Tuesday, 5 August 2014

LOREAL Sublime Bronze self-tanning elixir review

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been posting that much I have been super busy travelling, doing dissertation prep and all sorts. But now I'm back and my first post is a review on the new Loreal Paris self-tanning elixir. 
I brought this product as it looked interesting and was on offer in boots. Even though it is summer I just don't have the patience to sit outside and tan so faking it is always a must for me. Once I purchased it I decided to look up its reviews. They were all bad. Thankfully I decided to look them otherwise my body would be in a right state right now. In the end I only decided to try it out on my legs as I don't really get them out too much anyway. 

So I had a shower before applying, I shaved my legs and exfoliated. Once out of the shower and my legs had dried off completely I used a tanning mitt to apply the product to both of my legs. So far so good. It states to have no self-tan smell and it was half right. The smell isn't as pigmented as actual self tan products but there was still a hint of the fake tan smell. The product also states that it dries quickly and I would have to agree as it only took 2-3 minutes before I got dressed (although I still would advise wearing dark colours I'm not sure how white would cope with this, don't risk it!). Another bonus was that it made my skin really soft.

Day 1
So I've had the product on my legs now for a couple of hours and I can smell a hint of fake tan although it was bearable (I hate the smell of fake tan). As the tan developed and the hours went by the smell got much worse and it was starting to annoy me. 

Day 2
I woke up this morning with horrible streaks on my legs and it had gathered all around my ankles which is not a pretty sight. The smell is even worse now. The product states that you have to apply it for 3 consecutive days for a 2 week tan. After looking at my legs this morning I don't think I'll be applying the next layer anytime soon. Time for a shower to try and scrub this patchy tan off.

Product rating: 1/10

Sorry Loreal it just doesn't do what it says on the tin.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

TIP - for hair that is constantly knotty

If you're like me and you have extremely knotty hair. If you're one of those people who spend hours and hours brushing and 2 minutes later its one giant fur ball again. Well I suggest buying the LO'real de-tangler spray. 

Yes I know... it is for kids. But it works! 
Obviously it doesn't prevent your hair from getting all tangled up but it helps speed up the brushing process.

I tend to only really brush my hair before I wash it anyway so this product is perfect. It does have a strong fruity smell to it, which I personally don't want my hair to smell like which is why I only use it before showering.

It is really cheap in boots too and it lasts ages! 

Do you have any tips?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Current favourite lipsticks

I have come to understand that I have a slight obsession with lipsticks and seeing that I have a few that I adore I thought I would share them with you!

First there is my newest addition to the collection, Mac's matte lipstick in Chilli. My friend had this exact lipstick and I borrowed it all the time so I finally decided to buy my own! It is easily applied and lasts for a good few hours before you need to reapply. It also tastes and smells so good which is a bonus. It costs 15 pound and you can get it from your nearest mac store and in some department stores such as Fenwick. 


The next lipstick is by No7 and I got it in the sale in boots. I think i cost me about £1.50 but I can't remember. It is perfect for everyday wear as it is very subtle and lasts a long time. Its in the shade Glamour. I must add that this colour does not come out as pigmented as it looks.

This lipstick I bought myself when I was in Germany in one of their drugstores. It only cost me about 2 euro and I've never looked back. It is by the make p2 and shade Copacabana (059). This colour I feel is the best for the summer as its bright and very on trend right now.

The last lipstick I am going to tell you about is the Rimmel London 01 in the Kate Moss collection. The pigment of the red in this lipstick is greater than that of the Mac lipstick. This colour is one I would wear on a night out. Very vampire chic.

I highly recommend all of these lipsticks as they are all amazing yet all different.

If you're like me and you're not a fan of any lipstick that isn't matte then heres a tip... After applying your desired colour of lipstick, dap some tissue paper over the top gently to lift the shine. If this isn't enough then dust some matte powder over the top of your lips. This should do the trick. Now your once high-shine lipstick is now lovely and matte. 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

The day I turned into a zombie...

This post is going to be a tutorial on how to create a zombie look by using regular shop bought makeup. It is pretty easy and doesn't take long at all. The reason for this post is because my flatmate needed to take pictures of me dressed as a zombie for inspiration for her uni project. So lets get started!

