Monday, 31 December 2012

Best and Worst Drugstore Products of 2012

Hello lovelies, the lovely Nuala tagged me to do this post and I think it's a really great post so I decided to do it.

1. What was your favourite drugstore makeup brand of 2012?
There has been many good brands this year, i've loved Revlon for there Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, L'oreal for Lip glosses, Sleek for Blushes, Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipsticks and MUA for Eyeshadow Palette's.

2. What are your least favourite products of 2012?
17 Hide Away Concealer Cream, it's not the best concealer for covering anything up and it's not very long lasting, the black bit at the top all the black comes off so it's very annoying, I do love MUA lipsticks but the shade Juicy is a light orange which is too pale for me, AKA duo you can buy this online not from the drugstore but the light shade isn't very pigmented and blue's aren't colours I use very often.

 3. What is the best makeup bargain of 2012?
MUA the normal range is amazing everything is only £1 but such good quality it's very long lasting and pigmented.

4. Show your best drugstore dupe for 2012.
I have a few good dupes the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are a dupe for Clinique Chubby Sticks, MUA Undressed Palette is a dupe for the Naked Palette, Revlon Colourburst Lipstick in Blush is a dupe for MAC Hug Me.

 5. Which drugstore product did you buy in 2012 that wasn't worth the hype?
The Revlon Lip Butters, I do really like them there very moisturising and good for summer when you don't want to wear lipstick but the lighter shades aren't as pigmented and not very long lasting, there overpriced at £7.99 for a tinted lip balm and you get cheaper options that are better quality.

6. What product wins your award for Best Drugstore Product of 2012?
It's between the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and Real Technique Brushes, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are very pigmented, moisturising and very long lasting, the Real Technique Brushes are great quality and reasonable priced, my favourite brushes are the Stippling Brush and the Buffing Brush.

I tag you all to do your best and worst drugstore products of 2012.

Happy New Year to you all. 

Ashleigh xx

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Small Sales Haul

Hello lovelies, sorry I haven't posted I've been quite busy, hope your all having a nice Christmas break, I went shopping yesterday and picked up a few bits so I thought I would show you.

Jewellery
These were a bargain at £1 each from New Look, I usually have trouble finding rings to fit because I have really skinny fingers but they fit me so I was happy.

Fashion
I got this dress from Dorothy Perkins for only £10, I had been looking in all the sales and didn't find anything till I went into Dorothy Perkins, I love the colour and spotty detailing at the top, I can't wait to wear it.
Here's another dress I did a online order for Republic, I order this and a skirt but the skirt didn't look right so i'm taking it back, the dress was £15 which is a great price.

Makeup
I got this Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Petal from T K Maxx for only £7.99 which is a great price, it's a peachy pink colour and I will do a review of it soon. I needed a new eyeliner and the Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner was on offer for £4.50 and I've heard great things about the Soap and Glory makeup so I got the eyeliner to try it's in carbon black, it was from Boots. I got the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick which is a bright fuchsia pink, I love these but I think it's quite pricey for £7.99 but they are on offer at Boots for £5 so I went and bought one.

Let me know if you have found any good bargains would love to know.

Hope you liked the little haul.

Ashleigh xx

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

What I Got For Christmas

Hello lovelies, hope you all had a great Christmas and got everything you wanted. I asked and a few people wanted to see the post in no way am I bragging I am extremely grateful for everything I got.

I just want to say a huge thank you to all my friends, family friends, neighbours and family who got me the presents I truly appreciate everything I got.

Beauty

Beauty products I got: N07 Brush Set- Includes Powder, Blush, Eyeshadow, Lip/Concealer and Eyebrow/Mascara Comb, 17 Lip Gloss Library Set, MAC Voucher- Makeup to be done at MAC, Obey Your Body- Radiance/Repair Peeling Gel, Spoilt Rotten- Travel In Style Mini Gift Set, 17 Makeup Collection, Show Girl Lip Gloss Set, Lumiere Collection- Nail Set.

Fashion

I got Pyjama's, two different Primark Cosy Socks, Pom Pom Socks, Dressing Gown, Gloves, New Look Tops-Cross and Purple.

Jewellery

The Green and Gold Bracelets, Pink and Purple Bracelets, Heart Earrings all from New Look and Purple Earrings from George at Asda.

