MAC Viva Glam 1 Lipstick – Review

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Heyeyeyeyey!

Hope you guys new years have set off positively, mine has been interesting. Yes already. The wonders of the world I live in. I shall explain all on #SundayFundayCatchUp tomorrow…

SO I wanted to do a review on this MAC lipstick I bought the other day (with the vouchers I had in the back of my purse from last Christmas which I had forgotten about. MWHAHAHAHAHA!), when I popped out to the shops with my mamma. I originally went to get Ruby Woo & Kinda Sexy, neither of which they had in stock. An impossible sin I know. So I ended up with this one and another, which the review is coming soooooooon.

One down side is that their marketing team either had a day off or had a total brain fart on the day they were labelling the Viva Glam collection. The names Viva Glam 1, Viva Glam 2 etc is not exactly up to MAC’s normal standards of product naming abilities. But hey ho, everyone needs a day off right?! But otherwise, all is well on the horizon…

The swatch is below:
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When I was in the shop I was asking one of the girls there for a hand choosing a really gorgeous deep red colour. She immediately picked out this one and described it the only way I think it can be: A Super Vampy Red. Honestly when I put it on and look at the lipstick I’m like lost for any form of descriptive words other than ‘vampy’.But it really is. It’s a very deep, thick dark red, with some slightly browny purple undertones, which really accentuates your lips making them look as full bodied as ever. It’s matte, sort of. It’s matte but with a slight sheen to it, so it’s almost matte, which sounds a bit odd. Is that odd? It’s a bit odd. But awesome!

Due to it’s matteness (sort of matteness), it can tend to dry out your lips a little bit. So after you’ve worn it, put a good layer of lip treatment on it, whether it’s a balm or Vaseline or whatever takes your fancy. If you wear matte a lot, keep your lips moisturised, matte lipstick likes to think it’s a dehydrated fish, so balm up!

This specific shade looks beautiful with lots of dark eye shadow tones and a nude/beige blush. Or on a more day to day look, with thick winged eye liner and black liner on your water line, keeping it simple but gorgeous.

Regardless of your hair colour, how pale or dark your skin is, your eye colour, clothing style that day, this lipstick will work. Trust me. It’s so adaptable and works all round. It may be dark, and more for what some may wear on an evening when you’re getting all dolled up, but personally I love shades like this and wear them whenever I can, so go for it, be a bit more daring and whack it on for the day. You’ll turn heads I promise!

Seriously go out and buy yourself some. This is my favourite lipstick I’ve ever owned hands down.

Hope you liked this review guys, let me know what you think!

 

Love&Hugs

 

Roobes xxxxx

 

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My Winter Skin Care Must Haves & Skin Care Tips!

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In the picture above you see a rather large pile of ‘stuff’. This pile of ‘stuff’ is so important for me to keep on top of using during the winter season. Why? Because throughout winter your skin goes through the freezing cold of the outside to the warmth of your house when you get in. It gets hit by wind, cold temperatures, rain and snow, then you get inside and instantly hit it with the heating, hot water and rubbing it dry with towels. Due to all your skin goes through during this time of year it’s SO important you take your best care of it. But not just your face, your body too.

You need to make sure you replenish the moisture in your face as the quick mixture of temperatures can really dry it out. But it’s so important to make sure your skin is clean and clear first! There’s no point rubbing moisturiser into dirty skin, all hell will break loose! So once you’ve removed any make up, make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove any excess, one make up wipe only does half the job, cleanser does the other half. I find soap-free cleansers are the absolute best. Soap holds Alkalis usually in the form of sodium, which can cause damage and reduce moisture in the skin, so it’s best to steer clear of it on your face. Especially in winter!

With the elements hitting you’re skin as they do this time of year, anyone who’s anyone is prone to dry skin, even the oiliest of skin (trust me on that one). Dry skin, if not ex-foliated properly can become a hoarder or bacteria and cause problems with your pores, so it’s key to make sure you’re exfoliating probably every other day. Or use a gentle exfoliator lightly every day.
Ex foliating is quite abrasive and rough against your skin obviously, so it’s so important you moisturise afterwards, otherwise it’s not going to benefit the appearance of your skin at all. Arguably the dry skin will just come back worse, become tight and crack. What I find helps, as your T-zone is quite oil prone still, is to continue to keep up with your T-zone cleansers/lotions, to help your complexion even more thoroughly.

