Wonderland Wigs - Double Volume Ombre Hairpiece

Friday, 29 November 2013

Hello Lovelies! Today I have my first hairpiece review for you from Wonderland Wigs. I've wanted to dip dye or ombre my hair for a while now but I don't have the courage to fully go through with it, I know what I'm like and I will probably hate it a couple of days after doing it! Also, I don't think my hair is in a good enough condition to be bleaching it, etc so instead I have been using the Double Volume Hairpiece* by Wonderland Wigs

This is the perfect alternative to dip dyeing your hair as you can just pop it in and voila, perfect voluminous hair! I've decided to split this review up into sections so it's easier for you all, as I know it can be hard to judge hair extensions and what they are really like when buying online. 


This is a synthetic hairpiece but you would never be able to tell when you have it in your hair, the quality of this piece is amazing and just what I was looking for. The hair is super thick and glossy which is something I can't achieve naturally, so I love wearing the hairpiece to get this kind of look! Also, the hairpiece comes with two large really sturdy clips so you know that it's secure once it's in, and I have no doubts that I could wear this on a night out without it budging. 

Ease of application: 

I was slightly worried when I first opened the hairpiece as it looked quite complicated to someone who has never used hairpieces! But I headed over to the Wonderland Wigs website where they have loads of useful video tutorials on how to fit your hairpiece and it was actually really easy, and like I said, the two large sturdy clips make it so easy to use. 


The Ombre hairpiece only comes in two different colours and the one I am wearing is the lightest one so I'd say if you have very light brown hair then it would be too dark for you. I would say I have medium brown hair and it is slightly too dark for me but I can easily blend it in with my natural hair and it's barely noticeable. 

Overall look: 

The hairpiece can seem quite long if your not used to having really long hair and it did take some getting used to when I first put it in as I just wasn't used to that look on me. I decided to trim about an inch off my hairpiece in the end as I was looking for volume and not necessarily length, now the hairpiece is the same length as my own hair which I think suits me much better. You can see the top picture is after I cut the hairpiece and the bottom picture is how you receive it. 


This piece costs £39.99 from Wonderland Wigs and is quite a reasonable price for a Beauty Works hairpiece and something that is this high quality. They do have cheaper options on their website and they also have a non-ombre version of this hairpiece if you didn't want to go for this look. 

I would highly recommend taking a peek at Wonderland Wigs if you are looking for something to make you hair look thick and glossy, as they have reasonable prices and the service I received was nice and quick. 

Ask Becky - Your Questions Answered!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Hi Lovelies! I hope you've all had a fab week and are excited for the weekend! This weekend I have one of my best friends from Uni coming to stay with me, I haven't seen her in about 6 months since I moved to London so I'm so excited to catch up and do all the fun things I have planned, including Winter Wonderland which I'm so excited about! Anyway, enough rambling...I recently had the idea of doing another 'about me' tag seeing as a lot has changed since I did one when I first started blogging, but instead of answering the same old questions I thought I would ask you all to submit your questions that you really wanted to see in the tag, and here they are! 

1. Where do you work? 

A few of you may have heard me talk about work or seen a few of my Instagram snaps from my office, which I'm guessing is why someone wanted to know the answer to this question. I currently work at Disney head offices as a Digital Marketing Intern. This is a compulsory part of my degree, but I got the job all by myself with no help from my Uni and am treated as a proper employee so basically this is an entry level job. I'm so sad that this will only last a year as I love working there and I really couldn't ask for anything more from my placement year, I mean who doesn't love a bit of Disney Magic every day! 

2. What do you like about yourself, and what to you dislike? 

I'm going to start with what I don't like about myself as this is probably easier to answer! Something I really dislike about myself is my skin. I suffered with acne for around 7 or 8 years and still suffer with bad skin now, I was teased at school because of it as I never grew out of it like most of my friends. Thankfully my skin is a lot better now, but it has left me very self conscious about my skin and I am constantly worried about how many spots I have. Another thing I would change would be my body shape, not necessarily my weight. Sure, it would be great to have a supermodel body but that's never going to happen. If I could change my shape I would probably have a smaller bum and tummy and maybe bigger boobs so I was a bit more in proportion! Now onto what I like about myself, which was surprisingly tough to think of! One thing I do like about myself is my height (weird I know). Although I am usually teased about being quite short, I quite like being short as it means I can get away with wearing sky scraper heels and not towering over all of my friends! I also like being a brunette, I could never imagine being blonde and I do love my hair colour, although I am thinking of maybe dyeing it a more chocolate brown. 

