Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Top 10 under £10.

I love nothing more than a good bargain so I thought I would jump on the 'Top 10 under £10' bandwagon and give this post ago. Plus, I really love reading other people's picks so feel free to have a nosey at mine.

Johnson's Baby Bedtime Bath - £1 (Poundland): The ultimate bathtime treat without a hefty price tag. This is perfect for unwinding and not overpowering as it's designed for babies. Pretty good sized bottle for £1 too.

Bleach London  Silver Shampoo - £5 (Boots): Without a doubt the best silver-toning shampoo I've tried. If you are looking for a cheap way to get rid of brassiness in your bleached/blonde hair give this little number a whirl.

EcoTools Brushes - Range of prices (Boots): I actually prefer these to my Real Techniques brushes, I just feel as if the brushes are a little bit softer and more delicate on my sensitive skin. I've also spotted these in TKMaxx, so go grab yourself a bargain.

No7 Beautiful Skin - £9.50 (Boots): I grabbed this when I had a No7 voucher so this was a tiny £4.50. I love the texture of this and the way it removes all of my make-up. A definite winner for me, full post here

L'Oreal True Match - £9.99 (Superdrug/Boots): I loveeee this foundation. I don't think I need to say much about it as I've dedicated an entire post to it here.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - £4.49 (Superdrug/Boots): One of the best drugstore finds out there at the moment. This has been raved about a LOT in the blogging world over the last year or so. If you haven't tried it yet, what are you waiting for?!

Olive Body Butter - Range of prices (The Body Shop): I love TBS and their body butter never disappoint. I'm obsessed with the Olive range at the moment and this little mini is about to be repurchased. These are the perfect thing as an alternative to after sun.

Topshop Lipsticks - £8 (Topshop): Amazing pigmentation, amazing price. Topshop really know how to make a good lipstick and I've yet to be disappointed. So far my favourite is Rio Rio, but I'm dying to get my hands on a few more colours.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - £9.99 (Superdrug/Boots): Love this mascara, there is nothing that I don't enjoy about it. Great lash coverage, super voluminous and jet black. Perfection in a bottle. Full review here.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder - £9.99 (Superdrug/Boots): The ultimate muti-tasking product. This a powder come highlighter all in one and give you the most gorgeous glow to your skin. A must for anyone's make up bag.

Katie xx

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter Weekend.

Every since getting my 'proper' camera I've sort of neglected my trusty iPhone camera. So this weekend I took to taking some snaps (as my Nana would say) on my good ol' mobile. I'm obsessed with finding great apps too, so when I discovered VSCOcam (which is free) I had a whale of a time adding filters to my pics and paying around. I thought I would share a few photos from my Easter weekend, they're a mixture of Knutsford, Mawdesley, Wigan and Astley House. We took full advantage of the nice weather and spent most of the bank holiday outside exploring new places and a few old favourites, enjoy!

All photos have filter C1 applied from the VSCOcam app.

Katie xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

The New Way to Apply Make Up.


Photos taken with loose powder and blusher underneath my foundation

A few weeks ago I read a really interesting post from Claire over at Agent Smyth  all about applying powder before foundation. Claire got the inspiration from Wayne Goss on YouTube, who I've subscribed too for so long and watch religiously, but some how missed this video. Ayway after reading Claire's post, I popped over to watch the vid (here) and I've been giving the whole loose powder under foundation a go. And so far so good. My foundation literally does not budge during the day, I was a little concerned about not applying powder over my foundation and it leaving me just a little too shiny, but because the power soaks up excess oils in your skin, my foundation applies matte and stays that way.

I haven't done this post to rip-off Claire's, I've actually done this because Wayne had a new video out last week about applying blusher under foundation too (here). The idea behind this is you can apply as much blusher as you like - you do resemble a clown, and then apply foundation over the top so the blush gives you a very natural finish. I've found applying Nars Orgasm under my L'Oreal True Match foundation gives me a really subtle flush to my cheeks. On the photos above, the only thing I have applied on top of  my foundation is highlighter - nothing else.

I love this new style of applying my foundation. I know now if my blusher looks a bit too full-on, it doesn't matter once my foundation is applied. As I have 'normal' skin type, I'm not particularly oily at all, but I know that I can now apply my foundation over loose powder and not have to think about it for the rest of the day. I'm really happy with this new technique and if you are looking for a really natural, subtle look I would definitely recommend giving these two tips a go.

Katie xx