Sunday, 30 September 2012

Quick Tip: Getting The Last Drops From Liquid Foundation

It's quite frustrating when you go to use your liquid foundation and are met with a few drops to cover your whole face, even though the bottle looks full. 


Annoyingly liquid foundation tends to sit round the sides of the bottle so it's hard to retrieve but feels wasteful to throw away.

I've found a good way to get the pesky remaining foundation is to stand the bottle in a small jar or container and give it time to move. Some foundations can easily be stored upside down if they're nearly empty because they have a flat lid, like Revlon Colorstay, but my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum has a pump and a rounded lid. If the bottle will happily stand in the pot, I just check on it every so often and lift up the bottle to let the gathered product fill the pot. 


The product you end up with in a small pot or jar may not seem like a lot but the foundations I like are around £10-£12 a bottle so I like to feel like I get every last drop. I used this to drain the remaining product from my Revlon Colorstay foundation and filled about a third of a small jar but it was so useful to have out on my dressing table to use to quickly add more coverage when I've applied a less coverage foundation.


Because I bought the storage jars ages ago on eBay, I can't trace the exact listing or seller but these ones are pretty similar from a UK seller and there's different sizes and amounts available. They're also great for storing lipsticks, pigments and for giving samples of products you love to friends.

10x3g size - eBay - £1.79 (+75p P+P)


Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 28 September 2012

My New Puppy - Chihuahua/Jack Russell Cross


Introducing my new puppy Bertie. He's a Chihuahua/Jack Russell cross puppy and we got him about two weeks ago when he was only 8 weeks old.


He's settled in well but he's definitely a little character. So far having a puppy is much more work than I thought it would be but it's worth it. He loves cuddles, playtime and fighting his toy bunny. I can't wait until he's fully vaccinated so we can take him on walks and I've already bought him a little red, tartan coat. I also ordered him a bumble bee outfit from eBay but it's coming from Hong Kong so it'll be a couple of weeks before I get to fully appreciate the cuteness. 

Love Georgia xxx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The 5 Product Face: A September Sunday Edition


Sometimes I think I get distracted by all the make up and products on my dressing table, meaning that I can happily sit and do my make up for an hour. Although I love time alone to indulge my addiction, it can be an excessive amount of time to spend especially before a 3 hour shift on a Sunday.

Alas, the 5 product face. Just the essentials needed to make me feel made up and confident, leaving me extra time for sleep or watching Sunday Brunch on Channel 4 in bed.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51

My favourite foundation for everyday. Build able coverage with a natural, glowy finish.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand

Creamy but great coverage for blemishes and under eyes.

17 Peep Show Mascara

Mascara with added fibres so it gives volume and length with less clumps. Review and pictures coming soon as I'm about to move onto my next tube.

Mac Cremeblend Blush in Something Special

The perfect natural peach colour in a dewy, easily blend able formula. If I wanted to brighten up my face with more colour, I would swap it for the TopShop Cream Blusher in Head Over Heels (review/swatches).

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive

A lovely natural nude, creamy lipstick which I don't use enough. Review and lip swatches coming soon.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream and Something Spar-Kylie: NOTD 8/9/12

I seriously must be obsessed with the Barry M nail polish in Strawberry Ice Cream. I wanted it from when it was first released with the ice cream collection, like two years ago, but never bought it and was on the list of things I want for ages. I think I finally bought this in Spring when Boots was having a 3 for 2 on all make up but for some strange reason I frequently forget I have it and lust over owning it? Whadafu!


Anyway, I'm glad I did get round to getting it because it is a great polish. The pink colour reminds me of the perfect strawberry milkshake and I love the opaque, cream finish, which you don't always get with pale pink polishes. As with most of the Barry M polishes, 2 coats will do but 3 coats is the best for opaqueness and the lasting power.

I decided to jazz up Strawberry Milkshake with some sparkle so I chose Something Spar-Kylie from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor collection. I've already blogged a NOTD solely using this polish with an accompanying review explaining my problems with it. I used only 1 coat of the Barry M polish to give it a base to help it match in with the other nails. I didn't find Something Spar-Kylie to be as annoyingly and easily chipped this time but that's possibly because it was only on one nail (and a nail that doesn't see as much action as some of the others). As I said in the original post, Something Spar-Kylie is a sheer pink base with pink glitter which does feel similar to if you dipped wet nails in glitter. Overall I think they make a pretty combo.

Somehow the lid on the Barry M polish is cracked which has never happened before with any of their polishes. Strange.