Extra's

New Look Bag, Miranda Hart- Is It Just Me Book.

Technology

This was my main present my Asus Transformer Pad- Tablet PC.

I also got some chocolates and money.

If you want a review of anything just let me know.

Leave a comment below of what you got for Christmas would love to know.

Hope you enjoyed the post.

Ashleigh xx

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Nails

Hey lovelies, can't believe it's Christmas Eve already, I hope you all have a great Christmas and get everything you want.

I'm not the best at nails so this is a quick and easy tutorial that anyone can do to create these Christmas nails.



All the nail polishes you need Barry M-Bright Red, Barry M- Red Glitter, Barry M-Pink Sapphire Glitter, Studio Nail Polish no name just a Goldy Glitter colour, Models Own- Ibiza Mix, Sure Promise no name green glitter.


All you need to do is apply a base coat and then Barry M Bright Red and then apply Barry M Red Glitter, Barry M Pink Sapphire Glitter, Studio Polish, Models Own Ibiza Mix, Sure Promise Polish over the top and then apply a top coat then your done.



Hope you enjoyed this post.

I'm so excited for Christmas Day tomorrow.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Ashleigh xx

Friday, 21 December 2012

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

Hello lovelies, I realised I haven't done any Christmas post so I decide to do one and I saw this tag on the lovely Nia's blog and thought it was a great tag so I decide to do it.

Picture from Nia's blog.

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until last minute?
I started at beginning of December it's usually that time each year, I just usually look around and think that will be a perfect present for someone and will buy it as soon as I find it.

2. If you could be in any Christmas movie what would it be?
It would have to be between Elf and Home Alone, love watching Christmas films.

3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
I like them both on Christmas Eve we eat Chinese and just chill and watch films and listen to music I get really excited and can't sleep but it has to be Christmas Day, getting to open presents, visiting family and having Christmas Dinner yum :).

4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it?
We usually put it up one day on the first week of December, we all usually help decorate the tree but this year my dad did most of it and I just put chocolates on the tree.


5. White lights or coloured lights?
It's got to be coloured lights.


6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like surprise?
When I was younger I wanted to know what I got so I would try to peek but I don't really mind now sometimes I will peek and sometimes I like having a surprise.

7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or Santa's Workshop?
I would say Santa's workshop it would be fun making presents.

8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!
We usually just stay in or go out and for tea we usually have Chinese, we watch films and TV and listen to music it's just really nice and fun.

9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone, who would it be?
I'm not sure Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum or Ian Solmerhalder.

10. What tops your tree?
It's a star this year but we have had an angel before as well.


It's a great little tag and I tag you all to do it, leave me a comment when you've done it would love to see your answers.

Merry Christmas to all of you, hope you have a great Christmas :).

Hope you liked the post.

Ashleigh xx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Review

Hello lovelies, here's another review for you, I also won this in a giveaway by the lovely Lucy.


I really like the packaging it's really cute.

It has a really fresh and minty smell and taste.

It is moisturising but not as moisturising as some of my other lip balms or vaseline.

It's really smooth and soothing on the lips.

You get a lot of product it's 8.5g so it will last you for a long time.

It costs £3.69 which I think is quite pricey for a lip balm.

Overall it is a good product but I much prefer other lip balms such as the body shop and w7 lip balms and vaseline.


What do you think to the Burt's Bees Lip Balm?

Hope you liked the post.

Ashleigh xx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Model's Own Ibiza Mix Nail Polish Review

Hey lovelies, sorry I haven't posted since Tuesday, I've been really busy with college work and I went on a college trip down to London the other day so I haven't had much time to blog.

Today's a post is a review on a Model's Own Nail Polish.

This is my first Model's Own Nail Polish and I won it in a giveaway by the lovely Lucy, you should definitely go look at her blog it's great.


The Model's Own Nail Polish costs £5, which I think is a reasonable price for the amount you get in it,  I've always liked the look of the nail polishes but never bought one but I'm so glad I won it in this giveaway.

I have the shade Ibiza Mix, it's multi coloured with different size glitter, this is a great shade to go over any plain nail polish, it has its own top coat when you apply it and doesn't take long to dry.

It's so easy to apply and you can apply as many layers as you want to get the amount of glitter you want on your nails.

It's perfect for any occasion and especially as it's coming up to party season.

