27 June 2015

PHYSICIANS FORMULA 'WARM NUDES SHIMMER STRIPES' PALETTE

 

Ah Physicians formula, a brand that I just wish would come to the UK. I have to get my PF fix through my Aunt who very kindly brings me some of their products whenever she flies over to visit our family. I was recently introduced to the 'Warm Nude' palette an all-in-1 collection of eye and cheek friendly shades. Dubbed one of the best palettes to travel with I was super excited to play around with the shades to see what could be achieved when using the versatile palette.

The super functional little palette comes with 12 co-ordinated, nude shades in a creamy, pearl finish. The packaging is pretty cool really as it opens like a story book with a large mirror, angled brush and tips and tricks hidden behind the powders. 

I first used the shades for an all over face glow swirling my angled brush into the middle section to pick up the peachy, bronze and creamy shades before sweeping them across my cheeks. The colour pay off is pretty awesome, despite initial thoughts that they would be too shimmery.

I also used the shades as eye shadows which also worked really nicely, blending softly with a nice pigment. The lighter, highlight shades have to be my favourite as they are champagne toned and flattering around lighter eyes. PF state that the bottom shades can be used as eyeliner but I feel there is a little too much shimmer in them for that purpose.

I think this palette would be the perfect colour selection to take on holiday to enhance your sun-kissed glow whether that be on your cheeks to bronze and highlight or on the eyelids to create warmth and depth around the eye.


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23 June 2015

IN THE NOTES: HOW I KEEP MY BLOG GOING WITH A FULL TIME JOB


There was once a time some five years ago when I would use my Sony Walkman phone to take a picture of a lipstick propped up against my window ledge - no thought was given about lighting, clarity or positioning, it was just a picture of something I wanted to talk about. 

As the years have passed, GGMH grew from a blog that only my Grandad read, to fairly popular, to not very popular at all as the shiny, polished and aspirational URLs whizzed passed me. Blogging has become extremely big business for brands and bloggers alike, i've heard through the grapevine that some bloggers are charging up to £2,000 to feature a sample product! 

There was a time when I blogged every day - all whilst juggling A Levels and then later on a degree and I loved it however, I always had a mental note stashed away in my mind that once I had landed a full time job I would pack it all in. Well, these days I am working full time and I still can't bring myself to never click 'write new post' again. There's just something about my little online diary documenting my life from being 17 to 21 that comforts me, if I gave up on GGMH i'd be giving up a whole chunk of myself too. I've had some amazing experiences come my way through my blog and met some fantastic people - if I were to give up today, I might be throwing away 100 more opportunities. 

Since the end of my third year of uni loomed and I started full time work, I've scaled my blog down to four posts a week, three beauty and fashion based and one more personal in the format of 'The Week' - it really has become a more quality over quantity concept. I want you guys to have something decent to read that I have enjoyed writing rather than whacking something up to compete with the daily bloggers. 

The truth is, blogging isn't my full time job, it doesn't pay me a penny. I just write for those who like to check back and read and I write for myself to keep my writing sharp. I write a lot of blogs for a living and sometimes the last thing I feel like doing at 7pm at night is start writing my own. 

To manage my time I take all of my blog pictures on a Saturday morning and write a few posts after work in the week so that my weekends are free'd up to not actually be hammering the keyboard as much. In the past I have become stressed that I am not tending to my blog in my every spare minute however, these days i'm more relaxed about it. 

At the end of the day i'm hardly a Zoella of the world whereby people get annoyed if I miss a day and I guess the point here is, if you've realised (like myself) that your blog is never going to become your meal ticket  - chill out about it and keep it fun like it used to be.




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18 June 2015

CARINO AUSTRALIA // SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FROM ALDI


Okay, I know these guys look suspiciously similar to some products that you might have seen before but let me take the time to give them the benefit of the doubt - packaging aside these four are awesome and I shall tell you why.

They are brought to all hair care fiends by Carino beauty which is available at Aldi I have been giving both the Moisture range* and the Mighty range* a whirl. As most of you know since deciding to give up the hair colour saga and stay brunette I have been focusing on my hair condition and have been trying to use as many products as possible to care for my hair to help it grow healthily. 

The Moisturise products contain native macadamia oil from Australia which adds shine and nourishment to the hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner of this range contain Aloe Vera and are intended for dry and damaged hair. Starting with the shampoo it lathers nicely and isn't too heavy in the hair it smells pretty fruity too. The conditioner is a medium density consistency that again isn't too heavy in the hair and when left on for 15 minutes leaves the hair incredibly soft. 

The Mighty products contain extract of kangaroo paw flower to add life and shine to the hair, they are intended for everyday use and great for anybody with normal, natural hair that needs some extra shine added in every wash. Again the consistency of the products aren't weighty and because of this I like to mix the two conditioners together for extra shine and softness.

If you're looking for an 'Aussie' dupe for a seriously affordable price I highly recommend both of these Carino hair care ranges. 




