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

Sunday, 3 August 2014

REVIEW: The Glamour Beauty Edit: Latest In Beauty

Hey everyone! First of all so sorry about the lateness of my blog posts, I've been so busy with my job this past week and worked evenings too so haven't had a real spare moment! I've finished work now though for the rest of summer so regular blogs shall now continue.
I also was trying to get some really good photos for this post but my iPhone doesn't allow that, so again I apologise! Tomorrow I'm actually going to go look at DSLR's with my Dad in the hope I can get one for my 21st in a few months eeek :) Anyway, onto the review...

I was sooo excited when this Latest In Beauty, Glamour Beauty Edit box arrived! I'd placed a cheeky order after reading about this box on various blogs as I couldn't resist. 

There are plenty of beauty boxes around and the idea is you pay a certain amount a month (usually between £10-£15) and a box of beauty goodies will arrive full of some high-end products in smaller sizes and lots of samples, etc. Some of them are really hit and miss but that's the chance you take and it is quite exciting not knowing exactly what you'll recieve. You would usually be paying around £10 a month + P+P for a box like Glossybox or Birchbox but I've never actually taken the plunge as financially I couldn't justify it...but this box was different.

Can we literally take a second to appreciate how much is packed in that little box?! The Beauty Director of Glamour Mag, Alessandra Steinherr, went and picked the 9 products she is obsessing over this summer, and I have to say I love basically every single product. The entire contents of this box is worth £86.15 and this costs £16.95 with free P+P. While that may sound steep compared to other boxes, the Illamasqua lipstick in this box retails at £18.50 alone so you've already got a bargain!

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick Firstly, we have the Illamasqua Lipstick in the shade 'Naked' but in your box you could receive one of seven nude shades. I was  SO excited to receive this as this new collection of lipsticks has been raved about and highly anticipated in the blogasphere. I was very impressed with how creamy and amazingly pigmented this was and I personally was so happy with this colour as a corally/warm toned nude. The photo above-right shows this lipstick to be almost orange but as you can see from the swatch, it's not like that when applied! The guidance with this product is it's best when applied with a brush which is probably due to how pigmented and creamy it is. 5 stars!

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector Next in the box is the Rimmel 'Instant Tan BB Skin Perfection' in the shade Light Matte. As a wash-off fake tan designed for up to 24 hours of wear as well as a 9 in 1 product, it's claiming a lot! I wasn't as excited about this product as others in the box as I thought 'meh, Rimmel', but it's a lovely moisturising matte colour which actually smells amazing!? Not like biscuits like other fake tans. It also did make my skin look pretty flawless and I love having a more tanned face, as my body always stays more tanned than my face and i'm sure this is the case with most people. All in all I'll be repurchasing this instead of my instant Fake Bake stuff for sure!

You also receive a fake tanning mitt in the box which you can use to apply this or any fake-tan you have. It's pretty standard so didn't feel the need to write it's own mini section on it :)

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF 30, 100ml This suncream is actually really nice in terms of making your skin really moisturised and radiant. Nothing else more to say about this but it smells lovely and applies nicely, also it's one of my favourite sun protection brands and worth £6.99 so 100ml of this was a nice addition to this summer-themed box.

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail LacquerHope you can't tell I'm trying to hide my shameful nails in these photos! Really need them done soon. Anyway, this nail vanish was a BIT of a disappoint to me as I love red nail polish and in the box you could receive either red or this baby pink shade, however, the brand Crabtree and Evelyn is famous and quite expensive so this will be a nice quality nail vanish and a very pretty summer shade. It also claims to be non-toxic and shock resistant (plus I didn't really need another red in my vanish collection anyway...)

