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Love is in the Air! My top 10 YouTube Valentines Day Tutorials …

Hi guys!

Happy Valentine’s day!

My lack of posting on this blog has been awful recently! In the past month I’ve drifted between two different jobs, decided to pack my whole life up and move across the country to Manchester. Quite eventful to say the least!

I’ve been working on a few posts and here there, and a few YouTube videos, the videos however aren’t really up to the quality I would like so I may have to refilm a few!

Keeping with the Valentine’s tradition I’ve compiled my favourite Valentine’s looks (Hair, make-up and nails) from some of my favourite fellow beauty bloggers.

Have a look below to be inspired; I’m off to spend all day pampering myself for this evening!

1. “Lana Del Rey Makeup Tutorial” by Maya Mia

Maya Mia is just beautiful, and her tutorials are wonderfully eloquent and simple for even a complete beauty novice! This Lana Del Rey tutorial is a wonderful step-up from a standard cat eye look and creates a gorgeous simple Valentines look.

2. “Autumn/Fall Makeup Tutorial 2013” by Cinnamonjules

Cinnamonjules is a gorgeous beauty blogger from the UK (represent!). Her tutorials are straight to the point, and she chooses great music for her videos! This look uses simple copper eye shadow with a dramatic dark red lip to add a touch of colour to your Valentines makeup.

3. “How to get BIG SEXY HAIR!” – Teni – Missmaven.com

Teni Panosian (Miss Maven) is a YouTube beauty legend! Even my friends who aren’t really fussed with makeup love her tutorials and have heard of her work. This hair tutorial I have been obsessed with for years, I swear by it and I can’t go on a night out without watching it first! For big, beautiful hair this is hands down the best tutorial on YouTube.

4. “Elegant Braided Up-Do” by Luxyhair

Luxyhair are another YouTube channel staple. I love their hair tutorials and always find their guides on taking care of hair extensions extremely helpful! For those of you heading for a classier Valentines evening, this simple, elegant updo is gorgeous for a sophisticated evening of drinks and dinner!

5. “Gold and White Valentine’s Day Nails” by Ohnailart

I love the use of colour on this cute nail art design. Valentines day often brings out the most garish of reds, but the use of a soft, subtle gold makes this nail art more refined and elegant; I think I will be following this tutorial myself for this evening!

6. “FOUNDATION, CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT TUTORIAL” by Binny Khan

Binny Khan is my go to YouTube beauty guru! Her eye make-up tutorials are gorgeous and as we have similar skin tones and features its great for me to learn new techniques to highlight different areas! I adore contouring and this tutorial is without a doubt one of the best on YouTube (and I’ve seen all of them!). For those of you who love contouring as much as I do its also worth checking out make up artist Samer Khouzami on Instagram; his photos are fascinating and his contouring skills are perfection!

7. “Hagai Avdar Make Up Artist – חגי אבדר אמן איפור” by חגי אבדר

I’ve only recently discovered this YouTube channel, but the eye makeup looks are beautiful! This video creates two different eye looks; both a dramatic smokey eye. I will definitely be using this makeup tutorial for this evening! Nothing better than a gorgeous smokey eye!

8. “THE PERFECT RED LIP” by MakeupByLeinaBaaaby

It wouldn’t be Valentines Day without a gorgeous red lip to flaunt around! This red lipstick tutorial is gorgeous! I’m more a nude girl myself but if I wasn’t so clumsy and ran the risk of getting red lipstick all over everyone, I would 100% wear this out!

9. “How to get Perfect Nude Lips” by Hollie Wakeham

Hollie Wakeham is hilarious; her videos really make me laugh AND learn great makeup techniques! For those of us who prefer a nude lip this is a perfect tutorial to get natural looking, voluptuous lips; and we know that everyone wants perfect kissable lips on Valentines Day!

10. “DRY & CRUSTY TO KISSABLE LIPS!” by Patricia Bright

And finally, a quick video on how to curb those winter lips and turn them into perfect kissable lips for Valentines!

Hope you all have a lovely Valentines day! My date night tonight involves drinking and a lot of dancing!

B x

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The Glamour Beauty Edit Beauty Box Review (including HD brow and Benefit discount code!)

On Tuesday I was casually browsing Instagram when I came across this gorgeous beauty box. Glamour magazine have teamed up with Latest in Beauty (http://www.latestinbeauty.com) to bring the ultimate party ready beauty box! At only £15 this box is well worth its value, totalling in over £65 if all products were bought individually.

