Thursday, 29 December 2016

12 days of Tanya burr

I love being able to countdown the days to Christmas, I find that there's something just so exciting about it. I usually settle with a simple chocolate advent calendar but this year I wanted to try out the Tanya Burr beauty advent calendar. I don't own anything from the Tanya burr cosmetics apart from a lip gloss and a nail polish so I  thought this would be a great way for me to get started and see what I think about it all.

These three gorgeous lippies are so pretty. They come in the shades Christmas stocking, berry pavlova and candy cane. Christmas stocking is a matte lip which I'm so excited to try because I'm really loving red lips at the moment. The other two are lip-glosses in which I haven't yet tried but will definitely be doing a review on soon. My favourite shade has definitely got to be Christmas stocking  as I love the colour so much and it looks highly pigmented with the swatching.

I was mostly excited about these as anything to do with nail polish I love. I own so many Rimmel nail polishes that I thought it would be great for a change. These three nail polishes were definitely right up my street as I was in need of some more glitters to add to my collection. The shades of these polishes are sleigh bells, glitter rain and glitters and gold. I'm a sucker for dark red polish so sleigh bells will definitely not disappoint me at all. I love the glitter polishes, they're going to be perfect to add as a top coat.

I've never used a glitter liner before so this was a new product for me to try. The colours are both pretty simple, in the shades ice crystals and treasured. I think these will work really well with party looks, and it will look great on top of some black liner or as a cut crease. I'll be doing a review of these some point in the new year, so watch out for that!

There seems to be a glitter theme throughout this years calendar, but I wasn't complaining. During the party season you just can't not wear glitter, can you? I think it's what makes the look complete. These glitter pots look especially pretty to me, and I cannot wait to try them out. They're in the shades champayne sparkle, which is a gorgeous gold and snow day which is a pretty white silver.

I absolutely loved the Tanya Burr advent calendar this year. I didn't have last years one, but this was amazing. I loved each and every product, including the nail file and the mirror and I just know that they will all come in super handy. 

Have any of yous tried out the Tanya Burr advent calendar this year? Let me know in the comments what you think! 

Kay x

Saturday, 17 December 2016

The prettiest nail duo

I absolutely adore painting my nails, and now Christmas is round the corner it gives me that extra excuse to add in the glitter. I wouldn't usually apply glitter polish onto my nails unless it's party season so I was pretty excited to try this one out. Thankfully, I recieved the Tanya Burr advent calendar and in door 6 there was a gorgeous nail polish in the shade glitters and gold. Gold is my Christmas colour, it looks gorgeous and pretty much goes with any outfit which is why I knew I could get away with this polish with any of my others. I settled with using another of my Tanya Burr nail polish in the shade soft pyjamas which is a pretty lilac/grey shade. This polish is matte which I must say I'm not a huge fan of, so I applied some top coat to add the gloss and that worked a lot. I then topped on the glitters and gold shade onto my ring finger to add that extra glam. It worked so well, and looks gorgeous, too!

Have you tried any of Tanya Burr's nail polishes? Which ones are your favourite if so?

Kay xx

Sunday, 11 December 2016

The prettiest palette I ever did see

I was incredibly lucky to receive the Violet Voss holy grail palette as part as a giveaway. I had never heard of Violet Voss until I applied for the giveaway but five minutes into my research I was really impressed with the reviews and the colours that are in this palette. This palette is extremely hard to get hold of if you're in the UK which sucks if you're wanting it, so I was again extremely lucky. A lot of good reviews have come from this palette, and the colours are absolutely gorgeous if I must say. The colours of this palette are warm, yet extremely Autumnal. There's every colour that you could want, from champagne golds to pretty cranberries. It was right up my street and I just knew that it wouldn't disappoint me.

I'm only used to drugstore eye shadows so I was completely shocked over how well the formula of this palette was. The shadows were so easy to blend and there was no fall out whatsoever which was amazing. Fall out from eye shadow really does put me off a lot so I was happy that these ones just stayed on. I found that with my other palettes whenever you blended the colours in they would just disappear, but these ones stick on which is great. The colours are also highly pigmented and give a warm touch to your eyes, making it perfect for around this time of the year, too.

