Saturday, 30 January 2016

actiderm lip pencil ♥

With Kylie Jenner's plump pout always making headlines, there has been a massive increase with lip liners over the past year! So today I wanted to talk about a particular lip liner that has caught my attention, this lip liner is by the make-up and skin brand Actiderm*. This particular shade I am wearing is called Pink Nude 792, it is a gorgeous nude shade with a warm undertone. My first impressions of the packaging were how bold and chic it looked! I love that this lip pencil is an applicator because it is much handier to use, you don't need to constantly sharpen it like regular lip pencils. All together, there are six different lip pencil shades available from the Actiderm range, the colours definitely cover your every lipstick need or if you prefer you can just wear the lip pencil by itself. 

I love using this and I've definitely got into the habit of exfoliating my lips so my lip liner looks smoother. I found the application of this lip liner incredibly easy to apply to my lips and I didn't even need to apply a concealer on my lips beforehand to make the colour pop! I really recommend this lip liner for an everyday look and you can always apply a lip gloss on top to really make your lips stand out. I was also lucky enough to try three different skin products from the range, including a facial scrub, moisturiser and a 3D corrector which works as a tinted moisturiser. I'll be reviewing these products in my next post! Have you tried any of the Actiderm products before? You can find more about the products on April's Instagram, Facebook and website 10/10 

Monday, 18 January 2016

get the look - jennifer lopez golden globes ♥

For the Golden Globes, Jennifer Lopez definitely ranked top on my list. Her make-up was flawless and definitely not what I expected. I would never have thought to pair a glossy, red lip with golden eyeshadow but this look really worked! I've put together a few products that can create this look, including a designer brand and a high street brand, starting with the YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in #12 compared to the Maybelline Mono Eyeshadow in Golden Halo. The cream lipstick is from H&M and the lipgloss is from Urban Decay in shade #69. These products are pretty much the essential items that you need for creating this look, applying a dark, shimmery lipstick with a rich gloss on the top is an easy way to create the same look as J Lo. For her nails, I picked the gorgeous shade, Darks from OPI and I've kept the rest of the products, L'Oreal and Maybelline based. Overall, this look is really simple to create but it definitely looks glamorous. What do you think of this look? 


Saturday, 16 January 2016

KISS lashes - the looks so natural range ♥


As you all know, the one beauty product that I cannot live without is false lashes. For me, they create instant glamour and they really open up my eyes. My eyes are quite small, so when it comes to buying false lashes I have learnt the hard way that heavy sets can make my eyes look even smaller. So after years of experimenting, I have found that natural lashes are the best option for me. Don't get me wrong, I love adding length to my lashes but this has to look natural and thin, not heavy. I am quite fussy when it comes to choosing my lashes but when the KISS Lashes* arrived, I was instantly impressed by the lash style. The KISS Looks So Natural Lash range is designed exactly for my lash taste, if you prefer subtle length and fullness this collection is the one for you. 

This lash range actually has unique Tapered End Lash technology that really ensures natural length and volume. There are five different styles available but the style I have used is KFL04C. This particular design is perfect for day wear and I found that the lash style looked subtle and actually a good quality. I was really impressed with the overall style and detailing of the lashes, they look very professional and were incredibly easy to wear! They were long lasting and the glue provided worked just as well as my beloved Eylure glue. I really cannot fault this range at all, although I do hope they bring out more lash styles in the Looks So Natural range! What do you think of KISS lashes, have you tried this particular set before? You can see the full lash range at Boots here. 10/10 

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

this weeks instagram ♥

This week has been pretty busy because we are back in the Scratch office, I can't believe I have officially been a beauty journalist for seven months! The time has flown past but it definitely feels like I am where I belong, it is the most amazing feeling writing for a living, so I can't wait to finish our February issue. With New York lurking around the corner, I still haven't put together what I want to buy, Victoria's Secret will definitely be on my list but I also want to visit the historical sites. We will be booking a helicopter tour to really see the buildings of the city so I can't wait! Make-up wise, I'm trying to really look after my skin in this weather, my skin can get incredibly dry so I've been having lots of hot baths with bath salts.

I am also obsessed with the nude, bath creme from Boots. I actually bought this in the January sales last year! Despite the awful queues, I managed to buy two gorgeous pairs of ripped jeans from Zara - I have awful luck with jeans normally but each pair was £20.00. I also travelled to the Ashford outlet and I bought myself a pair of red leather trousers from Ralph Lauren, they were reduced from £600 to just £20! I will be putting together a few outfit posts next week to show you the new outfits in my wardrobe. Have you managed to find any goodies in the sales this year? Have a lovely evening girls! 

