Monday, September 29, 2014

Lush Dark Angels Scrub Review

Scrub a dub dub, I'm obsessed with scrubs. Now I have to put my hands up and admit I'm a girl that loves scrubs, I love the feeling of freshly buffed skin, a cleaned up T-zone and a glowing complexion, so I thought I'd do a quick review of my two favourite Lush scrubs (my current obsession).

First things first let's break out the bad boy, the mother of all scrubs, Dark Angels. This is the big brother to Angels on bare skin, actually it might be the overlord rather than the big brother. 




Here's how Lush themselves describe it:

This is for those of you who really like to scrub your skin to feel clean, with black sugar and charcoal to exfoliate, and rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse. We also use cold pressed avocado oil and vegetable glycerine to moisturise and soften your skin after all that scrubbing, leaving your skin feeling balanced and fresh. Sandalwood and rosewood oils give a rich, earthy fragrance and have a cooling and antiseptic effect on the skin. We buy our powdered charcoal locally in Dorset. It’s a great way to exfoliate and is deeply cleansing, whilst black sugar is in here to scrub away any dead skin cells, leaving you with bright, refreshed skin.

When you get your first pot of Dark Angels  it can be quite confusing to use, you get a pot full to the brim of this burnt looking mud, with very little instruction. All you need to do is take a pea sized piece in your palm, damped it with a little water and massage it into your skin.

Lets face it, this looks like mud.
Once you've finished massaging your face all you need to do is rinse it off. The huge downside to this is your sink is left coal rimmed and if you get it in your hair...well you might as well buy a wig.

So here's my personal list of pros and cons!

Pros:
-Leaves your skin super soft and very well scrubbed.
-You must get a million uses per tub. Well at least 20.
-It's perfect for a girl (or guy!) who loves a good scrubbing.
-It takes away that greasy feeling!

Cons:
-It can be very harsh.
-The smell isn't brilliant.
-You sink will turn black.
-Anything this sticks too will turn black.
-You may develop a scrubbing addiction.

So how does it work? Rhassoul mud is amazingly nourishing, black sugar and charcoal exfoliates to the core, charcoal also helps reduce the production of grease and levels the skin. Avocado butter strings the ingredients together and leaves you soft, as well as that hint of glycerine. The mix of essential oils are both stimulating and antiseptic, beautiful really.

So what's the price? £6.40 for a 100g tub!

Overal rating: 8/10 (I'd go for 9/10 but I've been in a scrubbing frenzy).

Stay tuned for part two!

What's your favourite scrub?

xox


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall giveaway - real techniques - lush - naked 2

Guess who's bringing a giveaway to the blog? This girl is. Want to see some prizes? Well here you go!




I'm giving you the chance to win all of these prizes in this giveaway (The Lush selection will be personal picks, estimate to about 5/6 bath products!), you don't just have one chance to win, you have two!

To enter here all you have to do is follow and comment. To enter on youtube all you have to do is like, subscribe and comment!

I was thinking about doing a little Q&A soon, so if you can't think of a comment, a question would be awesome! The giveaway closes on October 31st 12pm.

Good luck!


xox

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall/Winter fashion from Paris Fashion Week!



Chloe

The Paris catwalks are always something of a dream, they're inspiring, beautiful and overly decedant.  they provide the perfect amount of wearability in what they show and the perfect amount of 'oooooh'. I'm going to warn you now, this is going to be some picture heavy inspiration for fall and winter fashion!
Givenchy

Givenchy has warmed up the catwalk, bold colours, bolder patterns and an overall 80s feel. Opaque tights peeping out of oversized cuts, skirts fitting in all the right right places and thick shoulder pads.





Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen comes along with a prarie girl feat goth look. Girly textured fabrics, oversized dresses, leather, bold, striking makeup and sleek hair. This is one catwalk that cetainly isn't ready to wear!


There are occasional moments where the cuts hark back to the sixties, but I still feel and empowering 80s vibe from the whole fall walk.


Fur is also back with a bang.


I think ultimately if you had to put a name to this whole walk it would be 'modern day princess' lost on the moors looking for her Heathcliffe.

