Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Models own sticky fingers review

Hello everyone! So one of the 6 items I recently bought from Model's own was sticky fingers in POW nails red. Sticky fingers is a fairly new range from Models own that comes with 1 colour of nail varnish and stickers, to create some amazing nail art in seconds! Being a gamer I had to go for the POW nails red, this one comes with stereotypical comic book expressions such as "POW" and "ZAP". There are currently 7 colours in the range, 6 unique nail varnish stickers, with the POW nails coming in black as well as red. These cost £6 each and their whole range can be found on their website.

I really like this product, I love simple ways of achieving nail art and this does just that! As usual the nail varnish is superb, I love the shape of the nail varnish brush and the nail varnish itself gives a great coverage, I usually can get away with just the one coat! Below is the result I got from using Models own POW nails red, sorry for the poor picture, it was taken at night on my mobile, as my camera still needs to be unpacked!

Models own POW nails

Being honest there is a knack for using the stickers, I found the edges were difficult to stick down, you need to press them down firmly and apply at least one top coat, I had to use 2 top coats. I took this picture a couple of days ago and so far there has been no lifting of the stickers nor and chipping of the red nail varnish! I would recommend this for anyone who wants to try nail art! At £6 each, this is way cheaper and more fun then going to a salon a few times to get your nails done! Have you tried models own sticky fingers, or maybe want to try them? Let me know below, enjoy the rest of your day!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

They see me hauling, they hating!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter, I have been moving my stuff to my new place, there will be a whole blog post on this. So far there is no gas, electric nor internet, I didn't even check the water so I am still sorting it all out, hence why I have been posting less! Leading up to my moving in date, I decided it would be a fantastic idea to buy even more stuff for me to move! Anyway I thought I'd treat myself, I probably won't really be able to again until autumn! Below are some pictures with descriptions, I cannot remember who I bought some of the items from! I have bought these products over the past 6-8 weeks.

Above is a No7/Max factor haul, some of these items are used in my give away! I have used the max factor pan stick and I really like it! It covers my rosacea with no problems which is fantastic!

Above is my born pretty haul. I heard that these are cheap and the quality is okay. I haven't tried many of the products but it was incredibly cheap. I bought a few random bags so I didn't know what I was getting which was fun, though if I'm being honest, I didn't like the jewellery I got, but that's life, you win some and your lose some!

 Above is a job lot I have bought on eBay, I cannot remember the cost, I have tried many of the nail varnishes before and I like them all so looking forward to seeing what shades I like the best!

 Above is my models own haul, they had an offer on 6 items for £20! I have tried all apart from the sticky nails (red nail varnish). A review of the turquoise hyper gel will be coming up on my friend's blog and the others have reviews coming in the next few weeks!

Above and below are 2 different #BBloggers sales, I honestly cannot find the emails/tweets so I cannot give their names! I have tried the revlon liquid foundation, I bought it as to be honest I wanted to see how they have improved as I'm so used to using solid/mousse. I was pleasantly surprised! I have also tried the 2 ELF nail varnishes and they are great for the money, not the nest nail varnishes I have ever used but a bargain for the cost!

Lastly was this amazon haul! I love trying out new shampoos/conditioners and heat protection sprays! I have so much to use I still haven't tried them! A couple of the products were also for my give away, bought by amazon themselves for the cost of just under in store so they are genuine products! The Maybelline feline fabulous only cost me £2 or just over, it was incorrectly priced but I still got the product without having to pay the original price! It comes with a mascara and a gel eye liner, I love gel eye liners and I think they are the best product for application, in my opinion, I have used lots of maybelline mascaras before and know they are fantastic, I have no worries that this won't be the same!

It goes without saying that it won't be long until I have a blog sale! With all these new products I will be getting rid of some of the stuff I already have! There will be many reviews coming up and not just on my blog! Let me know if you have tried any of the products I have shown you, I'd love to hear all of your opinions!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Talkative Thursdays

Hello everyone, I'm back! After a good week and a half of being stressed out from moving and having various problems along the way, I am finally settled into my new home.  I have been so stressed out and to be honest, I haven't been in the right frame of mind to blog. I have moved about 30 minutes away from where I used to live, but I needed to get my own place. The place I now live in is at the top of my budget but it's a lovely area and only a 5-10 minute walk from the uni which means more lay ins!