My most used shades are brownie points, cool beans and r u kitten me. I always use transition as my transition shade as it adds a bit more definition to the eyelids and makes the shadow stand out a lot more. I apply some adhesive glitter on top too to add the extra pop, but these are my go to colours. I will be experimenting with some of the other shades too which I am super excited to do.

Have you got this palette? What are your thoughts on it?

Kay xx

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Maybelline vivid matte liquid lipsticks

Last week I was incredibly lucky to win a giveaway by the gorgeous ohitssare and I won the Violet Voss holy grail palette (a blog post will be up soon), a makeup brush cleaner and this gorgeous lipstick set from Maybelline. I was completely speechless, as what girl doesn't want to receive a lipstick set as beautiful as this? 

I'm a huge sucker for nudes and pinks so this set was right up my street as all of the shades are completely gorgeous. A couple of the shades I hadn't tried before such as the coral pinks and orange reds, so I wasn't sure whether I was going to like them or not, but I'm obsessed already and they're not as bad as what I thought. The formula of these lipsticks is fantastic and it almost feels as if you don't have any product on your lips at all which is fantastic. They're matte yet feel super soft and comfortable and also don't leave any cracks whatsoever. I love the fact that these lipsticks also last a really long time, which is a first because the majority of my lipsticks, I have to keep topping up which can be a huge pain, however with these there's no need to. They're also really lightweight too which is so handy and they're not too big either so they are super handy to just pop in your handbag.

Nude thrill, Nude flush, Berry boost, Orange shot, Rebel red, Coral courage, Electric pink, Possessed plum.

I think my favourite shades from the whole collection are Nude flush and Possessed plum. These ones just stand out the most to me as I love nudes and I love dark berry tones. Nude flush is something I haven't actually tried before but I loved how it looked on my lips and I was so impressed with how it felt too. Possessed plum is quite similar to my other shades, however I love it just as much and that also feels so nice on my lips.

Which of these Lipsticks do you like the look of? Have you ever tried the Maybelline vivid matte liquid lipsticks, and if so which ones are your favourite?

Kay xx

Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Nivea lip butter in Raspberry rose

It really sucks around this time of the year because my lips become so dry it hurts. As much as I love keeping my lips soft and crack-free, it seems almost impossible during Autumn/Winter. It's down to which products you use though, and I found myself using products which weren't helping my lips at all and if anything, were making them worse. Last week I found the Nivea lip butter in my makeup collection, hence the aged packaging, which I hadn't used in ages. I loved it last year and couldn't believe I forgot all about it as the smell is so divine and fruity. It smells a bit like raspberry yogurt, which is one of my favourite scents out there. It looks a bit like it too, which is like the Lush popcorn scrub all over again, they're not edible okay?

I thought I'd try and use the lip butter again and see if it helps my lips in any way. My lips were in such a terrible condition, and they even started to burn around the lining which was horrible. I only used a thin layer of the Nivea lip butter because I really don't like the feeling of thick lip products. A thin layer is all you really need. My lips started to improve within 2 hours which was a massive bonus and the burning on my lips started to disappear. It was such a great feeling and the more I could see the results, the more I was motivated to keep using the product and getting into the habit of regularly topping it up. I'm so bad at sticking to routines, so I really have to push myself and be really motivated to do so. Since I started using the lip butter, I've been so determined to keep my lips healthy and smooth. Let's see if I keep up it up.

I am so impressed by how handy this lip butter is, and how well it really works. My lips have fet so soft and protected over the colder days, so a huge thanks goes out to Nivea for helping me out on that one. I definitely want to try out some of the other scents! 

Kay xx

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Facial training with Dermalogica

My facial training for beauty therapy happened last week. It was very exciting as I'm all about skincare and learning new things, and I needed to know about everything as we've started facials in the salon at college. We were incredibly lucky to have Dermalogica themselves come into the salon and let us complete our training as part of the Dermalogica skin treatment programme.

The first thing we were introduced is about Dermalogica as a brand in itself and what they look for within their products. They believe that our skin health is super important, therefore we should be taking more time out to look after it. I myself, didn't realise how harsh some chemicals were to your skin, and how important double cleansing is, but I'll talk about that later. They believe that every skin type/condition is able to have a full benefit with the same results attired to their needs. Most of their products are tailored for specific skin types and each product does it's job at improving the skin.

