Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Lipsticks

Illamasqua Glamore Lipsticks
I have to admit lipsticks are one of my favorite beauty items and I was so delighted to win my favorite brand of makeup Illamasqua!! I have been entering Dave Lackie competitions for a while now but I never in a million years thought I would of actually won even more so these beautiful lipsticks, argh I am so excited to try these beauties.

Illamasqua is fairly new makeup brand introduced in 2008 and is a British brand. They are quite different compared to a lot of makeup on the market with amazing collections such as Facets and paranormal. I have a few pieces from their collection now as they is so much to choose from such as lipsticks to foundation.

 so which lipsticks did I get? 

Pinkie is a cool pink in a satin finish, this lipstick and is very much like a frosty light pink. Light pink is not normally my colour but I will try it for sure and match it up to my nails and outfit in future I am sure.

Vampette is a deep berry shade in a satin finish and has a gothic look to it as well. This has to be my favorite out of what I won and have used it once or twice already.

Cherub is a warm coral shade in satin, this lipstick is an everyday shade so is suitable for any occasion and is very adjusted to the autumn.

Naked is a obvious by the name as a naked shade and it also is in a satin shade. Quite a few of us are looking for a nice nude shade and I am really hoping this is perfect!

Starkers is a soft flesh pink and of course you guessed it! it is also a satin finish. This is quite a nude shade as well but this is a bit more pinker then naked. I think this might just be an everyday lipstick for me.

What is your favorite Illamasqua Lipstick?

Melissa x


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Monday, 20 October 2014

Pursing my career as a Makeup Artist


I have always wanted a career in the beauty sector ever since I was a child, I was always keen at trying my mums makeup and perfumes its a timeless memory for me and it grafted my future plans from those moments. The earliest memory I have of makeup is when I was 5 years old and I made myself look like a piece of Picasso master pieces haha

I am now 24, I know it seems a bit slow to finally choose a career but I have had a few obstacles in my way from confidence issues to my self belief not being great. I still am a bit shy every now and again but I have finally over come the feeling of being a failure and decided its time to do what you love don't let you hold your own self back, I am worth it! The main thing that give me a push in the right direction is RuPaul's quote, 'If you can't love yourself, How in the hell you gonna love someone else' those words have stuck in my mind and always will.

I have have 3 children so I wanted to do something so I can learn at home and do a part time job as well. Choosing QC Makeup Academy was the best option for me so I can study and learn at home at my own pace, so I have time for other things as well. They have a few courses available and I choose the master makeup artistry course. I looked at the course for a few months before deciding to go ahead with it to be sure it was the right option for me. I made absolute sure by double checking it would teach me the things I need to know. Looking into it thoroughly with my husband and my mum they decided it would be amazing to pursue my career of being a makeup artist as makeup is something I just love. My friends and family even want to be involved in it so I can do makeup skills on them, so that will be pretty exciting! and I will be posting on my blog about too, so keep an eye out in future for that.

I got my kit over a week ago and they is a lot included in it which is fantastic and I will post in a future post what is included in a QC Makeup Academy course. It was delivered really quickly and was packed very well and nothing was damaged inside. I will tell you a very basic idea in what was included.
- Eye shadow Palette
- Concealer Palette
- Makeup Brushes
- Lipstick Palette

At the moment I have done 3 assignments and its been fantastic so far and the website is very simple to use. The course has been so useful for me as I can do it at night time and I blog at that time too so its just perfect for me as I have a busy schedule . Keep an eye out in future for makeup looks by me.

Thanks for reading my post

Melissa x

 
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Illamasqua Nail Polish in Scorn

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Illamasqua scorn
 Hi Lovelies !
I am a bit of a nail polish addict and since becoming a blogger my collection seems to be growing so much every week, that I don't get a chance to use them all. That is what happened to Illamsqua's  Scorn. I know its terrible of me to leave this beauty so long but I have so many others that I think I could give a nail salon a run for their money.

Illamasqua is a premium makeup brand which sells a lot of makeup from vintage shades to very vibrant colours in lipsticks to eye shadows and of course nail polishes. They have a nice selection of nail polishes with really quirky names like Scorn and Rampage. They are pretty pricey compared to a lot of nail polishes on the market as these are £14.50 each. I got mine in the Illamasqua Sale last month in which I got this nail polish for a bargain of £7.50.

