Thursday, 24 July 2014

What I'm Wearing | Woodland Princess


Hello beautiful people, this morning I was feeling a little meh so thought I'd have a play around with some makeup looks. Lately I have been browsing Instagram and coming across such beautiful and talented people I thought it was about time I made a bit of effort. I was sat watching YouTube videos and scrolling Instagram profiles this morning with no makeup on and looking rather scruffy so to cheer myself up I've come up with this Woodland Princess look and I really like it. 

I love coming up with new creations and must sit down more often to do them because I really enjoy it, I hope you like this look and let me know if there are any themes you'd like to see next on my 'What I'm Wearing' posts. 

So to start off I wanted to create a dewy glowing base, you all know that's my go to look so to do this I mixed Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation with Crownbrush Illuminating Liquid Foundation in the shade FK165. I absolutely love mixing this illuminator with my foundations at the moment, it's a beautiful rose gold shade and gives a gorgeous finish I'm quite obsessed with it. I then moved on to bronzer and I have been using the new Naked Flushed Palette in the shade Native, I used all three shades in this look; the bronzer, the highlighter and blush. Such a beautiful palette. 

On to the eyes, I really wanted to emphasise my eyes but still keep it quite simple so I used the Too Faced Chocolate palette and stuck to warm bronzy shades which really make blue eyes pop. Keeping it simple I didn't use any liner on the top lash line but I did place some on the waterline to intensify my eyes slightly and I also added some Bourjois 1 Second Volume mascara and Perfect Lashes in Glam to finish the look. I absolutely love these lashes, I have used these over 10 times now and they are still going strong I'd highly recommend them if your looking for a good pair of lashes. Too finish off the overall eye look I filled my brows using BDB Brow powder in the shade Taupe. 

Lastly I wanted to keep the lips very neutral so used a beautiful nude shade I bought in a blog sale a little while back, Too faced lipstick in the shade Naked Dolly

I really love the end result and hope you do too, have you been channelling your inner woodland princess recently? 


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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

THE SUMMER EDIT | British Summer Essentials

folli follie
folli follie

I was recently contacted by the lovely PR team that look Folli Follie and asked if I wanted to take part in their British Summer Essentials Campaign. I was kindly sent a wonderful package of goodies and I wanted to share them with you all today. British Summers are a little different to those in other countries, we can't always rely on the sunshine so today I'm going to share a few essentials that will help you along your way if your not going abroad this Summer. I've added a few extras to the kit to make sure we are fully ready so I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think. 

I have to start with the gorgeous bag itself, how beautiful is this Heart4Heart Shoulder bag by Folli Follie? I have to admit I hadn't come across Folli Follie as a brand before so when I had a nose at their website I was amazed at all the beautiful bags, jewellery and accessories. Seriously a site I shall be visiting more often. The bag itself is a beautiful bright red and I think a great colour all year round wether it be for that Chirstmasy touch or Summer lovin'. It currently comes in 5 different shades accompanied by Rose Gold esq hard wear which is stunning, I absolutely adore the central flower buckle its so chic and inside there are many compartments for each of your essentials, perfect! 


OK so lets move onto tanning, and hair essentials. I rarely get a chance to sunbathe even when the sun is out so having a good self tanner is a must for me, I have tried Laurens Way Glam Tan quite a few times now and I always get compliments when I wear it. The tan is super easy to apply and uber dark so if your on the look out for a new dark tan then this is one to try. Lets not forget our hair, along with keeping it well conditioned and soft I always like to have a dry shampoo to hand, I'm quite lazy when it comes to washing my hair so having a dry shampoo keeps my locks looking fresh is a must and this one by Batiste is absolutely gorgeous because it also has a floral scent. Very pretty, not too overpowering and gorgeous packaging. Lastly we can't risk ruining our hair or tan so having a cute umbrella wherever you go is a must, I always have one it my car or in my bag as the smallest amount of moisture ruins my hair and if I have bad hair I have a very bad day!