Something I was fairly familiar with as we do this already in the salon, is consultation sheets. This is something that allows the therapist (me) to get to know the client a bit more and find out what their needs are, and what their current skincare routine already is. I love filling in consultation sheets because it builds a good understanding of the client, and also it's so much fun to fill in. Within Dermalogica consultation, you have to include face mapping, and a prescription sheet which allows the client to go home and find the products which the therapist has recommended for them.

We then went on to face mapping the skin and labeling the areas. All together there are around 14 zones on your face which probably sounds like a lot, but it's pretty straight forward. A lot of this I already knew through previous revision, however it was nice to re cap. If you're unfamiliar on the 14 zones on your face, you can look here. I found it the most interesting because I never really knew about this before I started studying beauty therapy and it's a huge eye opener. It was so fun to learn what zones get affected by what and you can instantly find why you're getting spots in a specific area. After face mapping, we then decided which products would be suitable for ourselves and our skin type. I have Combination skin which is where you are oily in the T-zone, but fairly dry on the cheek area, so I have to make sure that I'm using the products which are going to benefit my skin.

The last thing we got to do, was try out all of the products and see what each of them do. My personal favourite was trying the moisturizers on my skin because they felt super nourishing. In total, we got to try a cleanser, exfoliater, toner, eye creams and moisturizer. We then chose which one was our favourite from each and then wrote down which one we chose. We had to choose something that was the best fit for our skin and then write it on the prescription sheet. It was so much fun learning more about your own skin, and realising that it's so important to look after it just as much as everything else. I now take extra care when doing my skincare routine, and have even considered purchasing some of Dermalogica's products as I was so pleased with the results and how well they really work. After this, we were followed by a full demo of a facial. This was particularly helpful because we were able to see how it's properly done and what sorts of things we could be doing to improve our current routine.

Overall, I loved the training day and I learnt so much. Having Dermalogica come in personally makes it that little bit better and it was definitely a day to remember. I highly recommend that any of you go out and try some of Dermalogica products because you will not regret it.

Kay xx

Saturday, 12 November 2016

How to overcome negative comments

When I was in school, I never really told people I had a blog. I left the link in my Instagram bio and posted regularly on Twitter but I never announced it on Facebook or Snapchat or verbally told people. I guess that when I started I was afraid people wouldn't accept me for who I really was. I hid myself under this imma be a loud bitch so people won't know the real me. I hid myself A LOT. I'm starting to show the real me, it's just so hard when you're surrounded by so many people who easily judge. 

The first comment I ever got was in my English class and It was something like "oh, are you gonna put that on your blog too, seeing as you post pretty much everything on there?". My heart did that sinking feeling and I immediately thought I was a crap blogger. Everything I had ever worked hard for turned into a ball of negativity, and I hated it. 

I then heard someone down the corridor speaking about my blog on how I think I'm famous or something. I'll say it now that I don't think I'm famous. Blogging is my hobby, therefore I'm going to work hard to make it my job. 

My biggest advice to give to you?

Ignore it. 

I know pretty much everyone will tell you that at some point in your life, but I cannot stress how important it is to block out the hate. If you enjoy something, then don't let ill-mannered people prevent you from achieving something in life. I've always told myself:

"If they're not lucky enough to have your number in their phone, then they're not lucky enough for their opinion to matter."

You have the power to ignore others, and you also have the power to encourage yourself to become a better and stronger person. Use what they've said, and prove them wrong. Make them regret they ever knocked you down, because you are so much better than they will ever be. Whilst you're out making something of your life they are spending their free time knocking others, making themselves look like fools. You are not the fool in this.

If you receive a negative comment on your blog, feedback on it but being positive. There is no harm in being kind, and it really does make you look like the better person. Although they've given you negative feedback, you've given back positive feedback. It shows you're willing to move on, improve it. You never know, it may even change that persons opinion on you.

Just remember, not everyone is going to understand you as a blogger. They will never know what goes on behind the screen. They will never understand the sleepless nights you may have had, trying to perfect that one blog post. They will never understand the amount of times you've ended up with a messy-ass room because you've spent hours trying to get the perfect photo. Don't let them control you. 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My favourite drugstore lipsticks

I find that lipstick really adds that little bit extra to your face, whether that's just finishing the look off, or making your lips look bolder and a lot more appealing. I much prefer the darker lipsticks as they structure my face a lot more and complete the whole look, however I do like wearing nude shades throughout the year as they add a feminine glow to your face.