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Filled with excitement, I ordered the box during my lunch break on Tuesday. In total the box cost me around £18 includng P&P (still a huge saving!). Shipping stated it would take up to 5-7 days which was a bit dissapointing, however Latest in Beauty exceeded my expectations as the beauty box arrived after only 2 days!

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The box was presented beautifully. About A4 in size, it was smaller than I expected but full with wonderful, luxury products!

Included in the box:

1. Eyeko Lash Curler (RRP £12.00)

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I rarely use eyelash curlers, my go to is either a great mascara or false eyelashes, so this was my first time using a high-end eyelash curler. The velvet handles add a luxurious feel, and the curler is a great size. The protective rubber coating helps curl the lashes with minmal discomfort; when curling my lashes I could barely feel the curlers. Without any mascara or lash products on eyes, the curlers definitley helped lengthen my lashes by at least 1-2 inches.

Rating: 8/10

2. Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara 3.0g (RRP: £19.50 (for 8.5g size))

IMG_0378 copyI’ve been using this mascara for about a year now. I adore it! Honestly, I cannot reccomend a great mascara than any by Benefit. This review will be a bit bias because this product was one the draws for purchasing the beauty box! The great feature of this mascara is that it not only lengthens your lashes, but thickens them as well. With two coats they can easily replace the hassle of sticking on false lashes all the time!

Rating: 10/10

3. HD Brows Eye and Brow palette (RRP: £19.95)

IMG_0385 copyI’ve lusted after the HD eye and brow palette for a long, long time! As soon as I realised this was included in the beauty box, it became a must have! This palette was well worth the wait. Whilst saving up for this palette I’ve been using a great dupe by W7, however you can immeadiatley see the difference in both brands. The pigmentation within the HD palette is fantastic; the colour really stands out on your skin, and manages to stay in place all day. The palette comes with a great angle brush to precisley fill in your HD brows. If you need any advice on achieving HD brows read my previous blog post here (shameless plug! ;))

Rating: 10/10

4. Balance Me Radiance Face Oil 10ml (RRP: £15.00)

IMG_0372 copyI was rather intrigued by this product. I am a huge advocate for hair oil, however I’d never thought about using oil on my face! I suffer from combination oily skin, so the thought of putting even more oil onto my skin, in my mind, spells beauty disaster! The great defining feature of this product is that it contains tea tree oil which is a fantastic natural anti-bacterial spot/acne remedy. I haven’t used this product enough yet to truly notice a difference in my skin, although once applied it is a very thin layer of oil, I feel this product which be far better suited to a consumer with dry skin. If you suffer from dry or oily skin like myself I’d suggest avoiding this product.

Rating: 5/10

5. Philip Kingsley ‘One More Day’ Dry Shampoo 50ml (£6.00)

IMG_0368 copyAh dry shampoo. One of the biggest beauty challenges I’ve faced in the past! Dry shampoo can be very hit and miss; by the correct brand and you’ll have gorgeous long lasting, fresh hair. Buy the wrong brand and your hair will be hit with a dry avalanche shampoo powder, creating the very attractive look of a head full of dandruff! (Cough, cough looking at you TRESemmé!). I’m not going to beat around the bush here, I was very dissapointed with this product. With much trepidation I sprayed the dry shampoo onto my roots and aged about 50 years! My roots turned a white/grey-ish colour which when massaged into hair spread the colour further and further. I tried the product on my younger brother who has jet black hair thinking the grey effect could be due to my blonde-ish hair colour, however it also turned his hair white! Honestly this Philip Kingsley product falls into the latter category of AVOID dry shampoos; take a shower instead! Don’t waste your money.

Rating 2/10

6. Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Hydrate’ (RRP: £2.99)

IMG_0376 copyI’ve heard great reveiws of this lipbalm from my friends who swear by it. Personally, I am obsessed the EOS brand of lipbalm! I love the packaging for this Maybelline product; simple and chic. There are a plethora of flavours available, the one provided in my beauty box is entitled ‘hydrate’ and has a wonderful bubblegum smell and taste to it. Once applied to the lips, the lipbalm gives a silky smooth feeling. My lips feel instantly hydrated and so soft! I think I may be converted to Maybelline; I’m definitley going to stock up on different flavours!