Monday, 4 January 2016

mac stripdown liner and foundation review ♥

For today's post, I wanted to talk about my new beauty favourites, the MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil and the MAC Face and Body Foundation. I know that the Stripdown pencil is one of the most popular lip liners from the MAC range and after wearing it for the first time, I can see why. I know it may be a marmite topic, but I personally love Kylie's nude lips, although I'm not a fan of her using lip fillers, I love the lipsticks and lip pencils she uses. I've seen a Kim Kardashian interview where she praises Stripdown as her favourite lip pencil, it creates a gorgeous nude lip with a brown tone. As you can see from the swatch, the colour is incredible and really pigmented. I found the shade a perfect match to compliment my skin tone and I paired this with a nude lipstick from the Rimmel Kate Moss range. I cannot praise this lip pencil enough, I definitely recommend this shade if you starting out with MAC lip pencils, like myself.
For the MAC Face and Body foundation, I have been using the shade C4. Now, if you have read my blog for a few years, you will know that I have very oily skin. When I put this foundation on my Christmas list, I'll be honest and say I didn't really research it. I've heard such amazing reviews but I didn't know that quite a few bloggers aren't keen on the formula, especially when they also have an oily skin type like mine. That being said, I found the formula easy to blend and control, I prefer a full coverage and although the liquid is very thin and soft, I was able to create a flawless coverage and the "shine" made my skin look fresh and dewy. I would not recomend this foundation if you have very, very oily skin or if you want instant heavy coverage, you need to spend time building a heavy coverage but I personally love doing this! Overall, I cannot praise these MAC products enough, all hail MAC! 10/10 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

mulberry - the continental wallet ♥

Over the Christmas period, I was incredibly lucky to get two purses, my Louis Vuitton Josephine wallet from Ollie and the Mulberry Continental Wallet from work. I have been using the Mulberry wallet everyday because it is incredibly practical and it easily holds my cards and money. This wallet has a classic and timeless design, perfect for anyone - especially with the variety of shades available. The range includes eight different colours, including Fiery Spritz, Oak, Oxblood, Steel Blue, Black Natural, Neon Blue, Poppy Red and Black Glossy. This purse is perfect if you want to organise your cards, coins and bank notes, I can easily keep things organised and see exactly where my cards are. I definitely need all the help I can get with organising myself so this purse is a dream. You can store 10 cards and the purse also includes a section to keep your coins. I still can't believe that my work gave me this purse as a Christmas gift, I am incredibly lucky and grateful. What is your ideal purse, do you have any Mulberry items on your wish list this month? ♥

Saturday, 2 January 2016

how to wear - black skinny jeans ♥

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. For today's post, I wanted to focus on how I would wear black, skinny jeans. I recently bought a pair of black, ripped jeans from the Zara sale and I haven't stopped wearing them! They are super comfortable to wear for everyday and you can really dress them up with heels. I've created two different outfits that look at a nude, classic style and then I've kept the second look, very dark and sleek. The jeans that I have included are from Topshop, you can buy them here. For the first look, I had to include my nude heels from Office, they are the perfect height and they look exactly like the Louboutin shoes, without the price tag. You can click here to find the top, watch, nail polish, bag, perfume and eye shadow palette
For the second look, I wanted to keep it pretty basic, I love black clothes and accessories so it was really simple and fun to create this outfit. Again, the top is from Zara, but you can click here to find the New Look heels, watch, YSL bag, earrings, nail polish, lip creams, perfume and the NYX eye shadow kit here. What look do you prefer? I think it definitely proves that accessories can completely transform an outfit piece, I love how much you can dress up black jeans. My favourite item has to be the YSL clutch, although I usually prefer larger bags, even for a night out, I don't think you can go wrong with YSL. Are there any outfit looks you would like me to create? Have a lovely evening girls, I hope you liked this post!

Friday, 1 January 2016

2016 new year resolutions ♥

I spent my New Year's Eve with a takeaway and playing the game, Cards Against Humanity with the boyfriend and his family. 2015 was such an amazing year, I finally got my dream job as a journalist, I finally passed my driving test and I also created so many memories with Ollie. I hope 2016 is just as eventful, I already have New York booked for early April which I am super excited about, I have never travelled to New York before so I really can't wait to go. Hopefully this year I will buy my first car, my dream car would be a Beetle but I think the more realistic option would be a Peugeot. I have done the resolution posts for quite a few years now and I know they are not to everyone's liking but I love looking back at what has changed and what I have achieved. I feel like I've taken a step back from blogging so for 2016, I really want to get back to posting! My main goal is to really save and to budget myself, starting with making healthy food for work and not spending £25 a month on getting acrylic nails! I really want to become a stronger writer for Scratch magazine, I am still pinching myself that I finally became a journalist! What New Year goals have you created for yourself this year? Did you manage to stick to your 2015 goals? ♥

2015 New Year Resolutions:
Pass my driving test
Be happy
♥ Spend more time reading
♥ Starting making Youtube videos
♥ Buy a car
Take more risks and step out of my comfort zone
Have a toned stomach ready for summer!
Go to Italy
Save £200 a month for a rainy day
Make healthy meals for work
♥ Cut down on eating at restaurants 
Go to yoga classes
♥ Go swimming classes
♥ Reach 2,500 followers on Fairytale Kiss

2016 New Year Resolutions:
♥ Buy a car
♥ Find a balance with my blog, schedule photos and posts every weekend
♥ Spend more time reading
♥ Starting making Youtube videos
♥ Start saving to move out
♥ Drink 5 glasses of water a day and cut out salt and sugar 
♥ Keep my stomach toned
♥ Go to New York, Paris and Miami 
♥ Buy a Louis Vuitton bag 
♥ Stop buying clothes that I don't need!
♥ Cut down on eating at restaurants 
♥ Go jogging in the evenings
♥ Reach 2,500 followers on Fairytale Kiss
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