Friday, 31 October 2014

Take the This Works #SleepPlusChallenge

Take part in the This Works Sleep Plus Challenge featuring Deep Sleep Pillow Spray review
Take part in the This Works Sleep Plus Challenge featuring Deep Sleep Pillow Spray review

Anything involving a pillow and a blanket and I will be all over it. So of course I was going to accept the #SleepPlusChallenge. You all know how much I love my sleep.This Works are aiming to get the nation sleeping with the launch of #SleepPlus challenge – to gain one hour’s extra sleep every night for 7 days.

As the clocks have gone back Sunday 26th October it is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a kick start into your new sleeping regime. Start this week and feel the difference.

Sleep is so important and has such an effect on us if we do not get enough of it. There are so many more insomnia sufferers and this can lead to detrimental effects on health such as heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure, and even deterioration of memory and worsening of mental health. 

I have been using the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray* the past four nights and it really does help me to sleep better. Thanks to a potent blend of Lavendar, Wild Camomile and Vetivert it lulls me into a much deeper sleep as soon as my head snuggles into my pillow. I like to run myself a nice hot bath to unwind, as well as making myself a cup of camomile tea before climbing into bed. I think getting an early night really does help too, as you are guaranteed to wake up feeling brighter and fresher.

Why not get yourself  the new sleep +plus pillow spray FREE by getting involved in the #SleepPlus challenge. Head over to the This Works website by clicking here and find out much more on how sleeping is super beneficial. 

P.S. This Works even encourage an afternoon nap. Get in my son. 


Thursday, 30 October 2014

#AskDarphin | A Google Hangout with LookFantastic


A beauty blog account of the LookFantastic and Darphin Google Hangout Feature plus review of Darphin products
A beauty blog account of the LookFantastic and Darphin Google Hangout Feature plus review of Darphin products


Darphin, a botanical based skincare line, reminds me of my good ole days working at SpaceNK. Oh how I miss the staff discount. This Parisian brand would be homed in between the natural skincare and the savvy high tech ranges, oh, Darphin, always looked ever so luxurious and inviting. Offering products packed with high performance plant based formulas with gorgeous aromas to boot, this brand has always been one I reach for when I want to pamper the skin and revitalise my complexion. With everything from oils, scrubs, and emulsions to eye creams and cleansing water, you can find everything you need for an at home spa treatment.


Look Fantastic kindly invited me to take part in a Google Hangout with Darphin, exciting I know, and thus organised a package of beautiful products for me to indulge in. As my skin type is dehydrated with a tendency to break out and become oily, all of these products have been tailored to my personal concerns. There are many different products available for a variety of skin types but this selection here is ideal for you if you have a similar concern to that of myself. 


A beauty blog account of the LookFantastic and Darphin Google Hangout Feature plus review of Darphin products

I have always been a huge fan of the Hydraskin range and find it particularly good for this time of year, what with the ever changing weather having a serious effect on my skin. The Hydraskin serum has the most beautiful texture, and is super lightweight but intensely hydrating, leaving it guarded against dehydration. I tend to wear this alone without the need for moisturiser in a morning, but of an evening I will pop on the Hydraskin Light Moisturising Cream Gel as well. Oh my, this just smells wonderful and feels so refreshing on the skin. It soothes and replenishes dehydrated skin and is the right texture so will not add to my oiliness or clog any pores. I have only been using these in conjunction over the last few days and my skin already seems fresher, carrying a little glow.


The one product I was excited to use, having never tried it before was the Age Defying Dermabrasion. I used this this morning and I was really impressed. The pearly exfoliant is creamy but also hard working, you can really feel the scrub on your skin. I love the little “spoon” you get to scoop out the treatment. It wasn’t during using this, but after, that I really felt the effects. I could literally feel my blood rushing to the surface, and instantly it felt so much smoother and plumper. I keep stroking my face in appreciation. 

The Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water is just dreamy and again smells so lovely. I have used this before and I am so glad I have been reintroduced to it. It removes everything, face, eyes and lips. So handy when you want to freshen your face in the morning too! I am yet to try the Hydrating Kiwi mask but I have no doubt that I will fall in love with it. 