Barry M Nail Paint in Strawberry Ice Cream - Boots - £2.99
Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Wear Something Spar-Kylie - Lena White - £9 

Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Balmi SPF 15 Lip Balms in Mint and Strawberry: Review


I got these a couple of weeks ago and was so excited to try them after seeing them hyped online. Like everyone, I went through the stage of desperately wishing we had the EOS round lipbalms in the UK because they looked so amazing when I saw them on American YouTube channels. However now I'm glad I never gave in and had one shipped over to the UK on eBay because recently they've been popping up in many peoples' 'Products I Regret Buying' or 'Don't Believe The Hype' videos and posts.

The Balmi brand lip balms have the round shape that is similar to the EOS balms, which is great because you don't have to touch the product to apply it and it applies quickly. I'm not a fan of lip products that require finger dipping as I find they get grubby, my fingers get sticky and most of the product ends up under my nails - not fun. They also come with a keyring attachment but I haven't found a relevant use for that yet.

"The Balmi Lip Balm is a perfect blend of ingredients to give your lips long lasting daily care and protection. Perfect for even sensitive skin. 
Our special blend of Balmi moisturising goodness containing antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil to help leave your lips moisturized, soft and super smooth. 
Our Balmi spherical mould enables users superb ease of application when you are on the move. 
Saving you faffing and fiddling to dip in your finger and contaminating you Lip Balm pot or tin."

Mint Flavour



Apologies for my hideous nails. I just chopped them off and painted them a sheer pink out of laziness.

Neither of the flavours I have, have any colour or pigmentation to them. Hopefully in the future Balmi may decide to release a natural, rosy coloured balm but hopefully without a rose taste/smell - yuck. The mint Balmi is refreshingly minty but not too strong. It's sweet like Softmints or Kendall Mint Cake and has a cooling effect when it's on your lips. I haven't had any problems so far with the tingly sensation irritating my skin or lips, just maybe avoid applying it onto sensitive or broken lips/surrounding skin. 


Strawberry Flavour




Mmm, the taste of this one is like strawberry milkshake or ice cream, it's delicious. However after the initial taste wears off you do get a slight soapy taste, which is probably just the natural ingredients. This one doesn't have an added cooling effect, unlike the Mint variety.

For the last few weeks these have been my favourite lip balms and possibly some of the best ones I've tried for my dry lips. The consistency of the balm is smooth and silky with a glossy finish so it will leave lips shiny. I love it as well because I can wear it under or over lipstick to stop my lips drying out, especially when I'm at work and the air conditioning makes my lips feel crispy. If I apply it just before I start my shift, it'll stay on my lips for a good amount of time instead of just sinking straight into the lips.

I haven't used any other lip balm or moisturising product and my lips and my lips overall feel in a similar condition to when I use other lip balms. They're not a wonder product and maybe not the best for people who like their lip balms to sink in immediately and be gone but I love wearing them. The only feature I haven't put to the test in the SPF 15 in all of the flavours because of the awful British weather but it's nice to have SPF included for all year round and everyday use.

At £4.99 each they're more expensive than your basic pharmacy chapstick but to me they've definitely been worth it so far. I've seen that Boots stock a coconut version so I'd been interested to try it and see if it tastes like Malibu!

Balmi SPF 15 Mint Lip Balm - Boots - £4.99*
Balmi SPF 15 Strawberry Lip Balm - Boots - £4.99*

Love Georgia xxx 

*DISCLAIMER*: I received these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given, and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Boots.com. Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online. I have chosen to share these products on my blog as I feel the reviews I post for Boots would be relevant for readers of this blog. I started product testing for Boots before I started my blog. Being sent a product for free doesn't change my opinion of it or of the brand.I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

NYC Show Time Mascara: Review and Pictures


NYC says: "If you take one thing with you on your big night out let it be this: new NYC New York Color Show Time Volumizing Mascara. It gives up to 8 times instant and extreme volume for your most dramatic eyes ever. There's no drama in the price though. So get ready, because tonight is showtime!"

 I received this as a present so I was excited to try it, as I've never tried an NYC mascara or much from the NYC range. NYC (New York Cosmetics) is available at selected Superdrug stores, supermarkets and pharmacies with all their cosmetics under £4, including foundations, nail polishes and lipsticks.

  
Bare, uncurled lashes


1st coat and 2nd coat

After 2 good coats of Showtime my lashes look dramatic but not too clumpy or overdone. Personally I feel 2 goods has given some volume to my lashes and a good curl without lash curlers. The curl held pretty well too. 

The brush is a bristle brush which applied the mascara fine but I really had the urge to further separate my lashes with a lash comb. I can't comment on any lengthening properties because my lashes are naturally quite long. A small problem I had was that I don't like mascaras that flake during wear and this did flake a small amount over the day, but not terribly.

Overall I feel this is a good mascara for the price and I would buy again if I was on a tight budget. I don't know of many decent mascaras under £3 but I hope to try out more in the future. Mascara expires quickly (thrown away after 3-6 months of use or immediately if there's infection on the eyes) so not everyone is comfortable with spending a lot of money on one.

