Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Barry M Nail Paint - Persian

Barry M Nail Paint Persian
Every time I go to Superdrug I always seem to buy myself a Barry M nail paint or 3, as they have great offers on and most of all they have such a beautiful collection of shades and styles of polishes to choose from. I am a big fan of purple and its my most owned nail polish shade, I may have a few but a few more to the collection is very welcome indeed.
Barry M are a brand we have all seen and is quite well know too and its great to know the company itself is cruelty free and a majority of the makeup is Vegan too.
 Barry m Persian
Persian is a new shade that has been added to the Barry M aquarium collection, the shade itself is a mixture of greens and golds with the main shade itself being a lovely purple shade. It took about 3 applications to achieve this look, for me this nail polish is quite thin and slightly runny compared to other Barry m polishes so I would recommend only putting a small amount on the brush at a time as it could get a bit messy.

Barry M Nail paints are available on their Website here or instore/online at Superdrug and Boots.

What do you think of Barry M Nail Paints?

Melissa x

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Superdrug Vegan Haul

superdrug vegan options
I just love shopping in Superdrug as they are the most Vegan friendly high-street shop I know about. Superdrug own brand is all cruelty free and are BUAV approved, all the products I have seen that are own brand are either vegetarian or vegan. Apart from having a good selection of own brand products they have other brands that are cruelty free such as gosh, bourjois but in this haul I bought Barry M. At the moment the Superdrug have a great offer on, buy one get something half price.

 So what did I buy?
More like what didn't I buy  haha! I just love shopping
Nail Polish Remover Pads || £1.39
I am always changing my nail polish and I go through quite a lot of nail polish remover so I have used this already as my nail colours change almost daily.
Barry M Nail Paints || £.3.99 Each
I have so many nail paints I don't even know why I even bought anymore haha! but saying that I just love having such a nice selection to choose from. I chose Cancun which is a summer matte green, Persian which is part of the aquarium collection and Plum which is a jelly effect nail polish.
Barry M Lash Vegas Mascara || £6.49
I always seem to buying nail polish and lipsticks I always seem forget to get mascaras so I decided to change that and try this! I love the design and the name very quirky indeed.
superdrug vegan options
Men's Liquorice Mud Mask || £0.99
Every weekend me and my husband like to have a pamper so we both choose a face mask to help our skin. My husband chose Superdrugs liquorice mud mask which is specially formulated for men's skin.
Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask || £0.99
I always choose random face masks and decided to choose something this time I wouldn't normally go for but I have high hopes for this face mask, so I can't wait to try it.
Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Cream 100ml || £2.99
I have used Superdrugs night time moisturizer for a while now and I can say its one of the best moisturizers I have tried so I just had to buy the day time version to try and I am hoping it works equally as well as the night time version.
Vitamin E Eye Cream
I must admit this is the first time ever that I have bought an eye cream, I thought why not just try it if your getting the moisturiser as well. I am actually looking forward to adding this to my skincare routine.

Look out in the near future I will have reviews on everyone of these products and give you my honest opinion on all of them. The Barry M - Cancun is already on my blog and is in my blog directory as well as many other products that I have tried in the past, on the directory I have a sign next to each product to show if its cruelty free/vegan/vegetarian.

Till next time
Vintage Melissa x

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Barry M Nail Paint - Cancun

barry m nail paint cancun
I am a massive fan of nail polish and its been far to long since my last post about my nails! I have so many nail polishes that I haven't blogged about yet and I keep buying them weekly and changing my nail polish daily too, I really need to start posting more nails of the day posts. Barry M has been one of my favorite brands since I started painting my nails, as they are so affordable and the range they have to offer has just grown so much in the last few years so they is plenty to choose from and the best thing? the nail paints are all vegan and cruelty free yayyyy!!

Cancun is a matte nail paint and is a new shade to the Barry M nail paint collection. I just love the shade of green/blue as it reminds me of the tropical sea hence the name Cancun, don't you think?. I really like matte nail polishes are they tend to apply much easier then other nail paints on the market and often they last much longer too. Cancun took 2 applications to get to this beautiful look and I am very pleased with the look. With any other nail paint I would recommend a top coat but with matte nail paints I don't tend to use them as they tend to last longer even without the top coat so the choice is yours if you apply a top coat or not. 

Barry M Nail paints are available on their Website here or instore/online at Superdrug and Boots.

What do you think of Barry M Nail Paints?

