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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

LVL Lashes- Worth it?

On Saturday, I popped in to a salon in Leeds city centre called Q61 to try out something I've always wanted to, LVL lashes.


Q61 was lovely- really high-end luxury feel on the inside, and the lady who did my treatment was called Amy. I even got a text from them the day before as both an appointment reminder and an invite to arrive 10 minutes early to enjoy a free coffee and relax.

LVL stands for length, volume, lift, and it is a treatment which takes around 45 minutes and effectively tints and 'perms' your lashes. I'm sure you've all heard of it before by now! A therapist uses a setting serum to straighten your natural lashes at the root (making them look curled up), and then your lashes are tinted, creating the appearance of mascara.

The cost? £45
How long does it last? 6-8 weeks


Before and after! *I'd just had to take my eye makeup off with a baby-wipe just before this was taken hence the red/puffiness!*


With mascara...(and taken at about 7am this morning):









My honest opinion?

I love big lashes. I love wearing layers of mascara. I LOVED when I had eyelash extensions (for the first week and a half anyway! Will do a review on those too soon). I'm a few days in and I'd say I LIKE LVL lashes. They're not thick, black and long enough for me to not wear mascara as I prefer a more glam look. If you are into minimal makeup or a more natural look though these will be perfect.

Not gonna lie, putting on mascara and liquid eyeliner is so difficult and takes some getting used to! The lashes just get in the way a bit, and you end up getting mascara on your brow bone as your lashes are so lifted. Cotton buds are my new best friend, and I found I had to change my mascara technique a bit too to stop them going clumpy.

However, I think that when they drop ever so slightly I'll like them even more and they'll be a little more 'user friendly'!

At night without makeup they look nice, just not as nice as with extensions! But for less cost, no damage to your natural lashes and longer lasting results- they are a brilliant alternative I recommend you all try for yourselves.

Lots of love,
Liv x

LVL Lashes- Worth it?

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Thursday, 12 February 2015

REVIEW: Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set


Hey everyone,
I'm SO EXCITED at the arrival of my new babies- the Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set.
I can't tell you how long I've been after these; they've just seemed to be sold out on Love-Makeup and BeautyBay, and I was being all stubborn and didn't want to pay in Euros from the official German website.
I kindly got treated to these as an early Valentines present and couldn't be happier...I squealed when they arrived! (my God I'm shallow).


The set includes 8 brushes:
106 Powder Brush
102 Silk Finish Brush
110 Face Shape Brush

127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush
142 Concealer Buffer
227 Soft Definer
231 Petite Crease Brush
317 Wing Liner Brush (I personally use this for my brows with Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade!)


These brushes are SUCH good quality and so soft. I also think they're really good value at £56.95 (+ 
free delivery) as this works out at just over £7 a brush. 
They look so pretty on your dressing table too (rose gold obsessions), and the free pouch that comes with them is now currently home to all my brushes.
My Favourite Brushes...


The Silk Finish brush honestly gives a lovely dewy finish to your foundation and feels so nice on your skin. It's pretty similar to the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques but a bit softer and move-able (although it is still very dense as a brush which I like!). 


My contouring has never been so quick and easy thanks to this guy! It really gets the angle of your cheekbone nicely whether you're using bronzer or blush. I haven't owned a brush like this before so I can't compare it to any others but I just know I love it!

All the other brushes in the set are lovely too, including the eye brushes. I now am craving the matching Rose Golden Complete Eye Set...uh oh..


Thanks for reading!
Lots of love,

REVIEW: Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Valentine's Gift Guide for Her

Valentines Gift guide for her




Hello everyone!
I've just decided to write up a last minute Valentines gift guide! It's full of things I'd personally love to get for Valentines Day, so if you're still struggling, I hope this gives you some inspiration...

1. Perfume- I've chosen two of my favourite scents as an example: Lancome La Vie Est Belle and Mark Jacobs Daisy. Can't go wrong.

2. A Watch- I am obsessed with this Rose Gold Olivia Burton watch! It's so pretty and you can get this at Asos and Topshop I believe.

3. Zoeva Makeup Brushes- I've just written a review on these which will be up shortly, but I love them and personally got them as an early Valentines present! They look so pretty on your dressing table as well as being good value and high quality brushes.

4. Pandora- I love Pandora and I think you can never go wrong with something from there as a gift for your loved one. Sticking to a 'love' theme I chose the heart ring or the heart-shaped charm.

5. Lingerie/PJ's- If you want to get something a bit more sexy, other than an underwear set (I love them all.) I fell in love with this cute Strappy Front Teddy from Asos. At £25 I think it's a perfect present. I love this colour but I think they also have it in black .

6. Michael Kors Bag- Okay, so I put this on here because 1, I want one very much, and 2, I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS COLOUR. Obviously this only applies if you have a big budget but I thought I'd include it anyway.