One awesome trick I regularly use is having a face massager (you’ll see in the picture it’s the weird pointy thing on a stick). I use this some nights with my cleanser on, as massaging the skin helps bring the blood to the surface, increasing the repair-ability of your skin tissue. So it’s a big help with dry/cracked skin and spots too.

Now with your body. We often wrap up like crazy in the winter, which can mean our skin is very hot, a bit sweaty and doesn’t have much time to breath. So it’s incredibly important you give your skin a super deep clean when you jump in the shower on an evening. I like to use a thick creamy body wash, as it’s so relaxing and comforting. Or if I’m in the bath, a creamy bath gel with a refreshing scent is always a winner! You also want to make sure you’re skin is on top form in the winter, as it’s not always used to being that warm and tucked away under layers upon layers of clothes, so exfoliating is important here too. Just not as often, I usually do a couple of times a week maybe three times, but use a scrubbing mitten to help buff my skin too. Also, don’t forget you’re feet! They have it the worst and they’re working continuously, so make sure you’ve got a strong foot scrub to hand and you should probably use that a little more regularly!
As before, once you’ve ex-foliated you MUST moisturise, otherwise you’re simply doing further damage to your skin and it’s going to begin to find it difficult to rep,air itself. Dry skin = itchy skin. That’s a difficult one to recover from if you don’t begin to moisturise quickly.

Finally, don’t forget you’re hair!!! With this one, I wouldn’t wash as often, as the natural oils will help protect your hair. I’m not saying walk around like a grease monster, but don’t be washing you’re hair for the sake of it. When you do wash it, apply some conditioner to the bottom 3/4’s once you’re out of the shower to aid in protecting. Or, use a decent hair masque, which is made for helping build up strong hair and use it a little more regularly than usual. I use mine every 2 weeks in this weather. Try and avoid drying your hair too thoroughly too, it just dries it out more.

From above, my top products for winter are:

  • Body Shop’s Vanilla Spice Soap Free Shower Gel
  • Aqueous BP Moisturiser Cream
  • Cetaphil Soap Free Cleanser and Moisturiser
  • St Ives Apricot Face Scrub
  • Body Shop’s Facial Massager
  • Origins Ginger Body Scrub
  • Origins Grapefruit Shower & Bath Gel
  • Shuropody Foot Scrub & Cream
  • Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque

I hope you guys enjoyed this and found some interesting & helpful tips hiding in there and wishing you all an amazing start to 2015!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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New Years Eve Eye Make-up Tutorial – Naked3 Palette

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Hey there m’lovelies!

New Years Eve is literally right around the corner, so I figured it’d be nice to share with you guys one of my go to eye make up looks which is great for any celebratory occasion. I love this look specifically because it’s so versatile. You can wear it with any lip colour, any style of clothing and for any type of occasion, whether it’s a party, wedding, meal, prom or a night out. You name it, it works!

There are 4 shades which I have used for this look, 3 for the main shading and 1 for the brow bone highlight, all of which were from the Naked3 Palette by Urban Decay. I also used Benefits Bikini-Tini cream shadow as a base. If you don’t have it I will have a picture of it below, explaining which shades I used, so you can get an idea to match to.
I used:
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From left to right: Strange to highlight my brow bone, Trick on my inner corner across my lid, Factory from the outer corner to the middle and Blackheart from the outer corner blended at an angle 3/4’s of the way across my crease only.

