Sunday, 29 September 2013

Freshers: Make-Up in 3 Minutes

So you've just woken up late for your 9am lecture disorientated and slightly drunk from the night before. For boys its pretty easy to chuck on some clothes and go straight out the door, for girls its slightly more complex. Firstly you have to accept that you will not look your best no matter what cause lets face it, who the hell does when they're hungover?

However there is a way to get ready quickly and efficiently and be on time for your lecture. You will have probably seen 1000's of 3 minute make-up challenges on YouTube and not really thought they would ever apply to real life but it really does. So I'm here to show you (via photos cause I'm far too shy for YouTube) how to do your make-up in 3 minutes.

I did actually time myself doing this last week and no that doesn't make me weird it just means I'm dedicated.

So to start, If you think you have time to shower great because you probably smell like sweat, shame and Jagerbombs. If not you'll just have to rely on 'a shower in a can' also known as deodorant and body spray, do however wash your face and most importantly take off last nights hoe make-up.

Once that's out the way and you've thrown some clothes on and tied you're hair into a style that says 'I had zero time to do my hair today' you're ready for the face.

You're not gonna have time to do the full works so I've stripped it down the the basics, here I'm using my collection lasting perfection concealer from my last post and my  Real Techniques expert face brush. I've applied and blended it to my under eyes to cover any dark circles and on any spots, blemishes or redness. You can and should obviously take time to prep your skin but this will add extra minutes that you may not have!

No time for foundation, Its straight on to powder. If you're running to a lecture this could be essential as nobody likes a shiny sweaty face. Again I'm using a real techniques brush, and the Maybelline fit me powder. I am also aware I have only painted the nails on one hand, this is because I get impatient and can't sit still waiting for them to dry so I always do one hand, do some other stuff then go back to the other hand. And admittedly that probably does make me weird.

 A quick bit of contouring using Bare Minerals  ready bronzer in the high dive and adding colour to my cheeks using Mac blusher in Blazing Haute.

I've completed the look with my Bare Minerals flawless defintion mascara and my trusty Maybelline baby lips lip balm in peach kiss which smells amazing! So there you have it, how to look not your best in 3 minutes. If you have that extra bit of time you can always add in eyebrows and eyeliner but for 3 minutes I don't think it looks half bad.

If you're a fresher and would like to read more stuff like this or have any questions whether it be about beauty and fashion or more lifey stuff please comment below or click the little envelope in the top corner to email me directly.

Thanks for reading..

Ash x

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Freshers: Beauty on a Budget

With freshers starting over the coming weeks at university's across the UK I thought It would be nice to do a few posts dedicated to those starting university so I can pass on any wisdom that I have (hopefully) gained In my 3 years experience.

I thought I would begin with a little post on budget beauty, now It may be tempting being In a new town/city with all those big department stores and make-up counters everywhere to blow your student loan on extravagant make-up but trust me, when you are suddenly broke that lovely Chanel foundation and those Mac shadows will have lost there appeal (slightly).

Fear not, I'm not trying to rain on your parade while you're having the best time of your life but here to tell you, you can look just as beautiful for a fraction of the cost!

Starting with...


1. Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation, RRP: £8.99

If you are already an avid reader of beauty blogs you will have probably already read the reviews on the popular wake me up foundation. If not it is a brilliant foundation, I've found this one to be better than a lot of high end ones I've used in the past. It gives great full coverage but is still very light and gives your skin a lovely natural glow, for £8.99 it is an absolute bargain compared to high end prices!

2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, RRP: £9.99
Bourjois is a brilliant high street brand itself, I've loved all products I've tried from their make-up range so far. I'm pretty confident in my beauty knowledge when I say that Chanel is actually the sister company of Bourjois so think of it as high end for high street prices. This healthy mix serum is a lovely light foundation with a gel formula that blends really well into the skin and gives a radiant glow, I'd definitely recommend this one If you prefer light foundations.


3. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, RRP: £4.19
This concealer is such a steal, I do adore my touche' eclat from YSL however due to its highlighting pigment its not the best for coverng spots and blemishes as thats you don't really want to draw attention to it but this concealer is great for covering spots and dark eye circles!

4. Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer, RRP: £5.49
This is a more illuminating concealer so again great for brightening up under the eyes and adding highlight to the cheek bones. Again I wouldn't use this on spots or blemishes but is another wonder concealer. 