Rating 8/10

7. Toni & Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray 75ml/50g (RRP: £6.39 for 250ml)

IMG_0370 copyI used to be a huge advocate for hairspray, but since dyeing my hair lighter, I find the less product I can use the less damage to my hair, and often hairspray can weigh down and knot your hair. I sprayed this product into my hair and was quite suprised at how light it felt. The residue was not sticky, nor did it knot my hair. It smells lovely; no harsh chemical smells like other hairspray products that are available. Although I have not used this product properly yet (other than to test for this post) I am excited to see how holds on a night out in a few weeks. So far I’m very impressed!

Rating 8/10

The box also comes with two beauty discount codes, which I will share with you lovely readers!

1. BENEFIT, 10% off Benefits products with the code glambeautyedit

2. HD BROWS, 20% off HD brow products with the code glamourhd

Overall I’d say this beauty box is a wonderful investment. For the price of £15 you receive a wonderful selection high-end products that can last months! I will 100% reccomend this beauty box to my friends; it would make for a great gift this christmas! Have a look here.

I would love to hear your opnions on this beauty box, or if anyone can reccomend anymore beauty boxes feel free to add them in the comments section below!

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Mani Monday!

I stumbled across this gorgeous Pixar nail art, and I had to post it on here! ‘Up’ is probabaly one of my favourite films and as soon as I saw this nail art I completley fell in love!

 

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(Apologies for bad picture quality!)

Madamluck creates amazing nail art; I follow her on Instagram, and you guys should too! The link to the artwork above can be found here: http://www.beautylish.com/f/jrauai/upmovie-inspired-nail-art

Get inspired with nail art!

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DIY HD Eyebrows

APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE, THIS IS A LONG (BUT VERY INTERESTING ;)) POST!

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I am super excited about this post! This will probably sound a bit silly but I’ve had a lifelong battle with eyebrows!! Too thin, too much, waxing half of one, getting trigger happy with razors; you name it, its happened to me!! So when a local salon at Uni hired a HD eyebrow expert me and my friends were so excited to try, and see what the fuss was all about. My friend Emma came back from the salon and you can immediately see the difference in her brows …

e(Burbury’s Boutique, https://twitter.com/burburyboutique, Kim Rees, Aberystwyth)

Unlike traditional eyebrow methods HD eyebrows combine techniques such as threading, wax, plucking and dye in order to get a full, thick brow. You can even pay for cosmetic brows to be tattooed on; the wonders of modern make-up eh!!

Anyway, I loved the results of my eyebrows, but at £27 a pop there is no way I could afford to get this regularly done every 2-4 weeks (my hair grows very fast).

So I present to you, ‘B’s HD Ready Eyebrow Tutorial!’ You will need the following tools in order to complete this look:

  • Eyelure eyelash/brow dye (dependent to your eyebrow colour)
  • Vaseline
  • Thread, a threading tool, or you can get your eyebrows threaded before hand
  • Brown or Black eyebrow/liner pencil (A lot of people have noticed a vast difference between the brow and liner pencils, but tbh either work fine as we’ll blend the pencil anyway)
  • Eyeshadow pallette
  • White eye pencil
  • Spoolie (a mascara wand to you non-make-up brush aficionados:))
  • Eyebrow brush (9/10 out of time you usually will find one attatched to your eyebrow pencil)
  • Rat-tail comb/ruler/or a straight line/edge to help line up points of reference
  • Nail scissors
  • Concealer
  • Eyebrow setter

Now that we have everything prepared its time to begin! BEFORE I START, if your brows are sufficiently thick enough (not requiring dye) or you do not feel confident enough threading/waxing your own brows, you’re more than welcome to skip steps 1-5.

