Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Make Up Academy Haul

Hi Guys 

I hope you have all had an amazing time whether you are celebrating or not I hope you have enjoyed yourself. I'm sorry I haven't been putting up blogs. I'm not gonna lie I spent a lot of time eating drinking and being with my family, but now I'm back and I have a huge plan for next year so keep watching this 

 I am kicking it off with a make up haul. This was ordered the Saturday before Christmas and I was very surprised that I was able to get it Christmas eve. I ordered it from Superdrug and at the moment they are running an offer, if your order from MUA is over £8 you can get a free eyeshadow MUA Pro Palette called 12th Night. So I took total advantage of this, unfortunately when I received my order the pallet had not been included so I am going to email them and see if I can have it. Also a blusher I ordered had been smashed, which is why both of these products are not included in this haul, apart from that everything else I have LOVED so here goes and I hope you enjoy.   

I was so excited when I started using all these items and I used three of these products on Christmas day, just because I couldn't wait to use them. The first thing I am going to talk about is ... 

The MUA Extreme Curl Mascara, a big thing about myself is that I am not a fan of fake eyelashes, I find them hard to put on and the last time someone put them on for me, I ended up getting glue in my eye and it totally put me off, I might try them again but just not at the moment. 
 So I am always on the look out for mascara which will help me look like I have big long curly lashes. The thing I love about this is the curve in the brush it reminds me of the Rimmel mascara I already have. The best thing is it separates the lashes as you use it. I use my eye lash curler first, then I work this through my lashes from the root to tip wiggling the brush, this helps to move the lashes so they don't stick together. By the time I am finished my lashes look curly and long. For my bottom lashes I do the same thing but I turn the brush the other way, this gives both top and bottom lashes a curl outwards, which is the look that I love. You can get this mascara here. 

Next is this amazing Merged Trio Eyeshadow in the colour Emotions. I had tried the MUA palettes before but never the trios, I had heard a lot of good things and so decided to try it and I am so glad I did. The colours are beautiful, it gives girls who are new to make up an amazing opportunity to create looks that they wouldn't know how to. This is because on the back of the pack it shows you where to put the different colours to create a smokey look, this is one of the pieces I wore on Christmas Day, I found it lasted all day and it didn't smudge or run. I will defiantly be getting more of these as they come in different colours. You can get this trio from here. 

This is the MUA Luxe Voluminous Felt Eyeliner and I can honestly say hand on my heart I have never found an easier eyeliner to work with, it goes on so smooth and as you can see you can either have a nice thin line or a thicker line depending on your preference. Personally I love winged eyeliner and I have found it so simple to create my wings with this product. Recently I have been using a gel liner and I finding it harder to use, maybe it is me and I need to practice a bit more but this is amazing and I can not recommend it enough. If I have got you in the mood to buy it check it out here.

All the rest of my items are for my lips so I'll start with this which is the MUA Intense Kisses High intensity gloss in the colour Quick Kiss. I am not really into glosses on my lips I find they come off quickly and I need to keep applying them. I love the colour of this it is so nice and so glossy, so they are right about the high intensity gloss. The only thing I found was it could be sticky on my lips, which I really don't like. So I am a bit 50/50 about it, loving the colour just not the stickiness, you can check it out and the other colours here.

Ok so this is my number 2 favourite from this order, I love it so much, I cant get enough of it. This is MUA lipstick in shade 14 the colour is called Bare. I have been looking for a shade like this for AGES!!!! When I saw it I couldn't click it quick enough, and when it arrived I was not let down, its so nice and creme and soft, it goes on the lips really nicely. The shade is so pretty. I use this for when I want my eyes to have the focus, because it does blend my lips in. The other benefit of this lipstick is the additional little pot it has at the bottom which screws off, not only is this good for you when you store it so you can see the different colours, but also if you are running low, you can use this with a lip brush which I think is so good. I wore this Christmas day and a lot more since and it stays on for a while. I found that when I was drinking it wasn't coming off my lips which makes me love it even more, I will be buying this again and in more colours. If you want to try it you can get it here.

This is the first of the two matte lipsticks I bought, this is MUA Matte in the colour Peachy Keen. I have never really tried matte lipstick, I was worried it would make my lips look dry, but this is a really nice colour, its quite natural, it does take a while to go on and isn't really smooth, but the colour is so pretty. Again it has the little pot on the end too which as I said before has its benefits, but personally I dont think matte is right for me. If you like mattes tho have a look at the MUA range the colours are so nice.

This is the other matte lipstick I got and this is in the colour Scarlet Siren. This is probably the one product I am unsure of, I loved the colour on the website because it looks like such a deep red, but when I got it, it was more of a deep pink colour. I do like it because I don't have that type of colour but it just wasn't what I expected, but like I said before I don't think matte is for me.

Well I hope this little haul has helped and I really think you should check out the MUA website, because they really are an amazing make up brand, and so affordable. 

Hope you all have a nice day.

See you soon 

Monday, 15 December 2014

My Skin Care Routine

Hi Guys 

I hope you’re all ok and having an amazing time in the run up to Christmas. 

  I thought since it is winter, I would do a blog about skin care; since winter can be a hard time for your skin and you need to look after it a little more. 