Face Powder

5. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, RRP: £3.99

This powder is amazing and retails for just £3.99! I always get the transparent one as I can dust this lightly over my foundation to prevent any unwanted shine in my t-zone. This would be great to keep in your handbag to touch up your make up if you've been running to a lecture and got a bit of a sweat on or If you've been playing any sport.

6. Maybelline Fit Me Powder, RRP: £5.99
Slightly more expensive than the stay matte but again a great powder but I love it. I recently bought this when I was In boots as I'd heard great things about the 'fit me' range but hadn't actually tried anything from the collection. This comes in a really cute compact with a mirror so again great to keep in the handbag, It goes on really nicely and looks very natural.


7. Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder, £6.99

As aforementioned I love Bourjois in general as a high street brand, this bronzer is great and smells amazing! It genuinely smells like chocolate. I've also been loving their Paris bronzing primer to build up the colour which retails for £9.99.

8. Rimmel Natural Bronzer, £5.99
I haven't used this bronzer for a long time but really enjoyed using it when I had it. A little goes a long way, so you don't need to over load your brush and it just gives you a nice healthy glow in the areas you need.


9. Sleek by 3 Blusher in Lace, RRP: £9.99

For those of you that aren't familiar with Sleek make-up, its a brand sold In Superdrug that has been compared to Nars, whether I agree that they are similar or not, I'm not really sure but they are great blushers! They have received a lot of praise from various different blogs and with good reason. My favourite one so far is the lace which comes in a set of 3 for £9.99, alternatively you can purchase their single blushers for just £4.49!

10. Maybelline Expert Wear Blush, RRP £5.19
For some reason I can't find this in Boots any more but I know they still stock It in Superdrug. I got this blusher in flash plum which is a gorgeous shimmery pink colour. I've found that I have even preferred this to some of my high end blushers, I hope It's not being discontinued as I've loved using it.


11. Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Tattoo 24 hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow, RRP £4.99
Though I'm not sure why you would want to wear an eye shadow for 24 hours, these are a great base for building up eye colour. They're kind of similar to the mac pots but much cheaper and great for wearing on a night out, especially sweaty club environments where your eye shadow can look a bit worse for wear. For a pound cheaper Seventeen do their own dupe of wild metallic cream eye shadow which I'm yet to try but have also heard good things about.

12. Maybelline The Volume Express Falsies Flared Mascara, RRP £7.99
I do struggle with high street mascara's as I couldn't seem to find one that didn't make my eyelashes clumpy but this is a great budget mascara and really brings out your lashes.

13. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, RRP £7.99
Keeping with the maybelline theme, This is a great little investment gel liner, it comes in a little pot with a brush and goes on so smoothly. I prefer gel liners to liquid liners as I've found high street liquid liners aren't as great for doing cat eyes and I always do them wrong!


14. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon, RRP, £7.99

I love love love these lip crayons, though I'm not sure I agree with the 8 hour stay claim they go on so smoothly and are really moisturising. They're a great lip product to keep in your handbag and they come in some really pretty colours, If you haven't already bought one I would highly recommend it!

15. Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks, RRP £5.49
I think I have one of these in every single colour, the Kate Moss lipsticks are a great bargain buy. My favourite colour is the 107 which is a deep red wine sort of colour.

16. Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer, RRP £6.49
The best way I could describe this is a cross between a lipstick and a gloss, care needs to be taken when applying this as it can require some working to put it on.

17. Maybelline Babylips Lip Balm, RRP £2.99
If you're more of a fan of balms these are great and so cheap, they come in a variety of flavours and subtle colours.

I hope you've enjoyed hearing about some of the fantastic high street make-up that's out there. This is not to say you can never buy high end again but to simply give you a bit of insight into how you can swap some of your high end favourites for more affordable high street dupes in a bit to save that student loan.

Please let me know what you think, what would you be interested in reading relating to starting university?

Thanks, Ash x

Sunday, 22 September 2013

September 2013 Birchbox

Just a quick post today to show you all what I got in my lovely September Birchbox!
So from left to right...

1. Model Cosmetics Party Proof matte lipstick in the shade Kitty.
I've actually worn this a few times since my Birchbox arrived and I really like it. Kitty is a very neutral pink shade and the lipstick itself is really moisturising. With reference to the 'party proof' claim, I did manage to wear it at work for 4 hours before I felt the need to reapply..

2. Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Nourishing Body Lotion.
I have to admit its not my favourite scent, I'd probably prefer something a bit more fruity or sweet but it left my skin feeling lovely and soft.

3. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution
Bioderma has been loved by beauty blogs everywhere and it's no real surprise as It is a brilliant cleanser. I would be interested to try the Sebium H2O as I tend to suffer with quite oily skin, this one is also recommended for those who suffer with acne prone skin and can be used on other areas such as the back and chest.

4. Green and Blacks Organic White Chocolate
This didn't last very long after opening as by chance I was starving! Although I do enjoy Green and Blacks admittedly the varieties I've tried so far haven't beaten my love for Galaxy.

5. Reverence de Bastien No.7 Nail Lacquer
This came in  very pale pink shade, almost comparable to that used in a french manicure. I haven't got round to using this product much yet, although I have found it to be quite watery as It dripped everywhere when testing the colour on my nails. It does recommend applying two coats for full shine.

6. Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Gel
When I first read the back of the product I had no clue what It was for as It advised to massage onto areas of concern. After a bit of research I found Its actually meant to reduce the appearance of cellulite and enhance the colour and tone of the skin. In all honestly I haven't found cellulite to be a problem for me (yet) so I'm not sure I would see the full benefits of it, however I intend to use it on areas where cellulite is most commonly a problem in the hope it keeps it at bay!

Hope you enjoyed having a quick snoop at this months Birchbox, what did you get in yours this month?

Thanks, Ash x

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Arctic Monkeys - AM.. Album of the Year?

If you're a fan of the Arctic Monkeys or are into you're alternative music you will probably have heard the hype surrounding the release of their latest album AM. 

If you haven't heard of the Arctic Monkeys or don't know much about them, they are a 4 piece British band from Sheffield that fall into the indie/alternative/rock genre. The band consists of Alex Turner - lead vocals, Jamie Cook - lead/rhythm guitarist, Nick O'Malley - bass and backing vocals and Matt Helders - Drums. To date they have released 5 number 1 selling studio albums including their debut album titled 'Whatever people say I am that's what I'm not' which is the fastest selling UK debut album in history!

In case you haven't already guessed I'm a huge fan myself and own all 5 albums (Even though admittedly 'Suck it and see' wasn't my favourite, sorry guys!). 
When I heard they were releasing 'AM' on the 9th of this month, I was so excited as I'd already heard a few of the tracks on radio 1 and via their YouTube channel, so first chance I got I purchased it and it did not disappoint!

AM is probably their most different album yet but still continuing with their unusual lyrics that bring feelings of nostalgia. Alex's voice maintains the unique northern twang we're all so fond of singing songs of drunken nights, sex and girls but with more of a 70's-esq rock sound making each song as catchy as the last. The album balances itself with a few softer tracks such as 'No.1 Party Anthem', 'Mad Sounds' and 'I Wanna Be Yours'. If I had to pick a favourite track I'd have to say R U Mine? Just because I love turning it up really loud in my car and belting it out (rather out of tune). I don't think there is a single song I don't enjoy which is rare in an album cause there's always that one song where you press 'skip'. I may be getting ahead of myself but I would go as far as to say AM could be the album of this year.

AM is available to purchase on iTunes for £7.99 and retails in stores for around £9.00. 

Track Listing:

Do I Wanna Know?
R U Mine? 
One For The Road
I Want It All
No.1 Party Anthem
Mad Sounds
Fire Side
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Snap Out Of It
Knee Socks
I Wanna Be Yours

I hope you've enjoyed my quick review of AM, I would definitely recommend purchasing if you have already, I'm not exaggerating when I say its all I've listened to since I've purchased it. If you've already got it, what do you think? What are you're favourite tracks? Leave me a comment below. 

Ash x

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Body Shop Sea Weed Skin Care

In the midst of all that I've had going on I have managed to find time to go out and buy a few bits here and there. One of my most recent purchases was this little skin care range for the bargain price of £10. What may not be apparent in the photo is that all the products are in fact miniature size, the reason I purchased these instead of the individual full sized products was that I wasn't sure If I would like them and this way I get to sample a few from the range. 
The body shop also offer these in other ranges like aloe vera for sensitive skin and there was one for dry skin which may have been vitamin e, but I can't remember. 

Anyway I went for sea weed as this was recommended for oily-combination skin. The set includes a cleansing facial wash, toner, a mattifying day cream and a night treatment. 

The cleansing facial wash is quite mild, but It removes the majority of my make-up and leaves my skin with a tingly clean feeling. I'll then follow it up with the toner to remove any excess make up but I'll still use my No.7 eye make up remover just to remove any lasting mascara or eyeliner so I don't wake up with panda eyes. Because this range is for combo/oily skin it is designed to balance moisture and sebum levels in the skin and I have noticed it leaves you with a lovely soft matte finish which is great in the morning before you apply your makeup as it gives you a nice base to work with. 

