Friday, 31 January 2014

Illamasqua Cream Foundation | JanBlog #31

Evening all,

It's a right miserable evening I must say. Are we due any nice weather at all? This January has apparently been the worst in a very long time. Anywho, onto my blog.


I have heard so much about the Illamasqua foundations and had to try one but didn't want to splurge the cash on the chance I might not like it. In their recent sale, I got a cream foundation for £5. Woohoo.


This packaging is huge. So much to deal with but it's what makes them stand out and so unique. You get a small sponge for application which is a very nice touch.


Now onto the foundation itself.



When I opened the box I was frightened haha. It looks so peachy to me. I thought they got the wrong colour but no. I picked CF150 as it's for light to medium skin with pink undertones. I am fair but not pale, I have redness on my cheeks and nose and I am pretty beige elsewhere. The majority of my face is red though.

I used this foundation this morning and was really frustrated with it. How did I end up using it? A wet beauty blender did the trick. I just tapped it onto my skin but beforehand I sprayed Urban Decay De Slick. This worked a treat thank goodness. I would say it is a medium coverage but wouldn't build it up in fear it looks cakey.

Look out for a demo midweek on my YouTube channel. So make sure to subscribe hehe.

Have a good weekend. Also, this was the last day of blogging everyday in Jan.

Lots of love,
Victoria xox 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Review: Illamasqua Nail Varnish | JanBlog #30

Hey there,

Hope you're all well. Today was probably the coldest day this week so far. Brrrr. I was then thankful when my friend Jerry in New York told me the cold and snow there. I would hate for it to snow. Nooooo thank you.

Today I have a review of a super duper bright nail varnish from Illamasqua. Yes, I sepia effected the picture so you have to read on and see this beaut.


I got this in the sale for £5 but these normally retail here for £14.50 so I got a bargain and I'd been eye balling this colour for a while.


This is RARE! Isn't it perfect? Now I am not like the normal girl out there, I love bright, weird colours haha. I might do a collection video this weekend.


As you can see the brush is of a normal standard. The bottle to me seems small but you get 15ml of product and in a Barry M polish you get 10ml.


Let's talk about the polish itself. I say nail polish not varnish and always have haha. Sorry. The formula isn't runny but not thick. It doesn't have a massively overpowering smell either which I appreciate. One coat wasn't great, very streaky. I applied two more coats and a top coat by Sally Hansen to get the look in the picture above. I really love the colour. It just pops out like a sore thumb. I could literally wear this all day, every single day. Gorgeous. Whilst you need to put a few coats on, it is worth the money.

I am definitely interested in buying some more polishes, just when I get a job haha :/ Have you tried any polishes from Illamasqua? This brand is fast becoming my favourite!

Lots of love,
Victoria xox 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Review: Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner | JanBlog #29



Hey guys,

How are we all? Today I want to talk about a waterproof eyeliner I have so much about. This is the Rimmel Scandaleyes pencil in nude.  This nude liner is all the rage at the moment. I can definitely see why.





When I look any eye look and I’m not putting dark liner on my water line I use this nude pencil. The idea is to make you look more awake.  I know before this trend, many used a white liner, especially the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I found that too harsh and made you look WIDE AWAKE, like 5 cans of Red Bull awake.



It is a nice nude and these are so creamy. Are they waterproof? I don’t think so. I have seen it disappear after 2/3 hours on me but it is great on the inner corner and brow bone too. I would recommend buying it to try at least.  They’re on offer in Boots for £2.99 at the moment and usually retail for £3.99. Not a bad price at all.

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Rimmel Apocalips 'Eclipse' | JanBlog #28

Hey guys,

Well today I want to talk about a new shade in what I think is my favourite Rimmel product ever. Whilst a tonne of people may be on the fence with some of Rimmel's products, they're pretty good at releasing so many items at once, that way you're bound to like something.


I have a few of these lip lacquers now and I really do love them. I saw some new shades late last year and only got around to buying one now.


I know a tonne of people don't like the huge wand because of the amount of product that comes out but I push it to the side as I'm taking it out so some product is left on the inside of the opening should you need it. A little tip for you there.