Overall I love this nail polish and would definitely recommend it.


What do you think to the Model's Own Nail Polishes?

Hope you liked the post.

Ashleigh xx

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Guest Blog Post

Hey Lovelies, here is a guest post from the lovely Erinn from Discount Beauty.

My name is Erinn and my blog is Enhance Your Natural Beauty for Less  and I have a skincare themed post for you guys today! 

Tis the season of festive holiday parties and  family gatherings, which always bring the stress of all the things you have to do during this busy time of year. For some (like me) stress brings breakouts and they always seem to pop up at the worst times, like right before a big holiday party. So I wanted to share with all of you tips and tricks to make that spot quickly fade or even disappear! Better yet, all of the things used in this post are all things you can find in your kitchen, so read on for tips to get gorgeous skin for the holidays! 

How to get rid of that spot quick:

*When a pimple first appears it's red, painful and just plain ugly, so the first thing we want to do is make the spot smaller and take away the pain. We will be doing this with what you can call the "Icy Hot Process"


First: Place an ice cube on the spot for 5-10 minutes 

Next: Place a warm/hot rag on the spot for 5-10 minutes

Repeat this process 2-3 times, you will notice your spot getting smaller and less painful, don't worry about the redness, it's just from the ice! This has always been my favourite go to technique right when a spot appears. It helps with healing the spot that you already have but it also prevents the spot from getting larger.

*Next we are going to reduce the redness of the spot and make it less noticeable. Wait to start this process until some down time after doing the "Icy Hot Process" 

What you will need is: 

Baking Soda & Water


 Mix equal parts Baking Soda and water, until you have made a thick paste. You only need about a dime-sized amount of this paste since we are only using it on one spot. After you have made the paste, rub it on the spot and massage it onto your skin for about 2 minutes. Baking soda is a great for exfoliating (especially if you have sensitive skin) and reduces the redness of the spot. After massaging it into the skin, leave it on your spot for 10 minutes as a mask and wash it off. You should notice that the spot has lightened up a bit and is becoming less noticeable. 

*Lastly, we are going to treat the spot with a nourishing mask to help the spot from being irritated. This mask treats the spot and helps it fade quicker. a nourishing mask like this is essential for curing the zit and making sure it doesn't get worse or even appear again shortly after it's healed.

You will need the following ingredients: 

First you'll need a teaspoon of Natural Yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt): Yogurt is great to use on spots because when applied to skin it fights bacteria which causes your spot to appear in the first place.



You will also need 1/2 a teaspoon of honey: Honey is also a great bacteria fighter and helps moisturise your skin so your spot doesn't become dry and flaky which can be hard to cover up with makeup.


Next we will need 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice: The acidity of the lemon will dry out the clogged pore and balance the pH levels in your skin. Lemon juice also slightly bleaches the skin and takes away the spot's redness.


Lastly, you will need a teaspoon of whole grain oats: Oats are great at calming the skin and helping reduce the redness of the spot and helping with not irritating the spot.


Mix up all of the ingredients until you make a paste, you may have to add more honey or oats depending on the consistency. Apply the mask to your spot and leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off. Apply your favourite moisturiser after you are done so the spot doesn't become flaky.

That is the end of the whole process to get rid of a spot quickly! You can either use all of these steps or pick and choose your favourite steps, depending on how sensitive your skin is. 

I hope some of these tips help with giving you flawless skin for the holidays and I hope all of you have a great holiday season! 

Thanks for reading!

Hope you enjoyed the post and thank you to Erinn for doing the post for me.

Ashleigh xx

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Blog Design

Hey lovelies, If you saw yesterday I told you all to look at my blog I've had a complete transformation a new blog name and new blog design.



The new blog design is all thanks to the lovely Kate from Kate's Wardrobe you should go have a look at her blog it's amazing.

I just told Kate what I wanted and she did it exactly how I wanted. It didn't take too long and she's done a great job I love it.

Kate is so nice and did it for free.

Kate has done other blogs and done a great job of them.

I am extremely grateful and appreciative for the blog design Kate has done for me, I'm hopeless at all the technical stuff for a blog design.

Everyone go look at Kate's blog and follow her on twitter.

Hope you liked the post and again a huge thank you to Kate for doing the design for me.