3. What advice would you give to newbie bloggers?

I wouldn't really say I'm an expert who should be giving advice as I've only been doing this for about 9 months but I would say staying true to yourself and giving yourself a break are my two main pieces of advice. Always post because you actually want to, if your just posting  because you think a product is hyped up and will get you views your readers will see straight through this and you'll be doing yourself no favours. Also, taking a break to regain your blogging mojo is important, as soon as it becomes a stress to post every day, etc and stops becoming fun, your posts will probably become dull and your readers won't want to read, there is no harm in taking the odd week off to chill and get your ideas together. 

4. How do you keep up with the latest beauty trends?

To be honest, I'm pretty bad at this. I have quite a hectic life so making sure I'm always up to date can be hard! I usually find out about new trends by reading blogs, but also subscribing to your favourite brands mailing lists are a great way to keep up to date and find out about new releases. 

5. What did you study at school?

Bit of an odd one but hey ho! For GCSE's I did Biology, Graphic Design, Art, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, English Lit, English Language and German. I then wen't onto sixth form where I studied A Levels in Economics, German, History and Product Design. I did a bit of a weird mix but I always knew I wanted to do something creating in business, which is where I've ended up! 

6. How much do you spend on beauty products each month?

I can't really put a value on this as sometimes it's just one of those months when everything runs out and sometimes I just don't have the money to spend on make up as I have other things to buy! I tend to save my money to spend on higher price items which I really want instead of spending money on a lot of make up. I would also just like to point out here that I do have a job, I do pay my taxes, I don't have a student loan and 99% of my products I buy myself, occasionally my Mum will treat me when it's my Birthday or similar, as I have had a few nasty emails on this topic accusing me of spending my student loan (tax payers money) on make up instead of what it was intended for, but really that is impossible seeing as I currently earn all of my money. 

7. What foundation and concealer do you use for a full coverage make up look?

When I'm going on a night out I tend to opt for full coverage make up and my go to foundation is MAC Studio Sculpt. It is quite thick when you first use it so it may come as a shock but it's actually really easy to blend into your skin and doesn't look cakey. I love Benefit Boing concealer to conceal both my dark circles, redness and spots. It works great and literally does cover everything! 

8. Are there any products which you still use now, that you used when you first started using make up? 

There aren't many as I'm quite bad at shopping around, I'm always wanting to test out different brands and formulas which often means switching brands. But one thing I have kept using is the Urban Decay Ammo palette. My Mum actually gave this to me when I first started using make up, I think she didn't like the colours but I'm not sure as I can't really remember. I have completely used up 'Grifter' which is a really pretty purple colour, and now Maui Wowie (love that name!) and Smog are also on there way out! I love the colours for both daytime and nighttime looks and I can see it still being there in years to come! 

So there you have it, I've answered all of your questions! If you have any more that you would like me to answer then please leave them in the comments below and I will be sure to get back to you!

Top 5 Drugstore Make-Up Picks

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Hello Beauties! The other day I posted my 'Top 5 High End Make-Up Picks' so I thought I would also share with you my favourite drugstore products too. I don't shop for drugstore make up that much (not because I'm loaded, trust me, I'm not) because I prefer to save up my money and spend it on high end make up which I know I really want and I know will work. There is so much on offer in the drugstore make up isles, it's hard to tell what is going to work and what isn't but since blogging I've been more open to buying my make up from high street brands and I've found some products that are really worth saving some money on. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo's - Boots & Superdrug

I've been lusting after a MAC paint pot for ages now, but instead of parting with around £20 for one cream eye shadow I thought I would try the Mabelline Colour Tattoo's first as I had never tried cream eyeshadows before and wanted to check that I would get a lot of use out of them. My two favourites are On And On Bronze and Pink Gold as I think these are the two most wearable shades from the range. These cream eye shadows really are great and definitely give the paint pots a run for their money. They stay put and don't slip off your eyelids and make great bases for other powder shadows. The only drawback to these are that the colour range is slightly limited. A lot of the colours are quite hard to wear or just really bright, but Bourjois has recently launched their own range of cream to powder shadows and their colour range is a lot more wearable so \I would recommend checking them out.

