Thursday, 31 July 2014

Barbara Daily Longwear Eyshadow

Hey guys,
I was in Tesco's a few weeks ago and I decided to look through the makeup to see what they had and I am so happy I did! I'd never heard of the brand Barbara Daily before so I was curious and I was looking at the products when I spotted these, and for only £3 each I couldn't resist! I am in love with the packaging! Does anyone else find it really sleek and sophisticated, I just can't stop looking at it.

I have been wearing this non stop since I got them as I just think they're amazing! You can use them on their own, together or under eye shadow as a base. What's not to love? I prefer to wear it with Shell all over my eyelid and then with Shimmer Sand in my crease, I just blend them with my finger and I'm done, it's literally a 30 second process.

As you can see they brighten the eyes and look lovely. I really like the colours however I do wish there were more to choose form as there was only these two and then a black one. Fingers crossed they'll bring more out. I think the formula of these is great as once they're on your eyes they aren't going anywhere but come of straight away when you wash your face so you don't have to struggle to remove it.

They don't irritate or sting my eyes which is another plus as I was worried that due to the low price of them they might not be the best quality, however they have been fine! I can see these lasting me a while as a little goes a long way, you just need to swipe it over your eyelid, blend with your finger and you're done.

(Shimmer Sand, Shell)

Shell - Shell is a really pretty champagne colour that will really brighten up your eyes, it's perfect for over the lid with a darker colour in the crease.

Shimmer Sand - This is a really pretty peachy pink that looks beautiful in the crease when used with shell on the lid.

If you're new to makeup or eye shadow I would definitely recommend these as they're cheap, easy to use and they stay on all day. The only downside is that there are only three colours, however I can easily accept that as the colours that are available are extremely easy to wear during the day and the night.

Holly x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sunderland International Airshow

Hey guys,
It was Sunderland's International Airshow last weekend and because I live right beside where it's held I thought I would go along and take some photos for you guys. So enjoy...

The Airshow opened Friday night and they had live music, however, the highlight of the night was the fireworks. There was a giant cloud right over where they were setting them off so all they ended up doing was lighting the cloud up different colours, but oh well.


As you can see it was jam packed, a complete change as to what the beach is normally like. I didn't stay down there for too long, me and my friend spent most of our time sitting on the beach watching the planes.


Would you guys be interested in me doing a 'What's In my Bag Post' on what I took with me?
Holly x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday #2

How To Avoid Lipstick On Your Teeth

Hey guys,
Don't you just hate it when you have lipstick on your teeth! I don't know if it's more embarrassing to have someone tell you or for you to realise it yourself after you've been talking to people all day... Basically, it sucks.

But don't worry! I have a trick that'll keep your lipstick on your lips, where it belongs, and not on your teeth. It's really quick and easy, thought you may look a bit stupid doing it. But I'd rather look silly preventing lipstick on my teeth than actually having lipstick on my teeth.

So once you've applied your lipstick you just take your index finger, pop it in your mouth, close your lips around it, and slide it out. That's it. Now all of the lipstick that was on the inside of your lips is on your finger instead, it's foolproof!

I hope you found this helpful!
Holly x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Glo Minerals: Brightener, Highlighter and Concealer