As you can see this is a deep purple/wine shade with a hint of a red undertone to it. It looks so pretty on the lips and as you all know these babies last a long time. I am super duper happy with my new Apocalips purchase. They're on offer in Boots for £4.99 at the moment so go get them.

What shades do you have in your collection?

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Monday, 27 January 2014

Review: Soap & Glory 'Kick Ass Concealer' | JanBlog #27

Well hey there,

Today I want to talk you through a new wonder product for me. I have dark circles under my eyes and nothing works :( So I thought I would try this concealer duo before I tried an expensive brand.


I saw this in Boots for £10 and thought why not!??! Haha.



I was so excited at the dark circles claim haha. I'm only 30 but because I have late nights with my other love, wrestling, I have some trouble hiding my tired eyes.



I have no clue as to why I have never bought this before. As well as the concealers you get a setting powder for them. I mean genius. It's all very cute and compact at the same time. The powder is very finely milled and not heavy at all.


I have used the pinker side for my under eye region with the powder on top and definitely saw a difference. The more skin colour side is great for my neck as I have had a breakout there or on my redness on my cheek area. Just a smooth, light product.

I didn't notice any caking under my eye area and it stayed put all day. Will it solve my issue? No but it helps for the moment. I do need to get appropriate eye creams.

I would recommend this to you all. It is £10 in Boots. At the moment Soap & Glory are on offer too. Woohoo.

Have you tried this?

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Weekly Catch Up | JanBlog #26

Hey there,

I wanted to start doing weekly catch ups as I think they're fun and I just want to do it.


Above is my swatch video for the new Revlon Colorburst balms I bought two matte shades. They're super gorgeous.


I also did The Perfect Nude Lip tag. It was started my Stephanie at SMLx0, all info is in the video. :D

As far as blogging goes, I'm still blogging daily until the end of Jan as I created #JanBlog myself and it didn't really become successful but anyway who cares. I done a few reviews this week, another post on  the Versus series I love doing and a High St foundation post. All you need to do is click to the month of Jan and see all the posts :D

This week I have a review of another Soap & Glory makeup product and it's a corker. I also am headed to Bristol on Tuesday night to attend a launch in Benefit. That's exciting. This is going to be a great week.

I'm going to go for a nap now as I have WWE's Royal Rumble tonight and that finishes at 4am. I also have WWE RAW tomorrow night from 1am till 4am haha.

How has your week been?

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Saturday, 25 January 2014

My Favourite Hair Products | JanBlog #25

Hey there,

My hair is a tricky buggar to figure out. I can go days with it being shiny and soft and then out of nowhere it gets tangly and oily. I have long hair that is definitely past shoulder length so what did I do to change things?


I dye my hair maybe once every 3 months but with my hair being a deep red now I do it maybe once every 2 months. I haven't pictured my shampoo and conditioner but I'm talking today about products after washing. I first off use the Tresemme Daily Lock In Spray as it helps against colour fading.

Then I let that sit for a couple of minutes and put the L'oreal Hot Straight Spray in. I am paranoid about heat on my hair so this is a good step. I will then half dry my hair and if I want some texture I will use the L'oreal Salt Spray, it works a treat BUT my new thing is the L'oreal #TXT Wave Creating Spray. This stuff is great. You spray it over damp hair and put your hair in top knots and dry further.  Finish things off by taking them out and drying your hair by scrunching upwards.


Usually I don't use hairspray. I use V05 Give Me Texture powder at the roots of my hair. I find it works so much better.  A lot of the time I won't wash my hair everyday. I use to always wash it but it was taking a lot of the nutrients from my hair so dry shampoo is a Godsend for me. I love Batiste but not all of their dry shampoos are good. This one for red hair is awesome. Obviously my hair is a deep red and getting brighter so this is amazing for it.

Have you tried any of these products?

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Friday, 24 January 2014

High Street Foundations | JanBlog #24

Hey,

Well I thought today I would share my favourite foundations from the High Street AKA the drugstore.