Another bonus about this house is that it came with a bed and kitchen appliances. Every other place did not come with these so I was fine with paying extra in terms of bills to not have to spend money on a bed and going to a laundrette! I even have my own little garden area so I can hang my washing outside plus in the summer I can sit outside!

The frustrating thing is, as a February starter to university, Easter is the only time I get off all year! Christmas is my next time off and I have spent the whole time being really stressed about paperwork and moving. The move has not been smooth at all, it has taken a few days to move my stuff as I have no one in my family that can do it, I have been heavily relying on my boyfriend's parents to help me. I also had no Gas, electric nor internet at first. It's only today I have everything working apart from hot water in the taps and heating! It has been requested to take some pictures so I will post them below, I have unpacked about half of my things but I need to buy some storage to make the place look more presentable.

I am currently looking at blogging 3 times a week with Thursday being a definite day that I will blog, well I will try to blog! This will depend on my workload at university, I have exams coming up, including one on my birthday, which really sucks but I hope some of my uni friends will be able to celebrate it with me after the exam!

Living room/bed room before
View from my living room
My bed with new bedding

My kitchen
I will leave you all reminding you I have a give away here, celebrating 100 bloglovin followers! It is U.K only. Let me know below what you did over Easter! I would love to hear how everyone else celebrated!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

100 bloglovin give away

Please note this is now over! Thank you to everyone who entered, I have notified those who have won :)

Hi everyone! I have 100 Blog Lovin followers now! Thank you so much for all of the support! My give away has started! There are 2 prizes to be won! First prize is on the left and second prize is on the right.

To read the boring T&Cs and to enter please click here. The prizes total to over £80 with first prize RRP totals £47 and second place totalling £37! This will be lasting a month so you have plenty of chances to enter!

Good luck if you decide to enter! (:

Monday, 14 April 2014

Get to know me tag

I was tagged by +Caledonian Kitty (twitter and blog) to do this tag! The only rules are to include who tagged you and tag some BBloggers at the end, also answer the questions! (:

Question 1 ~ Flats or Heels?:

Despite being 5 foot 0 tall, flats.. heels hurt my feet :(

Question 2 ~ What's Your Fave Nail Polish Brand?:

Models Own me thinks!

Question 3 ~ Top 5 Movies Of All Time?:

I don't watch films I'm a gamer! D: Um I like battle royale, date movie, dark knight rises, Avengers Assemble and erm Wreck it Ralph, I'm sure I'll think of better ones later!

Question 4 ~ Fave Male and Female Singer?:

Matthew Bellamy and Hayley Williams 

Question 5 ~ If You Could Take Only 3 Make Up Products To a Desert Island what would they be?:

Well let's think this through, it's unlikely anyone will be there, plus I'm assuming it's going to be hot. Sun cream would be essential, then I'm thinking one of those pocket size make up tool sets, with nail clippers and scissors etc then lastly some foundation in case there are fit men there :p

Question 6 ~ What's Your Fave Disney Movie?:

Wreck it Ralph it's the only one I can remember.. :/

Question 7 ~ What's your Fave High End Make Up Brand?:

I cannot afford high end but I have a couple of small clinique items so I have to say them :p

Question 8 ~ What's your Fave Drug Store Make Up Brand?:

This always changes, but at the moment Max Factor!

Question 9 ~ Describe yourself in 5 words?:

Gamer, short, fat, student and skint! Ha 

Question 10 ~ Shower or Bubblebath?:

Showers! Unless I need to wind down 

Question 11 ~ Which 3 Products are on your Wishlist that you would love to try?:

The Body Shop's olive range (just everything!) Ciate chalkboard manicure and real techniques make up brushes.

Question 12 ~ What's your Fave body cream?:

The body shop sweet lemon (now discontinued)

Question 13 ~ Who Is your Fave Actress and Actor?:

As I don't watch films I don't really look out for actors/actresses but I like Kristen Stewart (insert witty comment about how she never smiles etc) and Chris Hemsworth (phwoar) 

Question 14 ~  Your no1 Female Role Model and Why?:

Would it be clich√© to say my mum? She has been through a LOT, like seriously I wish I could say what but I feel it's inappropriate,  she's the strongest woman I know mentally and she has taught me a lot!