Hey guys,
Today I’m reviewing the Glo Minerals Highlighter, Brightener and Concealer. Now that does seem like an awful lot for one product to do so let’s see if it actually lives up to it’s name…
Glo Minerals: Highlighter, Brightener and Concealer*
£11.50 – HQ Hair
When I first opened this product it reminded me an awful lot of Estee Lauder’s Brush on Illuminator which costs £23.50 and they both claim to do the same thing so I was hoping that the Glo Minerals version would be a dupe and would perform just as well, which would be great as it's more than half the price of the high end alternative.
The packaging is sleek and silver which I think gives it a really clean look, it's also small enough to pop into your makeup/handbag as it's the width of my little finger and the length of my iPhone (I know that's a weird way to measure things but my iPhone was next to me when I was writing this). It's also really easy and practical to use as it has a twist bottom which causes the product to be pushed up into the brush top.
After being happy with the packaging I must admit I was disappointed when I first started to use the product itself. Unlike the Estee Lauder version I felt like the product came out in very small strokes due to the small brush head, because of this I also felt like I had to use a lot of product which made it feel really wasteful. Due to this it made using it on my under eyes difficult as I just felt like I was using too much product compared to my other concealer.
However, I continued to use it and covered up any blemishes I had, I did worry that it wouldn't be very good at concealing them though, as the consistency seemed very thin and so I was worried that it would blend into nothingness and would seem like I hadn't even put anything on. I didn't have any need to worry though as it worked really well! The product dried to match my skin tone perfectly, in fact, the colour was such a good match to my skin tone that I forgot where I'd applied it! It blended really well too and gave really good coverage on my blemishes. It didn't make them look dry either which often happens with my concealers. The product lasted really well too and it was still there at the end of the day, although it had faded ever so slightly.
It worked brilliantly as a concealer but not so well as a brightener/highlighter. I don't know if that was just because the shade matched my skin tone perfectly so it couldn't highlight or illuminate. I had the shade medium so the shade light probably would have worked really well as a highlighter on me. However I don't really know if highlight and conceal go together... Surely you wouldn't want to use something that highlights on your blemishes. You don't want to attract attention to them. You want to do the opposite.
One problem with the line is that there's only two shades; medium and light. This means that this probably won't be suitable for all skin tones and could make it hard for you to find one that fits your skin tone perfectly. However, I do think that these colours would be good for most skin tones as if it's too light for you than it'll make a good highlighter.
  • More affordable than the high end version.
  • Conceals well.
  • Matches my skin tone perfectly.
  • Blends well.
  • Sleek and thin packaging.
  • Good longevity.
  • Doesn't highlight/illuminate.
  • Had to use more product than I'd have liked.
  • Only two shades. 
This product has replaced my current concealer as I prefer the finish it gives me, however I'll be using something else for under my eyes as this is better at just covering my blemishes.
Have you tried this before? What did you think?
Holly x
*Product was sent for review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hair Tutorial: The Halo Braid

Hey guys,

I've really been enjoying wearing my hair up in a Halo Braid at the minute. It's a perfect hairstyle for summer as it keeps your hair out of your face yet it still looks cute!

Holly x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Why You Should Drink More Water

Hey guys,
This might seem like a strange post but I am the worst at drinking water. In fact, scratch that, I'm the worst at drinking anything during the day. However, I recently decided that I wanted to try and drink more water as your body is made up of about 60% water, so I probably should be drinking some.... Right?

To do this, I went to Tescos and I scoured the shelves for a water bottle, I spent ages standing with my friend before settling on one I was happy with. It's a clear bottle that holds 1L and has a filter, I thought that was pretty awesome for only £10.

I've set myself the goal of trying to drink at least two full bottles a day, which equals about 4 cups of water approximately. Now I know that might not seem like much but for me it is. In order to try and drink that much I carry the bottle around the house with me as if it's there with me I'll be more likely to drink it. Since replacing my usual fizzy pop bottles with this I've noticed that my concentration is a lot better at college which is awesome! I also don't feel as tired and I've noticed an improvement in my skin!

Now if you still aren't convinced, here's some reasons why you should drink more water:
  • Drinking water can help fight off illnesses as it helps to flush your body of toxins.
  • It boosts your energy.
  • Helps your skin.
  • It improves your concentration.
  • It can prevent cramps and sprains.
  • It helps with weight loss.
  • Drinking water can reduce stress.
  • It can help headaches and migraines.
  • It saves you money!
If you don't like drinking water because of its taste... Or lack of taste, try adding some lemon. Not only does it make it taste much better it also has some health benefits. One of which being that lemon is a great source of vitamin C which can help to protect your immune system, it also helps with the prevention of wrinkles and acne, and the best one, it can help you get rid of the common cold! Now I don't know about you but I have a cold all year round so I'm hoping having at least one bottle of lemon water a day will help me get rid of it. Those aren't the only health benefits but I think they're the best ones :)

Not a fan of lemons? Try cucumber instead. This also has amazing health benefits and can help give your water a nice taste. Cucumber water can help boost bone health, reduce blood pressure, it's good for your muscles, and multiple other things!

So there you go, there's no reason as to why you shouldn't be drinking water :)
Holly x