NYC Show Time Volumising Mascara in Black - Superdrug - £1.99

Love Georgia xxx

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Revlon Colorstay Long Wear Nail Enamel in Spanish Moss: Review


"Colorstay nail colour formula is fortified with unique ingredients that provide high impact colour and gel-like shine in fashion forward range of shades and finishes. This technology is based on a unique combination of resin and high molecular weight polymers designed to provide flexible, shatterproof colour with excellent colour retention and gloss"

When I received this in the post I was excited to try the new Revlon formula but I wasn't crazy about the colour. I prefer brighter colours or pastels as I wear a lot of darker and more natural coloured clothes and muddy colours don't cheer me up as much as a sparkly, bright nail.

 

The colour Spanish Moss is a khaki green colour, similar to the tones in the Chanel Khaki collection from 2010, with no glitter or shimmer and a cream finish.
Although the instructions said that the thicker formula would make the polish dry slower, I thought that it would be okay to paint over after over 30 minutes of drying - wrong. Even though it didn't feel wet or not fully dried, after I took the picture with the leopard print detail above, the polish on that nail just all slid off. 


Luckily I had the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish Remover on hand so I could quickly just dip the two detailed nails in without ruining the rest of the polish. As I had to leave for work that second, I quickly painted my two index fingers with Rimmel 60 Second polish in Instyle Coral, which is such a different formula as it's thinner, dries quicker but wears easier.

apologies for a blurry photo but it shows the tip wear accurately


At first I thought that the formula of the polish meant that it wouldn't react well to other polishes painted on top but it's fine as long as the polish has had an extended time to fully dry and set. I did enjoy the overall formula and application as the brush was easy to use and the polish applied great and true to colour from the bottle. When compared to the coral nails, the nails painted with the Revlon Colorstay had more of an opaque colour and looked like a better quality of polish. I used two coats and the polish was very opaque and even, which was great as some polishes take some time and layers to properly cover.

4 Days Wear

The wear I got was a little better than average but unfortunately I don't know how it compares to gel nail polish, as I have yet to try it. However I wouldn't expect so much tip wear from a polish advertised as long lasting.

I would definitely consider buying another colour from this range, as the product is great quality for a decent price. Larger Boots stores have a separate Revlon Nail stand which has a range of lovely colours. At the moment I'm eyeing up the pastels but as usual I've got too many nail polishes as it is so I'm trying not to buy any more.

Revlon Colorstay Long Wear Nail Enamel in Spanish Moss* - Boots - £7.99

 

At the moment at Boots, selected Revlon polishes are buy 1 get the 2nd half price.

Love Georgia xxx

 *DISCLAIMER*: I received this product/these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Boots.com. Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online.

I have chosen to share these products on my blog as I feel the reviews I post for Boots would be relevant for readers of this blog.

I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Republic: A/W 2012 New Additions


A perfect all year round dress for the transition from summer to autumn and autumn to winter. It would go great with tights or leggings and/or boots and chunky socks on colder days. Even just a thin tan or black belt would be an easy way to style this dress.
Crafted Studded Skull Clutch Bag - £25 (Also available in nude)
Very Alexander McQueen-esque. For me, these small, hard clutch bags are useless because I constantly have to carry my whole life around with me. If I did use small clutches, this one would make a great A/W buy because black and studs would go with a lot of what I wear.
A dress like this could easily look overly girly but worn with thick tights, boots and a leather jacket or khaki parka, this dress would be a great winter buy.
I'm seriously lusting over these boots so it's a shame about the price. Because they're Timberland's I bet they'd be handy in the bad weather and the furry trim makes me yearn for the colder weather to begin.
Vero Moda Gabi Longsleeved Jumper - £20 (Also available in purple)
A cute sloppy jumper for lazy days but could be styled up a bit with leather effect style leggings, boots and a jacket for shopping or uni.
The pattern on this skirt is so interesting that you could wear it with a plain black top and shoes and look stylish. I also love the mixture of colours; purples and reds with a black base.

Over the past year Republic has become one of my favourite shops. I couldn't buy all of my clothes from them but they do have some great trend pieces at decent prices. Republic is also great for going out clothes because they have a great range of night time appropriate dresses, skirts, tops and accessories cheaper than a lot of the most popular high street stores.

I also love the option to send items bought online to your nearest store for free and although it's not a new idea, it is a really useful service because it gets rid of annoying postage costs, especially if you're only buying one item or sale items. 

Love Georgia xxx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Vanessa from The Saturdays Inspired: FOTD 22/8/12

 I love the simplicity of this make up. It's a little more eyeliner than I would usually wear in the daytime but using brown instead of black is more flattering and not as harsh on my skin-tone. The make up is in no way exactly like the original picture shown further down but it was inspired by it.
  