Question 15 ~ Who Are Your Top 5 Fashion/Glamour Icons?:

Going for celebs I like how they dress rather then proper glamour icons, if you know me, you can tell I'm into fashion as a plus sized female, I wear whatever fits! Fearne Cotton, Hayley Williams, Kristen Stewart, Kelly Brook and Katy Perry. 

Question 16 ~ What's your Fave Chocolate?:

Cadburys/galaxy or both together ;) 

Question 17 ~ Do you wear Fake Tan?, If So, what's your Fave Brand?:

Nope, unlike many Essex girls, I embrace the paleness :p

Question 18 ~ What's your Fave TV programme at the moment?:

The big bang theory and Arrow

Question 19 ~ What's your Fave Shampoo & Conditioner range?:


Question 20 ~ What's your Fave Deodrant?:

Any female right guard! It smells so good!

Now time to tag some BBloggers! I always forget who has done what tag so I apologise if you have already done it!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty cooled
Seeing spots
Fat Beauty x
Beautiful solutions

Friday, 11 April 2014

Talkative Thursday

Hi everyone, so this week has been a busy one! I have been filling out a lot of paper work for my new home! So much for Easter holidays! The maisonette (a studio generally attached/part of a property with it's own entrance" is right on the top of my budget, but the area is beautiful plus it's nearly fully furnished!

I hope to move in on the 19th so I will be very busy the next couple of weeks but I will be doing my best to keep on blogging! I still haven't worked out how I am getting my stuff to the new house yet, so this will be fun! The best plan I have so far involves a lot of bin bags and cabs!

I am getting so close to my give away, which will start when I have 100 Bloglovin followers, as I type this, I have 95 followers on my BLOG, many people follow me without following my blog, which is frustrating as I have only been linking my blog, yet many do not want to follow my blog and don't want to see when I write new ones, which is the whole point of following someone!

I will be going home, I still need to pack some things to leave at home, I have been buying so much since being up here and I need to bring back some of my winter clothes I will not wear for a few more months

I have been under a lot of stress and this is supposed to be my time off before going back to uni, I just hope all this stress will lead me to getting this property, otherwise I will have to start all over again!I am looking forward to doing some DIY projects to make it feel more homely and make the most of the space available. I will of course be blogging about this. It's not the most talkative of Thursdays but hopefully in a couple of weeks time I would have settled down, have internet installed and able to blog properly!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Body Shop body butters

Hello everyone! So for those who are regulars to my blog and my twitter account, you will know one of my favourite companies is the Body Shop. They make so many beauty products as well as make up, in so many beautiful smells, there is something for everyone! The Body Shop have 5 core values, against animal testing, supporting community trade, activate self esteem, defend human rights, and protecting the planet. During my A levels, I studied environmental science and learnt a lot about these topics, many big companies make millions of pounds every year by destroying the environment, giving farmers barely giving enough money to survive, there is so much more detail I could go into, but I feel this is another blog post all together! The Body Shop is making a huge step in the right direction with over 1 million signatures signing their pledge to prevent animal testing worldwide. 2013 saw the EU banning the import and production of products that test on animals as well as China adopting new policies when it comes to animal testing and gaining the support of Vietnamese authorities to call for bans on animal testing. It should be noted that animal testing is still carried out in many countries by companies, but gaining awareness and more laws is a massive step in the correct direction, these things cannot happen over night! As well as this, the Body Shop has raised millions for charities, more info can be found in the above links.

The body butters currently in my collection

Anyway back to the body butters! I have been using these for years. My sister Kathryn is absolutely addicted to the Body Shop and got me hooked! I've been using their products since before my prom in 2008 so we are talking at least 6 years! The body butters are one of my favourite non make up products, their foundation is my favourite product of theirs without a shadow of a doubt! I love you can buy the body butters in 2 sizes, there are always samples to try in store so you can smell them and use them before buying, there are so many smells/flavours and finally the big ones are on sale fairly often so you can get a bargain!