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil  Firstly I'm going to have to say I am very afraid of face oils, I keep thinking I'm going to break out! I have combination skin anyway but this product is meant to be amazing to provide hydration to the skin and apparently won't break you out...(I'm still skeptical). The size of this product is small and cute anyway so would be perfect for travelling and I thought if you had a long flight it could be amazing to save your skin from getting dried out and dull as can happen on planes. This is an example of why I love beauty boxes though- I could end up absolutely adoring this product and it's something I would have never gone out and purchased myself.

Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip, 90ml You receive a full sized TonI and Guy hair product in this box which I think is amazing and I was really excited to try this. As you might know, I'm always on the hunt for products which will give my hair volume and look like it's been professionally blow dried, so this product seems perfect! I've only used this once as like i've mentioned in my Hair Growth post, I am trying to restrict all heat on my hair including blow-drying unless I'm going out or it's an occasion. I do really like it though and it's given me shiny hair with some body. 

Bourjois Little Cream Blush I thought this blush was really cute, and I'm not really a blusher girl. Having owned only one cream-blush before I don't know why I don't have more because when I tried this I found it left a really subtle pretty colour on my cheeks which blended really easily! I got the shade 3 but you could have received one of three shades, ranging from peachy toned to pink.

Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes: Alright, so here I am saving my favourite until last! I had the biggest smile on my face when I saw you got the full sized product of this in the box. It's worth £20.00 if you buy it by itself so the fact it's included in this box is amazing. It claims to provide you with the length of false lashes, with manufacturers stating: 'Magnifibres is the perfect solution for those who love long, big, captivating eye lashes but don't like the hassle of false lashes'. All you need to do is apply your first coat of mascara, then apply this which adds fibres to your lashes, and then apply some more mascara. It's actually really good- I'm not blown away, but it does make a difference and giiirl you know I love my lashes to be bigger as I think it instantly makes a face more attractive and feminine.

All in all I think this is an amazing deal and the best beauty box around. I'll definitely be looking out for more of these. Let me know what you think and if you've got this box or are tempted to get it! Get yours from the Latest In Beauty site here

REVIEW: The Glamour Beauty Edit: Latest In Beauty

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Saturday, 12 July 2014

MUM's Make-up bag + Diorshow Eyelash Maximiser

Hey everyone, I was at my mums house yesterday and when I visit I love to check out what new make-up products she has and try them out. My Mum works in the beauty/cosmetic surgery industry and because of this does have an awareness of what products are good yet she hardly wears them at all! She also has so many tips of the trade on anti-ageing, hair growth, weight-loss, etc that she's had talks and presentations on for her job but that's for another blog post.
 So here's me, raiding her make-up bag and picking out the best products, enjoy!

Cath Kidson bag, (L-R) Barbara Daly lipstick in 'Innocence', Dior Diorshow Maximiser Lash Pumping Serum, Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara, B Loud Mascara,  Lancome Hypnose eyeshadow, Tweezerman tweezers, Bourjois Queen Attitude Khol Kajal eyeliner, Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil, Rimmel Match Perfection concealer.

The swatches on my hand shown above hopefully demonstrate how black and intense the Bourjois Queen Attitude Khol Kajal (what a mouthful) eyeliner is, it's sooo soft and easy to use too, I'm definitely sneaking this out of her makeup bag! Guerlin do a famous soft khol eyeliner like this but it's about £30- this Bourjois one is an amazing dupe (retailing around £6.99). The eyeliner has won lots of makeup awards and I can see why! The BD lipstick in 'Innocence' is sheer but a perfect 'your lips but better' colour and the Rimme; concealer is quite light but perfect for under the eyes as it's very creamy and illuminating.

The photo above-left shows the my faaavourite eyelash product right now. If you have short and fine eyelashes like me, this makes them thick and long in one application. Basically an eyelash primer/plumping serum, it's pricey but it worked...

Row 1) My short straight eyelashes :(
Row 2) Application of Diorshow Maximiser

3) I then applied the Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara on top and as you can see I have thicker blacker lashes now! The only criticism i'd have of this product is that if over applied, it can mean your lashes clump together slightly more! With the right mascara though, perhaps a lenthening one with a comb brush? I think this could look even better!