I'll hands down say it, that drugstore lipsticks are by far my favourite ones, with amazing prices and such fantastic quality. Although there are brands which aren't so up there with the oh my god I think I love this lipstick, I do find that the majority of theme are a massive winner.

I've gathered four of my favourite lipsticks at the moment. These have been a massive winner for me and I've even had the odd compliment which is such an amazing feeling to have.

From left, Abu Dhabi, 03, Starry eyed, 107.

Rimmel 03. This is one of my favourite nude lipsticks. I wore this almost every day throughout the Summer and probably will do next year. I love how comfortable this feels and how feminine it looks, and the rosy tint adds that little bit extra. I sometimes use this with other lipsticks but it looks just as great on it's own.

Rimmel 107. This lipstick has been popular since I can imagine. I can't stress enough how bloomin' amazing this lipstick is; It screams Autumn. This has a very obvious berry tone to it, giving of that berry vibe. It feels amazing on the lips and doesn't feel too drying and it lasts absolutely AGES, too. 

Rimmel 128-starry eyed. I'm so happy that this shade has a name because most Rimmel lipsticks don't. This is a fairly new lipstick that I've added to my collection and it's made it's way straight to my favourites. I love how dark and vibrant this is, it screams Autumn and winter in my opinion. I was looking for a dark lip for ages now, and now I've found this I can breathe a bit more. It's so lightweight and looks amazing too.

NYX 09-Abu Dhabi. I first bought this lip cream back in August. I was completely unaware of the huge range of lip creams etc, that they have. I've heard people talk about NYX on blogs and YouTube so I knew I had to go out and purchase something. I was instantly surprised and pleased by how amazing this is. It smells great too, and is a matte finish.
What are your favourite drugstore lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Taking time out for yourself

This blog post is mainly for me to look back on, especially on weeks like this because I've literally been non stop all week helping others. It's completely tiring if I'm honest with you, but it's made me feel good about myself. Knowing I went all out to do others favors and helping family with things, really makes you feel good inside and gives you that little bit more hope and inspiration. However, it's super important you take time out for yourself and doing something you love , whether that's a full on pamper evening, a shopping splurge or even going to the cinema with your friends. Do what you enjoy. You've worked hard for it, therefore you deserve it. 

There was once a time where I pretty much spent a good two weeks helping family with personal things, and it exhausted me to the point where I mentally couldn't carry on. I thought to myself "why not treat myself? Y'know, as a sort of thankyou and well bloody done?" so I did, I treated myself to a shopping splurge followed with, of course, some doughnuts. I don't usually go on shopping splurges, but this one felt so good because I'd deserved it. The point is, you should never work to the point of it affecting you inside. That just means you're doing a bit too much and you need to slow down. It's okay to say no sometimes, so don't be afraid to turn down what someone has asked you to do.

Something I started to do was to set a specific day of the week where I dedicate it to myself and myself only, and for me that's on a Sunday. Mainly because I usually have nothing on that day and it's such a comforting and peaceful day, and I find that I can be completely myself and not have to worry about anything else. My day pretty much consisted of staying in my pjamas and not doing anything to my face. As much as I hate being bare-faced, it felt good because my face was able to breathe a bit more and not have to worry about any foundation blocking it's view. 

I made sure I was sticking to drinking only herbal teas as I much prefer those to normal tea, and also making sure I was keeping up with drinking water because water is one of my favourite drinks and it makes me feel good. I usually go out the day before and buy some snacks to have with me throughout the day whether that's popcorn, chocolate, cookies or doughnuts. I pretty much pig out on days like these mainly because it's my day therefore I'm not bothered about what I'm eating, plus who can reject a cookie and doughnuts because I can't!? Seeing as the theme for this month is Halloween, I've made pretty sure that I'm stocking up on Halloween films and reading Halloween stories because I just love doing that. It's so nice to take some time off social media, or in my case Instagram and Twitter, and really relax. I then finish off my day by having a Lush bath and some of my favourite skincare products and end with a face mask. 

I love taking time out for myself, and so should you. Everyone should take one day of the week and save it for themselves.

Kay xx
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