The big body butters cost £13 (excluding love your body discount) and the smaller ones I believe are only available in sets which is a shame as you used to be able to buy them on their own. The body shop have a sale on at the moment where some body butters are only £5! I'd really recommend stocking up now!

I thought I'd go through some of the ones I've used and talk about which ones I like the most! One handy tip is when you have used these or any body butters in similar containers, don't throw them away! They are fantastic for storing anything small, hair bands, hair clips, some change, buttons, earrings and anything else small you can think of! I'd recommend washing them up though, even if you use all the product, there will always be a tiny bit left so wash them with warm water and washing up liquid, leave them to dry over night or dry them with a tea towel and hey presto, you got yourself some mini storage!

Unfortunately the pictures do not show how many
I have already used..

Starting with my 2 ultra favourites, Moringa and sweet lemon. Again regulars to my blog or twitter will know my favourite scent is lemon and the Body Shop's sweet lemon smelt of lemon sorbet, unfortunately this range was discontinued (along with my favourite foundation!). I was lucky enough for my boyfriend's dad to buy me a big sweet lemon set so I have plenty to keep me going! As for Moringa, I have already used 2 big tubs of body butters! It's my favourite non fruit scent, it smells of white flower and shea butter.

I was pleasantly surprised by the strawberry and satsuma body butters! They are not over powering, for me anyway, and the strawberry is not overly sweet, it's so nice I have a set which included a body polish (nearly finished with) a bath lily and shower gel, which I will use when I move out! For anyone wanting to try a fruity Body Shop body butter, I'd recommend these 2 to have a smell in store, in the words of my sister "have a sniff!"

For me personally, I am not a fan of chocomania or their vanilla range, I find them both too over powering and too sweet, but I would recommend them to anyone who likes a sweet smell! Also out of the ones pictured, my least favourite is mango. This is because I do not like mangos and this was a gift from my sister, I would have never bought it! But it only has 1 more use before it becomes a storage pot!

In conclusion I am a huge fan of the Body Shop's body butters. As I said before, if you've never tried them, there are samples for you to test in store, not just for body butters but for nearly everything. Also every times I have been in the Body Shop, the staff have been super helpful whether I'm looking to buy for myself or others. What Body Shop products are your favourites? Or let me know what ones you want to try below! I want to try their tea tree and olive collections!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Collection work the colour trio eye shadow review

Hi everyone! As you may know I live on a budget and one of my favourite make up companies is Collection, formally Collection 2000. I saw this trio eye shadow in Superdrug and just had to have it! There are various shades this can be bought in, as well as Little Mix edition ones, found here. I bought mine in the shade smoke screen. They come with 2 eye shadows that compliment each other and a multi purpose cream highlighter.

Collection's work the colour trio in the shade smoke screen.

These cost £3.19 in most stores and online, but keep an eye out for any deals! I find these trio eye shadows perfect, they are so compact but include an applicator! For the day time I will just use the grey shade on it's own but at night I will use the grey shade along with black for a more dramatic look, these eye shadows also work with Collection's extreme 24 hour felt eye liner which I am a HUGE fan of, I bought it in the Boots 3 for 2 and I reviewed that along with their foundation and concealer here.

Another thing I love about this product is if you're going away for a couple of days, this is so handy! You can create multiple looks without having a big palette taking up room in your bag! I personally think this product is perfect, it does not bother me it lacks a mirror, I have mirrors in my make up bags! I cannot sing their praises any higher, I would recommend this product, it's very good value for just over £3 and available in many shades not just grey! What are your favourite collection products? Let me know below, I love all their products, nothing I've bought has ever disappointed me!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Body Shop hair chalk review

Hi everyone, sorry it has been a while! But I will tell you why in my talkative Thursday later this week! Last week I went into the Body Shop and well bought things I didn't need putting it honestly! But then without that impulse buy, you wouldn't be reading this! I bought both available shades of their hair chalk, falling for blue and tickle me pink. I will be reviewing falling for blue as I may be giving away tickle me pink in my upcoming give away *cough cough wink nudge*.