A beauty blog account of the LookFantastic and Darphin Google Hangout Feature plus review of Darphin products

Onto the star of the show, new launch Revitalizing Oil for Face, Body and Hair, this bad boy is my new favourite. IT SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN AND UNICORNS AND CAKE AND ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS. It doesn’t smell of unicorns, it actually is a blend of 9 essential oils and 4 plant oils and you need the tiniest amount. I applied some to my hair last night and woke up to super shiny, healthy looking locks. Okay, I added far too much but still my hair looked glossy, not oily. Note to self, tiny tiny amounts. Designed to nourish and hydrate you from head to toe, this will be a great one for the winter months.

Join me, tomorrow at 12pm, where you can listen in to the Look Fantastic #AskDarphin Google Hangout. We will be discussing general skin concerns whilst discovering ways of tackling these problems with the help of Darphin. I am super excited and cannot wait to take part, if you have any questions yourselves let me know either via Twitter or in the comments below. Click here to take part. See you tomorrow!  



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette | The Review

A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.
A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.
A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.


Too Faced Cosmetics are definitely one of my favourite make-up brands. Everything I have tried from them so far is yet to disappoint me, I have fallen in love with the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette* recently and today I am here to tell you why. 

Everyone loves a cat eye, it is that timeless look that is carried through from season to season. From ancient Egypt to mod 60’s and punk 80’s to right here, today. It is an iconic beauty essential which every girl wants to master.


This palette contains nine matte, shimmer, and glitter textures in both warm and cool tones, suitable for all to experiment with. Three of the shades are a special wet and dry formula for when you want to create a more intensified look or when precision lining for that perfect wing tip.  

For those that get a little scared when applying eye shadow, do not fret. As always, Too Faced have provided a little Glamour Guide which offers step by step application instructions for not one, but the three different looks: Day, Classic and Fashion. My personal favourite is Day as I love the bronze and brown tones, they really make my eyes pop. I find brown is just super easy to wear whether it be day or night. If you don’t want to play it safe, the purple shades are absolutely stunning.

I use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye primer underneath any eye shadow application, but even without, these shadows are really long wearing and on my oily lids hardly crease at all.

A note on the packaging, as with all of the Too Faced make-up palettes, I love the “Tin” style container. It means your eye shadows are well protected in a nice sturdy casing, plus it just feels more professional. This one is extra special with a gorgeous leopard print pattern, it just gives it that fabulously glamorous edge. 


A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.
A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.
A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.
A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.
A beauty bloggers review of the Too Faced Cat Eyes Eyeshadow Palette complete with swatches and packaging.


To create the look above I used Tiger’s Eye in the Inner Corner, Leopard all over the lid and slightly winged out, and Panther in the outer corner, along the lash line, slightly winged out over the Leopard shade, just for more definition.

On the rest of my face:

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Calico
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Blonde
Lash Boutique lashes in style Jenny
M.A.C Cosmetics Lip Liner in Spice and Yash Lipstick
Too Faced Cosmetics Milk Soleil Bronzer. 
M.A.C Cosmetics Harmony Blusher

Available from Look Fantastic for £35.

*PR SAMPLE

Saturday, 25 October 2014

5 Blogs To Follow | New Discoveries

A beauty blogger recommends five different blogs to follow: Citron and Guavaberry, Class is Internal by Sonya Esman, Mama Watters, The Fresh Exchange Blog and Blue October


One of my favourite style of posts to read are Blog or Instagram Recommendations, so having recently discovered a few gems, I thought I would share the love with you guys today.




I stumbled across this blog by accident really, I was drawn to a piece on photography and editing, whilst browsing Bloglovin' one lunchtime: read Vanessa's post here. It was then I knew I would be hooked. Being a lover of photography myself I adore Vanessa's imagery, but that aside her writing style is just ridiculously funny. I actually laugh out loud whilst reading her blog and that is something special indeed. 



Talking all things social network related one afternoon with my boss, I was shown Sonya Esman's Instagram account. It was love at first double tap. This then led to an evening of stalking reading post after post. Just watch this Youtube video here and you will all of a sudden have the urge to high five me. It is very rare I feel an addiction toward something other than beauty, or Theo James (Four in Divergent movie), but that is what my new love affair with Class Is Internal has become. Utterly obsessed. The end.

 


Being a Pinterest obsessive, I spotted this On The Daily The Make-up Bag post and had to check out the rest of the blog.  Each photograph is stunning and obviously Pinterest perfect. The design of the blog is minimalist yet quirky all at once, with a mix of fashion, lifestyle, recipe and travel posts there is something for everyone here.