4) Just for a comparison, this is my eye with JUST mascara and no Diorshow Maximiser Lash Plumping Serum on. Still lengthened lashes but definitely not as thick as with the Dior and not as long lasting!

DIY 'Chanel' Brush Holder

Finally, in my mums bathroom I came across this DIY brush holder and thought it was so cute. All she'd done was take an old jam jar and tie a Chanel ribbon around the top. She keeps the odd eyeliner and all her eyeshadow brushes in here and I think it's really chic.

Thanks for reading and if you're reading this Mum, sorry for raiding your make-up! (she loves it really)

Lots of love,

MUM's Make-up bag + Diorshow Eyelash Maximiser

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Top Tips- Bigger, Brighter Eyes

Hi everyone, hope you're well! Today I decided to start a series of posts on the top tips and tricks I've learnt from reading various make up books written by artists such as Bobbi Brown and Jemma Kidd. I'm in no way a makeup artist, but these tips have really helped me and I figured I'd like to share them.

The first post will be dedicated to achieving bigger and brighter eyes. There is no question that the right eye makeup can really transform your face, and so many looks can be created just with some eyeshadow, liner and mascara. Hope some of these tips inspire or help you like they did me!

Eyes- Top Tips

1) I personally love eyeliner to define my eyes for more of a striking 'cat eye' look, which I pair with winged eyeliner on my upper lid (like the 'Feline' in the photo above). This makes your eyes look larger and more feminine instantly as it gives the illusion of a thicker lash line. Any of the looks above illustrate what a difference in liner application can make though!

2)  Celebrity makeup artist Carmindy states that for a less intense day time look, black can act like an LBD- narrowing your shape, so an off-black colour like slate or brown (especially if blonde or blue-eyed) can be more eye-opening.

3) Swipe a shimmery white shadow onto the inner corners of your eyes in a sideways V to catch the light, widening your eyes. I actually personally love a gold coloured shimmer like Half-Baked by Urban Decay in the day time. If you take this underneath the lash line it can instantly open up your eyes and create more of a 'glam' look, great for night time.
4) Use eyeshadow that compliments your eye colour. The chart above simplifies this, but basically whatever your eye colour- you just want to use shadows that are the opposite on the spectrum.
For blue eyes, anything with orangey undertones like apricot or peach will make them stand out more, and for green eyes, deep purple shades or even a more intense green will intensify your eyes. Brown eyes are neutral so do tend to suit any colour, however rose-gold colours (hiiii Naked 3 Palette) with purple undertones or even blues can do wonders.

5) Layer makeup for longer wear. Layering your eye-makeup supposedly makes it last through the day and the night. For example, after you've gone over your eyeshadow routine, line your upper lash line with a liquid liner and go over it in gel liner later, setting your eyeshadow with a similar colour shadow using a dome-shaped brush.

6) Another way to ensure longer lasting colour is by prepping your eyelids with eyeshadow primer- if your eyelids are dry you can use concealer, however, getting a proper primer is useful and reduces fallout and dreaded panda eyes.


Add Some Shimmer

“A neutral smoky eye is all about playing with dark and light,” says Linter, who used the shimmering ivory-pink shade from Lancôme’s Color Design palette in Coral Crush on lids. “Having darker tones surround a lighter one gives shape and definition—the light on the eye makes it pop.”

Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Coral Crush, $49; lancome-usa.com

7) Use the right tools! To be honest I don't think you need every single brush ever, and I cope just fine with about 3 or 4 eyeshadow brushes- just a flatliner to 'pat' on the colour, a basic fluffy brush to add colour to the outer lid, and then a blending brush to blend it all together. If you use a gel eyeliner like I do then a flat liner is great too. 

8) Makeup Artist Felicia Alva says that if you improve the quality of your brushes and use richer pigmented products, the application would be better immediately even without improving your technique. So I really would invest in some well pigmented eyeshadow to achieve professional looking results!