Melissa x

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Natural Makeup Look

Most days I am wearing the brightest lipstick I can find and Michelle visage inspired eyeliner but sometimes when I am in a rush, I love to have just a  natural glow so I just use neutral shades and foundations to make me look like I have a flawless complexion.

For a natural complexion I do the following steps

1. Make sure my skin is clear : I wash my face then apply a toner, at the moment I use micellar water (the one I use at the moment is B. Micellar water which is Vegan) I apply this with a piece of cotton wool and it works wonders for clearing my skin.
2. Moisturize : I then apply moisturizer to my face which is the right one for my skin type which is combination (dry and oily) before applying any make up and at the moment I use Superdrug Vitamin E moisturizer and then an eye cream, the one I use also reduces dark circles. Its also very important to use a sunscreen to protect your skin even in the winter.
3. Apply foundation and Concealer : I always use a face primer before applying any foundation as it makes the foundation last so much longer. Applying the foundation I use a beauty blender as it effortlessly blends foundation, after making sure foundation is blended propley on my face and neck I then add concealer to my under eyes to hide my dark circles. I personally use Illamasqua's rich liquid  foundation in 140 and Revlon concealer.
4. Apply bronzer and highlighter : I always prefer to use bronzer on natural look makeup days as it brightens up my complexion and just makes me feel super confident. I apply bourjois bronzer on my jaw bone then apply a highlighter just above the bronzer to make my jaw bone more defined.
5. Eye Makeup Application : I tend to do my brows before applying eye shadow. I use rimmel eyebrow pencil and draw a basic eye brow shape and then use an eyebrow makeup brush to applying illamasqua's eyebrow cake to make the brows look more natural. I then use minimal eye shadow such as my too faced chocolate palette, I just use white chocolate just to brighten up my eyes and I am happy with the results. I then apply my model co mascara which is my absolute favorite mascara at the moment.
6. Apply a Lipstick: I used Illamasqua's lipstick in cherub which is from their glamore lipstick collection the shade itself is a coral shade in a satin finish. I think a lipstick like this or any lip gloss is great for creating a natural makeup look.
Products Used -
Boujois Matte Primer (Cruelty Free)
Model Co - Mascara (Cruelty Free)

They is no right or wrong with creating a natural makeup look and its always best to see what works best for yourself,the above is just my own routine. I took a while finding out what worked out well for me and it always changes as well as I like to change my makeup routine so much, but I do enjoy creating makeup looks as its part of me training to be a makeup artist.

My blog is cruelty free and I try my best using vegan cosmetics as I am vegan and have been since May 2014, but I do have some make up that isn't cruelty free so I am going to be using it up first as I don't believe in wasting it. Quite a lot of my makeup is vegan but I will be adding more vegan cosmetics to my blog soon but most of my makeup at the moment is cruelty free thankfully.

What Makeup Look should I do next time?

Melissa x

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

5 Lipsticks For £5

5 Lipsticks for £5
Don't get me wrong I love MAC lipsticks and all the premium brands but sometimes its just lovely to get an affordable brand and finding out they are just amazing! This happened to me a few months back when I first discovered the brand Makeup Revolution. I first discovered the brand by seeing it on a few blogs and it took me a while to finally buy it for myself and I haven't looked back since, I now own so much from Makeup Revolution its fair to say its the second most brand I have in my makeup drawer.

For me lipstick is main thing in my makeup routine as I don't tend to wear bright eye shadows  I prefer natural shades with eyeliner but with the lipsticks I prefer them bright, its kinda like part of my identity in a way, I know it sounds silly but it is just part of my personality.

These 5 lipsticks are my absolute favorite from Makeup Revolution and for just £5 they are such a bargain. The first is Depraved which a vibrant purple shade which goes so well with everything I just love it, then its Lady which is a darker shade of red which reminds me a of lipstick that Dita Von Teese would wear! next to that its Reckless which is a very bright red that is just so classy, then we have the Enchant which is a light pink shade that is a lovely summer shade and last but not least we have the Dare which is another Classy red shade I just love red so I have to have 3 in this selection.

Don't they all look fabulous and its hard to believe that they only cost £1 each? for that price you could own the entire collection for well under £50 which is amazing since most lipsticks on the market are way over £6 or if your after a premium brand they can cost well over £10!! The case for the lipsticks may not look as good as the more expensive lipsticks but it really doesn't matter as the lipstick itself shows you itself how well it works as they are very pigmented and they last for a few hours without reapplication which is fabulous.