Ofcourse we always need to protect our skin whilst out in the sun that does shine on us so having one like this Shiseido Protective Tanning Cream will not only fit perfectly in our bag but it will also leave the skin feeling well hydrated and give it a dewy glow. Whilst we are trying to keep our skin hydrated we are also trying to keep our makeup on, I don't wear a huge amount of makeup when the sun is shining just because I don't want it to melt off my face but recently I've been using this Clarins Fix' Makeup mist and it has been keeping me refreshed and holding my makeup in place. I love to spritz this on half way through the day to add some life back into my face and radiance. Lastly when I'm having a 'no makeup' kind of day I will always pop a lip balm on of some sort, this EOS balm is super cute and smells so good! 


Going along with the 'no makeup' makeup theme I just wanted to mention a few essentials I pop into my bag to aid the natural look. I always pop some bronzer on, this will help give that natural glow and I adore this Retractible bronzing brush from Real Techniques because you can just pop the lid on and it protects your bag from getting bronzerfied. I especially don't want to ruin this gorgeous bag so I'm taking no risks! I also like to look radiant and dewy so I've opted for this Urban Decay Naked Skin Illumnating Beauty Balm, this has barely any cover but I like that it gives a sheer layer of sunshine and feels nice and light weight on the skin. Finally If I'm going somewhere where I don't want to feel completely bare I'll pop on a pinky nude gloss, I adore Tanya Burrs Picnic in the park it's such an easy shade to wear and lasts really well too. 


Final essential, sunglasses! I always need a good pair of sunglasses wether I'm driving around or sat down at the park. I have quite sensitive eyes and I am a bit of a vampire and often prefer sitting in the dark at home when the sun is shining just because it can really give me a headache sometimes. I have been wearing the same pair of sunglasses for a while which were a cheap high street pair, don't get me wrong I absolutely loved the style but they weren't protecting my eyes and I could really notice that so when I received this pair which are pretty much the exact same style I was so happy. I absolutely love these sunglasses by Folli Follie, the quality is absolutely amazing and they feel so comfortable to wear. I can't really explain it but when I look through the lens I can really tell the difference and I don't find myself squinting anymore. A fab pair of sunglasses that remind me of Raybans but much more affordable. 

I hope you enjoyed this British Summer Essentials post, what would be your ultimate essential item for your handbag this Summer? 

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Latest In Beauty | The Glamour Beauty Edit Box

 Latest In Beauty | The Glamour Beauty Edit Box
 Latest In Beauty | The Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Do you remember back in November I uploaded an unboxing video of the Latest In Beauty Beauty Glamour Edit Box well I'm back with another unboxing here on the blog today with the latest box added to the Latest in beauty collection. I have to say these boxes are such great value for money and you get so many products, this box is in fact worth over £86 but you pay just £16.95 which is such a steal. Want to know what Glamour Magazine and Latest In Beauty have chosen to go in this box? It's a goodun! 

 Latest In Beauty | The Glamour Beauty Edit Box

The product that I was most excited to try was the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick, it's a new nude lipstick that has just been launched and I've seen these on many blogs so I was very excited to give it a try, when you buy this beauty box some shades can vary in certain products so I was a little worried I'd get a shade that didn't suit me but in fact I got the exact shade I wanted which is Rosepout which is a beautiful nude pink shade and a very wearable shade. Looks gorgeous with a tan and I love how creamy and pigmented the lipstick is, it's amazing! 

I was very intrigued about the next product, Magnifibres Brush-on False Lashes. What on earth could this be and does it really work? Well basically you brush on the fibres to your lashes straight after applying mascara, then wait for it to dry and re coat with another layer of mascara and your meant to be left with super long thick lashes. I've given this a go a couple of times and I'm yet to get the knack of it without making my lashes too clumpy but I will say it definitely adds length and gives that false lash effect. I'm excited to try this more. 