Ashleigh xx

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Sunkissed Review

Hey lovelies, here's a review of the sunkissed products I used in my party look.


I think it's a great palette and giant bronzer, everything is pigmented.

You can create a variety of looks with the eyeshadows for  both daytime and nighttime and smokey and neutral looks and is very long lasting.

The giant bronzer, the sun is a matte brown bronzer so I really like it for bronzing or contouring, the light brown and the bronzer in the palette are both shimmery and I'm not really a fan of shimmery bronzer.

The highlighter is gold and shimmery, it's a really nice highlight.

You can have a variety of lip combos, you can have red, nudey brown or pink and you can mix the colours together to create new colours.

The mascara is great it just lengthens your lashes.

The Sunkissed Luxury Bronze Maxi Compact is £8.99 and the Giant Bronzer is £4.99. 

Overall I think there great products and I recommend them.

Ashleigh xx

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Skinetica Anti-Blemish Skincare Review

Hey lovelies, I was contacted by Skinetica to review there anti-blemish skincare treatment.


I thought this would be a different post for you because I don't really talk about skincare. I do take care of my skin but I much prefer talking about makeup and jewellery.

"Skinetica is a genuine product that actually does what it says on the bottle!
A unique new solution that clears unsightly breakouts with visible improvements in 2-3 days.
It has No harsh chemicals, No side effects, Kind to skin, Dermatologically tested, Non Toxic, non staining, non greasy."

I've had Skinetica for just over a week, my skin isn't too bad, I just get a few spots when it's that time of the month, so I've been using it on the spots I have got and it reduces in size but hasn't completely got rid of them so you may need to use it for longer.

It's quite refreshing and non drying when you apply to your skin.

You need to make sure all your makeup is taken off, no moisturiser left on the skin then using a cotton pad apply Skinetica to your skin.

"Skinetica - skin clearing and blemish removal, fast acting - soothes, calms and clears"

It was in the October Glossy Box.

It costs £9.99 for a 100ml bottle.

Overall I think it's a good product and it will at least reduce your spots if it doesn't completely get rid of them. it's definitely going to be in my skincare routine now.


Hope you liked the post.

Ashleigh xx

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

November Favourites

Hey Lovelies, it's coming to the end of November and this month has flown by can't believe it's nearly Christmas so here's my November Favourites.

Sunkissed Bronze Luxury Palette- I've only had this palette nearly a week but it's a great palette I've done a look with the palette in my previous postIt's got everything you need to create a nice look, I'll be doing a review soon.

NYX Smokey Look Kit- This is obviously a great palette to create a smokey look, it's very pigmented and long lasting.

Natural Collection Blush- Sugar Plum, it's a dark pinky colour, it's very cheap and very pigmented.

Accessorize Baked Blusher- Quiver, it's a pink shimmery blush, long lasting and pigmented.

MAC Lipstick- Hug Me, this is a nudey brown and perfect with the NYX smokey palette, it's moisturising, long lasting and pigmented.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Cherish, it's a light pink, moisturising, very long lasting and pigmented.

Maybelline New York Colorsensational Cream Gloss- Red Love, a gorgeous red to go over red or pink lipsticks, creamy, pigmented, non-sticky and long lasting.

Non Beauty Favourites

Songs- One Direction-Take Me Home album love all the songs, Gabrielle Aplin- The Power of Love, The Script- Six Degree's of Separation.

TV Shows- 90210 and Gossip Girl watched these for ages and love these shows.

Food- Dip and Cheese Breadsticks.

What are your favourite's of this month, leave a comment below.

Ashleigh xx

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Sunkissed Party Look

Hey Lovelies, I was contacted by Sunkissed to take part in a competition where beauty bloggers create a party look using Sunkissed products, I thought it was a great opportunity and wanted to get involved so here is my party look.


It's a simple and easy party look that looks gorgeous.


All the products you need: Sunkissed Luxury Bronze Maxi Compact Palette, Sunkissed Giant Bronzer, Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder, 17 Liquid Liner, Bourjois Kohl and Contour Eyeliner, Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil, Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Maybelline New York Color Sensational Cream Gloss- Red Love.

Apply Foundation, Concealer and Powder.


