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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday #1

 Cream Products as Eyeshadow Primers

Hey guys,
I recently ordered two cream eye shadows online and when they got here I was really disappointed. I love the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Back to Bronze (review here) as you can wear it on its own and it looks like you've spent a while on it whilst in reality it actually takes about 30 seconds to put on. I was really frustrated as they were nothing like the Colour Tattoos and it was such a waste of money. However, I decided to try putting them under my eye shadows to see if they might help make the colours more pigmented, and they did!

In the photos below I used my Calvin Klein eye shadow in gold velvet to show you what I mean. I applied it to my right eye only so that you could see the difference against the eye without it. I think there's a clear difference as the colours are a lot stronger and the white is definitely a lot more pigmented on the eye with the cream base. Not only does it make the colours stand out more, it also makes your eye shadow last a lot longer.

So don't worry if you have cream products that don't work or just don't suit your skin tone. I have some cream blushes that I don't like as I much prefer powdered blushes, however, they make really good eye shadow primers! If you have any cream products you don't use then go and get them out and next time you do an eye shadow look, use them underneath as a base, I promise you it'll make your eye shadow look amazing!

 For my look above I used the Clavin Klein cream eye shadow in Gold Velvet, and I used the Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Studio in 1: Purple Drama.

Holly x

Monday, 21 July 2014

OOTD - 21.07.14

Hey guys, 
We're finally getting some sun over here so I thought I would do a quick outfit post for you :)

I bought this dress from Primark for only £7 and I just think it's really cute and summery. The colour is a bit brighter than what I'm used to but I think it's really pretty.

I've been really enjoying having my hair like this at the minute. I prefer having my hair off my face but I also like having it down, by wearing it like this I get the best of both worlds, plus I think it looks really pretty with wavy/curled hair! I've also been keeping my makeup pretty simple now that we're moving into the warmer months and if you want to see how I did my makeup to do then I did a blog post yesterday on it, you can find it here.

I recently purchased these from Schuh and I'm in love with them! They're super comfortable and they fit me perfectly. They were on sale as well so that's an added plus, they might be sold out but if I can find them online then I'll link them here.

Holly x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Everyday Makeup : Summer

Hey guys,
Today I thought I would do a post on what makeup I've been using now that we're moving into the warmer months. Due to it becoming warmer I like to use lighter makeup as I really don't like the caked in makeup look when we move into summer, I think light makeup is so much better.

  1. For my base I used Maybelline's Eraser Eye, I know this is meant to be used for your under eyes but I also use it as my concealer as I really like the coverage it gives. I use this under my eyes and on the sides of my nose to get rid of any redness I may have there. I then just used it to cover up any blemishes I might have,
  2. After that I gave my face a quick dust of powder with my new Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. I've only had this a while but I already love it! It works wonders.
  3. Once I've done my base I like to move onto my eyes as this is where I like to spend most of my time. To start with I put Maybelline's 24 Hour Tattoo Eye Shadow Cream in Back to Bronze over my eyelid before using the darkest shade of brown in my Beauty UK palette to put in my crease. I really like this look as it takes no time at all but still looks really pretty! I then curled my eyelashes and applied my Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, it's my holy grail mascara and you can see my review of it here.
  4. After I've finished with my eyes I move onto my brows. I think eyebrows are so important! I mean, have you seen that photo set of celebrities without eyebrows? Creepy. I use my Eylure Brow Pencil in the shade Medium Brown to Light Blonde. I finish them off with Maybelline's Brow Drama Mascara in Medium Brown to keep them in place all day, you can see my review here.
  5. Once my eyes are complete I move back to my face. I use Bourjois' Bronzing Powder and I lightly dust that where I would normally contour as I still want to add some structure to my face but I don't want it to look too harsh. I also dust it lightly on my forehead to make me look a little more tanned than I actually am.
  6. I then dust some blush on my cheeks, the one I use is by Barry M and I think it's the shade Pink Orchid, I've had it that long I can't even remember.
  7. After that I apply my favourite go to lipstick, Kate Moss' Lasting Finish in 19. It's a really pretty pink and it's perfect for summer!

