Friday, 4 September 2015

Makeup De-Clutter // What I Got Rid Of

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 4 comments
Recently, I de-cluttered my Makeup Stash and threw out some of my old items that I just don't like or use any more and I thought I could include them in a post to kind of give mini reasons why they didn't work for me.

Firstly, I threw out my Covergirl Exact Eyelights mascara as it had dried out. I enjoyed using this for a while as these mascaras are tailored to suit your eye colour but I just have mascaras that I prefer much more now. I also gave my sister my Rimmel Scandal Eyes Flex mascara, this was in perfectly good condition - I just don't like it. The brush is far too big for me and it results in spidery looking lashes that are just a big mess so it didn't work for me. 

I also gave my sister my Bourjois Smokey Eyes palette. These shadows just aren't very pigmented and it requires a lot of product to make a slight bit of colour which isn't generally what you are looking for with a smoky eye. This just didn't work out for me and I prefer other shadows so I gave this away. I also gave away my 17 shadow thats a purpley/pink shade. This is perfectly fine but I just will never wear that shade and its much more suited to my 10 year old sister who likes to have a play around with adventurous makeup. 

I also threw away my Soap and Glory Brow Archery as it had dried out although I have repurchased it as I really like this stuff. I got rid of a red lipgloss that is way past its use by date and gave my sister a pink Avon lipgloss as its much more her colour than it is mine. 

As for face products, I threw away an empty Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer although I have repurchased it because I love it! I also got rid of my Stila Liquid makeup Foundation and cover up stick because these are way out of date and I also am not a fan of the smell or texture in general of these. 

I threw out my Covergirl concealer (I don't know what this stuff is called as its scratched off). This was the first face product I bought years ago and although it was ok then, its just too pinky now and I have much better concealers. I also got rid off my Fresh Minerals Primer, I don't know what it is about this product but its just feels horrible and leaves a white creamy kind of sheen in places of your face. I don't know how to describe it but this stuff is just awful, my friend tried it and found it the same so I should have gotten rid of that a long time ago. 

I know I didn't get rid of much but these are just products I don't like or I had used up. 


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Back to School Full Face Makeup Look

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 2 comments
Today I wanted to do a fuller makeup look for those of you who like to wear more makeup to school. Personally, I don't wear this much but simply because I like to keep my makeup quite natural. I decided to use a affordable, drugstore makeup in this look but I also used a couple of other more expensive options wear necessary. 

To prime my face, I used Benefit's The PoreFessional which provides really smooth skin to apply your foundation on. I used Bourjois' Healthy Mix Serum on my Skin and blended it in with Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush.

I then set all of this with Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder and a Real Techniques Setting Brush. I used a small amount of my Maybelline Fit Me powder in Coconut but not to harshly contour. I then applied Mac's Cremeblend Blush in Lady Blush and Tarte's blush in exposed over the top. I find that layering a cream and powder blush is great for staying power. I then used Mac's Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish to highlight my cheekbones and Cupid's bow. 

For the eyes, I didn't do anything overly dramatic- I just used The Balm's Nude-Tudes Palette and the shade "Stand-offish" on the lid and then a little of "Seductive" in the crease. I finished the eyes with my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. 

For the brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz to shape them naturally and then set them with Benefit's Gimme Brow. 

For the lips, I used Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss stick in Nudist.

I set this with a spritz of Mac's Fix+.


Monday, 31 August 2015

The Balm Nude-Tudes Palette Review

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 1 comments
I got this palette last week on the plane from duty free as it was £10 cheaper than usual. I have been loving it and thought it was worth doing a post about as I would definitely recommend it.

I have never tried anything from The Balm and I haven't heard much about this palette so I wasn't expecting great things... I know its wrong and just because a product isn't hyped about I shouldn't put off trying it but its just my way of thinking. Anyway, I tried this out straight away and I am so impressed. The formula of these shadows I prefer to MAC which are my go-to shadows. The colour pay-off is great, they are so pigmented however I would definitely recommend using a primer with these as thats the catch- the staying power isn't great without one. My palette came with a free mini primer and that works fine, as well as any other one you can get your hands on. 