Revlon Lip Butters - Boots & Superdrug

I bought one of these back in March when I first started blogging and I've been using it ever since. I picked up the shade 'Strawberry Shortcake' which is a cute bubblegum pink colour. The Revlon lip butters are a mixture between lipstick and lipgloss and I love the creamy consistency of these. I really want to pick up some of the other shades but I don't know if I'm daring enough to wear some of the brighter shades like Lollipop for example. The only downside to these are that the colours are a bit hit and miss with pigmentation. A lot of the colours are extremely pigmented but some of the shades aren't, so I would recommend swatching before buying with these lip butters. 

L'Oreal Collection Privee Lipsticks - Boots & Superdrug

I always struggle with the drugstore to find lipsticks which I like. Either the consistency is all wrong or I hate the colours - there either too bright or just don't suit my skin tone. However, the L'Oreal Collection Privee lipsticks are perfect for any skin tone. It is a collection of nude lipsticks created by each of the L'Oreal Celebrities to match their skin tone, so it's easy to pick  one which suits your skin tone. Also, the consistency of these lipsticks are great, they are so similar to MAC cremesheen lipsticks and I would even go as far as to say I like them better. 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - Boots 

I couldn't do a drugstore top picks without mentioning the Real Techniques brushes could I?! I actually only own one but it is definitely my favourite foundation brush. Its easy to work with and blend with, leaving you with an airbrushed finish. I use it almost daily and definitely want to pick up some more brushes, especially as they are not too expensive. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation - Boots & Superdrug

I picked up this foundation after numerous recommendations by bloggers and at first I hated it. It broke me out and didn't last on my skin as well as some of my other foundations but recently I've been loving it and the bottle is almost out! I find that if I wear this with a good primer it lasts much longer on my face although I do need to powder throughout the day and I think my skin just needed to get used to this foundation as I had been using the same one for a very long time. 

I hope you liked my drugstore picks, and please leave any recommendations of products I should pick up from the drugstore or anything you would like to see on my blog! 

Top 5: High End Make-Up Picks

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Hello Ladies! When it comes to high end make-up, I like to do my research and make sure that I will get a lot of use out of it and that it works well, as most of it is very expensive and a bit of a splurge for me. I thought I would put together my top 5 high end make-up picks to help anyone looking to purchase any high end make up for themselves or as a gift as Christmas is fast approaching. I obviously haven't tried every brand and product out there, but these are the 5 that really stand out to me and are worth the money. 

The Naked Palette - Urban Decay

The Naked Palette took the beauty world by storm when it first came out as it was one of those palettes where every shade is completely wearable. With a beautiful mixture of matte, satin and shimmery shades, these buttery soft eyeshadows are perfect for any skin tone. Although many did, I didn't rush out to get myself a Naked palette as I wasn't sure if I would get a lot of use from it and if it would be worth my money so I picked up a drugstore dupe which I used to death. After I had hit pan on so many of the dupe's shades, I decided it was finally time to splash out on the real thing knowing full well that I would get lots of use out of it. I use my Naked palette every day and it can be used to create so many looks that it really is a great addition to anyones make up collection. This retails for £37 which is expensive but when you do the maths, that's around £3.10 per shade, which is to me is a complete bargain for the quality and pigmentation that you get in every shade. 

MAC Studio Fix Powder - MAC 

This is by far the best powder I've ever used. I've tried so many different (cheaper) powders in the hope that they will replace this little compact and save me a few pennies but nothing compares to this in my eyes. This gives me great coverage without looking cakey on my skin and lasts way longer than any other powder I've tried. This is my second one of these and I've hit pan again, this time I think I will just go straight back to MAC to repurchase instead of shopping around and trying other brands. 

