Monday, 6 July 2015

Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

In a primer I look for something that is going to reduce shine in my t-zone and chin areas while making sure my skin doesn't eat my make up throughout the day. I also have very visible pores on my cheeks so something that smooths over those always makes sure my makeup sits better. The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer has been the only one I reach for lately and with good reason. It does everything I need a primer to do and has a great price point.

Unlike other primers I've used in the past that have had pore concealing powers, this isn't thick and pasty. It has a lightweight formula similar to a night cream that smooths over the skin to create an even base for flawless foundation. It's comfortable on the skin unlike some primers that can feel heavy and tacky and it's pretty much scent free so it's almost undetectable.

This primer does keep my makeup staying put much longer than if I were to go without it but if I am having particularly problem skin it does need to be touched up after a few hours with a little powder, which I can't complain too much about because there is a noticeable improvement in longevity with with use. You can read about my favourite foundation and powder to wear this with for a long lasting base here.

Do you have a current go to primer?

Friday, 3 July 2015

Blogger Chat With More Than Adored

This month I am going to be doing something a little different and sharing some interviews with my favourite blogging ladies. There's nothing better about blogging than discovering amazing genuine people who love the same things you do and I'm so excited to have some women I really admire participating in this little series. I hope you enjoy reading their responses to my questions as much as I did!

Today I have Sarah from More Than Adored who is the sweetest most helpful person that writes amazing fresh beauty, lifestyle and fashion content daily. She also has the cutest little frenchie pup so make sure you go over to her Instagram for a peek! 

The Bloggy Bits
Tell us a little about your blog… More Than Adored is a personal blog turned mini magazine focusing on mainly beauty with lifestyle and fashion thrown into the mix for a bit of fun. I like to think of it as a community of babes together chatting over a glass of wine! 
How do you gather inspiration for your content? I do a huge brainstorm once a month of different ideas/titles. I actually did a post called ’Tips & Tricks For An Awesome Blog Schedule’ that goes into my creativity process. 
Do you prefer doing the photography or writing for your blog posts? Definitely the photography! Writing is what drove me to creating a blog I’m now a lot fonder of the creativity that goes into taking a photo. Writing is still an important aspect of it all though :) 
What do you enjoy most and least about creating content? I enjoy photography and interaction with readers. Both of those aspects are so so important to me. If each post has a good photo and interaction in the comments I’m happy as larry. My least favourite aspect is being essentially a one man team (apart from the lovely contributors I have who are AMAZING!) so when shit hits the fan or if I don’t get something techy then I have to figure it out by myself. It can be really overwhelming. 
What would life be like without your blog? I think I’d still be at university doing a teaching degree and I’d be fairly unhappy. Although studying is an important aspect of growing as a person and furthering yourself I don’t think university it’s a be all end all like people make it out to be. You can be successful and happy without it. 

Let’s get to know you
Favourite breakfast food? Poached eggs, avo, smoked salmon and hummus. 
Favourite hot drink? Green Tea. 
Which websites do you visit daily? The Daily Mark, Lily Pebbles, No 21 Blog, Facebook and mine own lol! 
How do you like to ‘switch off’? I’m not very good at switching off (says me who is filling this out at 8:10pm instead of relaxing!) but when I do I love to curl up with a green tea and book or watches movies with the boyfriend. 
Can you give us a book recommendation? I’m currently reading Mindy Kaling’s book and it’s fantastic!

Thanks for sharing with us Sarah! Make sure you stop by and check out her blog here.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Two Ingredient Hair Mask

I've tried out quite a few store bought deep conditioning treatments but nothing has ever really softened my extremely curly, thick frizz prone hair until I made my own mask at home. When coconut oil became all the rage I decided to give it a go in my hair and I added in some olive oil for good measure. Both oils have great benefits for problematic hair and scalps so combined they are a force to be reckoned with.

Coconut oil is great for scalp health particularly if you suffer from a dry itchy scalp or dandruff. It also assists in hair growth, seals in moisture and prevents further damage and hair loss. Olive oil assists to soften hair, add shine, reduce frizz and make it more manageable. These results are pretty much immediate too, which is the best part!

All you have to do is mix together equal parts olive oil and coconut oil (depending on how much hair you have this will be different for everyone)and heat together to warm. You don't want it to be too hot because it's going on your head, so just heat it enough for everything to melt together. Apply all over the hair and pop on a shower cap. Leave it on for around half an hour and then wash out in the shower. It can be a little difficult to wash out so I would recommend two shampoos. Do this one a fortnight and your hair will be thanking you.

Do you DIY any beauty products?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

3 Swipe And Go Eyeshadows

When it comes to eyeshadow I like to keep things pretty simple. Bronzes, neutrals and blush tones are on regular rotation and I often stick to one colour all over the lid. Sometimes time is ticking and fiddling around with eye primers, pressed shadows and brushes just isn't on the agenda. For those times I have three reliable products that you can just swipe on and walk out the door. Here are my favourite trusty (and affordable) one step eyeshadows:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 25 Bad to the Bronze - This has been a cult favourite since the Color Tattoo range launched and with good reason. The shimmery bronzey coppery gorgeousness creates a gorgeous eye look on its own so you look very done without having to do much at all.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in 015 Trespassing Taupe - This shadow stick is ridiculously creamy making it even easier to apply and blend out with your fingers. The taupe is a great match for pretty much any lip colour and it is matte which makes it even more versatile for any occasion.
NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in 611 Yogurt - For something a little lighter this pencil is perfect, it's a pretty pink with some champagne shimmer. And although it looks as if the pencil is entirely made of plastic it can be sharpened with a regular eye pencil sharpener - this caused me much confusion in the beginning!

Do you have a go to one step eye look?