Sunday, August 31, 2014

1000 Youtube Subscribers Giveaway!


Today I hit 1000 Youtube subscribers. It's insane. I never thought I would be lost for words, but I really am! So I thought I would put together a giveaway to thank each and every person for embracing my insanity.


Here's the link if you want to enter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW2ddr0om7k


Have an amazing day!

xox

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shopping at Lush and YSL with first opinions on Black Opium!


Today I went and did a little bit of shopping. I paid a visit to the ever lovely Lush and then went on to Yves St Laurent. I was really, really happy to be able to try out Black Opium before it gets released next week, from the moment I smelt it I loved it, I now need a huge bottle to bathe in.

Black Opium - YSL - Initial Review

Unfortunately I don't have any photographs of this beauty, I wish I had but I'm sure it won't be long before I own a bottle myself (It gets released UK wide on the 1st of September I believe), it was a gorgeous homage to the original Opium bottle with black sequins and almost a hip flask look.
Smell: Coffee, Vanilla & Orange Blossom. 
It's very sweet at the start, beautifully soft and not sickly in the slightest, it lingers for a long time after spraying, its lasting power is amazing.
RRP: 30ml £44 50ml: £62 90ml: £81
Overall opinion:
It's rich, it's young and if you love deep florals and something a little bit different (but not a shot in the dark) then it's well worth trying out!

Now on to the things I actually got to buy!


This is the YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats - Shade 208

It's the signature YSL Pink, bright, poppy, but not cheap looking in the slightest. 
Smell: 
The classic YSL scent, floral, rosey and nothing that is off-putting for a day of wear.
Wear-ablility:
Pair it with neutral eyes, thick eyeliner or slick it on its own and you're good to go!
Last:
Awesome. The mats is sometimes a little bit too awesome, 205 has stained me many a time!
Cost:
£25

I never thought I would fall in love with a pink that's this bright, it really is beautiful and layers beautifully too, the swatch on the left is one coat, the swatch on right is coated up to its full matte glory!


Above is a lip picture in a couple of different lights. It's really very gorgeous!

-LUSH-


First up is the Ocean Salt face and body cleanser. 


You can see just how big the granules in it, it boasts using lime and sea salt to exfoliate the skin. I can't say I'm ever going to use this on my face, girlies PLEASE DON'T USE CITRUS ON YOUR FACE! It can cause chemical burns, not cool. However for my dry body bits I'm going to use it like there's no tomorrow. The smell is light and pretty unisex, there's no sticky residue and I'm pretty excited!



Next up is Kalamazoo, the completely vegan beard cleansing wash! Now lets hold the horses a moment I don't have a beard but the lovely man in my life does. It's got pineapple in it, so boats an enzymatic level of cleansing, I'm going to try it out on my bare, beardless, face and see how it goes! I imagine the oil in it will also make it an excellent make-up remover too!


Finally I picked up Grease Lightning:


I've been suffering a myriad of breakouts recently and I'm hoping this becomes my saving grace. It's witch hazel, it's powerful and by god I hope I wake up re-skinned!

I'll follow up the lush products with a more in depth review after they've been used a bit, for now I'd love to know what you think!

Have a lovely day!

xox














My morning routine!


I'm a real big morning grumbler, but I did a little video on how I turn this: :( into this: :).
(hint: it's coffee)


Have a lovely  day!

xox

A dark berry lipstick, for every budget!


I love plum, wine and dark berry lipsticks. In fact it was only when I swatched mine against each other that I realised how much I love them!


This started as a guide to my purple lips, but I ended up filling the page (just because).

One of the immediate things I have noticed is that YSL 205, Mac Hang-up and Revlon's black cherry are almost exact dupes for each other. It's quite incredible! Mind you, Revlon has 10000000th of a percent of the staying power of YSL, and smells kinda funny, but for a berry lip on a budget it's amazing.


You can see off the bat that the colours are soooo similar. The most visible difference is the matte texture of YSL (far right).


Now the skin swatches do them all justice too! Again YSL is slightly more pigmented, but I would actually say Revlon's black cherry is also slightly higher than mac!

As for the smell test:

YSL 205: Smells like perfume, roses, floral, very pretty.
Mac Hang-up: Smells like vanilla, sweet and soft.
Revlon Black Cherry: Smells like...nothing? 

Another one to put into the mix is also Tom Ford's Bruised plum (smells like: chocolate!):


Now you've got a dark berry lipstick for every budget, here are the links if you're interested in seeing more of them:

TOM FORD - BRUISED PLUM - RRP: $50/£36
https://www.tomford.com/lip-color/8806602243.html

YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE THE MATS - SHADE 205 - RRP: £25
http://www.boots.com/en/YSL-Rouge-Pur-Couture-The-Mats-Lipstick_1276213/

MAC - HANG-UP - RRP: £15.50
http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/168/310/Lipstick/index.tmpl

REVLON - BLACK CHERRY - RRP: £7.49
http://www.superdrug.com/Revlon/Revlon-Super-Lustrous-Lipstick-Black-Cherry-477/p/511803#.VAGxlo6-7Qc


Have a berry lovely day ;)

xox








Sunday, August 24, 2014

Becoming a living painting.