Beautiful packaging

I was really excited when these hair chalks came out, I had heard of people using arts and craft chalk to temporary colour your hair, but I was waiting for a product that was specifically for use on the hair by a brand I trusted. For those new to this, using chalk in your hair DOES NOT DYE IT. So if you're at school/work and fancy a flash of colour over the weekend, as long as you have a shower and shampoo it, it will come out.

Instructions, also given in other languages

The body shop's hair chalk has fantastic instructions, I have never used chalk in my hair before, nor ever tried to do streaks in it. It is highly recommended you wear a towel around your shoulders. I didn't as my pyjamas are blue and it did come out fine, but you don't want lots of blue or pink on a nice top before going out!

I can smile at times.. No make up on!

Looks like an eye shadow outside of the packaging!!

I personally couldn't get the knack of getting the streaks in the right places, maybe it may have been better for someone to have done it for me. I had no problem removing the chalk from my hair and it stayed in when I wanted it too! I would recommend these for anyone who isn't allowed to dye their hair pink/blue for what ever reason, whether it's work or school! This would be fun for a fancy dress party or maybe a non uniform day! It's also great for those who want to change their hair constantly without all of the damage that can come with dying. These cost £5 each but with their love your body card they are £4.50 each, great to buy a miniature shampoo/conditioner with it to get an extra stamp!

 Have you tried the body shop hair chalk or maybe you want to try it in the future? Let me know your thoughts below!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Talkative Thursdays

So Laura, another late talkative Thursday, what's the excuse this time? Well I've had a lot of university work to do the past few days. If you do not already know, I am a February starter and I am doing my first year in half the usual time. I've been really stressed out but I have done 5 out of I believe 12 things that go towards my final grade for first year! I have got a 2:1 (B) in everything I have done so far so I hope to get a 2:1 overall in my first year!

Luckily it's Easter holidays, the only holiday I get as I have to come in over summer, after today I will not have any stress for 2-3 weeks apart from when I move! I'm really looking forward to moving out, as much as I love living with my boyfriend and friends, living with 8 other people is very stressful at times, lots of little things annoy me, which has led me to spending more money to live on my own instead in student/shard accommodation.

I have been buying for my give away that will take place when I have 100 bloglovin followers on my blog! I have already said I will be giving away 1 body shop hair chalk in the shade tickle me pink and I have already said multiple prizes, I have not decided whether this will be 2 or 3 prizes yet! I can also now say there will be other body shop items, max factor, nivea, barry M, rimmel, astor and CK. I will give further information when I reach 100 bloglovin followers!

Thanks for reading, please share my bloglovin and follow my blog so the give away can start ASAP! :)

Not another tag

Hi everyone, my lovely friend Catherine from beauty is in the eye of the beholder tagged me in Hayley from tea party beautys tag. 

The Rules

You must include both Hayley & the person who tagged you (which is Catherine) in your post (and the rules too). 
Once you've answered all your questions you need to tag 5 people.
Also if you tweet Hayley (@teapartybeauty) and myself (@maccers26) the link to your post, we will RT. 
If you are tagged & don't do the post you will have bad luck for 68.5 years. FACT. 

You've made it BIG & bagged some VIP Fashion Week tickets. You lucky devil you. But in your rush to get there & get yourself noticed you forgot your VIP Passes. The guy on the door says he will cut you a deal, you can go in only if you sacrifice either your Front Row seat, backstage privileges or goody bag. What's it gonna be? 

Hmm it depends whether I knew what was in the goody bag in advance! Since I've mad it big I may not even need/want it! If the goody bag is good then I'd give up my front row seat, but if I can't find out about it then I'd sacrifice the goody bag! 

You're making a new Subscription box, what 4 items & which dreaded perfume sample would you include in it? 

I have actually thought about making a box, but it wouldn't be subscription and you would KNOW what you are buying! Instead maybe this or maybe that! Anyway I think it'd be more make up based, I'd like to have different themed ones if it was a subscription box! I'd include an eye shadow, a lip stick/gloss, an eye liner and a blusher, a nice mix of everything. As for the sample, it'd be Hugo Boss woman, it's my favourite perfume so I'd steal a couple! :p

What's your biggest blogging bug bear? The one thing guaranteed to make your blood boil & have you screaming/eye rolling at your laptop?