To explain my skin best, I would say it's oily/dry. I have neutral undertones on my t-zone and chin area but my cheeks are of a pink undertone. I find it hard to find a decent foundation because of those undertones but I have found a few that work just fine.


Excuse the dirty, well used bottles by the way haha. Bourjois have to be the best brand for foundation on the High Street in my opinion. I have the 'Happy Light' in 'Porcelain' and I find it to be hydrating, light on the skin and very natural looking. It might not last all day but it will cover the most part of the day. I have the 'Healthy Mix Foundation' in 'Light Vanilla' and this has more weight to it and gives more coverage but still has that hydration I feel my skin needs. This is a much more buildable foundation and never goes cakey on the skin.
Buy Happy Light here.
Buy Healthy Mix here.


In the Summer this BB cream was my saviour. If you remember we had that heatwave here in the UK/Ireland and I just couldn't wear foundation. It pained my skin to put anything heavy on it. I bought this bad boy and loved it. It's a light shade but can oxidise on the skin throughout the day. Whilst it might not last the longest, it was the most comfortable on my skin and I still use it now on days where I want to wear very little makeup. You can buy this BB cream here.


This is my new favourite. Every single time Lauren Curtis or Nicole Guerriero does a makeup look they use this foundation so I knew it was something special. The shade range for True Match is insanely large and can be quite hard to match yourself to. I went with N2, Vanilla, as it looked very similiar to my Bourjois Healthy Mix. It is gorgeous on the skin and is medium coverage but you can build it nicely. I would suggest spending a few minutes buffing it into the skin and then leaving for a few minutes to dry.  You can buy it here.

I hope you find this post helpful. I love reading these myself.

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Review: Soap & Glory Lid Stuff | JanBlog #23

Hey,

Today I have a review of a Soap & Glory quad. I have had this product for about 4 months now and wanted to give it a review.


I must admit, I love the packaging. It's simple yet cute. Very much a trademark of the Soap & Glory brand.




I got this in a makeup swap with Aishling and immediately put it to the test and hated it. I didn't put a review of this up until now because I wanted to give it a fair shot. I mean look how pretty it is. It is very compact as well so great for travel.



I have used several eye primers with this quad and whilst they weren't bad, I felt the shadows needed something more to stick to, especially the brighter shades. I have been using this quad over the last month and every time I will use my NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk to make those colours pop. It has made me like the quad a tonne more. There is a huge difference with and without it.

Would I recommend this to you bloggers? Yes I would. Give it a shot. You might need to blend more than usual and pack on shadow but it's worth it, especially for a high street brand. Much better than most.

They retail at Boots for £10 which is great.

Lots of love,
Victoria xox


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Library Chic | Polyvore Fashion Post

Library Chic <3

Keep it simple in the library with bootcut or skinny jeans. Wearing Vans or Converse or imitation of both can make things more comfy yet stylish. These t-shirt adds the casual effect but is still on trend for Spring. I love the American baseball style jacket with the hood and I think the beanie hat is tongue in cheek but keeps you trendy and warm. The backpack is cute yet practical especially for the library and if you want to go to town after it's not too school like.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Review: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara | JanBlog #22

Hey howdy ya'll,

How are we all? Well today I have a review on a product I have had for a good while now. I didn't really want to just put it out on my blog without a proper review.


I heard about this on YouTube. I thought the idea was great. I mean we all hate doing the bottom lashes especially if the mascara wand is large and sometimes the product can smudge.


I, at first, thought this was going to be amazing. I loved the wand and it literally is the smallest mascara ever. There is tonnes of space to really get into the bottom lashes.


As you can see you get a tonne of product on the wand. So do I like this mascara? Is it worth the hype? I have to say no. I personally love long, black bottom lashes as it suits my big eyes. This clumps my lashes together and takes quite some time to build up to a dark look. My lashes feel hard and anytime I have used this, it smudges under my eyes. Fail.

I really did want to like it but unfortunately it's one of those things. I've used this about 5 times and now it will just sit in my collection haha. You can buy this at most Clinique counters for £12 or here on the Debenhams website.