Today I thought I would post a few pictures of some artier makeup I did. I only have a couple of pictures from the actual process, which drives me a bit insane, but here's the finished look:


I decided I wanted to become a painting. I love doing things a little bit differently and I certainly love art and fashion makeup. All I used for this was:
coastal scents nude palette
costal scents coloured palette
rimmel stay matte foundation.

To apply the makeup I just dotted it over my face using my fingertips. It took quite a fair while, but here's what it looked like on the go:
This is after the first set of dotting. This point is where I marked out where I wanted my colour to go, what I wanted to emphasise and what I wanted to hide.


The second round of dotting was more successful, after this point all I did was continue to layer up the dots, then finally:


All my dots in place, costume donned, I became a living painting!

Here are a couple of my recent looks:


Have a lovely day!

xox








Saturday, August 23, 2014

Drugstore foundations for pale skin for under £10!


Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my favourite drugstore foundations for pale skin, all of these guys are under £10 so there's no bank breaking today. Now I'm a pale girl and have always struggled finding a foundation that doesn't make me yellow, orange or just plain weird looking. I must say in advance please forgive the next photograph, all of my foundations are in full use and aren't the pristine little bottles they used to be!



So from left to right we have:
Rimmel Match Perfection in 101 Classic Ivory
Maybelline Fit Me in Ivory
Maybelline Ultra Stay Better Skin in 010 Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte in 010 Light Porcelain
Maybelline Cover Stick in 020 Vanilla (Ok this is a bit of a cheeky one, but it's amazing).

First of all I swatched all of my foundations against white paper:


Here they don't look too diferent to each other. You can definitely tell there are some minor tone differences and some small texture differences. All of them have a very liquid texture apart from the dark horse that is Rimmel's Stay Matte, this guy is completely matte. So matte you could put it on olive oil and it would still look matte. Here's the same picture from an angle, you can see just how matte it actually is:



Now for some actual skin swatches:



The top image is taken in bright light, the bottom in a darker room. The first thing you can see is that Maybelline's foundations have a slightly warmer tone to them and that Rimmel is slightly cooler in appearance. Coverage wise they all vary, here's the list from top full coverage to less coverage:

1)Cover Stick
2)Stay Matte
3)Better Skin
4)Match Perfection
5)Fit Me

I find that Better Skin, Match Perfection and Fit Me all have great coverage, blend excellently and sit well on the skin. Better Skin actually helps me have better skin! The only foundation I have a problem with is the Stay Matte it's exceptionally thick, it feels quite cloggy and seems impossible to get even on the skin. However I feel it would work for greasier skin, and is definitely worth it for a full coverage.



Now for a little final review of each one:

Rimmel Match Perfection in 101 Classic Ivory
This one is my favourite to mix, it's slightly cooler toned, very light, blends well, works excellently on dry skin and can cool down any warmer foundation. It comes in a pump topped bottle and for the price it works very well. 
Score: 8/10
RRP: £6.99

Maybelline Fit Me in Ivory
This has been my go to for a few weeks now, it's slightly warmer, very light on the skin and blends wonderfully. The design is ok but the cap is a little bit leaky.
Score: 8/10
RRP: £7.99

Maybelline Ultra Stay Better Skin in 010 Ivory
This foundation actually makes my skin better. I'm so sure it evens my skin tone and it really doesn't break me out, it has a light feel and sits on the skin brilliantly, blends in fabulously and really lets your skin breath. The only downside I could possibly think is that my pump is a little bit wonky, I'd love to see a more sturdy top.
Score: 9/10
RRP: £8.99

Rimmel Stay Matte in 010 Light Porcelain
This foundation makes me sad. It just really isn't brilliant on my combination skin, I imagine it would be excellent for greasier or acne prone skin, but I find it pretty cloggy. It's very full coverage, you could have green skin and you'd still appear pale after application. On a positive note it's great to mix into other foundations and has a nice light cool tone.
Score: 4/10
RRP: £5.99

Maybelline Cover Stick in 020 Vanilla
This is a cheeky one, it shouldn't really be in here but I love it too much. It's an excellent cover stick, it hides purple, red and pink tones and blends very well. For a stick it feels very liquidy and doesn't have a problem sitting under or over foundation. Tone wise it's slightly cooler and if I could I would get down on one knee and propose to it.
Score: 10/10
RRP: £3.99


I hope this little run down has given you some ideas, I'd love to hear from you!

Holly


xox



Thursday, August 21, 2014

DIY No Sew Bow Cushions (Vintage/Thrift Fun!)


Today I thought I would do something a little bit crafty again. I'm a huge lover of thrift, vintage, reusing bits and bobs and making something from things you have. So this is a 5 minutes, quick and easy, bow sweater (or jumper for us English) cushion.


These guys are so cute and a great addition to any room. You only need three things to make them, and they are:

An old cushion
An old jumper/sweater (or a new one! You can always take it off and use it for it's original jumpery purpose!)
You! (Oh yeahhhh)

Getting it down to a quick and easy movement takes a few tries, it can be a bit easier to watch, so here's the video:





Now for the pictures!