Illamasqua Scorn is a very Gothic shade which I love as it is a matte black shade. Scorn is perfect for anyone who likes a daring nail polish shade or this can easily be used for Halloween which is coming up in just under 2 weeks.

 Scorn is quite a thick nail polish so I would recommend adding this in sections to get an even finish and applying a matte top coat to finish this look off. This shade needed 2 coats to make it completely opaque and for me to be 100% happy with it. I just love the finished look with this nail polish and it does look really professional, the pictures don't do it as much justice as what the nail polish looks like in person. I have worn this a couple of days now and it still hasn't chipped yet and still looks really fresh and new.

My verdict is that for the price its really good and I would recommend it to anyone who loves black nail polishes and loves the Gothic look too. It may be expensive but it really does the job so in my own opinion its worth it to me.

Have you tried Illamasqua Nail polish before?

Melissa x


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sleek i Divine in Storm


sleek palette storm
Hi Lovelies!
I have had this palette for a few months now but have just got round to writing a review about it. Thankfully I took pictures and swatches of the palette when it was brand new as it has been very heavily used since I got it haha! The first palette I ever bought was a Sleek palette as I think they are very good value for money at £8 for 12 eye shadows, as we all know it can cost that and even more for a premium brand.

Sleek i Divine palettes consist of 12 eye shadows which are extremely pigmented, long lasting, mineral based. Storm palette would suit everyone just make your look, look very radiant. This palette is very neutral perfect for a day time look and can be used for a night look too as the shades are very shimmery too. The top shades are very pearly shades while the bottom shades are quite dark and mysterious that can easily be blended with the pearly neutrals above.

The Storm palette is very good for everyday looks and is very easy to blend together as well as some brands can be very ackward. I found that using an eye shadow primer like Makeup revolutions primer, the eye shadow looks even more pigmented and lasts all day without getting dull. 

I try my best to find everything on my blog to be cruelty free and I have checked their website to make sure about this and it clearly states that this palette is suitable for people who are vegetarian and vegan and most of all they do not test their brand on animals which is fantastic to know!.

You can buy the Sleek i Divine in Storm Online or in your local Superdrug 

What is your favorite palette? 

Melissa x


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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

White Rabbit Skincare Coco Loco Lipbalm

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white rabbit coco loco
 Hi beauties!
Its been a few days since I posted as I have been a bit busy as I just got my makeup artist course kit so I got really excited to start it but I am back now ready for more blogging! I know you missed me, I sure missed writing :) today I am reviewing White Rabbit Skincare Coco Loco which is a handmade coconut  lip balm available on Etsy for £4.

Coco Loco is a 100% Natural lip balm made with coconut oil, sweet almond oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Coconut fragrance oil and chocolate fragrance oil. The scent is very fresh like a fresh Pina Colada mocktail that you get while on holiday while walking on the beach, which reminds me Its been so long since I have been on holiday, really need to book one for next yet!.

I found this lipbalm perfect to wear on your lips just before applying a matte lipstick as for me it made the lipstick stay on that extra bit longer and makes matte lipsticks easier to apply. Not only good for applying before lipstick its a nice treat for you lips on cold days just to keep your lips moisturized to stop them get chapped and dry.

The Lip balm itself is a really good size and is a lot bigger then the lip balms then you would get in store, so you do get more for product for your money. The tin itself is very sturdy and did no open while I carried it round with me in my handbag, so its perfect to take around with you in your handbag for everyday use.

White Rabbit Skincare is a cruelty free small business and every product is handmade. Not only does White Rabbit Skincare only sell lip balm they also sell a range of skincare products from toners to facial scrubs and you can find out more about White Rabbit Skincare Shop by visiting the link Here!