So beginning with Trick, I took that and applied it the whole way across my lid, no where else. I followed this by adding Factory to the outer corner of my eye and blending it 1/2 way across my eyelid to the centre, again only on the lid. Then I took a small angled brush and created a line from the corner of my eye to about 1/3rd of the way up. I then took a flat blending brush and applied it from the guidance line I just created, and in horizontal motions, began blending across my crease adding a slight curve to the blending motion. Black heart has a gentle hint of deep plumb to it when you look in the light, which is why you need to make sure you blend it out thoroughly. If you don’t you wont get the mild plumby haze which sits just lightly above the black shade, giving it a gorgeous uniqueness. Now you want to take a small pointed blending brush and apply the tiniest amount of Blackheart to the corner of your lid, just to enhance the shading on the lid and so you don’t get a really harsh cut crease. Keep it quite close to the corner blending gently about 1/4 of the way into your lid. Now take Strange and highlight your brow bone with a fluffy small blending brush. To finish the eye shadow, take your angled brush again and apply Blackheart 2/3rd’s of the way in under your lower lashes, keeping it very close to your water line, then take a clean angled brush and use Trick to finish the last third under your lower lashes to the inner corner of your eye.

To finish the look, use a black eye liner under your water line, top and bottom, then take a good black mascara and apply generously. I haven’t used a gel liner to create any winged look at all as I don’t feel it is necessary and the look is perfectly complimentary as it is. I don’t feel it’s needed. But to enhance the look if you’re wearing this for a night out or a bigger occasion, some thick false lashes look gorgeous with this look!

Because this is such a versatile look you can go for so many different lip colours/glosses to compliment the eye shadow. My favourite shades are, deep purples, vampy reds and beige/dark nudes with a very slight hint of pink to them – a good example of this kind of nude is MAC’s Viva Glam 2 (just so you get my drift). You could finish with a gloss if you liked but the shadows do have a shimmer to them, so you may not want to over sparkle, and keep your lips matte.

For the rest of my face, I kept it on the neutral side, using MAC’s Gingerly blush and Benefit’s HOOLA bronzer and taking Benefit’s Watts Up?! highlighting cream stick on the bridge of my nose, above my cheek bones and bottom of my chin, just to create some shape and body to my face.

I hope this look has given you guys some inspiration for this evening and I hope you all have an amazing evening and welcoming to the new year! All of my absolute best wishes for 2015 my darlings!

 

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Roobes xxxxx

 

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Garnier 7 Days Hydrating Lotion Review…

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HeyHeyHey!

Hop you all had an amazing christmas and santa brought you all the lovely goodies you were hoping for! New Year celebrations are only a couple of days away, I can’t believe how fast it has all come around!

Today I wanted to do a review on the Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Hydrating Lotion. A statement like ‘7 Day Hydrating Lotion’ is quite a statement to make, so I believe it’s quite important that these kinds of products are reviewed, so people know whether it lives up to it’s name or not. So my experience with this product went like this…

When I bought it, I didn’t typically read the back, as I don’t think most people would, a lotion is quite simply a lotion, it doesn’t get much more exciting than that. So I didn’t really think to much about reading the back of it for this one either. 7 days is 7 days right?
So after my first use (after morning shower and evening shower), yes my skin felt hydrated, but it wasn’t until after I had got over the painfully perfumed smell of it and how much it stung my dry skin (not good). All things considered, I figured that’s my skin sorted for the next 7 days, let see what happens from now onwards. Wondering would my skin really feel lovely and moisturised for that length of time without touching any?!

When you put into perspective what your skin goes through; exfoliating, shaving, cold weather, warm weather, sweating, clothes, bed, animals, scrubbing in the shower, scratching, just to name a few things we all do every day. How can it be possible that 1 lotion can cover 7 days of that and your skin actually be soft, hydrated and moisturised? I wasn’t sure this product was at all realistic but I kept going anyway.

After 7 days my skin was as dry as before, not moisturised in the slightest. So I finally (with regret) read the back. Apparently it works only when:

** Twice daily application for 4 weeks, consumer tested on 51 subjects for 5 weeks

*** 24 Hour hydration instrumental test on 24 subjects

Recommendation of use: Don’t apply on the face

So in regards to the above which was surprisingly hiding in tiny letters at the bottom of the bottle, it’s a bit of  a cheeky statement on the front of the bottle. So yes, it does hydrate your skin for 7 days, but only after using it like a normal lotion twice a day for 4 weeks and the statement about 24 hour hydration makes you question the products efficiency.