Benefit Hoola Bronzer - Benefit 

Hoola is the UK's number 1 selling bronzer and I can see why. Its perfect on a range of skin tones and it's matte finish makes it look completely natural with no hint of muddy-ness or orange tones. Although I have never tried NARS Laguna which is said to be up there with Hoola as one of the top bronzers, I have no need to as I love this one so much. I find that I always have to go high end with my bronzers as the drugstore options leave my skin looking muddy and orange or are just way too dark for my pale skin. 

YSL Le Tient De Touche Eclat Foundation - YSL

I was orginally given a free sample of this foundation before this launched at my local YSL counter and it was love at first application. Both me and my Mum went out and bought the full size bottle after trying and loving the sample. It applies so smoothly and works wonders on my dry skin. It gives you a fresh, dewy glow without being too shiny and it smells amazing. This is the ultimate radiance foundation and I'm already on my second bottle. 

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick - MAC

I couldn't not include this lipstick, I wear this almost everyday and on nights out with a smokey eye and I've get to find a drugstore comparison. I would say that all MAC lipsticks are in my top 5 but this one in particular as it's the perfect nude pink for my skin tone. This is a cremesheen lipstick which is my favourite of the lipsticks on offer at MAC as it keeps your lips hydrated and glides on really smoothly. 

I hope you liked my top high end make up picks, I'd love to know what yours are as I'm always looking for new products to try! 

Party Hair Ideas & Tutorials!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Hello Lovelies! I hope your all having a great weekend, I've spent mine Christmas shopping and trying to take blog photos despite the weather not wanting to co-operate! December is party season and I'm sure all of you have some sort of Christmas party, meal, etc or maybe you like to dress up on Christmas Day. Today, I've teamed up with Accessorize to bring your four party looks for the season. 

All of these looks are pretty simple so anyone will be able to re-create them, but are perfect if your tired of just wearing your hair down on nights out, or are looking for something a little different for Christmas. My favourite is the 60's ponytail, I love how you can wear it every day as a twist on a regular ponytail or it can look really elegant with a nice dress and heels. 

Monsoon & Accessorize have also made this behind the scenes video with some great tips and tricks on how to dress for work, a party and what it's like to work in Fashion! LINK

Christmas Treats | Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Christmas is one of the few times when I actually go into a Lush store, which may seem surprising to most as I do love to babble on about how much I love a good bath, and Lush is THE place to go if you want a lovely fragranced soak. I often find that Lush stores give me a headache because there are so many smells going on at once which is a little bit too much for my nose to handle, also, Lush stores can be very overwhelming when you don't know what you're looking for. There are so many different varieties of bath bombs and bubble bars, etc, that it can be quite hard to choose which one is best for you. 

Last year a friend from Uni bought me a medium sized bottle of Lush Snow Fairy as she knew it would be perfect for me - it smells like sweets, is pink and has a slight shimmer, so basically everything I love. Despite trying to make this last the whole year, it was gone by June and sadly as this is a special Christmas product, I couldn't repurchase it. So when I heard that it was back in stores, along with loads of other Christmas goodies, I couldn't resist picking one up. However, this year I've bought it in the large size and plan to buy another as a back up for when this runs out. 

Snow Fairy smells like pear drops and candy floss and for some, can be a little bit too sweet, but I love the smell and the smell really does stay on your skin. I hate it when you find a lovely smelling shower gel but when you've dried off, the smell is gone. This also lathers up really well  and is super moisturizing so a little bit would do your whole body, which is great for me seeing as I'm rationing the stuff to make it last until next Christmas! 

I also picked up a Comforter bubble bar while I was in Lush which I love so much that I couldn't wait for good lighting to photograph it and now it's almost gone! Since then I've seen a couple of other bits I want to get from Lush but I think I might wait until the new year to do a Lush haul as all of my money will be going on Christmas presents in December! 

What are your favourite Lush products? I'd love to know which ones you think I need to pick up next!

How To: Pink Gold Make-Up Look

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Hello Lovelies! For ages now, I've been getting tweets and comments asking me to do make up looks that I would create with my eye-shadows, so for my first one I thought I would do something fairly neutral and great for everyday wear. 