For just £1 I will be buying more of Makeup Revolutions lipsticks as well as more of their cosmetics but for me the lipsticks are my favorite as they have a nice selection of shades that you usually don't find on the high street but would more likely find at Lime crime. I am also training to be a makeup artist so getting more of this brand is going to be so helpful to me so I have more makeup to choose from and can practise more with different makeup looks.

What is your favorite Lipstick?

Until next time
Melissa x

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Voodoo Vixen - Kitty Dress

voodoo vixen dress voodoo vixen dress
voodoo vixen dress
Kitty Dress - Voodoo Vixen  // Primark - Cardigan // Tights - Tesco // Abigails Party Shoes - Irregular Choice // Pandora Bracelet // 

Anyone else looking forward to spring? I sure am! getting a bit tired of the cold weather now.. if its not snowing its raining and if its not raining its windy haha bring on the sunshine I say!. I was going to take my outfit post photos outside but the weather has been awful this past week so decided to just make do and take them at home and try make them look as fabulous as possible. Next time I do a fashion blog post I shall be taking them outside hopefully

This dress is a medium which is the sizing on the voodoo vixen website and this size fitted me perfectly and I am about a size 12 usually but sometimes size 14 depending on the fit. The style of the dress is very classic of the fifties but it has an amazing design of cats on it,and wow how fabulous they look?. I choose the dress mainly for the cats on it and also because its fitting looked great and something I could wear whenever I wanted and its exceeded my expectations and can''t wait to buy more off voodoo vixen.

This Kitty dress looks amazing on its own but it can be matched up with so many combinations  and today I choose a pink cardigan that I recently bought in primark, heals that my husband got me for my birthday and my pandora bracelet that was a valentines gift and if I am honest I really think  they went quite well together. So overall very I am happy and voodoo vixen has become one of my favorite retro shops.

Melissa x

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Friday, 16 January 2015

January Birchbox - Women's Health

January Birchbox - women's health
With the start of a New Year it means only one thing.. its absolutley full of resolutions and new starts, I have not made a resolution this year but rather then that I just set myself goals as they seem so much more achievable for myself. I am hoping to loose weight this year as I have put on a few pounds since August, and if luck did have it  I actually bought a copy of women's health magazine even before I knew what theme this monthsBirchbox  so it was a nice surprise to see this months box had the theme too. The magazine is very helpful and very motivating and I have already started to jog this month which I haven't done in quite a while.
When I first seen the Pilates band I had no clue what is was as I have never done Pilates before but seeing as I got it in this months box I might just give it try to see if it makes a difference. I am surprised that its worth £7.99 but then again you want something strong and that will last without breaking.

I am a big tea fan so was happy to see Embrace Matcha Green tea! but my only disappointed was they was only one tea bag to try. Matcha is 100% natural and has 10 times the antioxidants as regular green tea. At £24.99 for a packet seems a bit expensive but seeing as its a super food its worth it for the antioxidant properties.

The design of the Heal Gel Intensive is so cute! I have never heard of this brand before but it does sound promising as it has an infushion of organic silicone, collagen-boosting peptides and arnica to help and restore skin. I have yet to try this but its perfect to travel with 

I know its weird that I am a beauty blogger and have never tried anything from Stila, so I am very happy to get Stila Lip Glaze this month especially as its worth £15. I am not a massive fan of gloss but I do like to wear them on days I don't wear a lot of makeup or just want an extra bit of sparkle to complete my makeup look.

I love trying new shampoos and conditioners so was glad to see Philip Kingsley Body Building conditioner. I am always looks into different brands of shampoo/conditioners to see which is right fore my hair, this shampoo has wheat protein to help flyaway's and to make your hair look as good as possible, I can't wait to try this, I hope its fabulous as a full size of this is £19.

I never knew they was anything to help you re energies after workout so its nice to see Activbod Cooling Finish lotion! You use this after a workout and it cools you down. Activbod is invigorating menthal packed lotion. Next time I go for a jog I am going to try this and see if it makes a difference and if it does I will part with £12 to get more!

 I have so many facial serums I always seem to add more to my collection so the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is a welcome addition to my skincare regime. This serum is oil free, helps even skin tone and moisturizes for an even complexion. I use Serums before applying my night or day moisturizers and I do see a difference using them to not using them at all. This may be £45 but I think they are worth it as they are so long lasting.

Birchbox is only £10 a month plus P&P, every month you get a suprise of different products and its nice to try products that you normally wouldn't try. You can subscribe to Birchbox on their website Here!

Do you subscribe to any Beauty boxes?

Melissa x

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