It also concerns me highly what is in the product as it is advised you do not apply it to your face, although it doesn’t smell like something you would really want on your face any how. It’s too strong and smells like it would do more harm than good on skin as delicate as the skin on your face.

When I originally bought this product – which has been sitting in my cupboard for a good couple of years now, it was about £5-7 if I remember correctly. It is now on sale for £1.99 in Tesco. Considering the huge price drop, I don’t believe for one minute I am the only person to find this product as one with a bit of cheek and a big fat sneaky comment on the front of the product which makes people really intrigued. I don’t believe companies should entice people in such a way, it should be honesty at it’s best when it comes down to cosmetics and skin care – as everyone is looking for the best but can’t always pay the prices. So it’s nice to see a drug store equivalent, as long as it actually works like it says it will.

I know I have been a bit brutal with this review, but as I said it really did not seem to do the trick.

In case you were wondering, I did in fact carry on for 6 weeks with the product, much to my disapproval, after reading the back. To see if it would prove me wrong. It didn’t. My skin was no different, no more improved and no more hydrated looking than before. even with 2 weeks more use than stated on the bottle. I more than happily went back to using my original moisturiser once a day and with in a week my skin was back to looking healthy and hydrated.

So in my opinion – this is one to walk past. Which is a real shame – I’m so lazy so not having to moisturise my skin for 7 days would be a dream!

Hope you found this helpful guys, if you’ve tried it, what did you think?

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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NOTD: Christmas Snowy Glitter Christmas Scene

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IT’S CHRISTMASSSSSSSSSSS!

Therefore it’s my run up to Christmas nail design posts! Starting with my snowy Christmas scene nails. This one is a little more intricate than my usual ones – I went all out on this design – for what I’m normally capable of anyway ha.
This is a more time consuming design but not difficult or hard work to do at all, which is awesome!

For this look I used:

A navy blue base, a dark blue glitter, a white, a white glitter to cover the white polish, black for the snowman’s eyes, smile and buttons, an orange for his nose and a red and green for the baubles on the Christmas tree (but you could use which ever colours you like for that bit :))
I also used a large dotting tool for the snow drops, a very small dotting tool for the baubles and snowman’s face & buttons and a small brush tool for the Christmas tree’s.

Taking your navy blue, apply 2-3 coats and once dry and one good coat of your blue glitter. Once this has dried, take your white and apply a wobbly French manicure type line to the edge of your nail. Don’t make it too straight as it’s supposed to look like snow has fallen naturally and unevenly. You might need two coats of this depending on how thick your white polish is. Then whilst that’s drying, take your large dotting tools and apply your snow drops to all of your nails but only to 2/3rds of the nail – avoiding your ring finger. You need to remember to leave room for your Christmas tree. Whilst you have your large dotting tool to hand, apply a large blob to your ring finger on the line of your snowy tip and a smaller one on top, depending on the length of your nails you may be able to do 3.
Now for the tree. Take your small brush tool and your white polish. Paint on the tree by doing a small flick out left from the point of the tree top, then again from the tree top out right. Then again left from where the point the two flicks meet and right from the same point again. Then a short line vertically downwards for the trunk of the tree all the way into your snowy tip.

By now, your snow drops, tips and snowman should be dry, so go back over them with your white glitter to add some more sparkle and magic to the look. Take your small dotting tool whilst this is drying and add your baubles, I alternated mine red and green for extra Christmassyness but you can use any colour you fancy!

When your snowman is completely dry add on his buttons, eye’s, smiley face and carrot nose (you can even add a top hat/scarf if you have long enough nails for that sort of space!)

ALWAYS finish with your top coat and ONLY when you’re nails are completely dry!

I hope you guys like this tutorial, let me know if you did!

I hope you have an amazing Christmas!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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NOTD: Christmas Glistening Snow in the Evening

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Hey Guys – it’s Christmas in 2 days :O

This nail design is ridiculously easy but looks so SO SO beautiful. It’s like glistening snow in the evening. Gorgeous! I simply used 3 nail shades on top of my base and top coat, all of which are drug store products. Win!