Summer time I usually wear bright nails but I was greeted with this beautiful Crabtree & Evelyn Nail polish and I have to say it's been really nice to wear. The soft pale pink is very very sheer on the nails but it's a very nice subtle colour that would work perfect as a french manicure base or even a bridal shade. It dried super quick and I didn't need to add a top coat afterwards as it was pretty glossy too, lasting power wasn't amazing but as I mentioned no top coat was added and I'm very heavy handed so probably my fault. 

Ah next up we have a gorgeous blush from my favourite drugstore brand, Bourjois. I needn't say anymore, the texture of these blushes are just beautiful and are so easy to work with. The peachy shade is just stunning and goes well with the rest of my ever growing collection. 

 Latest In Beauty | The Glamour Beauty Edit Box
 Latest In Beauty | The Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Ohh how did you know I'd be uber excited about the next few products, tan just screams Liza! I have been dying to get my hands on an instant tan for so long, every time I go to town I get side tracked and forget to pick any up so I was rather pleased to see the Rimmel Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector, so not only I now have an instant tan I also have some skin miracle! I did actually try this today and I have to say the colour was very nice and looked almost like melted dairy milk when I applied! It definitely made my skin look more even and didn't transfer onto my clothes either which I was quite worried about especially picking little man up all the time. I applied this with the tanning mitt that also came in the box, they really had us tanaholics in mind for this box. Amen! For those days out in the sun we have a mini Hawaiian Tropic ultra radiance sun lotion, how adorable is this and yes it smells gorge. 

The last few products in the box are a DHC Deep cleansing oil, I'm not too excited about oils but this promises to dissolve even the most stubborn makeup so I think I shall definitely be testing it out I shall let you know how that goes. Finally the last product was a Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip, full size. I'm actually really excited to use this because lately whenever I wear my hair straight it's super flat so I think it's time to get some volume in it and use some volumising products. Can't wait to put this to the test. 

So that was the contents of the Latest In Beauty Glamour Beauty Edit Box along with some discount leaflets and coupons, such amazing value and I can't wait to see what's in the next one! 

Have you ever purchased one of these boxes? What's your favourite item in this box! 

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What I'm Wearing | Summer Glow


Hi sweeties hope your all having a great week, this morning whilst doing my makeup I fancied going for quite a light summery look. I have been loving more of a bronzed look lately and a fake tanned last night so I'm looking super tanned for a change. I started by using my Crownbrush illuminating foundation all over my face, I use the shade FK101 which is the perfect shade for me and the foundation itself is a nice light to medium cover. I then popped some of the Crownbrush Illuminator onto my cheekbones, I used the shade FK165 which is the rose gold illuminator and I'm seriously obsessed with it it's such a beautiful and powerful illuminator that really shouts Summer! I then just touched up any blemishes I had with TheBalm anti wrinkle concealer in the shade lighter than light, this concealer has been fab it adds a great amount of coverage without looking cakey and it's also great for brightening up the under eye area and highlighting the brow bone.

Once the base was done it was time to perfect and sculpt, I haven't fully contoured my face but I did use the new Bourjois Delice De Poudre Duo and the Golden Delice De Poudre. Let me tell you these powders merged together create the most beautiful glow and I have been using them all week! Final touch on the cheeks I used the Bourjois cream blush in Pink Sunwear which is a very pretty bronzed shade to go along with the theme of todays look. 

Face done, I moved onto the eyes keeping it pretty simple I used a Nars multiple in the shade Puerto Vallarta I love this shade and how versatile it is it also looks beautiful with Mac Rubenesque. In the crease I used the shade 'Whim' from the Stila In the Moment Palette and I also used the shade 'Spontaneous' on the brow bone and tear duct area to add some extra light and dimension to the look. To line the eyes I used the Zoeva Cat Eye Pen which is another great find, Its very similar to the Loreal one I use but I believe it's even cheaper which is fantastic. I find it much easier to apply my liner with a felt tip style nib it creates the easiest line in a matter of seconds and this eyeliner is super black. For mascara I used the Loreal Lash Architect False Lash Effect Mascara, I really like this mascara because the wand is super thin so it makes coating the lower lashes very easy for me. I didn't stop there with the lashes, to add some extra volume I used the Magnifibres Brush On False Lashes which is a product I received in my Glamour Latest In Beauty box this week so I'm still trying to get the hang of it definitely makes my lashes longer but I need to use it a few more times before I can give my full opinion of it. 