Until Next Time.
Melissa x

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

October The Vegan Kind Box #TVK12


the vegan kind October
I have had the vegan kind box now for over half a year  now and I really do love it for bringing new products out every month. Its fantastic for helping finding new vegan products as usually its not the easiest task. The Vegan kind every month donates 10p from every box  to charity and this months charity is Manchester & Cheshire Dog's home you can donate to the cause by visiting their website Here! 
These are a perfect combination of raspberries covered in dark chocolate combining two beautiful flavours into one snack, they are fair trade and its dark chocolate so its good for healthier snacking. These sound amazing and its something I love as I am a massive fan of chocolate.
Howdah Onion Bhajis 100g | (£2.39)
Howdah are traditionally made the Indian way with spices and ingredients just like what you would find in Indian cushine.These are free from preservatives and are ethically sourced too.  These look amazing and perfect for sharing so I will be having these with my husband when its his day off.
Angelic Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies 125g (RRP £2.60)
I am a massive cookie fan so I am so happy to get these month! I am sure they won't last very long haha. These cookies are gluten free and free from dairy and eggs. These cookies are great for a treat as well as they are only 76 calories a cookie so you can satisfy your chocolate craving guilt free.
Nom Organic Oat Bar 52g (RRP £1.49)
Nom foods are on a mission to make it easier for people to have a healthier snack while on the go with antioxidants and free from dairy and refined sugars these are great alternative to what is on the market. These bars are perfect for a pre and post exercise boost or just an energy boost to help you along with your day. My husband is going to have this at some point next week after he comes back from the gym.
Premae Skincare Triumph Creme Balm 10ml | (RRP £33.66)
Premae is a luxury skincare brand, this balm is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A , C and K with enriched with frankincense. This cream sounds wonderful and will fit nicely into my skincare collection, no idea when to use it as it sounds to lovely to use.

My verdict on the box is that its amazing, with the charity being an amazing cause and this months conents being brilliant too my favorite has to be double chocolate chip cookies. Check out my thoughts on the September box Here!

The Vegan Kind box is £10 a month and P&P of £3.15 and you can suscribe to their boxes over on their website Here!

Melissa x
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Saturday, 11 October 2014

October Birchbox


October birchbox
Birchbox has partnered with CoopaFeel this month as part of Octobers breast cancer awareness month with the lovely pink themed box and contents . CoppaFeel have all the info you need to spot the early signs and symptoms. My mum had breast cancer at the early age of 29 and thankfully she spotted it early and beat cancer and we are thankful the NHS and cancer charities. To find out more information about this months cause and how you can help visit the website here  Here.

Cattier Pink Clay Face Mask | £4.25
I just love having a face mask on a weekend after a long day as they are so relaxing, so I am looking forward to using these with my husband. Cattier is packed with aloe to help illuminate your complexion and soften the skin.
 Pixi by Petra Shea Lip Butter Lip Balm | £8
For me this is the best thing in the box I have always been tempted to try stuff from the brand pixi so I am happy that I finally have the chance to try this! As soon as I seen it I applied it and at first thoughts I am very happy as it hydrated my lips and give them a nude shade. This lip balm is packed with shea butter and vitamin E. You can build up the colour by layering it up or adding a lipstick or lip gloss over the top of this.
Shaveworks The Cool Fix | £11
I have always had  a problem with ingrown hairs and redness after shaving and wondered if anything could help combat this as I have tried so many different methonds. Shaveworks is a gel lotion that treats ingrown hair (hallelujah! ) razor bumps and redness after hair removal. I can't wait to give this a go and see if it makes a difference  but I am looking forward to it.
I always love having big hair that are vintage inspired so was super excited to receive this. This is a multi-functioning hair spray and styling and setting your looks. You can use this before blow drying your hair for a prep spray or you can use it after drying for adding volume and styling your hair into whatever look you want.
 Lollipops Nail Lacquer | £7 
I have so many nail polishes but that doesn't matter as I just loving having a selection to choose from just like you would in a shop or in a nail salon. This red is very chic and classy you can wear it on a weekend or just for everyday wear which is probably what I will do haha.

Lifestyle extra: This months lifestyle extra is a funky lipstick pen (RRP £2.50) Which is perfect to fit in your handbag.

This months birchbox was amazing and I just love every product in the months box which is great as last months I was a little disappointed but still they was some great beauty items, you can read the post Here!. If you want to join birchbox its £10 a month with a P&P of £2.95 which is great so you try products before you buy them full size.
Click here for the Birchbox Website.

Melissa x

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