I went for a pink gold make up look because I love pinks and neutrals (I can't wait for the Naked 3 palette to be released!) and you can never go wrong with a bit of shimmer! To create this look I used a mixture of high end and drugstore products but his could easily be created using all drugstore products if your budget doesn't strech to high end eyeshadows. 

Firstly, I applies Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Pink Gold' all over my lid as a base. I love this colour and think it's really flattering and wearable, but makes a nice change to your regular neutral shadows which we are all guilty of sticking with! 

Then I used 'Organza' from the Sleek 'Oh So Special' palette which is a beautiful pink/purple colour which comes off with a slight golden tinge. I applied this all though my crease and outer corners of my eyes to add a bit of definition. Then I added the tiniest bit of 'Celebrate' from the same palette to my outer corners near my lash line, although this step isn't necessary to create the look. 

To finish the look and make my eyes pop I dabbed a bit of Urban Decay's 'Half Baked' from the Naked Palette on the center of my lid and lightly blended the edges and then used an angled brush and 'Creep' from the same palette to line my eyes. 

I hope you like this look and I would love to know if you have recreated it or have any other looks which you want me to try! 

Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Life Extending Haircare | Core Collection Review

Hello Ladies! Recently, I've been making more of an effort to look after my hair. I have very curly hair which is a nighmare to manage, so I often straighten it to make my routine quicker in the mornings as i can straighten it the night before. Unfortunately, this has left my hair quite damaged and as a result, I haven't been able to grow long, healthy looking hair. My hair is actually quite long but it's also quite thin at the ends making it look shorter than it actually is and really unhealthy. Recently I've been trying out the Michael Van Clarke Core Collection* so I thought I would let you all know my thoughts as I know growing long, healthy hair can be a struggle for a lot of women. 

The core collection consists of a pre-wash treatment, shampoo and conditioner, which all claim to penetrate deep into the hair shaft and repair broken bonds, helping the hair from further disintegration. The collection is essentially, anti-ageing for you hair. It slows down the ageing process of your hair so it remains healthy and grows longer before it dries out. 

Pre-wash Treatment - The pre-wash treatment is definitely my favourite of the range and a great addition to my haircare routine as I wan't using one before trying these products. The first thing I noticed about the pre-wash treatment was the packaging, it's quite plain and looks quite scientific which I think is a good thing as it shows the science behind the product (and trust me, there's a lot of it!). It also comes with a pump which I think is a great idea. I love hair masks and similar products to this but it always annoys me when it doesnt come with a pump as I feel like I waste a lot of product and it's just quite messy! You use the pre-wash treatment on dry hair and leave it to soak into your hair for around an hour before washing it off with shampoo and conditioner like you normally would. So far I do like this product and I think it's great that it can also be used to protect your hair from the sun and sea whilst on holiday. It washes out really quickly and doesn't leave any residue behind which I was most concerned about before I used this product. The pre-wash treatment costs £29 from Space NK and I would recommend this if your looking to keep your hair thick at the ends. 

Shampoo - This shampoo gently cleanses your hair leaving it shiny and soft, something which is not too common with my hair as it is usually quite dry. I did double wash my hair with this though as it didn't lather up too well, but it did leave my hair squeaky clean. One thing I didn't like about this product (and the others in the range) was the smell. I'm a sucker for a nicely scented product and these either had no smell or smelled slightly chemical which is expected as these products are quite complex and scientific. 

Conditioner - The conditioner was the one product in the range which I wasn't too keen on. I like my conditioners to leave my hair feeling slippy (if that makes sense) when you apply them so it actually feels like there is product on your hair, but this conditioner soaked straight into my hair, leaving me wanting to apply more product. Although after using this my hair did feel thicker at the ends which is something I was looking to gain from this product. So really, it did work, I just didn't love the texture and consistency. 

Overall, the Michael Van Clarke haircare range did what it said it would do, which I think is quite rare when it comes to hair care products. It left my hair feeling thicker and it is starting to grow faster and healthier again, miracle! Although one thing I would say is don't apply too much product. It's easy to over-do it with product when you're using this range but that left my hair feeling quite weighed down, but if you use the right amount everything should be just fine for you!