Lastly I filled my brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in the shade Blonde, this brow product is amazing and I've fallen in love with it all over again. Precise, beautiful brows in seconds that last all day long! Once I completed my face and eyes I added one of my favourite lip glosses which is by Tanya Burr and it's the shade Picnic in the park, I wanted to use this to add a little more of daytime chic to the look and I think it works a dream. 

What have been your summer go to's for that perfect bronzed look? 

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

THE SUMMER EDIT | BLUSH LOVIN'

summer blushes
summer blushes

Summer blushes, oh so fun! I have quite a selection and a couple of different formulas to share with you all today. I really adore blushes and as you can see my favourite shades are pretty warm although there are a couple of red/pink tones in there for you. I hope you are enjoying my Summer series, I have really enjoyed writing it and have much more in store for you over the next couple of weeks so keep those peepers peeled! 

summer blushes

Lets start with the peachy tones, I bought Sugarbomb by Benefit last summer and it was a firm favourite of mine because although I love the look of blushers I'm also quite scared of them and worried about overdoing it so Sugarbomb is the perfect blush if you don't want to over do it and just want a subtle peachy glow. Next up we have a new blush coming to you very soon by Bourjois, this blush is a cream formula which is a gorgeous golden shade and perfect with a bronzed glow. I adore doubling this up as a matte lip colour, it stays on four hours and looks super chic. 

summer blushes

Now for some colours that are a little out of my comfort zone but have been loving lately, I was inroduced to this Stila convertible colour in rose* which has been made for lips and cheeks. At first I thought this is probably more of an Autumn/Winter shade but once I applied it I knew it was going to get lots of use. I love this colour on, it's easy to blend although I recommend working quite quick with it and it's also best applied with a stippling brush. This on the lips gives a gorgeous just bitten lip look which I adore, it's like my lips but better and more intense which is such a great look for every day. Next we have Down Boy by TheBalm*, as you all know TheBalm is becoming a vast favourite for me. I love this petal pink it's so delicate and very cute for adding that flirty touch to your makeup look it is also a blush that makes you look very fresh faced and is perfect for that 'no-makeup' makeup look it also is a great subtle highlighter too. Double whammy! 

summer blushes

Who isn't surprised with these two choices? You all know I love a bit of coral so thought I'd save the best until last. I'm absolutely in love with these peachy coral shades, as you all know I adore the Clinique Cheek Pop Blushers I have mentioned them many times now so I won't bore you all but if you'd like to read a review click here. The second peach/coral shade I have been loving is He loves me maybe.. by Zoeva, I didn't even realise Zoeva sold makeup. I have been swooning over their rose gold brushes and was too distracted to look any further so when this little baby arrived on my doorstep I was rather excited. This blush with a tan and bronzer look so gorgeous, it is the perfect colour to wear when you've got that summer glow and it's also quite a similar shade to Mac Melba which is beautiful, this is less than half the price so what you waiting for! Go Grab it!

What have been your favourite summer blushes? Any you have your eye on here? 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

HUGE Fragrance Direct Haul

fragrance direct haul

Hello lovelies, Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend it's gone way too quick for my liking! Yesterday when I got home from work I was greeted with a very exciting parcel. Do you remember the Fragrance Direct Competition I entered a month or two ago? Well I'm super happy to announce I won, I'm completely shocked and excited. I am now Brand Ambassador for Fragrance Direct and I'm so excited to work with them this year on some fab projects and share with you all the FD news and goss. I also won a huge hamper full of goodies so I wanted to share with you what I got, I will of course write reviews as and when I feel ready too and have used the products enough but for now here's a sneak peek at what I received. I also wanted to mention, if you are a viewer of my YouTube channel then I am going to be changing my upload days from a Sunday to a Wednesday. I just feel changing it to a Wednesday will give me more time to edit and upload. Hope that's OK, if you'd prefer another day do let me know. 