I love the day cream as it absorbs really quickly into the skin so you don't have to wait ages for it to soak in. Its kind of gel like but a cream if that makes any sense? Again it leaves you with that tingly feeling so your skin feels lovely and fresh, and as suggested in the name it helps to mattify the skin. 

Obviously I apply this one at night when I've removed all my make-up before I go to bed. Its kind of like a serum/gel consistency and again like the day cream absorbs really well into the skin. Since using this I've really noticed the difference In my skin when I wake up as It feels soft and smooth now instead of oily. 

Since using this range daily I have noticed that my pores have visibly reduced and I have fewer blemishes and red areas. I've also been able to stop wearing foundation everyday and just stick to concealer around my eye area which has been great as it takes less time in the morning and has probably given my skin a well deserved break! I would highly recommend trying this range out particularly if you suffer with oiliness as It really does help to re-balance the skin.  

Please let me know what you thought of this post, maybe you've tried some of these products or a new skin care range? If so leave me a comment below..

Ash x

Friday, 6 September 2013

September Beauty Wishlist

Hi everyone,

sorry once again its been a while since my last post, I've been mega busy trying to get my life together with moving house and transitioning with jobs! I would like to take this opportunity to say I got some really lovely feedback from my Break-up Blog post, I was actually shocked at how many people actually read it and related to it so thank you all for your lovely comments and messages!

Now I'm relatively sorted with life things, I thought I'd share with you a few beauty products I'm lusting after this month...

1. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon, £7.99 - Now I won't overly bore you with lots of info about this product as it's been everywhere recently but this is the colour boost lip crayon in Orange Punch. I'm a little late on the bandwagon with this one and am yet to actually purchase it but if this product is all it claims to be I want one in every shade! I love the idea that its light, non-sticky and easy to apply crayon, I will definitely be purchasing at least one in my next boots binge.

2. Bourjois Java Rice Loose Powder, £9.99 - This is a reinvented product from Bourjous that I happened to come across briefly the other day when I went into boots before work for a quick snoop. I sampled a tester on my hand and it's a really light highly pigmented loose powder that claims to boost radiance, smooth the complexion and set make up. I really liked the fact it was shimmery and could be potentially used as a highlighter as well as a loose powder. I'd like to sample it to see the full affects but it does look like a really promising product that I would enjoy using.

3. Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener, £22.00 - I've been recommended this product by a friend who swears by Bare Minerals products. The product itself claims to brighten the eye area and diffuse dark circles around the eyes as well as concealing other imperfections. The underneath of my eyes really bother me as I think without make up the inner corners look dark/blue (I know, weird). I am going to a Bare Minerals event next week in Ipswich with said friend so I will definitely be purchasing this product (and probably many more) so I hope it lives up to the hype.

4. Ojon Damage Reverse Hair Treatment Plus, £18.00 - I love a good hair treatment, especially with the amount of straightening and dying I've put it through over the years making it quite fragile. So I came across the brand Ojon which I've read many positive things about. This product claims to restore health to damaged hair after just one treatment and increase there hairs strength to breakage. I really like the sound of this product and the fact that you only need 1 teaspoon per treatment so hopefully its good value for money.

5. Ojon Rare Blend Total Oil Therapy, £30.00 - I think it was cosmopolitan that claimed this could be the BB cream for hair! Apparently one drop in the palm of your hand is all you need and can be used on damp hair before styling to protect and repair or on dry hair to restore health and glossiness. I've been a huge fan of Morrocan oils so I would hope for £30.00 this will be even better!

6. Hydraluron Moisture Boost, £24.99 - I'm sure when I first saw this on the boots website it was only £16.99 but I may be wrong as its currently advertised at the above price. Anyway I've been intrigued by this product ever since I saw it mentioned on the Zoella youtube channel. This serum is supposed to provide a below the surface hydration and claims to increase the skins ability to retain moisture over time. I have never used anything like this before and tend to stick to topical moisturisers but this sounds really interesting and has amazing reviews so I really want to try it! I now realise I have just referred to a scientific moisturiser as interesting...

And on that note I am going to go to bed! I hope you've enjoyed reading this post, sorry Its only a quick one but I promise I shall be more on the ball with posting in the near future. Don't forget to leave me a comment, maybe you've tried some of these products.. If so I'd love to know what you think.


Ash x