  1. To begin, grab your vaseline and completely cover the area around the eyebrow. Preferably quite thick as the vaseline will act as a barrier between the dye and your skin (we don’t want any dyed foreheads!)
  2. Open your Eyelure kit and follow the instructions to mix the dye. Using the small spatula mix together the two components until a dark paste has formed. Grab either a make-up brush/cotton bud/spatula and cover your brows in the dye. Leave the dye on for 1 MINUTE.
  3. Remove the dye with a cotton swab or tissue, being careful to remove any excess. If you would like your brows to be a bit darker, repeat steps 1-3 until the desired amount has been reached (although I would recommend only doing this process twice)
  4. After removing the dye and vaseline, we need to trim those unruly brows!! There are two methods in which you can do this. Firstly (preferable for beginners or beauty novices) grab your eyebrow comb/brush and brush all of the hairs upwards towards your forehead. Holding the comb against the hairs (Still facing upwards) trim any hairs that stick out of the comb or are higher that your brow line with the nail scissors. The second method is to grab your spoolie (mascara wand) and brush your hair upward again. Rather than using your comb, use your eye to trim the hair that appears longer than the top of your brow.
  5. Before we remove any hair we need to find the reference points of where our brows will be. Grab your rat-tail comb or straight edge and place it against the side of your nose (we’ll begin with the left). The first point of reference is where the edge goes straight up, this is where your brow should start (A, on the diagram. You can mark this with the white eyebrow pencil). Turn you straight edge diagonal (still based at the corner of your nose), this is where the arch of your eyebrow should be (B on the diagram). Finally, move the straight edge (C, on the diagram, again, still based at the corner of your nose) almost straight across your face; this is where the tail of your eyebrow should end. The diagram below can give you a clearer idea. Once references points have been established, using your white eyeliner pencil pencil a straight line above and below your brow creating, almost like, a stencil on your eyebrow.
  6. WARNING: If you do not feel comfortable enough to thread your own brows; don’t panic! 🙂 Superdrug offer eyebrow threading for £5, or you can definitely book an appointment for under £10 at your local salon. If doing this by hand, again I have two different methods of achieving the ‘threaded look’. The first option is to use a threader tool. I subscribe to the offer website Wowcher! and I managed to buy a Sleek Hair Threader for £9 (down from £30, Wowcher indeed!!) The tool is very simple to use and removes hair while you open and close the threader. If you do not own a threader tool it is still easy to thread at home; watch this Youtube video for tips on how to thread your own eyebrows:  Once your tools are established proceed to remove all unwanted hair; the hair inside of the white stencil we drew earlier is to be kept, everything out of this is to be removed. You can pluck any tiny hair which are not removed from the threading process.
  7. After threading, take your eyebrow pencil (make sure it is sharp) and carefully draw a straight line directly underneath your brown BUT above the white stencil line. Repeat the same step on the top of your brow, and bring the pencil all the way to the end to create a tail.1
  8. With your eyebrow palette (my palette was £2 from Boyes although they do stock them in cheap beauty shops. You can use any brown or black eye shadow, or you can use the official HD palette, although this is rather pricey at £20), choose the black first and carefully fill in the tail end of your eyebrow. Make sure you follow the direction of the hair, stop when you have filled in 3/4 of the brow; almost at the beginning of the brow (we are working backwards; the tail should be the darkest point of your brow).
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  9. Using your brown eyeshadow fill in the beginning of the eyebrow by moving your make brush up wards with the direction of the hair, rather than across. This creates the statement HD look. Use your spoolie to brush the powder and pencil and blend them all together. You can blend the eyeshadow powder about a 1/4 inch out from the start of your eyebrow to create a faded effect.
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  10. Finally grab your concealer (I swear by Garnier BB Cream or Max Factor Concealer Stick) dab a little onto a make-up brush, and with precision, ‘draw’ a straight concealer line on top of the white pencil line to create a dramatic sharp edge to your brow. Repeat this process on top of your brow, until the concealer has covered the white eye pencil. You can choose to place concealer at the beginning of the brows for a dramatic, sharp effect, or leave it be for a more natural look, personally I prefer the dramatic effect! Add a dab of highlighter to your upper brow bone and you’re finished; DIY HD brows!

I hope you found this tutorial useful; I’m glad I’ve finally learned how to maintain my brows!! And remember:

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Haha!

Bx

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Make-up Haul …

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I am the worst person when it comes to self-control when make-up shopping! Last night I was researching make-up contouring (something I’ve been obsessing over for months; one day I’ll work out how to do it properly!!) and when looking for a cheap alternative to Benefit and MAC products, came across this gem of a website!! http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/ Everything appears to be genuine and they have great discount prices (Boujours mascara for £1, etc). Inspired by this I ran into town to indulge in some new make-up (it had been a while since my last splurge; 5 whole days!). This haul was roughly around £30/35 as a lot it was either cheap or on offer!