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S Factor Conditioner 

Huge thank you to Fragrance Direct for the amazing gifts I can't wait to try them all. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are you most excited to see a review of?


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Friday, 11 July 2014

THE SUMMER EDIT | FAUX GLOW PERFECTION


I can't write a Summer series on my blog without mentioning self tan now can I? If your a long term reader of Glambeautys then you'll know that I am a lover of self tanners, I feel that using these products will not only keep your skin safe from any nasties but it will also help to make you feel confident and achieve a gorgeous Summer glow. I won't lie, I have had some huge tanning disasters in the past, from orange palms to patchy legs and oh yes crocodile skin from not removing properly so today I want to tell you about of a few of my current favourite tans and add a few tips to get the perfect tan too. 

THE TANS
There are a huge variety of tans out there in all sorts of price ranges and formulas, from mousses to lotions, instants to graduals I mean the list is endless when it comes to self tans. My favourite formula is mousse, I find it the easiest to work with and my current favourite is by Cocoa Brown. I have mentioned this tan in a favourites video a couple of months ago and I haven't stopped using it since, In fact I've stepped it up a notch and alternate between the original and the new Dark tanning mousse and I'm in love. If your not a fan of mousse formulas I adore the Vita Liberata self tanning gel, I find this tan to be super moisturising on the skin and the colour super natural I wrote a full review here if you'd like to read. I have written lots of faux tan posts before so I won't go through all of them today but if your not a huge fan of fake tan then I'd highly recommend trying gradual tanners to add just a touch of colour and to help your skin have that subtle glow. I adore Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Duo, this duo is fantastic and smells divine seriously no horrible fake tan smell and a dream to apply. (Review here) 


THE APPLICATION
A successful self tan situation is all down to the application and preparation of the skin, this is where I used to miserably fail back in the day using my bare hands to apply the tan and layer and layer it day after day, seriously I was a tan addict. With such a passion for self tanning it then led onto spray tans, the flawless application of spray tans led me to have spray tans nearly every week and I then moved on to become a Spray Tan technician myself, this was something I truly loved and the feeling of satisfaction I got after giving someone a spray tan seems an odd thing but was amazing because of the way people felt when they left my house and it reminded me of the feeling I got when I used to have spray tans myself. One thing I would always tell my clients when preparing the skin before a tan was to shave a day before your tan, if you shave on the day your pores will still be open which can end up with a dotty tan. Another thing I'd always say is to exfoliate the night before, this will get rid of any dead skin cells and help your tan last longer too and extra attention must always focus on dry areas such as elbows and knees. Time to apply the tan, use a mitt! Seriously using a mitt will do all the work and will keep those palms from turning orange. Once your tan has been applied and washed off after the recommended time make sure you moisturise, moisturise, moisturise keeping your skin moist and soft will pro long your tan and also help it fade more evenly too. 


THE REMOVAL 
A struggle many of us have is when the tan starts to fade, we end up with patchy uneven skin so to ensure this doesn't happen you must as mentioned in the last section, moisturise (my favourite moisturisers are anything from The Body Shop, and I love their scrubs too as you can see)! You've now kept your tan on as long as it will last but it's time to remove before you apply another layer so some tips for you are to bathe in a bath with some baby oil in it, take great care when entering and getting out of the bath! Use a good exfoliator and if you really want the exfoliator to work it's magic then try using a micro fibre cloth, use it when it's dry on your damp skin and this will really help to remove the tan. Finally make sure you don't apply another layer of tan until you've got rid of the previous layer unless your using a gradual tan, using a full on developing tan over a half faded tan will more than likely leave you with a patch finish which is what we are trying to avoid. I know it's horrible that time of the week where your feeling like a ghost but trust me it's so worth it. 

What would be your ultimate self tanning tip?

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