My hair was up when I was taking the pictures so I now look bald 
I also got to try out my new Louise Young Ultrafine Liner (LY24B), which is amazing. The brush is so thin that it's perfect for lining really close to the lashes but it can be used to build up to a thicker line.


Face:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 mixed with a small amount of Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect in 73
NYX Pot Concealer in Orange
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Eyes:
Bourjois Smokey Eye Pencil in Smoked Brown
Maybelline Gel Liner in Brown
Sleek Oh So Special Palette (matte cream, medium and dark browns on lid and dark brown to blend liner)
17 Peep Show Mascara
Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
MUA Mascara in Clear (brow set)
Lips:
Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick in Kiss Me


Original make up/inspiration by Lisa Eldridge (legend), read more about the shoot for Glamour Magazine and to see the amazing looks she did on the other Saturdays here.

Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Cleaning my Brushes/Sponges/Muslin Cloths

I'm quite good at keeping my face clean but I'm really bad at maintaining and cleaning my brushes, sponges and muslin cloths even though they collect bacteria from your face and any products that come into contact with them.


I do have an ELF daily brush cleanser which is a spray that can be applied to brushes to quickly spot clean, as it dries within 60 seconds but my brushes do desperately need a deep clean. At the moment my eye brushes especially are awful which puts me off using eyeshadow.

 The bottle I have of this I bought a couple of years ago and contained a lot more product inside for the same amount... sneaky ELF.

I decided that I would stop being so lazy and give them all a good deep clean. It also gave me a chance to stream Rita Ora's new album ORA on Spotify - not as great as I expected on the first listen but the love might grow.

When I wash my brushes, I tend to use this method:
1. Keep the brushes hairs down, handle up at all times - never let water go onto the brush handle or past the hairs . Dampen brush and hands with water then apply shampoo (nothing too harsh) to palms and work it into the brush hairs.

Superdrug Raspberry and Macademia Nut Shampoo, 99p and it smells amazing. I've heard baby shampoo's a good brush cleaner and I keep meaning to pick some up.

2. Product should start to wash out of the hairs as you work the shampoo into the hairs and rinse with warm water. Repeat until water runs clean.


3. Stop water and gently squeeze the brush hairs out. If there's bubbles or suds coming out then keep rinsing. If there's still any make up product coming out use some more shampoo and repeat step 2. If your brushes haven't been washed in ages or have had a lot of use, you might want to add more shampoo to really deeply clean. I find foundation brushes take the most work to get clean because the hairs are so dense, they're used every time you apply make up and foundation is quite a stubborn product to remove.


4. When your satisfied that the brush is clean from make up and shampoo, rinse, gently squeeze out any excess  water, shape the hairs back into their original state and leave to dry on a towel. I like to dry my brushes at an slight angle, hairs down and handle up again so I just rest on a large book under the towel, with a smaller book propping it up.


The only thing I did differently this time was I wore rubber gloves to protect my hands, which go through stages of being particularly sensitive to shampoo/cleaning products. Then when I finished I made sure my hands were completely dry then added some hand cream.

As you can see, the majority of my brushes are from ELF and I find them to be amazing quality, they wash well and don't shed. The toothbrush is just the one I use to exfoliate my lips by the way, I don't shampoo my normal toothbrush!

Overall I definitely think I need to start washing my main face brushes weekly or bi-weekly using this method, as it'll keep them cleaner and stop the product building up over time

Washing make up sponges is a similar process so I thought I'd try deep cleaning my Cosmopolitan Beauty Sponge. I've never washed this with shampoo just the ELF spray or rinsed with water, so the build up was terrible. I think I'd still be there now if I hadn't stopped. The sponge also split slightly in a few places which I'm not too chuffed about. These types of sponges do dry quickly though, which is definitely a positive.


I then moved onto my muslin cloths which I definitely need to get into the habit of cleaning every week. Since I have four now from different hot cloth cleansers, I should use one for 2 days morning and night before cleaning it and use the next one.

When I googled how to clean muslin cloths, the first website I came across was the Liz Earle site which says:
"Muslin Cloths can be laundered with your normal white wash. If you have very sensitive skin and find detergent residue irritates, try washing the cloths in soap flakes or boiling them in plain water."

 Now me and the washing machine aren't exactly best friends anyway but I would still prefer the method for sensitive skin using plain boiling water. It might not get the stains out but as long as they're actually clean I'm not bothered.

I boiled the kettle then poured the water into the bathroom sink (after rinsing out the make up brush gunk with water) then threw in my muslin cloths being careful not to burn myself. Truthfully I couldn't be bothered to boil them in a pot so it probably didn't make much of a difference. At least I tried.

Love Georgia xxx