moon’

I visited Superdrug last weekend, and bought a Barry M Nail Paint on a whim. I don’t have any pastel nail varnish, and this light blue colour was a steal at £2.99. It’s in the colour ‘Blue Moon’ and number 317. I actually bought it because if you bought two Barry M products then you got a free eyeliner! That deal is currently still available in Superdrug, so catch it while you can.
I then seemed to catch a shopping bug, and today, after doing some serious damage at Primark, I returned  to my second home, Superdrug for a bit more retail beauty therapy. I picked up a colour for my friend Beth’s birthday, but all NYC nail polish was 2 for £2.99, and this colour screamed at me from down the aisle. My friend initially had a little squabble with me over who got to buy it, but eventually, I managed to convince her that she definitely had too many nail polishes (over 50!) and that she should consider my nail varnish education in this! The colour I got is ‘Lights-Camera-Glitter’ and it is a top coat polish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Blue Moon’

This colour is a light pastel blue that has a small amount of iridescent shimmer. It is priced at £2.99 at Superdrug and is 10ml.
Pros: It glides on easily. The bottle is cute, and you get quite a bit of product for your money. It leaves a nice glossy finish and doesn’t flake easily. It lasted 3 days perfectly before I removed it also! It dries relatively quickly, I could move onto the second coat on one hand about a minute after my second hand had been completed.
Cons: The con is that it is extremely sheer. I know that many people apply nail varnishes that need 3 or 4 coats, but I don’t have the time! Any working person or hard-working student doesn’t have the time to sit around and wait for four coats of nail polish to dry!  The applicator could also be a problem, as the brush is thin and the bristles aren’t the best quality.

Final verdict: This polish gets a solid 3/5 from me. I really love the colour, and the finish is beautiful, once it has a few coats!

‘Lights-Camera-Glitter’

This is a gorgeous top coat with small silver glitters as well as larger, circular blue and silver glitter pieces. It was in a ‘2 for £2.99’ deal but I have no idea how much it was individually. All other NYC polishes are 1.79, but they are currently not available on the Superdrug website. This polish contains 9.7 ml of product.
Pros: The sparkles are amazing! I didn’t expect a lot from such a cheap polish, but honestly, the pigmentation is excellent. You get a lot of product for your money, and it compliments the other blue colour excellently.
Cons: If you want a polish that will evenly distribute its sparkle, keep looking for the one. I think I had to fiddle about so much with the larger sparkles that the polish became gloopy on my nail at one point. Also, this is a thick clear top coat, so more than one application is going to make your nails feel clogged and heavy, as well as the polish being softer generally. It takes a while to dry, and doesn’t last for long if you start moving your nails vigorously before it gets the chance to do so.

Final verdict: Also a solid 3/5. This polish is such a good idea, I just wish it was easier to apply evenly!

The look!

Has anyone found what they think is ‘the perfect polish’?

Review: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

20 Feb

Today I have a review on a lip product I have fallen in love with…again! The product is the Bubblegum Lip Scrub that is sold in Lush. For those of you who don’t know, Lush is a shop that sells gorgeous smelling bath, shower and beauty products. Here is a picture of the Lush Lip Scrub.

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I give credit where it’s due, this picture isn’t mine, I googled the Lip Scrub, and this picture came up)

This product is one of a small line of Lip Scrubs at Lush. I tried this over a year ago, and hated it. I didn’t understand the point of a lip scrub. To my 15 year old self, there was no point. Now, I don’t think I could live without it. It’s £4.75 for a 25g pot, and is around the size of a Body Shop lip balm (or a creme egg!)

Pros: It smells DIVINE. Think of the nicest smelling bubblegum or chewing gum you have ever tried. This smells better. The pot it comes in is a sturdy little glass one, with a lid that twists closed rather satisfyingly. It’s edible. It’s sugary. It’s perfect to put on at night, I like to do so with a little bit of Carmex lip balm or Vaseline, and when you wake up in the morning, your lips are super duper soft. It doesn’t get everywhere, once it’s on your finger, it’s there until it gets to your lips. It’s also vegan, so no-one needs to feels guilty about licking their lips…CONSTANTLY. 😀 The product lasts FOREVER. I use mine around three times a week nightly, and once a day regularly, and have been doing so for three to four months. It’s not even halfway gone.

Cons: For the amount you pay, it doesn’t seem like a lot of product. If you use lip scrub all the time, then it won’t last you very long, so you’re better off buying a cheaper alternative to this. The smell can be too much for people, my family hate the way it smells (but I think that’s because they’re jealous), and it took me a while to appreciate. The pieces are real sugar pieces, so can be large.to a first time user. It’s definitely no moisturising scrub, it smoothes rather than infuses with moisture.

Final thoughts: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub – 4/5
This is one of my all-time favourite can’t-live-without-it products, and I know that it lasts forever and tastes amazing. If you haven’t tried any Lush products before, but are hesistant to try a soap or face mask because of the life, this is the thing to try. Nobody thinks they need it until they get it. A must buy for me.

What products can you not live without?
Christie 🙂

Music of the moment.