Step one: Take your cushion and stuff it up inside your jumper. If you have a collar or design you can choose to make this your front, I've gone for a plain from, hiding the collar and buttons.

Step two: Flip over your cushion so you can see your front.

Step thee: Take the left sleeve and cross it across the front of your cushion.

Step four: Take your right sleeve and cross it over your left!


Step five: Knot your two sleeves together.

Step six: Tuck the sleeve ends into the arm triangles this creates. It keeps everything together and neat.

Step seven: Flip yo' cushion over!

Step eight: Folding your sleeves into the bow on the front creates a 'pocket' taking the lower hem of the jumper, lift it up and tuck it tightly into the pocket, making sure it's secure.


Step nine: Fold over the top collar into the flap and make sure it's all tucked tightly.

Step ten: Flip your cushion back over, neaten it all up and hey presto, you're done! 

I hope you enjoyed this and I'd love to hear what you think!

Holly

xox



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIY vintage/thrifted picture frame necklace holder!


I'm a huge fan of keeping busy, being crafty and also thrifty. I love to turn old things into new things, I love to make pretty little things and more importantly I like things to be at least a little bit useful. So recently I made this:


It's a picture frame necklace holder, and it can easily be broken down into these six steps:



But let's break it down a little bit further (or you can watch this video if you don't fancy a read!).


So part one:

Find an old frame and strip off the back, take out the glass and we can begin!


part two:

Pick a colour of choice, I've gone for an eggshell blue. Paint the frame your colour of choice and wait the long arduous wait for it to dry.


part three:

Pick a cord of your choice, I've gone for a classic black cord, now flip over the picture and attatch it to the back of the frame with tacks:


part four:

Taking 6 tacks hammer them into the frame parallel to each other, this allows you to hang your necklaces at different levels!


part five:

Hang your necklace(s) of choice on the back of the frame.


part six:

Flip the old girl around and admire your handy work!


I hope you've enjoyed this, I'd love to know what you think!

Holly 

xox












Sunday, August 17, 2014

DIY: Fall/Winter room decoration


It's getting to that time of year again, fall is just around the corner and then it's winter! I thought I'd put together my fall/winter room decoration ideas, if you don't fancy the read, then you can watch here:


I love to have a cozy environment, I think me and candles are soul mates and my flat is so full of candles it looks like a little shop. Second only to candles in my life comes fairy lights, I love the little star like glows that twinkle in the dark and comfort on even the bleakest of nights.


If it was up to me I would cover every surface in candles and twinkles, but then I'd have no room to get things done! I love this little bird cage and pillar candle, I've had it since I moved out into the big bad world on my own and sometimes, when I'm in a bad mood, I'll look at it and think 'even when you're trapped and low your light can still shine through'. This might sound silly but I love little reminders of the light in life, even if it's very literal.


This next candle makes me fall in love with the air. It smells like rhubard crumble and makes my bedroom deliciously pudding-ey it's like someones baked a crumble and trapped it in wax, letting it seep out one flame at a time.


I'm a huge lover of DIY and bright things,  make this necklace holder from an old picture frame and strung an old worn out mirror on some knotted silk to add a bit more light and dimension to my room, it's bright and pretty and makes me a happy little bunny.


The mirror also reflects all of my twinkly fairy lights, this makes me a doubly happy bunny.


this one seems a bit odd I suppose, but I love thrifting, i love vintage and I love reusing things. I picked up this briefcase for a tiny £3 and I intend to redecorate it and use it as storage. Until then it's been claimed by my kitty as an obscure cat bed.


I hope this little post can give you some ideas, I'd love to hear yours!

xox





Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Rimmel Wonder'full Lashes Mascara Review!


Hello lovelies! Today I thought I'd do a little review on something a bit new, something a bit shiny and something a bit...lashey? It's the...


NEW Wonder'full Lashes Rimmel London mascara! This guy has been on my buy list since I first heard about it, I wondered if it would live up to the hype and, hey, argon oil in a mascara can never be a bad thing right!?
The first thing you notice is the packaging, well the first thing you actually notice is the fact their all plastic wrapped in an impenetrable plastic wrap, I kinda liked this as it means you're not going to accidentally pick up one someone has used, but at the same time I hate it because I think I chipped a tooth trying to open it.


The lid itself is square, two reasons this is awesome:

1)You can rest the mascara on a surface and it doesn't touch the surface.
2)It clicks tightly such to stop it drying out!

The formula itself is very light, it has quite a strong smell for a mascara, but this is something I'm really willing to forgive. It separates lashes fabulously, lengthens, layers well and looks truly black.


The brush itself is very simple, nothing fancy, no weird shapes. It has a multitude of bristles and really does manage to catch every lash. 

As for the back inforamtion:


This reveals my only let down, in this mascara you have 1ml less product than any of the other Rimmel mascaras. 1 whole millilitre. Ah well. Overall it's a wonderful every day mascara and I feel like it lives up to the hype. I'll update after a while of use so you can know if the oil actually helps out lashes!

Have a lovely day!
Holly
xox