Everyday Essentials

I don’t know about you but I am massively struggling to get up in the mornings at the moment due to the fact that it’s so dark it still feels like the middle of the night. My alarm gets snoozed a minimum of 3 times which means I am left with very little time to get ready for work! It’s a well known fact that I love makeup however on days like this I reach for my daily essentials that I know will see me through my working day.

Quick every day makeup…What you will need!

 

  1. Long wearing foundation

Every girl should own a long wearing foundation! Being oily skinned means that a long wearing matte foundation will always be my first choice when it comes to a long day in the office. For a quick application and flawless finish I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Best High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Best Budget- Revlon Colour Stay for oily skin

 

  1. Matte Bronzer

Contouring doesn’t have to be technical or take hours; I use a matte bronzer to define my cheek bones and lightly dust over my forehead to give a bronzed finish.

Best High End: MAC Give Me Sun Mineralise Skin Finish

Best Budget: W7 Honolulu Bronzer

 

  1. A Shimmer Blush

A shimmer blush will brighten up any look especially when you’re keeping your makeup simple, a natural peachy tone would be my go to for every day makeup which will compliment your contour perfectly.

Best High End: MAC Style Sheer tone Blush

Best Budget: Sleek Rose Gold Blush

 

  1. Mascara

I like to keep my eyes natural for work meaning no eye shadow just a quick curl of my lashes and a good few layers of mascara.

Best High End: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Best Budget: Maybelline The Falsies

 

  1. Lipstick

A berry coloured shade is my first choice for everyday, just enough colour to accentuate my natural lip colour.

Best High End-MAC Lovelorn

Maybelline-Moisture Renew in Vintage Pink

 

  1. Setting powder

To finish off the look I use a powder, my first choice is MAC Studio Fix Powder which is actually a powder foundation but I find this suits my oily skin perfectly. I haven’t yet found a worthy budget alternative so any suggestions are welcome!

 

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Big Lashes On A Budget!

Mascara that wont break the bank!

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In my last post I spoke to you about my current favourite high end mascara ‘Lancôme Hypnose Drama’, However I appreciate that not everyone wants to spend £22.50 on mascara so here I am with a very worthy alternative that won’t break the bank.

The mascara in question is Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ priced at a very reasonable £7.99. The brush is quite a lot smaller than its Lancôme rival however  I the find the curved brush enables me to really get in there and grab every single lash. This mascara doesn’t smudge or clump and lasts all day without flaking and really gives me the blackest of black fluttery lashes!

My top tips for luscious lashes!

It has to be said my long lashes would not be achieved by mascara alone and I do have a few handy tips to create long fluttery lashes.

  1. Always curl your lashes

Invest in an eyelash curler; they really do make a difference; a good quality lash curler can perk up even the shortest of lashes! My favourite is by Mac which is priced at £16 and comes with one additional refill. Each refill lasts me a good year so it’s well worth the money.Squeeze, release and I’m good to go!

  1. Use a portable mirror

I always use a portable mirror on a stand and slightly tilt the head this allows me to get really close up and enables me to grasp all of my lashes with the brush. Look up and down ensuring you grab every lash!

  1. Don’t be shy!

Use more than one coat to really dramatise those lashes! If you’re using a decent mascara you shouldn’t have any problems with clumping.

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Balmain Hair Extensions & B-loved Review

Balmain Double Hair 5 Pieces

So let me start by telling you about my past relationships with hair extensions… Its fair to say I’ve been around a bit! Weaves, Racoon, Wefts,Pre Bonded,Clip ins you name it I’ve had it! All of these which have ended in heartbreak, bald patches, and breakage, that is until I met my perfect match in Balmain.

I am naturally blessed with soft shiny hair but what it most certainly lacks is volume,I could spend hours blow drying my natural hair only to be met with the slightest gust of wind and I’m back to square one. I have wore extensions for many years for both length and volume and until I was introduced to Balmain was struggling to find extensions that looked natural with minimum damage to my own hair.

I first started my budding relationship with Balmain back in February 2012 and can honestly say I haven’t looked back. I had 5 pieces of Balmain Double Hair fitted at Georges Hairdressing in Leicester and as soon as they were fitted I knew it was love at first sight I felt so glamorous!

The extensions were fitted as 2 wefts together with your natural hair inbetween and secured by small bonds.What I really loved about these extensions was the length of time they took to fi within 1 hour I was transformed with long flowing locks! Secondly…No pain! Ever had a weave and felt like you had a face lift? Because these extensions are fitted quite loosely it means there is no pain or strain on your natural hair, you can also put your hair up really easily without pulling.

Another amazing thing about Balmain is that you get a 6 month guarantee on the hair and they can be re-used. Since having my first set of Double hair fitted I have only purchased new hair an additional 3 times which means I am getting a good 6 months wear out of the hair.

Obviously you need to ensure you are looking after your extensions as you would your own hair by using the right products.I recommend the Loreal Mythic Oil Shampoo and also the Balmain Conditioner which makes my hair super shiny, I would also recomend using a Tangle Teezer after washing. 

I cannot rave about Balmain enough and most definitely couldn’t be without my Double Hair. Whether my hair is long, short, blonde or brunette you can guarantee I’ll be rocking my Double Hair.

Looking for extra little extra…

A few weeks ago the lovely people at Balmain HQ kindly chose me as a winner for one of their twitter competitions. I was beyond excited as the prize as £50 to spend at their online webshop. 

One of the items I chose was the Balmain B-loved which is a hair piece that clips onto the crown to give extra volume. It also doubles up as a ponytail and a bun, and I am a girl that loves a bun! I have the B-loved in the colour Dark Expresso and it is the perfect match for my brunette locks. The B-Loved is really versatile and unlike other hair pieces you can curl and straighten it. I have posted a link below for those of you who want to see a video of the B-Loved in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL2h4SVXNIs&noredirect=1

Wearing Balmain B-Loved on the crown

Wearing B-loved as a pony
Make Up Used:
Mac Studio Fix Fluid NC20
Mac Pro-Long wear concealer NC20
Studio Fix Powder NC40
Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer
Mac Springsheen Blush
Mac Hue Lipstick
Mac Lipglass in Prrr
Brows- Mac Brow Gel- Showoff

Messy Bun with B-loved Make up used: Maybelline Superstay better skin-Sand Rimmel wake me up concealer-Soft beige Sleek-Luminous Powder Rimmel stay blushed-Sunkissed Cherry Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer Sleek lipstick-Barely there  Brows-Spike Pencil MAC

Messy Bun with B-loved
Make up used:
Maybelline Superstay better skin-Sand
Rimmel wake me up concealer-Soft beige
Sleek-Luminous Powder
Rimmel stay blushed-Sunkissed Cherry
Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer
Sleek lipstick-Barely there
Brows-Spike Pencil MAC

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