For the eyes apply shade 1 all over the lid, apply shade 2 all over the lid on top of shade 1, apply shade 3 into the crease, apply shade 4 on the outer corner and into the crease, apply shade 5 as the highlight under the brow bone, apply shade 6 in the inner corner to brighten the eyes, apply shade 3 on the lash line from outer corner to the middle then shade 2 from the middle to the inner corner, apply liquid liner to make a wing, then pencil eyeliner on the tight line and then apply mascara.

Then fill in your brows.



Then use the giant bronzer use the sun which is matte brown and apply to cheeks, temples and jawline. Then use the highlighter in the palette to highlight the top of the cheeks.



Then for the lips mix in the palette and then apply gloss over the top.



The Sunkissed Luxury Bronze Maxi Compact is £8.99 and the Giant Bronzer is £4.99


Hope you like this look.

I just want to say thank you to Sunkissed for letting me take part in the competition and sending me the products.

Ashleigh xx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Q and A

Hey lovelies, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all, I reached 200 followers on my blog yesterday and I was so happy to know that people liked my blog and I appreciate all of you.

I was going to do a tag but Beautyblogpage suggested I do a Q and A so I thought I would do it instead, so I asked on twitter for questions.

- My go to foundation? I would probably say my Rimmel London 25 Hour Foundation but I'm always looking for new foundations to try, if you have any suggestions leave a comment below.

- Worst beauty habit? I would say I use makeup wipes to take my makeup off and I know that wipes don't get rid of all my makeup.

- What do I swear by for my skin care routine? I will cleanse, tone and moisturise and it will get rid of any makeup or inpurities on your face, so it will help you from getting spots.

- Which drugstore makeup brands do you like the most? I like MUA for there eyeshadows, blushers and lipsticks, Revlon for lip products and foundation, Rimmel London for foundation and lipsticks, L'oreal lip products, blushers and eyeshadows, N07 I like most of there products.

- Would you ever start making YouTube videos? I think I will do in the future but I think I need more confidence and a good camera but don't know if I would be any good at it.


- Whats your favourite moisturiser? I don't really have a favourite most moisturisers work for me so I would say either Simple or Neutrogena.

- Did you enjoy school/college? When I was at school I did like it apart from when I was bullied then I hated it, I didn't like college that much when I was doing A Levels because I found them very hard but I like college now doing Health and Social Care BTEC.

- What subjects do you take? Health and Social Care BTEC.

- Whats your favourite mascara and makeup brushes? My favourite mascara would be the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara and I love Real Technique makeup brushes.

- What are your favourite type of giveaways? I like makeup giveaways.

- Do you have a good eye for bargains? Yes I do I love bargains because being a student I can't afford expensive things.

- What's your favourite perfume? I love ghost perfume.

- When did you start blogging? I'm quite a new blogger only started in May.

- What inspired you to blog? I always loved watching YouTube video's and reading blogs and I've always loved beauty so I thought I would try blogging myself and now I love blogging.

- What advice would you give to bloggers? I always think you should be yourself and put your personality into your blog, give trueful reviews and post clear, big pictures.

- Top 5 bloggers? I have loads of favourites so I can't really choose 5 and I think everyone has an amazing blog because there all individual and unique to you.

Thank you for all the questions.

I might do another Q and A in the future so leave a comment below and will answer them next time.

Hope you liked the post.

Ashleigh xx

Saturday, 17 November 2012

So! Kitsch Jewellery Review

Hey lovelies, today is a review of some amazing jewellery, the lovely Clair the owner of So! Kitsch  kindly sent to me. Clair and me have become good friends and she is such a nice person.

All her jewellery is handmade which I think is great, all her pieces are quirky and unique.



I love this scrabble ring I've wanted one for ages but never found them, there personalised with your initial on, its re adjustable so it will fit everyone. There only £4.


M&M earrings, I loved these and Clair knew me so well and knew purple was my favourite colour, they come in red, orange, green, yellow, brown and black, there so cute. There also £4.

She has other jewellery- hello kitty earrings and ring, lego earrings and ring, card earrings, bow earrings, cupcake earrings and ring, rose studs, canned bracelet, seeing star bracelet, kitsch bracelets, heart earrings.

There all reasonable prices and great quality.


Clair very kindly gave me a code BLOG20 so you can all get 20% off if you order anything.

Go follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope you liked the post and go look at So! Kitsch jewellery.

Ashleigh xx