I used:

  • OPI Base & Top Coat
  • Barry M Blueberry
  • No7 In The Stars
  • Barry M Diamond Silver Glitter

After my base coat I applied 3 thin layers of Blueberry. It’s one from the ‘Gelly Hi-Shine’ range, so it’s quite thin initially, but gives a great finish!

Once they are completely dry, I applied 1 layer of In The Stars – which is a lovely shimmery/sparkly clear coat, so it just adds a bit of extra twinkle to the look. Then finished it with one layer of Diamond Silver Glitter. Once completely dry, add your top coat.

This is such a simple easy tutorial and finishes with such a beautiful, wintry look. Although you could definitely wear this for an occasional look.

Let me know if you like this or give it a try! (Sorry about the edges – I forgot to clean them up!)

Merry Christmas you beauties!

Love&Hugs

 

Roobes xxxx

 

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#SundayFundayCatchUp

Heeeeeeeey!

So catch up time! I need to apologise for missing last weeks. I’ve been so busy with things lately, trying to sort out the flat, christmas, arranging travel for Christmas etc I haven’t had time to sit down. Crazy!
On with the past week…
It’s been a nice wind down week for Christmas really. I’ve been stupidly excited to get to see MockingJay Part 1 and that the new Annie movie is coming out! EEK! I was ecstatic to find out that Caroline Flack had won Strictly Come Dancing – talk about deserving it!!! Although I’m bouncing off the walls at a much slower rate when Ben Haenow won X Factor, he did well and all that but he wasn’t Fleur and certainly wasn’t Andrea. Talk about a completely backwards result. Eugh. I popped out and indulged a little bit for myself for a change, I got myself some gorgeous new MAC lipsticks and some new nail polishes which is exciting (haul blog to come!) and went back to brown!
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I FINALLY went to the Alchemist! I’ve been desperate to go since it opened but me being me refuses to pay £20 for 2 cocktails, but seeing as though it’s cChristmas Me and my mam decided it was time to treat ourselves so we dug into these – my beloved woowoo and the hot and cold espresso (which I am intensely jealous I didn’t get, it was scrummy and suuuuper impressive when they made it!)
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That was followed by a gorgeous meal to finish a fantastic day of shopping off!I finished my Christmas shopping which I managed to forget ’til the last minute. No surprise there! We also had our little Christmas day today as I wont be home for Christmas, so we’ve had such an amazing, lovely day together. We cooked something yummy and opened all of our presents. My favourite thing about Christmas is watching people open the presents I bought for them, I love the surprise and happiness.

Christmas drinks were in order for the last day of work. Which included many a beer, wine and vodka. And got carried away with the Christmas Duck…
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So you can imagine how much I needed the vat of coffee I devoured the next morning…
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Regardless of my painful (understatement) head, I managed some therapy at the hairdressers and dragged myself out on a lovely long walk. You can’t beat the way the sky looks at this time of year. It doesn’t come anywhere close the rest of the year I mean seriously, just look at the view I got to take in:
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PRRRIIIDDDEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Minus the hangovers, excessive Christmas drinking and some sensible stuff inbetween, I’ve had my head deeply burrowed in my particularly festive book; I Heart Christmas. This book by Lindsey Kelk is perfect for you girly, romantic, Christmas lovers out there. I got mine second hand super cheap from Amazon. I absolutely recommend this book 100%.

Some gorgeous songs have come out the past week, and some of my Christmas faves have made an epic reappearance – Fairytale of New York and Stop the Cavalry. Christmas is not complete with out them. We just need a bit of snow now! Not long, it’s basically 3 days (can you tell I’m counting down? 😉

Hope you guys are in for an amazing Christmas time, check out my blog tomorrow for my Christmas nail designs. I have 3 major Christmas nail blogs for the run up to Christmas on Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday! 2 tutorials and 1 about my staple shades, so stay tuned! I’m going to go dance around my house to ‘Fairytale of New York’ now…

 

Love&Hugs&FestiveWishes!

Roobes xxxxx

 

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