Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Would You Rather...? - Beauty Tag!


So a couple of weeks ago I was tagged by the lovely Mallow Beauty Blog to do the "Would You Rather...? - Beauty Tag"!!

So lets begin!!

1) Would you rather lose all of your Mascaras, Eye Liners, Lipsticks, and Lip Glosses or lose all of your Palettes and Eye Shadows?

Eyeshadow is something I keep meaning to wear more and I would like to invest a really good palette but it is not something I own a lot of. But I have a crazy amount of lipsticks that I could never part with so I would definitely rather lose all 5 of my eyeshadows!!

2) Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

I have been attempting to grow my hair since January and have only had it cut once since.  I know that you are supposed to get your hair cut every 8 weeks or something but 1. I can't afford to do that and 2. After waiting so long for my hair to grow, getting it cut makes me a little bit sad. So to cut a long answer/ramble short I would definitely rather never being able to cut it again!! 

3) Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

Definitely a pink cheek!! I would love to give a coral blush a try though!!

4) If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or make-up?

If you've read some of my other posts then you would assume I would say make-up but it would definitely be clothes! I love clothes and when I have money or vouchers, I absolutely love buying clothes but as I don't have money that often this isn't a regular occurence!! 

5) Would you rather apply Lipstick as Eye Liner, or Eye Liner as Lipstick?

Definitely eye liner as a lipstick so that I wouldn't have big red smudgy lines under my eyes!!

6) Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

It would have to be MAC as I have never bought anything from Sephora before although would like to in the future!!

7) Would you rather only use one Eye Shadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?

As I love lipstick and own so many different shades I would have to go with only using one eye shadow forever!!

8) Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

Living in Scotland we pretty much have to wear Winter clothes in Summer anyway!!

9) Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

As a lover of maroon and dark purples I would have to say dark nails!!

10) Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or your favourite eye product?

No surprises here, favourite eye product!

11) Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

Probably a messy bun, although I can't really do them properly!! It always ends up just looking an actual mess!!

12) Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?

Lip gloss is something I never wear and I have my nails painted at every possible opportunity so would definitely never use lip gloss again!!

13) Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or Sharpie them in everyday?

I can't believe I would ever answer a question where I would say I would rather sharpie my eyebrows in but here it is!!

14) Would you rather live without make-up or nail polish?

I do really love nail polish but I don't like to think about living without my make up so the nail polish would have to go!!

I hope you enjoyed this tag and I tag anyone that reads this!! If you do this post or have done this tag before I would love it if you could leave a link to your post in the comments!!

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Mini Elf Haul!


So recently I was thinking I hadn't bought anything from Elf for ages and that it was definitely time to change this! You can imagine how happy I was to find that it was 50% off at the exact same time...Fate or what? 

On previous visits to the Elf website I used to go a bit mad and my shopping basket amount would get ridiculous! So I decided that I should be sensible and attempt to buy items I actually need and will definitely use!! So lets begin with the lip products!!

In the shade "grapefruit"

in the shade "berry"

As much as I love my body shop lip balm, I have been on the hunt for a change and when I saw these lip balm tints I had to try them. I love the idea of a lip balm that moisturises whilst at the same time giving your lips a really nice colour. I purchased two of these and in my pictures the shades don't look all that different, but if you have a look on the Elf website you'll see how different they look in the swatches. The grapefruit one looked more pinky on their site when it is more of a light red with orange undertones, which is still nice but not what I was looking for. The berry one was a much deeper red shade on the site and in reality looks like the swatch of the grapefuit one on the elf website, if that makes any sense!

Apart from this, I would say that so far I like this product. As the elf site says "this lightly tinted lip balm gives the perfect flush of colour for a beautiful, natural look" which it definitely does. This is a fairly moisturising lip balm but I think if you are looking for a lip balm to heal cracked lips I wouldn't use this. Or I would at least use a lip balm designed for healing and soothing chapped lips first then apply this!! So far I like this product and would like to see some more colour options being added to Elf's site!

This is the therapeutic conditioning lip balm in "Vanilla creme" and is £1.50. As I have been looking for a change when it comes to lip balms, where else to try but my beloved Elf and at £1.50 I thought it would be stupid not to give this a try. On first appearances this is a nice product. It is a good compact size for carrying about and for £1.50 you get a nice amount of product. The only things I would say about this product are that it smells more waxy than vanilla and whilst it does have a moisturising feel to it, it borders slightly on the greasy. However a little of this product definitely goes a long way and so far I have found that it does leave my lips feeling soft and look moisturised. I would maybe try the other scents if I were to repurchase this!

So onto the eye products! This waterproof eyeliner crayon is £3.75 and is in the shade "brown". I have never tried a crayon eyeliner before so thought what better place to purchase my first one from! Swatched, this product is fairly pigmented but it is very light in shade. This is something I like as it gives you the opportunity to go for the natural look or build if you are looking for a more prominent look! It smudges really nicely which would be ideal for a smoky eye! 

This is the eyebrow lifter & filler in the shade ivory/light and is £3.75. Filling in my eyebrows is something I have never done purely because of my fear of looking like a cartoon villain! Recently I have thought my eyebrows have looked like they need a little (emphasis on the word little) touch of colour to them so I thought I would give this product a try. As you may already know I am a sucker for packaging so I loved this as soon as I saw it, two in one product and a sharpener on the lid! 

The lift side is designed to act as a highlighter to be used under the brow to give it a nicer shape. The filler side is used to fill out the brows (obviously) and create a nice natural shape. I purchased the lightest shade possible to make sure I was getting as natural a look as possible and I am happy with the brown shade. It is fairly pigmented but is a nice natural brown, exactly what I was looking for! 

As we are coming into Winter, this is the time when, even though I moisturise regularly, my skin decides to dry out completely! So I thought I would give this tinted moisturiser a try and at £1.50 how could I not? For my pale skin I chose the shade "ivory". It is a really nice natural shade and has a slight scent of orange jelly to it! I am looking forward to trying this properly so expect a review on it in the near future!

After quite a few months on a spending ban on nail polishes (I had a problem), I thought it was time for a small break from the ban and I decided this was justified by getting 50% off!! After adding about 10 to my shopping basket I managed to cut it down to just two. I know that coral isn't really an Autumn/Winter shade but when I saw this I couldn't resist!! It is a really nice peachy pink with a metallic shine to it (which doesn't really show up in this picture) which I absolutely love! 

The other one I purchased is in the shade "sea escape". I was a little disappointed with this one. Again like the swatches of the lip balm tints, this colour looks a lot different on the Elf website. On the site it looks like a really nice dark turquoise shade with teal undertones. In reality it is almost a dark navy shade with a slight dark blue shimmer to it. It is still a nice polish but just not the colour I thought I was purchasing. But for only £2.50, it isn't the end of the world and I would still fully recommend Elf's polishes!!

I hope you enjoyed this elf haul!! I will do a review on the products I have yet to use fully in the near future!!

Have you bought anything from Elf recently?

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