Saint Laurent

YSL has always been a little love of mine. The whole catwalk is amazingly wearable, oversized tops and coats, flowing layers and fitted lowers. Everything has a tailored but feminine vibe, even the hair. There's a slight masculine look, but it's undoubtably a woman's world.




I'd love to hear what you think about fall fashion!

xox














Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall/winter 2014 makeup!


I'm in love. In love with fall, in love with winter, in love with berry lipstick and bright pinks and COLOUR. So I thought I would write a little bit about my favourite looks this fall and winter and hope to give you a little bit of inspiration. 

Number one:

I love  a strong brow, a nearly naked eye and a dark lip. Something to frame the eyes, draw attention to the lips and make the skin glow. Berry lipsticks are my passion, brows are my second love. This winter it's all about rocking the dark and brooding look for me, pale, dark lips, light eyes and a flash of mascara.

Number two:

When it's not about being dark and broody it's about being light, delicate and reflecting on the power era that was the sixties. Bright pink lipstick, thick cat eyes and tailored brows. Flawless skin with a light dusting of setting powder. Big hair and bigger lashes.

What are your go to looks this fall and winter?

xox



Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Dupe!


Naked 2!

Everyone raves about the Naked palettes, everyone has their favourite out of the three (mine happens to be Naked 2) but not everyone can afford these little beasties! At £37 a time they are not what you would call cheap. I don't even thing you could call them.

My favourite dupe for naked 2 so far is undressed by MUA, it looks a little bit like this:



Don't get me wrong, you loose the fancy packaging, the angels singing when you pop it open and some of the durability of the shadows, but it's only 1/10th of the price!

You get the full nude range, from black to light browns, throwing in some misty pinks and a mix of matte and sparkles. The durability isn't great but with a nice eye primer it's pretty spot on! It does have a few more pinks likening it to the Naked 3 palette, but hey, who doesn't like pinks?





So what are the differences?

MUA:
-you loose the fancy packaging, the eye primer samples, the mirror and free brush.
-you gain a few pinks
-you loose a bit of durability

Urban Decay:
-You get a dandy free brush
-you get free primer
-you get a bullet-proof shadow case
-you get a lovely little mirror

But when you buy a shadow palette are you really getting it for all the freebies? I certainly don't!

Shadows wise they both cover a spectrum of nude colours, work wonderfully in many combinations, have 12 different shades and are perfect for fall and winter.

So what are the RRPs you may be asking:

Urban Decay: £37
MUA: £4 (I have no words for how amazingly cheap this is!)

Overall both are well worth trying out!

xox






Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lush bathbombs!


I have to put my hands up and admit something. It's a deep, dark, horrendous secret, with a fruity sparkly twist. 


I spend way too much money in Lush.

So I thought I'd put a little review (part one I might add) of a couple of my favourite bathbombs! If you want to see them in action I'll attached a video to the bottom.

Granny Takes a Dip



This psychodelic little beauty fizzles along in the bathwater like a pooping jellyfish. It raises the spirits, the nostrils and the water. It's a really slow burner and lasts forever. If you split it up and pop it in you get a bath full of a million pooping jellyfish. Beauty.

Big Blue


If you're a mermaid wannabe, your legs longing to be fins, this is your bomb. It turns the water a lovely deep blue and fills the tub with a million pieces of seaweed. It smells soft and I find it quite invigorating, amazing after a long day!

Blackberry Bomb


BOOM (oh how cliche) this guy burns out so fast it's gone in a puff. It's a real mood lifter and can make even the grumpiest person turn their frown upside down. There's also a secret message inside (it's half bomb half fortune cookie!

Space Girl


This girl whizzes in the water like a... whizzing thing? A UFO? A very fast... popping candy filled... bathbomb. It smells sweet and doesn't turn the bathwater an imposing colour. This is high on my list of 'fun things you have to try at least once'. Plus it sparkles more than Edward bloody Cullen.