18 Feb

I have been obsessed with the new Taylor Swift single, released  just ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ rolling into cinemas. As a fan of the books, I have been eagerly anticipating the film release, and this only builds my excitement. The melody is haunting, and I find myself harmonising along with the beautiful stylings of Taylor and The Civil Wars. Oh I could just eat her up.

Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars – Safe & Sound (The Hunger Games)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzhAS_GnJIc

I found this song a few months ago through a Tumblr tracked tag, and fell in love with it instantly. After trawling the internet to see whether I could buy it, I found out that it was nowhere! Absolutely nowhere. However, this has not lessened my love for the song. As a fan of Demi Lovato anyway (don’t judge me), I HAD to listen to this song over and over again. She sounds flawless! And I often think about how Hot Chelle Rae deserve more recognition in the UK!

Why Don’t You Love Me – Hot Chelle Rae ft. Demi Lovato

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8BPBzXkK88

What are your favourite songs of the moment? Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to have a listen.

Don’t forget to smile, what have you got to lose?
Christie 🙂 

Review: Clean & Clear Scrub and Moisturiser

18 Feb

For my first ever review(!!!) I have decided to review two products I have started using very recently. From watching YouTube videos, I have gathered that you should have some sort of routine that doesn’t just involve soap and water for your face, so I promptly went out and bought these products.ImageOn the left is the Clean&Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub (150ml), and on the right is the Clean&Clear Dual Action Moisturiser (100ml). Both of these products are oil-free(would you buy a face cleanser or treatment with oil in it?!) The scrub is currently £2.50 and the moisturiser comes in at £2.39, and Superdrug told me that at the moment, this line of skin-care is all on sale, so if you fancy checking them out, now is the time to do so.

I have been using these products together for around two weeks, in fact, primarily I bought the moisturiser and then liked it so much, that I returned to the shop about a week later and purchased another product from the line. Oh yes.

The pros:
Both are inexpensive for skin-care products, apparently. Most are priced at £5 and above per product.
The moisturiser is smooth, easy to apply, and I definitely noticed a difference in the softness of my skin after just a few days. It also does not stay on your hands for hours afterwards. I tend to let it sink into my sands without washing it off, and it smells nice and absorbs within seconds. The scrub is exfoliating, and both products are refreshing, and have only a light scent. Their claim to ‘prevent spots and blemishes’ has worked so far. For example, the inflammation that most teenage girls get in their T-Zone has been reduced and I have seen a difference in the area around my chin, which was always the most prone part of my face to blackheads.

The cons:
The scrub is messy. And when I say messy, I mean that you definitely shouldn’t use it outside of a shower/bath kind of messy. The beads seem to make it their mission to get everywhere possible, ears, hair, nose, and so I don’t actually feel that I’m getting what I paid for. Also, without the moisturiser, it can smell a bit…iffy. The moisturiser sinks in quickly, but a double application will see you through the day. One day this week, I left my skin untouched for a ‘lazy day’ and I immediately noticed a difference with my skin. However, my skins wasn’t dry before, but suspiciously turned dry once I didn’t use the moisturiser. Perhaps a ploy to get their customers to keep coming back?

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Scrub (top) and moisturiser (bottom).

Overall rating:
Scrub:2.5/5
Moisturiser: 4/5

Final thoughts: I’ll probably be repurchasing the moisturiser, it’s good value and feels lovely on my skin, but I am underwhelmed with the scrub. However, I am not discouraged from the line of skincare, today I purchased some Clean & Clear makeup wipes (59p for 25!) and if a steal comes my way, I’ll happily grab it.

Don’t forget to smile today, what have you got to lose?
Christie 🙂

My obsessions.

18 Feb

So,  after a pretty desperate attempt at writing an actual ‘real’ blog with ‘real’ writing, I have decided that I can’t. You see…

Lately, I have become obsessed with the Youtube beauty community. The fact is, the girls(maybe guys too, but I haven’t come across any blusher-wearing boys as of yet) on Youtube who make videos genuinely know what they’re talking about, and most of them are pleasant to listen to. I am impressed almost every time I watch a video. However,  most of the time, when I adore a product they talk about, it isn’t available to me, because a)it’s only sold in the States and b)Everything they buy is so expensive! This is where my problem with the beauty community on Youtube begins. The fact that most of the girls are American isn’t their fault, yet I find myself resenting the fact that I can’t afford the new Nars blush, or the Mac concealer, and that if I could, the site wouldn’t ship it to me anyway! My ‘beauty buys’ have to be put on a budget, as my minimal income of 74.77 a month has to buy me clothes, toiletries, food and extra travel. A £50 palette is not going to happen. I have to trawl the streets if I want to learn.

Over the last 2 months, I have spent almost £40 on toiletries and make-up. Granted, the things I have bought, I am using, and this amount may not seem a lot to many of you, but if I’m honest, the amount I had spent totally surpassed my predictions. Only today, when I was standing in the queue in Superdrug (a.k.a my new second home) did I realise that the things in my arms were impulse buys, and that I most definitely needed a basket.

Therefore, I have decided to make some use of a little blog that no-one follows and talk about the things I have bought. Primarily to stop me buying things, but also to help any newbies or oldtimers or anyone that wants to know what a product is like.

Also, this gives me an excuse to buy more things. But shh, that will be our little secret.

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9 Feb

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