Obviously this is a nudes palette as stated in the name but I think this is quite different to my other nude palettes. This contains a real mixture of colours from pinks to browns to reds to blacks - it's not your average nudes palette which I love as it means its great for a weekend away as you can get lots of different eye looks with this. 

Some of the colours aren't very visible in this photo on swatches but on the lid they are really pigmented. My favourite shades are Stand-offish, Sultry and Seductive. It's a mixure of mattes and sparkly shadows however I feel even some that aren't sparkly, have a kind of sheen to them so theres really only two or three mattes. Usually, I prefer mattes but this contains such wearable shades that I can look past that. 

This palette comes with a small double-sided brush, one side being angled and the other and angled fluffy brush, I personally prefer using my trusty MAC 217 but this is perfect for a quick and easy on the go makeup look.

The packaging is very sturdy with a magnet to prevent the palette from opening unintentionally. It also includes a big mirror, again perfect for travel. This palette sells at $36/£29.99 and is available online or in some stores. 


The Balm Nude 'Tudes Palette -

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Worth The Hype? Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 2 comments
I'm sure you'll all have heard of this mascara someway, it has got a lot of hype recently and I wanted to try it. Being very picky with mascaras, I didn't have high hopes for this product but I was pleasantly surprised.

Usually, I like to wait for mascaras to dry out more so they're no so "wet" because I generally don't like the way they look but with this one, it still manages to give lots of length and volume without the clumpy look. 

The brush is curved which allows the mascara to give a real lift to your lashes, it's amazing how it lengthens them, I was so impressed. Naturally I have long lashes and I don't like them to look any longer as then they tend to have the spidery look but this one isn't like that, it's such a great mascara. 

The disadvantage may be that it smells a lot like paint- maybe that's just mine but it's really strong. I don't mind it because I like the smell of paint but others may disagree. This is my new favourite mascara costing just £5.99 it's super affordable and easy to get a hold of. I would 100% say this is worth the hype and definitely recommend you all to try it! 

I wanted a lashes before and after photo using this mascara but I'm so bad at taking those photos! Hopefully ill get a good one and include it in a makeup look soon. 


Friday, 28 August 2015

Back to School Drugstore Simple, Natural Look

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 1 comments
wanted to do two makeup looks for back to school- I'm doing a Full Face look for those of you who like to dress up more for school but then I usually go for a more natural look like this one. This isn't a "no makeup makeup look" but I'll leave that tutorial linked below. This is a natural, simple look.

Firstly, I started by using a BB cream thats light coverage, I used Maybellines Pure Dream BB which is my favourite BB cream on the market. I used Real Techniques Buffing Brush to blend it in. I then used Maybellines Fit Me Concealer on blemishes and Maybellines Age Rewind Concealer under my eyes. This seems like a lot of Maybelline but I just love their products. I used Real Techniques Contour Brush to blend the concealer. 

I then set it with Rimmel Stay Matte powder and Real Techniques Setting Brush. I also used Nyx's Cream blush in Natural on my cheeks. 

I used Bourjois' Volume Ultra Curl Mascara on my lashes. I used Soap & Glorys Brow Archery- the pen side to naturally fill in my brows and finally finished the look with Maybelline's Baby Lips in Cherry Me.


School Essentials -
Back To School Tag -
What's in my School Bag? -
No Makeup Makeup Look -
Baby Lips Review -
Dream Pure BB Cream Review -
Age Rewind Concealer Review -
Real Techniques Brushes Review -

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

August Favourites

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 1 comments
It seems like August has flown by! Which is a bad thing for those of you like me who start back at school in September. Anyway, today is my August Favourites post and I have mainly beauty favourites this month so I apologise for that but I have a few others too.

I loved this colour throughout August. The formula of these OPI polishes is so nice! I have quite a few OPI polishes but they have been majorly neglected when I discovered Essie, Ciaté and Barry M Gelly Polishes. I have now decided I like the OPI polishes so much more. The formula is so easy to apply and doesn't have that kind of thick, gloopy formula that a lot of the Essie polishes can often have. I love this and this colour is called "My paprika is hotter than yours".