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush - Shade 06 | Review & Swatches

Friday, 15 November 2013

Hello Girlies! I hope you've all had a good week and have lots of exciting things planned for this weekend! I'm having a much needed relaxing weekend this week and planning what to buy people for Christmas, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way! Today I thought I would review a drugstore product as it's getting close to Christmas and everyone is starting to feel the strain on their wallets! I don't often buy drugstore blushers as I have one or two high end ones which I love and feel like I get more use out of, but I saw this shade when I was looking for more autumnal products and thought it was perfect. 

The Maybelline Dream Touch blusher is a cream product, and the only cream blusher I own. I've always stayed away from them as I thought they would take off my foundation or be hard to work with but this blusher has changed my opinion and I am now looking to add more cream products to my wishlist. Shade 06 is a deep rose colour but when blended out it gives the perfect flushed, rosy cheeks look which I think is perfect for winter. 

This product is really creamy and easy to work with, and it's not too fast drying so you have plenty of time to work it into your skin and blend it out so it looks completely natural. This blush is very pigmented though so you only need a tiny bit on each cheek, I usually just dab a fingerprint or two on each cheek and then blend out using my fingers. I like to use my fingers for this blusher as I find that it blends in better when you use the heat from your hands compared to a brush, but if you want to use a brush I would recommend a stippling brush which is what I use for all my blushers. 

At only £6.49 you really can't go wrong with this product and in my opinion, it's just as good as some of the higher end products which are similar. I think I am going to pick up 02 next which is a really pretty light peach colour. 

When To Throw Your Make-Up Away | Make-Up Life Expectancies

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Hey Ladies! I love having a big make up collection and over the past few months, mine has grown considerably but there comes a point when every make up product must die. As sad as it is to throw away your make up, it has to be done unless you want to damage your skin, eyes, etc. I know a lot of people don't know how long to hold onto certain make up products, so I thought I would pop this post up all about how long to hold onto each make up item. I was quite shocked to see how long I had been holding onto things and it's about time I had a bit of a clear out of things which I haven't used in a while or just don't suit me. After all, I need room for all my new purchases which I'm sure I'm about to make! 

Mascara - For me, mascara is the worst culprit for going out of date and causing problems. I can always tell when my mascara has gone out of date as it irritates my eyes and is generally uncomfortable. Ideally you should throw your mascara away every 3 to 4 months after you first open it to stop any infections causing, some of which can be quite nasty! I'd reccomend only having one or two open at a time so you use them up instead of having 4 or 5 go out of date at the same time. 

Foundation - When your foundation goes out of date, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause all sorts of problems with blemishes, redness and infections. Foundations usually last around 9 months however if your foundation becomes thicker or thinner, this is usually a sign that it has gone out of date. 

Pressed Powders - Pressed powders have the longest lifespan, lasting around 2 years as they have no liquid in them. This includes blushers, eyeshadows, bronzers, highlighters and setting powder. I definitely need to have a check through my make up as I'm sure I've still got eye shadows from years ago or blushers which I've gone off!

Cream products - Cream products include cream blushers and eyeshadows and gel eyeliner and typically last around 6 months but if there is a change in the texture this can be a sign that your make up has gone off and that it's time to chuck it. You don't want to be putting gone off cream eyeshadow or eyeliner near your eye! Pencil eyeliner also falls into this category although it isn't typically a cream product. 

As a general rule, any change in colour, texture, smell or look is usually a sign that a product has gone off. 

I hope you learnt something from this post and found it helpful, let me know in the comments below if you'd like to see more of these kinds of posts! I'm off to check through my stash now for out dated products! 

Brand Review | Wildly Natural Cosmetics

Monday, 11 November 2013

Hello Ladies! I hope your week has got off to a good start and your Monday's haven't all been too terrible, although this weekend seemed to fly by! In fact, the whole year is flying by, it doesn't seem that long ago since I was packing my things and moving to London - now I'm starting to think about buying Christmas presents! Anyway, I was recently contacted by Wildly Natural Cosmetics asking if I would like to try some of their products. I always love to discover new beauty brands as you really never know what hidden gems are out there until you try them, so of course I said yes. 