7. Lipgloss- Any girly-girl would love a nice expensive lipgloss for their collection! Nars do great ones with a large selection of shades, as do MAC and if you really want to push the boat out check out Chanel.

8. Other Makeup - I stumbled across this Too Faced Sweetheart Beads- Radiant Glow Face Powder on Asos and thought it was a perfect little Valentine's present as the beads are heart shaped and being winter/spring at the moment our skin needs a bit of TLC, meaning we all need a little extra glow!

(All links above)

Thanks for reading everyone, hope you liked what I came up with!
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Lots of love,

Valentine's Gift Guide for Her

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Saturday, 7 February 2015

REVIEW: Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara


Hey everyone, 
Today I thought I'd review a mascara that I've recently purchased...
Now, I don't usually buy Bourjois mascaras, nor do I particularly rate them generally but I'd heard a bit of hype around this one and really wanted to try it.

The packaging is nice and I do like the brush- on first impressions it looks like it'll make a difference to my lashes as well as combing them out to separate them.
The mascara claims to:
  • Have 16 hour hold (waterproof claims 24 hours)
  • Easy to remove
  • Both Spherical Bristles that 'perfectly wrap lashes for 360 volume',  and Straight Bristles to create 'clump free definition'

I decided to pick up the non-waterproof version in the colour 'ultra black' as you know I like my glam look!

Pros: It DEFINITELY adds volume to your lashes. Without question this has made my lashes the thickest they've looked in just one coat (although I add about 3, because I like it that way).
It also is easy to remove (a lot easier than Benefit's They're Real, and the consistency is quite similar).

Cons: Big con for me...this mascara didn't lengthen my lashes at all really. What I need in a mascara is lengthening and volumising combined, which in fairness this mascara never claimed. 

So basically, if you already have long lashes this mascara could be the absolute dream! 
I'm definitely going to purchase a lengthening mascara like Max Factor Masterpiece and then add a layer of this on top and hopefully achieve better results. I am a huge fan of using two different mascaras at once anyway!

Rating: 6/10

REVIEW: Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

January Favourites 2015

Hey guys!

So it's monthly favourites time, and I've been eagerly waiting to share with you what I've been absolutely loving this month. January is probably the worst month of the year for me: cold weather, post-christmas blues and now the daunting thought of how it's my last term at uni/in education ever! Plus...I just generally miss hot sunny weather!

I've also been trying to organise myself more with my dissertation deadline approaching, writing a planner and trying to find motivation. I want to get back into the heath and fitness hype that I was on before Christmas too, so I think I need to purchase some new gym kit (loving the look of Boohoo Fit and Missguided Active range) and get back on it. I'm currently trying to go to the gym as much as possible (I've got a spinning class on Wednesday and oh my god I hate spinning), looking into Protein World, Lucy Meck's new book and Pinteresting loads of yummy healthy recipes.
Meanwhile, I've got a number of favourites for this month including some new discoveries! So lets get into it...


Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo- Mega Instant. This was a spur of the moment purchase whilst in Newcastle as my old dry shampoo had run out and my hair was looking a bit crap. I've got to say, this has to be one of the best dry shampoos i've tried. I love the scent firstly, and how light it feels on my hair. It also doesn't leave any grey patches like the Batiste ones sometimes do! It's so good for adding some instant volume and keeps my hair nice and soft.

Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15- Super Facialist by Una Brennan. This was another new discovery this month but has become a solid part of my everyday morning routine. It's a beautiful scented moisturiser that's kind to the skin and also helps protect against sun damage/anti ageing. It makes my skin super soft and radiant and I'm pretty sure it's helped clear my skin up too!

MAC Pure Zen/Shy Girl and MAC Whirl Lipliner. I'm basically so on the Kylie Jenner hype it's unreal and I think I'm pretty lucky to have Whirl lipliner because apparently it's still out of stock?! But it makes my lips look fuller and I just looove it. I'm also into my peachy creamy nudes coming up to spring and I've just purchased my second tube of Shy Girl as I went through the last one far too quickly!

Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze Universel. I've had this now for 2 years and I'm so close to running out I want to cry! This is not cheap to repurchase on a whim (£32) but it's the nicest multi-use product! I personally use a large powder brush to apply it to my face after moisturising and it basically acts as a bronzed base, warming up my currently very pale winter skin. Some people also use this as a bronzer and/or contour, so it really does have so many uses. Because it's so creamy it's also very blendable and wears well on the skin.

Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque. Obviously this cold weather does nothing for the condition of our hair, so I've been applying this hair mask once a week, and sometimes I leave it on overnight for maximum results. It seriously makes my hair so soft, shiny and strong and I need it to be in good condition so it'll grow faster! (250ml is currently £15 on Amazon, down from £26)

Seven Seas Radiant You Capsules. Another product that I attribute to my hair growth is definitely these babies. You can get them in Boots and they're not very expensive! I got a month's supply and I found my skin, hair and nails all improved in condition. My mum got them for me originally after talking to her friends at work who are Doctors and they all recommended them- now I've got my housemate on them so hopefully she'll have good hair growth progress too!

Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade. This has transformed my eyebrow life. Anastasia you are the queen of the brows and I love you. I actually get complimented on my eyebrows now...(this is huge for me ok)
You should see my eyebrows like a year ago. Now I just spend a few minutes in the morning with just an angled brush and some of this stuff (I have the shade 'dark brown'). I do actually think I should have got the 'chocolate' shade instead but it's okay because I just apply it with an extra light hand. I do actually really want to go get my eyebrows 'done' in Harvey Nicks or something but I just can't justify it at the moment financially, and I almost don't need to now I have this in my life! 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes <33333
Aaaaaaah I can't even. This book is the best book I have ever read. Ever. If you like books, or if you don't- you need to read it! I couldn't actually get over it for a few days and I tweeted the author and she tweeted back telling me I had a 'book hangover' !! haha. What a babe. It's basically a love story in my opinion but some people don't think it's a love story...just a story of two people who change each others lives, but it's so inspirational and has actually changed the way I think about some things in life. I'm now reading her newest book called 'The One Plus One' which is also very good.


Thanks for reading! Hope you feel inspired by some of the things I've mentioned!

Let me know what you've been loving this month?
lots of love,

January Favourites 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Friday, 30 January 2015

Weekly Obsessions: Kylie Jenner

I don't know if it's surgery, lip injections, makeup, or puberty... but I want it?!
Ms Jenner, younger sibling of the Kardashians and supermodel Kendall Jenner, has really come into the limelight recently hasn't she? We've seen her on the television since she was just 10 years old, and last year, her Instagram selfies raised a few eyebrows. Was it surgery? At 16? She insists not, claiming in a recent interview with Cosmopolitan that her new look is down to learning how to do her makeup properly and puberty.
I personally think if you look reeeeally closely you can see her natural lips in the photo above. They're slightly darker and you can see this more easily on her top lip. But her recent 'no makeup' selfie (see below) published half way through writing this post has left me even more confused than ever! 



It's also great she's so body confident, as she's definitely either been blessed with a great body, or been working out and eating well to tone up and be permanently bikini ready. 

“These plastic surgery rumours hurt my feelings to be honest and are kinda insulting.” Kylie defends her lips and stated in a recent interview, "Big lips are awesome".
When looking at the photo above, my boyfriend James said: "I never thought I would ever find someone with blue hair that attractive."  Brilliant.

She also never takes a selfie without a set of false lashes, however she probably gets regular eyelash extensions. Well groomed and arched brows also shape her face and contouring her cheekbones slims her face and softens her jaw-line.I'm also such a massive fan of her style. It's a little extreme for me personally and it is expensive (obviously). It's based around a grungy/edgy look with designer thigh high boots or caged heels paired with a designer bag. However, what I love is that she isn't afraid of being a bit different and is very confident with it.
 "I like to mix edgy and boho. Nicole Richie has great fashion sense."
 "Puberty is a beautiful thing".
Whatever people think of her look, I love it. It is a great example of expertly applied makeup and what it can do for girls, and their self esteem. She is not perfect; and she has lived her life in the limelight since she was a small child. She's had to follow 5 beautiful older sisters (her closest an international supermodel), and she has found her own individual identity, setting herself apart using makeup and her own sense of style. She has a mature head on her shoulders, and I for one will be trying out this makeup look! But I'll pass on the blue hair, for now.
Love ya Ky.

"Being yourself is the best way to have someone fall in love with you."
“Try getting to know someone before making assumptions”
"Don't rely on other people to make you happy."
KJ
To achieve Kylie's look:
- Medium coverage yellow based foundation, e.g Nars Sheer Glow or L'oreal True Match
- Heavy coverage highlighting concealer, e.g Nars Creamy Concealer or Rimmel Match Perfection.
- Bronzer to contour, (any matt bronzer will do, e.g Benefit Hoola)
- False lashes, e.g Ardell's Demi Wispies.
- Volumising and lengthening mascara- I love Benefit's They're Real or Urban Decay Perversion.
- Good brow pencil/brow set.
- Browny-pink Lipliner, e.g MAC Whirl or Rimmel/L'Oreal do good ones.
- Matte browny/nude lipstick e.g Velvet Teddy by MAC or a cheaper dupe.
- Liquid eyeliner or gel liner to create the 'winged' effect.
- Golden/bronzey eyeshadow colours, I recommend Urban Decay's Naked Palette 1 or 2.


Thanks for reading! Do you like Kylies look? 
Do you think it's expertly applied makeup, or is it surgery?

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Weekly Obsessions: Kylie Jenner

Friday, 30 January 2015

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