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15 June 2015

MAC IS BEAUTY COLLECTION AT HARVEY NICHOLS LIVERPOOL










Ever since I discovered MAC make-up when I was 17, I have been slowly adding to my collection of products which now houses everything from Studio Fix Fluid foundation to Rubenesque paint pot and 'Heroine' matte lipstick. My first dabble with collections was back in 2010 when 'A Tartan Tale' adorned the counters with it's emerald and gold check packaging.

'MAC is beauty' is the latest collection that holds a large collection of twelve lipsticks amongst eyeshadows, fluid-lines, eyeshadows, lip-glosses, brushes, face powers and nail lacquers. The collection is based around a polished yet creative make-up from the 1950's and 60's. 

Last Thursday I was invited to the Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool One to try the collection and experiment with the looks. The MAC is beauty area was set up like a 50's salon with a bright pink backdrop and models sporting a polished make-up look.

I opted to try the 'Doll me up' nail lacquer, a beautiful pastel green that looks especially gorgeous on shorter nails. Whilst chatting to make-up artist Rachel (who actually trained under Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo!) I sipped on vodka and pink lemonade cocktails and dainty finger cakes. Rachel asked me about my favourite make-up looks, which of course is all about the smokey eye and got to work.

The Eyes: On my eyes Rachel started with base using 'Brassy' a beautiful antique gold fluid-line before packing 'Bouffant' a peach shadow over the top to achieve a beautiful rose gold, shimmery lid. To my surprise I finally found myself within touching distance of the infamous 'Sketch' - a deep aubergine that looks fabulously dramatic when blended through the socket-line. For a perfect feline flick Rachel used 'Black-track' gel liner before keeping my waterline light with the 'I get no kick' pencil. 

The Skin: To keep my skin looking fresh and dewy against such a smokey eye Rachel used NC25 Mineralise Concealer and the most beautiful highlighter i've ever seen. (Yes even better than 'Soft and gentle' ) 'Pearl Blossom' beauty powder gives the skin the most fabulous dewy glow that looks radiant and bright and when paired with 'Alpha Girl' a peachy blush my cheeks looked amazing.  

To finish the look, Rachel used 'Spice' lip liner one of the most sort after nudes of the moment with 'On the scene' lip glass to add gloss, shine and dimension to the lips.



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9 June 2015

IN BEAUTY: SUPERDRUG COLOUR EFFECTS COLOUR


Here is me a reformed hair dye addict using softer products to achieve coloured hair. Who'd have thought huh? I bought this 'Colour Effect's wash in- wash out conditioning colour for £1.29 (I remember when they were 99p!) at Superdrug. It is not a hair colourant but rather a product that adds warm tones and shimmer to the hair.

They're intended for use on damp hair but I never apply any hair colourant or toner to damp hair as I feel the result isn't as noticeable when used in this way. I apply the thick, gel consistency to dry hair and leave it for as long as possible for optimum results. I wouldn't say that the formula is terribly conditioning, in fact probably on the contrary I feel like when using the product I need to add a little more conditioning treatment after rinsing.  

These little colour shots are 'your hair colour, but better' and are really noticeable in the light. 'Rich warm brown adds chocolatey highlights to my hair and the results usually stick around for around 3 washes. I use this once a week to maintain a glossy brunette and if you don't want to dabble with semi or permanent dye's then these are your guy.




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6 June 2015

w7 'IN THE CITY PALETTE REVIEW

I am amidst a love affair with w7 products at the moment and with most products under £8 that is very good news for my purse.

This year I talked about these goodies from the range - the Angel Eyes palette being one of my most heavily travelled and used shadow collections of all time. I do think that I have indeed found its competitor in the form of the 'In the city' palette. 

Six, matte, buttery, highly pigmented shadows for £4.50 and presented in a gorgeous little tin - I don't know what it is but i've always had a 'thing' for tins. I love the blocky text and branding of this product and the shadows as I anticipated are ah-mazing. 

I use the darkest brown shade on my brows and mix and match different eye shadow combos with the other 5 shades. This palette is perfect for popping in your handbag for at work touch-ups of for travelling when you don't have the capacity to carry larger palettes (think UDNP) or many invidiual shadows.



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2 June 2015

IN BEAUTY: ST MORIZ FAST TANNING MOUSSE


I was very excited when I caught wind that St Moriz were releasing a rapid self tanning mousse. With full time work I struggle to have the energy to apply tan mid week and I am certainly not fond of setting my alarm to ring 10 minutes earlier than 6am so that I can rinse off my tan.

The 'Fast Self Tanning Mousse' allows you to get the glow in just 60mins - perfect for spontaneous evenings out or if you are planning to wear those frayed, denim shorts when the weather heats up. 

This tanning mousse gives you the freedom to personalise the darkness of your tan, leave it on for 1hr for a light glow, 2hrs for a medium glow and 3hrs or more for a deeper tan. The formula contains olive milk and vitamin E to help banish dry skin and applies smoothly and light to the skin. 

I like to leave my tan to develop for the maximum time to achieve darker results as I am naturally a relation of Casper. I think this was the right next move for St Moriz to continue to rein the budget tanning market. You can purchase the 'Fast Self Tanning Mousse' for £5.99 (watch those prices creeping up SM) at Boots and other beauty supply stores.



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