 So firstly, I want to say I am a bit of a Nivea fan, well, when I say a bit I actually mean I am a HUGE Nivea fan. I love their ‘Daily Essentials’ range it has helped my skin so much. 

 Anyway, when I was a teenager, my skin was horrible; as most teenagers’ are, I had: spots, redness, one day I had oily skin, the next it was dry and flaky, it just seemed to never make up its mind. 

 I tried lots of things to help my skin and nothing really worked, but growing up and now being in my twenties I tend to find things that try and work for me and personally, Nivea has never failed to be totally amazing for my skin. 

  I first used Nivea because of the smell, it was such a nice smell and I just thought this is going to make my skin smell so nice (yes I know you should never judge a product by its smell, but have you smelt Nivea? It’s amazing).

 I started out by just using a cleanser but I have since found that using all of the Nivea range has helped my skin a lot more. So here goes… :D

 So the first product I use is the ‘Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub’, I use this every second day to help my skin, it takes off any dead skin and leaves my skin feeling really clean, which I know sounds silly but it really does feel clean. The only thing I would say is that because it does make you skin feel so clean, it can make it do that squeaky clean feeling, in my opinion I don't like my skin to feel like that, so using a good cleanser afterwards is the best thing to do. 

 Speaking of cleansers, that leads me onto mine; that is the ‘Daily Essentials 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner’, this, I use twice a day; it makes my skin feel so nice and smooth. It is easy to apply and one of the things I love is that you can use either water or cotton wool to take this off which means if you like camping or if you are traveling it is so easy to use and there is no excuse not to use it hehe. The other thing is because it is ‘2 in 1’ you don't need to worry about picking up a separate toner. 


Always, always follow up cleansing and toning with a moisturiser, and I use the ‘Daily Essentials Day Cream’ for the day and the ‘Rich Regenerating Night Cream’ for the night time, these are so nice they smell amazing and they are incredible for my skin they leave it feeling nice and clean and so soft.

  The ‘Daily Essentials’ Range has different products for different skin types, so I use Normal & Combination skin types. Have a look at the type of skin you have a check out Nivea for the range or any products that you want to try out. 

 The other things I just want to add are that Nivea do not test on animals, which is very important to me, they also use Vitamin E which helps your skin to repair itself and also it’s great for protection. The other thing you may notice on the packaging is that they talk about Hydra IQ this helps to keep your skin hydrated; this is really good for your skin. 

 The other items I use from Nivea are the ‘Invisible for Black and White’, I love this, it really does help with the white marks, I tend to wear a lot of black tops and I don't find any white patches on them. The other one I use is the ‘Double Effect’ which again smells amazing (yes I do think I have an obsession with nice smelling things lol). Finally, I also use the ‘Daily Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes’, I use these when I come home and take my make up off, I tend to come up, PJs on hair up and make up off, and this is amazing for it. 

 There you have it, that is my Daily Skin Care Routine and it really does have a good effect on my skin, it is so nice and smooth and I find that I hardly get any break outs so a very big thank you to Nivea for making my skin amazing. I hope this has helped if you have any break outs maybe you can go try it and let me know what you think. 

See you soon 


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Little Bit Of A Rant

Hi Guys 

  I know my last post was a bit of a series one but I just wanted to write one about something this is really bugging me and that is something a lot of people have been talking about. So I thought I'd have my little say about it, the topic is body image in the media. 

  It seems to me in the media you are never safe when it comes to your body. If you are a size 8 and you have had a big lunch you are either piling on the pounds or you are pregnant. If you are bigger then a size 8 you are considered fat and everyone wants to comment on it. 

 The reason I decided to write about this is because of all the things that is being said in the media about TOWIE star Gemma Collins. Yes ok she left the jungle after a couple of days big woop!!! Why is it that people such as the ''everybody hater'' Katie Hopkins has to pass judgment on her size. Just because Gemma is a curvy girl doesn't mean that is the reason for her leaving the jungle, she had personal issues as to why she wanted to go and why do people find it appropriate to jump straight to the weight of people. 

 When I meet a person I judge them on their personality and comments that they pass, I do not make a judgement on a person as to there weight, gender, race or anything, but it seems totally fine for the media to pass judgement on people because of this. 

 The amount of times I have been in a shop and seen magazines with titles about people loosing weight or gaining weight, SO WHAT!!!! 

 They are people at the end of the day, there is so much more that these magazines can write about rather then drawing attention to peoples weight. Why is it anyone else's business. 

 It is the magazines that do these stories and particular fashion designers that have made weight an issue. I have been reading a book called 'The Vogue Facter'' written by Kirstie Clements, who used to be the editor of Australian Vogue, in the book she covers this area about why the magazines rarely put plus size women in their magazines and it all comes down to fashion designers, they do sample sizes that are sent out to the magazines and they feel better about their clothes being on size 6 or smaller models, well I have one thing to say about that.

             THE AVERAGE WOMEN IS NOT A SIZE 6!!!!!!!!!!!! 

   Maybe it is just me but I feel that designers are out of this world to think that every single women is a single digit dress size. In the UK the average dress size is 14-16, so why cant they make clothes for us average women?

  Sorry to have such a rant, and jump from one topic to another but it was really getting to me, RANT OVER.  

See ya Soon Guys and Gals 
Lottie Xxx