If you want to see these in action here's the video! I'd love to know which bomb is your favourite!


xox





Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall 2014 makeup trends (London fashion week)

Oh me, oh my, aren't this years fall trends delightful. If any of you have been watching London fashion week, then you'll have noticed a few little patterns appearing (as a quick side note, this entry is going to be picture heavy!).


First off is this appearance from the Marc Jacobs catwalk. From the woman behind NARS comes the official no makeup look. All she used was moisturiser on the models!

The no makeup look continued through the Stella McCartney, although it featured a flush of pale colour on the lips, hightlighted cheek bones and defined brows.

The Chloe catwalk continued the trend, however they branched out to eyeshadow and shading, emphasising the natural colouring of the models and creating a feature enhancing natural look.


Dolce and Gabbana followed suit, enhancing the eyes with a little flick, keeping the lips an enhanced nude and flushing the cheeks. tousled messy hair is IN! (As can be seen in this next one)


Tom Ford featured tousled, scruffy hair with deep set, smoked out eyes, scruffy brows and flawless skin, not to mention that nude, perfect, lip that has been seen slicked on all the models this fall.


Armani matches Chloe in its feature defining makeup, heavy eyebrows still on trend and an enhanced natural looking eye. Everything about this season is screaming simple design.


Burberry matches its natural look with a slightly more neutral smoked eye, playing with shadows and contour. 

All in all, we can safely say that the no makeup look is back in, at least the no makeup lip, with small enhancements made to natural colouring. Some fashion houses such as Prada and Gucci have emphasised the eyes more, but as an overall cover of the catwalk, nude is back.

What do you think to this seasons look?

Holly

xox






A girly autumn/fall outfit.



It's autumn! Well...nearly. It's almost an Indian summer here in England, so my autumn outfits are slowly creeping out. I love this time of year, floral patterns, chunky knit and boots! Below is one of my favourite autumn outfits this year:




Hat & Cardigan: Primark
Boots: M&S
Dress: Nicole Farhi

I love draping chunky knit over pretty little dresses, my horrendous love of chelsea boots is only matched by my love of cable knit. Popping a hat on makes the look fun and changeable and can really save your hair on those drizzle days!


What do you like to wear in autumn? I can't wait to shoot my lookbook!

Muchos love

Holly

xox

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Going back to black (Schwarzkopf Color Mask Review)

If you didn't know, I'm a serial hair dyer. I've been white haired, grey haired, red haired, purple haired, every haired. I love it, it's a real fun and changeable thing and I really enjoy trying new dyes. The only problem I have is that i hate going to the hair dressers, I'm a naturally anxious person and that really brings the fear out in me, so about 7 years ago I turned to doing it on my own.

This weekend I'll find myself having my photos taken, so I thought I'd return to my natural dark hair, something that can last well in a photograph, so I picked up this:


So to give you a teeny bit more background, this was my hair before:


It's red, blonde and (unfortunately) rooty. 

I thought I would try out a new dye, so I opted for 'Dark Brown' in the Schwarzkopf Color Mask range. The mix is pretty simple, you pop the colour into a little pot of developer and shake 40 times (so specific I know, I just play the maracas with it for a bit). Although the final goo is a lot thicker than your standard box dye, it applies just the same. It coats the hair very well and smells a bit better than your normal dye too!

So what colour did I get after?


To me, this looks black. This isn't dark brown. This is 'I kissed the night' dark. Here's a little picture without flash (excuse the face I was playing around with the Tom Ford London Fashion Week makeup look)


Still looks pretty black.

So how would I rate this dye?

Price: £4 bargin
Ease of application: beginner level easy
Smell: not awful?
Colour: Welllll.... It covered everything evenly, even if it turned out dark.

Overall rating: 7/10 probably would re-purchase

I hope you enjoyed my little run down, I'd love to hear from you!

xox




Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall 2014 makeup (The girl next door with a bold lip)




It's that time of year again, the leaves are getting crunchy and the hot chocolate is getting...marshmallowey? Im sat here dragging out all my dark lipsticks and preparing the best girl next door/secretly a vampire look.