9) White eyeliner is a must for tired looking eyes! One of the older tips in the book is using white eyeliner in the waterline, and bringing it into the inner corners of the eye. Not only does this make you look more awake but it also makes your eyes look noticeably bigger. 

10) And finally, don't forget to curl those lashes! James Vincent does a great 'How to' post on eyelash curling which can be found here, and I personally think it is worth buying the right eyelash curlers- the Shu Uemera ones being the favourite of so many makeup artist professionals. 
Curled eyelashes can really open up the eyes if done correctly with the right mascara- and another tip here is to use the tip of the mascara wand to really separate and fan out the lashes, something which the Benefit They're Real mascara brush really lets you do.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any eye-makeup tips that you swear by :)
*All photos from Pinterest

Top Tips- Bigger, Brighter Eyes

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Friday, 7 March 2014

I Spent Too Much Money- A Haul.

Hi lovelies! So I popped into town today just to run a few errands and pick up some nude coloured nail vanish (to look all sophisticated for my job interview..) and next thing you know, Boots has lured me in again with their 3for2 offers. Damn it. To be fair, it's been ages since I've actually spent a bit of money, and I've been at home all this week spending every day doing uni work (-a girl needs a break). Anyway, I obviously couldn't help myself and picked up a few goodies, and they're things i've wanted my hands on for a little while now...

HAUL ITEMS: // VO5 Plump It Up blow-dry spray // L'Oreal Privee Signature Nudes Polish // Jemma Kid Make-Up Masterclass // Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Awakening Lipbalm // Ardel Lashes- Demi Wispies // L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara // L'Oreal Double Extension Renewal System mascara // Bourjous CC Cream // Eyelure Cheryl Lashes.

Vo5 Plump It Up- This is a repurchase as i've used up my last bottle, and for good reason. For someone who tries anything to get some volume into her hair, this is a bit of a necessity. When I come out the shower, I just spritz some of this on my hair and ruffle it in before I blow dry it. It creates volume but I also don't find it makes my hair greasy like some mousses do (I am a fan of volumising mousse for a night out, but I find they can weigh my hair down on second day hair). It's also a heat protectant as well which is great for those who are trying to get their hair into better condition or grow it like me! Next time I pop to Boots I want to pick up some of the L'Oreal Studio Line #TXT spray as I've heard amazing things about the volume it gives your hair.

L'Oreal Privee Signature Nail Polish- So I have a job interview this afternoon (might do a blog post on interviews) and I basically was on a mission to find the perfect nude polish. Nude nail polish elongates your hands and fingers, making you appear more elegant and chic, not to mention it's quite a spring colour and they go with everything. When I went over to the Model's Own counter to try one of their new gel polish lines, the nude to me looked a bit grey and dreary, and not the peach tone nude I has pictured in my head. Over at the L'Oreal section however, they had a full on nude colours nail bar going on, with about 20 different types of 'nude'. The premise is that they are endorsed by celebrities with different skin tones such as Eva Longoria or Freida Pinto and whatever skin tone you have that most closely matches the celebrity, is the nude that will suit you the best. (does that make sense?) Probably made that more confusing that it needed to be didn't I. Long story short, they're lovely polishes and are around £4. The packaging is VERY basic, but the colour range is great and they're nice and long lasting if you apply two coats. Interview nails = check. 

Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass- Literally did not need to buy this...but I'm so glad I did. Now anytime I have any makeup queries or want tips or even different makeup looks, I can refer to this beauty bible. It was £22.50 which is a liiittle steep and probably could have got it a lot cheaper off Amazon (where I plan to get the Rae Morris book), but it's huuuuge and beautiful and I've already learnt loads of tips I can't wait to share with you guys. 