Yes I got excited about a cleaning post! Except this one is exciting and just had my name written all over it. As you know if you read my blog frequently, I am currently giving my lifestyle an overhaul, and this doesn't only include natural beauty products and more vegetables in my fridge, but to also look at other items I use daily: Cleaning Products. I came across this post  cleaning the home on It's The Little Things and Mama Watters, the person behind this blog, shares tips on using essential oils to make your own chemical free cleaning essentials. If cleaning does not excite you, do not fret, there are lots of life style and recipe posts with absolutely beautiful photography. I really do find myself drawn to photography first and foremost when discovering new blogs. 



When one decides to throw out all her take away  menus and ditch the ready made meals, there is only so much pasta you can eat. Me and my fridge full of vegetables were not getting anywhere fast so I took to Twitter. I was pointed in the direction of Blue October and her Butternut Squash recipe. Read it and you will understand why I got excited. A super simple recipe but totally yummy and ingredients that I could actually manage. I have since made this twice and it is so tasty. There are lots of recipe posts on this blog and I keep going back to it to read more.



I am always on the look out for new blogs to read, so please do leave me any recommendations you are bursting to tell me in the comments.

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Walking Dead Halloween Make-up | A Tutorial

Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



The lovely team over at Boohoo asked me to put together a Halloween Make-up tutorial for their very own blog, which is kinda cooool. Here it is, a really quick, super easy "Walking Dead" make-up look. It literally will take you no time at all, using my step by step photographs as a guideline.


What you need:

Black and grey eye shadow
Red eye shadow
Green face paint
White face paint
Brown face paint
Brown brow pencil
Black eye liner




Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog


First of all I used my Maybelline Colour Stay cream eyeshadow in grey. I just applied this using my finger tip. Don't be too neat, it is okay to be messy. I generously took this colour all over my lid and right across my eyebrows. 




Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog


Next you want to start adding depth and colour to your eyes. I picked up a few of my M.A.C eyeshadows in Espresso, Cranberry and Scene. With a soft blending brush I swept a layer of my brown eyeshadow, Espresso, again all over the lid and buffing it into the inner corner of my eye. You want to build depth and shadow right in that inner corner against your nose. I blended this colour right out underneath and below my eye, filling in the area just above the orbital bone. I then took the grey shade, Scene, and swept this underneath my brow bone and again over the lid building up a depth of colour. You want the eye area to look dark and bruised - think dying zombie.


Next I took Cranberry, a beautiful deep red, berry shade, and I popped this just above the socket line, mainly in the centre. I chose this particular hue because I knew it would make my eyes pop. I marked some "faux" brow hairs out and added definition using a Kiko Brow Pen in brown. I chose not to use mascara but to just add black eyeliner using a mix of both M.A.C Fluid line in Black Track and Too Faced Bulletproof eyeliner. I went around both the top and lower lash line as well as going over the top and bottom water lines.
 

 
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



Once you are happy with the way your eyes are looking, you can move onto the next step. Grab a sponge or a beauty blender and take a little bit of green paint. Time to channel your inner Hulk ladies and gentleman, as we want our skin to have a green tint to it. Dab, dab dab this all over, again do not worry about it looking perfect, and we still want some of your natural skin coming through. Take this colour over your ears and down your neck too.
 


Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



Now we are starting to see it slowly come together folks. This bit is probably my favourite section. Pull a funny face in the mirror and hold it (and pray the wind doesn't change). Taking a dark brown red shade - I am using a customised paint from Superstar Facepaints, but you could use a lip liner or eyeshadow with a wet brush - you want to define any expression lines your face naturally creates. So for me, I get a little furrowed bit in between my eyes, and my cheeks create funny lines near my nose. I also contoured my cheek bones and added some depth underneath my lips and above my brows. I used a clean blending brush to buff away any harsh lines and to add to the overall finish. Build it up slowly and have fun with it.
 


Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog



Nearly there now, this stage is all about adding little details and highlighting the skin. Yes, even the walking dead contour and highlight. Using a flat foundation brush I added little bits of white paint over the skin and blended this in gently, I mainly did this down the centre of my face and above my cheek bones. I then went back in with a very small detail brush with the deep brown/red paint and started to add cuts and depth to the bruised skin. I then decided to go over my brows with the white paint using a spoolie brush - you could just use an old mascara wand. 



Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove creates a walking dead halloween make-up tutorial for the boohoo blog

There you have it, the finished look. Now go and scare your neighbours in preparation for Halloween. I hope you enjoyed this guys! For more Halloween ideas head on over to Boohoo.


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