I'm naturally a paper pale person, I don't tan, I freckle, but thankfully I can get away with dark lips! Above is a little look of my daily fall/winter apperance, here are the productios:

Skin: 
Baby skin instant fatigue blur
Maybelline Better skin
Maybelline Cover stick 
Maybelline MUA blush

Eyes: 
Wonderful lashes Rimmel 
Eye studio gel liner Maybelline 
MUA brow palette

Lips: 
Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry


It doesn't take much to achieve this look, I've got to say I am in looooove with tightlining my eyes at the moment. It makes me feel both doe eyed and sulty, winning combo there. If you want to see how I put this all together, I did a little video!


Oh and here's a silly photo, just for you!


xox





Sunday relaxing - First Fall Outfit!

Sunday, oh, Sunday! I love lazy Sundays, I also love lazy fall Sundays. There's just something so cozy about them that they're hard to resist. I've started planning out my fall season outfits and today became the day I put my first one together.
I love texture in outfits, pattern, texture and colour are all important. I also loooove comfort. Especially on one of those lazy Sunday's, here's what I put together today:





Floral shirts are my thing, when ever I'm out and about I find it so easy to layer on a floral shirt, some leggings or skinnies and pop a cardy and hat on the top. They are the ultimate level of comfort, but also fun and something a little bit interesting. I assure you the shirt in the above picture does cover my bum-bum. No tushy for the world thank goodness!


I absoloutely love the pattern on this shirt, on the hanger I was a little bit indifferent, but on, well it swoops in all the right places as you move. It makes me feel like falls here, like the leaves are turning and the nights are getting colder, and when it's paired up with some chunky knit, well winter might as well be here!

Apart from comfy outfits I'm a bit of a pamper fiend on a Sunday, today I've been drinking gallons of grumpy mule coffee and slathering myself in this beauty:


If you don't recognise this, it's Strawberry Feels by Lush. It's amazing, it's sweet and lovely and a please on my nose! Now I can spend the day with a sigh of relief, escaping the rat race and just sitting back and enjoying life for all its simple pleasures.

What makes your Sunday perfect?

xox














Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury - Matte Revolution Lipstick Review



Many of you might know I'm a BIG lover of matte lipsticks. So much so I would probably sell a kidney to extend my collection. So when I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was bringing a 'matte revoloution' I had to go and see what all the fuss was about.

Enriched with new-generation 3D glowing pigments for lips that look lit-from-within and an optical ‘matte-trick’ to create the appearance of wider, fuller lips.”-Charlotte Tilbury

I picked up two of my favourite colours - a bright red (Red Carpet Red) and a deep purple berry (Glastonberry). Initially the colours are lovely, deep pigmented barrels of lipstick homed in their pretty little art deco cases.

From left to right:
Glastonberry - one coat
Gastonberry - maximum cover
Red Carpet Red - one coat
Red Carpet Red - maximum cover

From the swatches you can probably see that the single coat is a little streaky, this is definitely a little bit of a problem but can be overcome by precise brush work and layering. I love the deep red of Red Carpet Red and Glastonberry is a purple I can only dream of, but I honestly have to say they do disappoint me a little bit. As for the last-ability I left these sitting on my arm for 10 minutes and then did the dread swipe, revealing this:


I think I'll have red arms forever. Maybe I've been spoilt by YSL's the mats, but these guys don't last half as long as I would like them to!



 'Revolutionary, square, angled tip mimics the shape of a lip brush for precision application.'

As for the nib, you're promised revolution, but I found it awkward, it somewhat over enhanced my cupid's bow and you work around the geometric shape instead of it sitting naturally with the lips. I hope after a few wears that it will wear down to my lip shape and slick on comfortably without a brush!

So here's the quick run down:
Last: 5/10
Smell: 9/10 (chocolatey!)
Packaging: 8/10 (The designs good, the lid feels a little cheap)
Texture: 7/10 (Great layered up, but not insta-beautiful lips in a coat)
Price: 5/10 (£23)
Colour range: 9/10 (10 colours for all skin tones!)
Pigment: 9/10

I'd love to know what you think!

xox