Actually this happened the other day! There was a debate about how to blog on a budget, during the #BBloggers chat. There was many great suggestions. One of my suggestions was to buy online. Unfortunately I was inundated with angry replies saying everything online is fake etc. I was linked an article where someone had an allergic reaction to fake MAC products. This is because they bought a £25 product for under £10 new, if that doesn't ring alarm bells of fake then well you get what you pay for! I only make 50p-£1 savings and official branded websites, they can have online only deals, the Body shop being one I use often! I was really annoyed how people reacted to a genuine good way of saving money/blogging on a budget as a result of stupidity, if you're going to buy from dodgy websites, buying from abroad, buying a product that is ridiculously under priced then in my opinion and sorry if it offends but you deserve to get fake products! You don't get something for nothing! Also those who are against PR samples! I would be annoyed if people didn't mark PR sample blog posts, but everyone I follow clearly marks them. If you really don't like PR samples then don't read those blog posts! Anyway rant over...!
No more joining in Twitter chats only slightly relevant to your blog. You can only join in one blogger chat a week for the rest of your blogging days, which one's it gonna be & why? 
It would be the #BBlogger chats, I've met some nice people as a result of them and I feel it's one of the biggest chats out there for beauty bloggers!
'Fess up, do you actually own any MAC? If so what don't you like about the product?
Nope! I blog on a budget, as a uni student MAC is way out of my price range! One MAC product could be a week's worth of food for a uni student! 
The blogging Gods ban arm swatching, which body part will you swatch on now?
Oh I usually swatch on my hand! I only swatch on my arm if I'm reviewing a palette as I only have small hands!
You can no longer have Yankee Candles & Perfume Bottles in the background of your shots, what other inanimate object will you choose?
I never do this, as much as they make beautiful pictures, I think they are too distracting from the actual thing you are reviewing! I personally like a white background as I am boring! 
Your blogs Instagram is it for cats or meal shots?
It's mainly for selfies and anything I buy or is bought for me, I need to use it more! My instagram can be found here!

I am tagging

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Barry M dazzle dust review

Hi everyone! So as my 3rd memory card reader has failed on me, I've had to switch around what reviews I am writing.

I have been using Barry M's dazzle dusts for years. During year 10 of secondary school,  2006-2007, I first discovered these dazzle dusts. I had a phase of really bright eye shadow, as I have rosacea, I found bright eyes to distract away from looking at my bright red face. The picture below shows me in year 10, aged 14-15 with pink Barry M dazzle dust on, this photo was taken 6-7 years ago when cameras on mobiles were pretty rubbish, so it's nearly impossible to see. I wanted to show how long I have been using these products for and how much I like them as I still use them even today!

Aged 14-15 with Barry M glitter dust on

Today I have 4 in my collection. I have to admit I do not use these very often as I don't wear bright colours that often, I tend to either not wear eye shadow, or go for silvers and nudes! As with other Barry M products, there are a range of colours, and there are even lighter shades, I have my eye on gold iridescent. Dazzle dusts cost just under £5 each and for some that may seem a little steep as you can get palettes for under £10 with many more colours. But Barry M dazzle dusts LAST FOREVER. In some of the pictures I have taken, it looks like I haven't used them but I can promise you all I have used them several times!

Below is a couple of pictures of me using Barry M dazzle dusts a week or 2 ago, I used a brush which I bought as an eye liner applicator but it's not great, but perfect for precision dazzle dust!

Rocking out some PJs as I get ready!
Not sure with my face here but I think
it shows the eye make up better.

I would really recommend dazzle dusts to anyone who likes dust/loose eye shadow. It can be a little messy if you're not used to using them, I find it helps to tap any excess powder first before applying! They last a really long time as I said before, so they are worth the cost. They last on the eye for hours and are easy to remove despite being glittery. I really want to expand my Barry M collection, I LOVE their nail varnishes and I would like to try more of their make up. Below is is a picture of swatches and what they look like, I think the pots are really cute and easy to store. The pictures are sub optimal as they were taken on my phone, but I really hope you understand my love for Barry M, a company I have been using for 6-7 years now and would not stop using!