The Make-up
I used a little bit of white face paint to make myself look a little bit pale (not too much as I didn't want it to look obvious) and then concealer for any areas that needed covering up! For the eyes I basically did a smokey eye but without looking in the mirror and made it extra messy (just moved the brush around in any direction on my eye socket, the messier the better). For my cheeks, instead of using my Sleek contouring palette I used dark eyeshadow so that my cheeks looked hollow and creepy! I also dragged the last of the eyeshadow left on the brushes that I used down the sides of my nose (don't know why but it seemed to work). Eyebrow routine was the same as always but I used a darker colour to bring them out. 
Extra -> So if you want to look even more zombie-fied than you already do, you can add some cuts and bruises. To do this, I used eyelash glue and dabbed it around the corner of my mouth and on my cheek bone. Once it is dry try to pick some off (not all) so that the texture is uneven and flaky. Then I added some random colours of eyeshadow on top of the glue (browns, blacks) so it stood out but blended at the same time. Right in the centre I added a dab of red lipstick (try to play around with the colours and amount of lipstick/shadow you use as it can vary at times). 

The Hair
As you can see from the pictures I literally just back-combed my hair like crazy and covered it in hairspray. Simple but effective.

Hand Make-up
For a little extra effect, I added black eyeshadow on one of my hands. I added it to the areas that naturally have a shadow to enhance the "dead/zombie" look. 

Nails: Little Mix false nails from Boots (£6)
Jumper: Topshop (over a year old)

Credit for photos: Claire Baker (@clairebaker18 on Insta)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Guess what guys, just got nominated for the 'Very Inspiring Blogger Award' by Doodles and Daydreams. Thanks Beth for nominating me for this award it means a lot! Everyone go and check out Beths blog it is awesome! 

What is this award I hear you say?!

1. Link the person who nominated you in your post
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other blogs and link them in your post
5. Let them know you've nominated them!

So here goes... 
1. I used to live in Serbia for four years before starting uni.
2. I am a YouTube junkie... especially love watching HigaTV, Lily Melrose, Pewdiepie, Marcus Butler TV, Troye Sivan and Beauavis.
3. I study Human Geography at Exeter uni.
4. I am a terrible liar.
5. I hate being late.
6. I would say that I'm addicted to chocolate.
7. Some of my best friends don't even live in the same country as me.

The blogs I nominate...
12. Gold Dust 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

DIY Sweet Tree!

This DIY sweet tree is perfect for any occasion, whether it is being used as table decoration at a party or even a gift to someone for their birthday. It is very easy and cheap to make and a unique idea. 

What you'll need:

  •  A pot to put your tree in
  • A polystyrene ball 
  • 2x Ribbon (any colour, your preference)
  • Something for the stem of the tree... in our case we used a wooden spoon
  • Play-doh
  • Sweets or chocolate of your choice
  • Sellotape 
  • Fabric glue (optional)
  • Tooth picks
  • Scissors 
  • Bubble wrap or something you can use to help stabilise the spoon and keep it in place
  • Felt (colour of your choice)
  • Paperclip or something small and sharp to pierce chocolate (optional)

Step 1: Grab your Play-Doh (we used two pots of it but it depends how big your tree is going to be as this is the main element that holds the tree in place) and roll it up into a big ball. Once you have done this split the ball into two and mould it around the spoon end of the wooden spoon (instead of a spoon you can use a piece of wood or something similar). Then put it into your pot.

Step 2: It is now time to secure your spoon in the pot as the Play-Doh alone is not enough due to the weight of the ball and sweets that will go on top. For this we used bubblewrap. Roll it up and force it into the gaps between the Play-Doh and spoon and the pot to avoid movement.

Step 3: Now to start a bit of decorating. With one of the two colours of ribbon we need to cover the spoon so it no longer looks like a spoon. Put the end of the piece of ribbon at the bottom of the spoon and secure it with a piece of Sellotape, then continue wrapping it around until you reach the top. We used a little bit of fabric glue here to make it look a little bit more neat but this step is optional.

Step 4: Time to disguise the bubble wrap in the pot. We used a piece of green felt, which we would shape to look like leaves. The first step was to fold it into four and cut the centre corner out so we could put it over the spoon. We will do the folding later on, but this piece of fabric needs to go on before we put the ball on top.

Step 5: Time to put the ball on top. You will need to find the centre and make an indention as the spoon is not pointy enough to make it alone. Here we used some scissors after we found the perfect point to pierce and then put it on top of the spoon where it was pushed on until it was completely stable.

Step 6: Its sweetie time! Before you start, cut your toothpicks in threes and discard the centre piece (where both ends are blunt). Here we used a paperclip which we stretched to piece a hole in the chocolate for the toothpick. The blunt end then went into the chocolate and the sharp end into the ball. Now its time to get creative and place them wherever you want. We didn't do a particular order we just made sure that no chocolate alike where near each other.

Step 7: Finishing touches. Now all thats left is to mould the felt into leaves and then place the left over chocolate on top of them! We also added some other ribbon around the pot in a regular bow to add some more colour to it. This is optional but personally I think it makes it look much better! 

You now have your very own chocolate/sweet tree!