Wednesday, 23 April 2014

REVIEW | Stila all over shimmer luminizer pink shimmer








With summer quickly creeping upon us and spring under way, a good illuminator is definitely needed to give us that gorgeous fresh dewy look. I was given the Stila all over shimmer Luminizer in pink shimmer from my gorgeous chummy over at liparazziblog.com.

All Over Shimmer is a creamy, skin-enhancing luminizer that gives the skin a fresh, radiant glow. Soft focus pigments help diminish skin imperfections and minimize the appearance of fine lines and sun spots.

This luxurious formula can also be mixed into face lotion or your favorite Stila foundation for a touch of brightened radiance.

Normally I prefer a cream illuminator as I have found in the past applying a liquid one over a foundation or a powder bronzer can cause a mess.  However, I have had no such problem with this little beauty.

I put some on the back of my hand and either use a light brush or my finger tips to apply sparingly above my cheek bones.

I like the container and brush, it makes for no spills or waste.  It gives a lovly glow and is suitable for pale skin. The product is a cold tone, something to be aware of if you prefer warmer tones.

Have you tried this Stila shimmer? What luminators do you use?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

30 Day Shred | 10 day update level 1 Results

Pheweee level 1 of Gillian Michael's 30 day shred done! 

I have really enjoyed having an exercise and a focus over the last week or so. As mentioned in my 5 day Update, there were days when I could not be bothered and was left wondering why am I doing this? However, the thing that kept me going was the results I had already seen. I could physically see the difference and that really spurred me on.

I had 3 days off during my first level, which is absolutely fine.  You can have 1 or 2 days off per week. And I definitely needed them.

Sooo, here are my 30 days shred level 1 results

Hopefully you can tell which is before and after :-) For the avoidance of doubt, left is BEFORE and right is AFTER.  My muscles are tighter, I feel fitter, more confident and there is definitely less to pinch around my sides and stomach.  I have also noticed my jeans are looser around the bottom and hip.

Onwards and upwards, level 2 here I come!!!

Have you tried the 30 day shred?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NOTD

Hello beauties.

So for years I have been getting my nails done at a salon. Gel nails, nail extensions, you name it I have had it. And like a lot of beauty bloggers, I love my nails looking pretty.  However, I started to realise how much money I was spending on this naughty habbit.  I also became disalusioned when I thought I had found an amazing salon near me to have my Xmas nails break and it was just a whole mess :-(

So..... I got myself my own gel nail system!!! I did a lot of research, I didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds so I opted for a good quality well priced system.  I have been super excited trying out lots of different nail looks.  Here are some I have been rocking...




If you would like to hear how I do gel nails on myself then comment below. The whole system cost me around £50, bargain!!!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

30 Day Shred Update | Day 5

I am so excited to tell you all about my first 5 days on the 30 day shred!!  

If you follow along with twitter or instagram you might have seen that I am undertaking the 30 Day Shred by Gillian Michaels. Gillian is the lady tasked with getting the contestants on the biggest loser in to shape.  I am off to Vegas in 3 weeks and want to have a rockin' bikini bod.

Day 1
I was pretty excited to get started.  I am not gonna lie it was a tough work out, but definitely do able. I didn't feel like I wanted to stop or coudn't carry on, perhaps because I was so motivated. I would say the hardest part were the push-ups... ouch!

Day 2
Feeling a little sore, especially under my arms. Still I am ploughing on, thinking of that bikini body!

Day 3
Today was a struggle, I really didn't want to work out at all. In fact I got pretty angry during the exercises, fortunately those punches came in handy! Feeling: sore.

Day 4
So tired today. Noticed I have been wanting to eat more, and had a few cheeky sweet snacks.  Telling myself it is ok because I am working out... hmmm not sure this is going to work, maybe I will put on weight instead of toning up!

Day 5
I had the 5th day off. Not because I actually wanted to but because I couldn't fit the work out in to my day.  Which is fine because you are suppose to have 1 or 2 days off per week. So my 5th workout was on day 6.  Gillian says it will get easier but honestly I was sweating the most so far today, could be because I am pushing myself more, but apart from being able to get through the first set of push ups a little better it is still tough.

I think the results I can see so far are incredible. I had no idea that working out just 20 minutes a day for 5 days could make such a huge difference.  Overall I am feeling great. So proud of myself for getting this far! 5 workouts done 25 more to go!!

What do you think of my results so far ladies? Have you tried the 30 day shred?

Friday, 11 April 2014

How to stop concealer from creasing!


Would you agree one of the most annoying problems with makeup is your concealer creasing? It use to drive me loopy, I tried every concealer I could get my hands on because I was so sure one would work. Even the 'anti creasing' ones creased!

So I went on a huge mission and found some amazing tips and tools to stop concealer creasing!!

MY TOOLS
Real Techniques pointed foundation brush
Real Techniques Makeup sponge
Long lasting concealer (I use Arbonne concealer medium mostly but other options below)
Translucent setting powder (again I use Arbonne, best I have found)
Urban Decay primer



METHOD
1. Apply a good primer under the eye. Wait a minute or so until set
2. Using your brush apply concealer. The less product used the better. Using a brush is imporant as the oils on your fingers can alter the composure of the product. As we don't want that, always use a brush.
3. You need a good setting powder. The best I have found is the Arbonne traslucent loose setting powder. Apply it with a makeup sponge pressing in to the under eye area, I use the real techniques sponge as I find it has the best shape for getting right up to the lash line.



This technique and products work for me everytime. My concealer with remain crease free for the whole day without fail! Below left, picture taken at begining of day, right taken 8 hours later.

Will you be giving this a go?
I would love to hear your tips too!

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Review | Vita Liberata Illuminating Skin Finish Latte



Today I am reviewing the Vita Liberata Illuminating skin finish in Latte* £29.95.  Vita Liberata is an Organic self tan and skincare brand. I am a huge fan of their better known pHenominal 2-3 week tan which I reviewed here but I haven't tried any of thir other products, until now.

The illuminating skin finish comes in 5 shades, with Latte being the darkest.  It is markated as a BB bronzing cream.  I love the idea of this product and I would say it does what it is suppose to.

But lets talk about the packaging for a moment, it is so pretty and very practical. I love how it has a pump, no squashing or squeezing a tube = no mess.

This particular shade on my skin is dark so I use it as an instant wash off tan which adds a gorgeous glow to arms and legs while concealing imperfections.



It is best used with a mitt as it dries quite quickly and becomes fairly unblendable. Another way to combat this is to mix the skin finish was a moisturiser. 

Is is a necessity? No. Is it nice? Yes, I really love this illuminator and the fact that it has an spf 25 is an added bonus.

I do think £29.95 is fairly expensive but saying that it is organic so you tend to pay a bit more for a product that contains no nasties. 

Have you tried any Vita Liberata products? 

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