The haul contains:

  • 2 bottle of Aussie Dual Hold, Gloss and Shine hairspray (2 for £7; stock up!) – Superdrug – I have always been an adamant user of Tresemme Proffessiona hairspray, however lately I’ve noticed it’s been making my hair coarse, dry and knotted. I adore the Aussie shampoo and conditioning repair range (a MUST for anyone who has bleached hair!) This hairspray holds fantastic, and feels light on hair. I couldn’t really see much of a shine improvement but that may be because I use Morroccan Oil and shine finishing spray)
  • Sleek, contour powder (number 4) – Superdrug – Having darker skin, I have always struggled to find a bronzer that didn’t turn my skin either orange or that nasty, dirty-looking brown colour when you wear too much fake tan! I only really started using bronzers within the past year or so, I used Superdrugs own brand which was great but didn’t stay on very long. This Sleek contour powder however is the best bronzer I’ve ever used. Fantastic packaging and great coverage!
  • MUA highlight powder (number 1) – Superdrug – Unable to splash out MAC’s contour cream highlight, I found this far cheaper (only £1) powder version. Great coverage but my only problem is if you have dry skin (like I do underneath my eyes) the make-up can look caked on. You must be very careful when apply this powdered highlight. I would buy it again but save up and use it alongside the MAC product.
  • Bodycare face wash towel – Bodycare – Simple product, self-explanatory
  • Eye Candy eyelashes – Bodycare – I often get laughed at by my friends as I have naturally long, thick eyelashes but I adore falsies! (And any false beauty product for that matter!) Eyelashes can be quite expensive and I highly recommend buying them in bulk from eBay (though buy your own glue!), but sometimes I do like to treat myself with store bought lashes! Our local Bodycare sells lashes for dirt cheap (Around £2-3 a set) rather than Boots and Superdrug where I have seen Katy Perry eyelashes retail for up to £15!!! These eyelashes are fantastic quality and can last up to 4 to 5 wears if you take extra care of them. I can’t wait to wear them this weekend!
  • NYC translucent finishing powder – Superdrug – Once again, a cheap alternative to MAC. Does the job fantastic, and is a lovely smooth powder that blends into the face. The only downside would be the mess which is inevitable with loose powders!
  • NYC Primer – Superdrug – A fantastic, unfussy primer that does its job well. It helped my make-up stay in place all day at work (though I’m yet to try its success on a night out!) Rather happy I bought this for £4 instead of splashing out £14 for the GOSH primer (this is next on my list!)
  • Nail scissors – Bodycare – Self-explanatory again but I love that these scissors are straight edged and not rounded; far easier to trim my eyebrows with
  • Empty spray bottle – Bodycare – I recently purchased a hairdryer hood (blog coming when it arrives!) and I thought this bottle would be great for wetting my hair in rollers to achieve a full wavy, volume effect!
  • Technic, ‘High Beam’ Highlighter – Bodycare – For the price (£1.20) this product is fantastic because it is basically a rip-off of Benefits Highlighter (£23). I’m not a fan of the packing  its in a nail varnish-esque bottle which you apply to your cheek/brow bones; I prefer to skip the nail varnish brush and use my own make-up brush. The product comes out rather gloopy so you have to work with it a bit. Once on the face however it gives a great shine and definitely highlights your features. The product in theory is fantastic, and no-one can argue with the price, but in the future I’ll save up for the Benefit brand.
  • Eyeliner pencil sharperner – Bodaycare – Self-eexplanatory but on a quick not, how hard is it to find eyeliner sharpeners in stores!? I’ve tried Boot,s Superdrug, even Hobby Craft! I’ve been searching around 2 months before finally finding this gem! Ha
  • Technic Individual false eyelashes – Bodycare – As previously mentioned being a massive fan of false eyelashes I thought I’d try my hand with individual lashes. From first glance they seem very fussy and messy! I’m sure after watching plenty of YouTube tutorials I’ll be able to get the hang on of them! They do give a fantastic extended length effect
  • Technic waterproof mascara – Bodycare – This will sound rather silly but I actually bought this product by accident!! I couldn’t decide between this mascara or the one detailed below, and didn’t realise I’d bought both until I emptied my bag at home; I must’ve been in a make-up shopping coma!! We’ve all been there haha. I’m glad I did buy this mascara though as its perfect to thicken and darken my lash. 
  • Tehcnic sky high mascara – Bodycare – I’ve been using this mascara in conjunction with the previous; this mascara is perfect for lifting and extending my lashes as a first, base coat. I’m not one to buy expensive mascaras because my own eyelashes already look like they are covered in mascara, and I sometimes wear false eyelashes, so this mascara at £1.50 is fantastic. I’ve spent £££’s on Maybeline, Max Factor and Revlon and honestly this mascara beats them all hands down!
  • Technic eyelash extender/eyebrow gel – Bodycare – A lovely cheap as chips brow gel to keep these unruly brows in check!!

All in all I think this was a successful haul! What beauty bargains have you picked up this week?

B x