My next favourite is this Jargons Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer in Fair to Medium. I hate sunbathing, I just get so bored and I hate the feeling of being sticky and hot so I generally don't sit out in the sun. This is a good thing really as I'm minimising the sun damage to my skin but it also can leave me looking a little pale. I'm not overly pale but sometimes compared to my tanned family and friends, I look a little white. I'm generally not a fan of fake tan - only for special occasions, I prefer a moisturiser which has a tan included. This has to be my favourite, I apply it just once and already find myself with a natural looking glow. Its really inexpensive too.

I have always loved the OGX shampoo and conditioners - particularly their Argan & Moroccan Oil one and I have recently tried this Thick and Full Biotin & Collagen shampoo. I really do find it gives my fine hair a boost.

Obviously everybody raves about this Anastasia Brow Wiz and I have begun to love it this month. Mine is a little to red toned for my brows which is annoying but I've been able to work with it and achieve great looking brows. 

This month I purchased the MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skinfinish and I love it for highlighting and also as eyeshadow. It's actually been one of my favourite eyeshadow looks this Summer. 

Another favourite has got to be the Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Finale! I know some people hated the ending but I really did like it. I thought it was clever and I actually felt really sorry for "A". 

This month I discovered Kaushal Beauty on YouTube and I have been really enjoying binge watching her videos.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

In-Flight Beauty Essentials // What's in My Travel Beauty Bag?

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 1 comments
Recently I did some travelling and unlike usual, where I have no plans for the day I arrive and wear minimal makeup and just look like a mess, this time I had plans when I landed after my 8 hour long haul flight. I thought I'd share my beauty essentials as it really worked to keep my skin clear and lips moisturised- my usual main two issues on a plane. 

I use this clear makeup bag to store everything as I find it more practical than those little plastic bags that always break for me. 

I always make sure to take some tablets with me (including my Kalms and calming drops) because feeling ill on a plane is not nice.  Unfortunately I was sick on the plane and had no tablets to help that! I also like to carry some Anbesol which helps with mouth ulcers which I am prone to get when I stress or am nervous- two things on a plane. I then take some hand sanitizer, loose bobbles and grips, a nail file and some mini toothbrushes because the toothpaste on the plane makes me feel sick.

I also take a mirror, a deodorant and now for my absolute skincare essentials- I have to have my water spray from Simple with me because it keeps my skin hydrated plus this time when I was feeling sick and hot and just panicking in general this really helped, especially when sprayed on the back of my neck. I also must have some lip balm, here mine is the Apple Chapstick. I took some mini wipes to freshen up too. Now the thing that really worked for me this time was I used a Cucumber packet face mask on my problem areas. I made sure it was a peel off one and waited until it was dark as it was a night flight so I didn't feel silly. It only took a few minutes and I found I didn't break out at all this flight which always happens. I also paired this with a layer of my favourite holy grail moisturiser- L'oreal Skin Perfection, I deported it into a small body shop pot though. These both helped my skin so much. 

I would also recommend to drink lots of water and keep applying lip balm very frequently throughout the flight. 

I'm not one for wearing makeup on a flight but I know some people do like to so this is what I would take if I was doing a full face makeup look. I would usually try and pack more compact products but since I was on holiday when I decided, I was limited as to which products I could use for this post. 

I am much more of a skin/face girl than an eye girl. I wear very little on my eyes- most of the time not even mascara (which I am trying to change) and focus generally on my skin. So I'd start with Maybelline Fit Me concealer and apply it under my eyes and on blemishes with my Real Techniques Contour Brush. I then would use the same brush to bronze my face slightly with the Maybelline Fit Me Powder in Coconut and apply blush with my Tarte Amazonian Clay blush. 

I have to fill in my brows, it's a vital step so I would use my Anastasia Brow Wiz and then use Bourjois' Volume Glamour Ultra Curl mascara. Finally on the lips, my Baby Lips in Cherry Me.

Despite having just said all that^ in reality I only carried my concealer, eyebrow pencil and baby lips in my travel makeup bag with me.

I hope you enjoyed this post!



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