Lashes- I can't help it, I have an eyelash addiction and I buy too many. I think that big fluttery eyelashes really make you look more girly and glamourous. So I bought 2 pairs, the all time faves of many beauty bloggers- Ardell's Demi Wispies, and then I also grabbed the Eyelure Cheryl lashes. The Demi Wispies look so natural as they blend in with your own lashes amazingly, but they also create a really flirty look. I love wearing these for going out in the evening or maybe for a date? Secondly, the Cheryl lashes. I just love Cheryl, I could do a whole blog post about her (I probably will), and the fact she's designed them means I'm drawn to them instantly. I used to always buy Kimberley's lashes but recently they seem a bit tame now i've discovered some really good mascaras. Cheryl's are definitely a bit more dramatic,  and I can't wait to wear these on my night out this Saturday for my housemates birthday! 

Dior Lip Glow- While I didn't officially get this this week, I needed to mention it and squeeze it in this post. I got it as a gift from my mum when the Dior lady at the make-up counter did a makeover on me. I thought it was so cool how it goes a different colour on everybody dependent on the undertones in their lips, so it just enhances them and there is no chance that the colour won't suit you. It tastes minty too and is super moisturising which is great for the cold weather we've been having. At £22.50 it's not cheap but I'd definitely ask to try it out if you happen to be browsing the counter to see what colour it goes on you! It goes a peachy pink on me but on my mum it went more red. A glossy moisturised finish is a winner though. 

Mascara- I really needed some new mascara, and I feel like I go through it like nothing else. Due to the true blogger inside me, I do tend to 'collect' makeup and love trying new ones out, so I had to try the new L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara. This promises volumised lashes like those of a japanese doll/anime/manga character thing..you know the one. I'd read good things about it so I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I'm quite impressed with it so far but not an all time favourite due to it's lack of lengthening properties, a good second coat mascara! I also have decided that the second mascara that I picked up, the L'Oreal Double Extension Renewal System, is so underrated. I remember I loved this mascara so much when it came out a few years ago- back when fibre mascaras like this were all the rage. I loved how one of the ends added so much length as well as conditioning my lashes to enable growth, and the other side blackened them and added volume. NO ONE uses this anymore I swear, and I don't get why. I guess it can be more of a faff and it's not a quick application, but either way I remembered I loved this and repurchased. 

Bourjois CC Cream- This has to be the new 'it' product of Feb/March doesn't it. Every blogger seems to have it and love it. The whole BB/CC Cream thing generally does go over my head (although love Garniers BB Cream for combination skin- absolute winner for the summer) but Bourjois foundations are usually lovely and I like how they're usually yellow undertoned like Bobbi Brown ones. I apply this with my Body Shop foundation brush and use the Jemma Kidd recommended technique (see, the book is useful already!!) of really pressing the foundation into moisturised and primed skin to create a more flawless finish. It's lovely and creamy- the only thing I would say is there is only 3 colour options which is really limiting, and I found that I was probably a mix between the fairest and second shade, but I opted with the second shade, I'll just have to keep on top of my fake tanning! I really recommend this to anyone, especially as the coverage is still light so you can look really natural. 

Michael Kors Watch MK-5676. Featuring Fossil Bracelet and my Pandora.
Ah and finally, I have something to tick off the wishlist, and this watch has been on it for about 3 years I swear! Not a lot to say about it except I'm in love with it, I know i've become one of those girls now who has one- I went into a watch shop to get some links removed so it wouldn't slide off my wrist, and the a lady called Tanya who served me said 'I've seen so many of these watches recently, they're lovely aren't they!' Yes Tanya. Yes. In the picture I'm wearing it with my pandora charm bracelet (it's a bit of a faux pas to mix silver and gold together I know, but it's hard to commit to one!) and my goody-coloured Fossil bracelet that I got from my Mum for Christmas, and I think they go really well together.

So that's it, thanks for reading and let me know if you've tried and like/dislike any of the products mentioned! 

I Spent Too Much Money- A Haul.

Friday, 7 March 2014

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