Argh I hate doing negative reviews especially on such a great brand but we can't like everything. Right?

Have any of you tried it? Let me know.

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag? | JanBlog #21

Hey there,

How are you all? Today was a gorgeous sunny yet cold day. I want to show you what is in my makeup bag that I carry daily or almost daily.


My little makeup bag is from Primark. I have had it a good while but I think it cost me £3. I had a MAC one that was too small so grabbed this in the Primark in Worcester.


It's a simple black and on the front has bronze studded details. I like that it's a more medium sized bag than large and because it was so cheap I don't mind if it gets a little squashed. What's inside I hear you ask? :P


Just an overview of the products inside.


I always carry a nude eyeliner. I love that I can use this on my waterline, inner corner and as a brow highlight. I don't always carry mascara but I was in a rush today so popped this into my bag. Jordana Best Lash Extreme is my holy grail mascara. It lengthens, volumises and makes my lashes look like falsies. Amazing. I have my trusty Sigma Powder F30 in there too :D


My foundation of choice today is the Healthy Mix by Bourjois. This hydrates, covers well and makes your skin luminous but not sweaty. Love this stuff. My shade is Vanilla. My new obsession are the Revlon Colorburst Balms but I adore the Matte ones. This is standout and it's a gorgeous deep red. See yesterday's post for a review.


My concealer is the Essence 3-in-1 wheel. I love this stuff. I need to get my Mamma to send me some over. I have been fond of this Sleek Powder lately. It is luminous so I use a light hand with it. My shade is 01.

So, there you have it. I hope some of you reading this do this post and let me know if you do.

Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Monday, 20 January 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms | JanBlog #20

Hey guys,

Well I ran out this morning to grab the new Revlon Colorburst Balms as I have seen them on every American YouTube video and blog so I needed one at least, or them all.


Now they had the 'Just Bitten Kissable', 'Lacquer Balms' and 'Matte Balm' in stock, for now. They seemed to be going fast. I really didn't like any of the others and my hand was full of swatches. Sometimes I just get very focused on particular shades, like today.



I have this bad habit of going for bright pinks and deep reds lately and everything I buy lip wise lately is cool toned haha.

How pretty do they look? I got 'Standout' which is the deep red and 'Showy' which is the vibrant pink. Both cool toned hehe.


They seem to be exclusive to Boots at the moment but are on their website, click here. They retail for £7.99 and are excluded from any offer going on at the moment. They have a wide range of colours in all versions of the balm.


As you can see on the swatches above these babies are extremely pigmented and look gorgeous. I have a feeling these might rub off slightly when eating and drinking but I think you will definitely get a few hours before a top up or reapplication. They glide onto the lip so easily and smell quite fresh, like mint.

Here is a live swatch video :D



Lots of love,
Victoria xox

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Versus Series #3 | Highlighter Edition | JanBlog #19

Hey guys,

What a lovely day out. Still a tad nippy but at least it's sunny. Today I was thinking about a new edition of the 'Versus Series' and instantly thought of two popular highlighters I happen to have.


I put a blog post up about the MUA highlighter mid week and the TopShop blush previously so I won't delve into them too much.


As you can see above the MUA highlight is more pink based and the TopShop highlight is  champagne based. The MUA highlight has a 3D rippled effect which also has a blue hue off it. The TopShop highlight is a huge dome shape. I honestly don't think I'll get through either of these.



I personally think both look gorgeous but I tend to steer clear of the TopShop highlight as on my fair skin I feel it looks too much. Whilst I don't mind the blue hue off the MUA highlight it's not something too noticeable. I use this nearly everyday.


I tend to use the TopShop highlight on my eyes should I have a neutral look and just lightly place it in the centre of my lid and it shines nicely and stays there all day. Blooming marvellous!!

The TopShop highlight retails for £10 and you get 6.5g of product whereas the MUA highlight retails for £3 and you get 7.5g of product. TopShop Crescent Moon review here. MUA Highlighter review here.

Who's victorious? MUA of course!!! *party time*

Lots of love,
Victoria xox