I hope you enjoyed this look! What's your guys' favourite go to product for summer?
Holly x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

Hey guys,
Today I'm going to be reviewing Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. This is my go to, everyday foundation because I find that it's really quick and easy to put on and I think it looks great! I have repurchased this twice in the past as I really like it, I'm a big fan of anything cream based as I think they are so quick and easy to apply and they almost always look really nice. I got mine in the shade, 04 Light Porcelain, however on the website the name seems to have been changed to Porcelain Ivory, but I'm the lightest shade they do, yay for being pale...

I find that this foundation goes on really well despite whether you put it on with your hands, a brush or a sponge. The finish is still really good! It's not too heavy and it doesn't feel greasy or make my face dry out which is awesome as I have combination skin. It gives a medium to light coverage but it can be built up. I think that this is a really good foundation for summer as it provides coverage without being heavy, plus it has SPF 15 so that's pretty awesome as well!

I also feel like it does quite a good job of hiding any redness or spots I may have however it does start to fade throughout the day. It doesn't go away completely but it won't look the same at night as it does in the morning. But don't let this deter you from buying it! It doesn't clog your pores and it blends super easily which is great if you sleep through your alarms and have half an hour to get ready... Which never happens to me...

As you can see in the photo below I'm almost out, but I will be repurchasing this product as I really love it! I love the packaging as well, I think its really cute and small, however if you have nails I could see this packaging being annoying as the foundation could get under your nails when you're scooping it out of the tub.

This foundation does last me quite a while as I don't have to apply very much to get the coverage I want and the container is quite deep so there's a lot of product. This will probably always be my go to foundation as the colour matches my skin tone really well and there aren't many negatives, it's definitely my favourite at the minute.

The swatch below for some reason photographed with a slight orange tinge but I promise it doesn't actually have an orange tinge, after all, no one wants to look like an oompa loompa... Unless it's Halloween.

Below is a before and after and as you can see it definitely helped to get rid of redness and make any blemishes less noticeable. I also thinks it brightens my face up as well and makes me look more awake which is pretty awesome as I probably look like a zombie most of the time.

So as you can probably tell by this review I really, really, love this product! But I can't help it, it's a really good foundation!
Holly x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bargain Beauty: Fragrance Direct

Hey guys,
I was browsing the web a while back and I came across Fragrance Direct, a website that sells discounted cosmetics and perfumes. I think this is definitely going to be where I go first when I'm thinking about buying something as some of the discounts are really good! Now they don't have every single brand but they do have a huge range of brands, some of which include; Maybelline, Sally Hanson, Clinique and Estee Lauder. As you can see it sells both high end and drug store makeup, both of which have good bargains.

The layout of the site is really clean and simple which makes it super easy to navigate which is great as I hate it when websites are hard to use. My products came in about a week so I didn't have to wait long and the prices for things was really amazing!

Calvin Klein
Actual Price: £16
FD Price: £2.99 
Savings: £13.01

Eye Studio Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in Endless Purple
Actual Price: £4.99
FD Price: £1.50
Savings: £3.49

 (It's my fault that it looks like that, it was smooth and untouched when it arrived)

10 Day Anti-Choc No Chips Nail Polish
Actual Price: £5.99
FD Price: 99p
Savings: £5

*So Laque Nail Polish
Actual Price: £5.49
FD Price: £1.99
Savings: £3.50

 (16, 18, 23, 11)

(25, *61, *39, 12)

Actual Price: £6.99
FD Price: £2.25
Savings: £4.74

Actual Price: £77.89
Price I Paid: £16.66
Savings: £61.23

It really is worth shopping around online to try and find some discounts instead of just buying in the shops, as you can see I saved over £50 which is crazy! I really suggest checking out Fragrance Direct and saving your money :) There'll be reviews soon on the products I bought so you'll get to see how well they work considering how much I paid.
Holly x