I was sent four eyeshadows and two lip products all in cute little sample pots, so I can't comment on the packaging you would receive the actual product in as I haven't seen it myself. Wildly Natural Cosmetics are all handmade by a licensed Esthetician and pride themselves on being all natural cosmetics which not only looks great, but are good for your skin too. 

The product I was most impressed by were the eyeshadows. They are loose powder eyeshadows and all of the shades I received were shimmery, although there are many more variations on their website. I personally don't mind using loose powder eyeshadows and am a big lover of the Bare Minerals eyeshadow pots, which these are extremely similar to. However, those Bare Minerals eyeshadows will set you back around £15, whereas these only cost £6. So if you're looking for a cheap alternative, look no further. The four colours I was set are (left to right) Amethyst which is a lovely deep violet colour, Satin which is a great dupe for MAC vanilla pigment and can be used as an eyeshadow or highlight when dusted lightly over the cheek bone, Bronzed which is a warm bronze shade and Blushed which is a lovely bronze/pink colour similar to Sin from the Urban Decay Naked palette. What I really liked about these eyeshadows were the pigmentation, it didn't take very much product to produce the colour intensity which you see in the above picture and the shadows are so soft to apply too, making them perfect for sensitive eyes. 

I was also sent a lipgloss, which is the reddish colour in the above picture and a lipstick, which is the barbie pink colour in the picture. The lipgloss was actually quite pigmented when applied to the lips although it doesn't look it in the picture and smelled very Christmassy if you ask me, kind of like a Christmas spice scent. I'm not sure if this is related to the colour at all but I think it goes nicely with the red colour. The lipstick I was sent was called Roxy and is actually the perfect dupe for MAC Speed Dial. I'd say Roxy was the slightest bit more blue toned as it does make your teeth look whiter but they are almost exactly the same. The lipstick also smells a lot like a Burts Bee's lip product I used to have, making me think that it contains bee's wax. It was also a hit with me as it kept my lips moisturized and stayed on after eating which never really happens to me! 

If you'd like any more information about Wildly Natural Cosmetics or want to check out their range for youself you can do so here

How To Guide: Getting Your Dream Internship

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Hello Lovelies! I hope your all having a fab weekend, I'm spending mine relaxing and catching up with everything after last weekend's disaster! This has been probably one of my most requested posts to date, since I started my internship I've been getting so many questions about the application process and how I did it, so I thought I would put up a little 'how to guide' on how to get your dream internship. Doing an internship was a compulsory part of my degree, but for a lot of people it is optional. If you have the opportunity to do an internship I strongly reccomend that you take it, these days everyone has a degree but most candidates are lacking experience, so your internship will make you stand out from the crowd. 

For those of you who don't know, in May I started a year long internship at The Walt Disney Company in digital marketing, so I've been through the application process and feel that I have a bit of knowledge I can share on the subject. 

The first thing I would recommend doing is start looking early. Your more likely to find your perfect internship if you know whats out there and apply early. It really is true that the early bird catches the worm, I started looking for my internship during the summer after my first year of University. Applications for my year weren't open yet but it's good to get an idea of which companies are offering internships and what skills they are looking for so you have time to build on these skills and work on your CV. This leads onto my second tip, know where to look. The internet is your best friend when it comes to this, websites such as Rate My Placement are brilliant as many large companies advertise internships there and you can also see what other students thought of their internship with the company you are applying for, so you can get more of an idea if the company is right for you or not. Social media is also a great way of finding internships. If there is a particular sector that you are interested in working for, follow key brands on twitter. Not only will this help you keep up with industry news which will be important at the interview stage, but a lot of companies post internship ads on twitter now. Also, make sure that you are on LinkedIn. A lot of companies post jobs on linked in which can be found by doing a simple search, and more and more companies are posting jobs only on linked in as they only want candidates who are up to date with digital media, etc. 

One of the most important steps is do your research. If your looking for an internship, you need to make sure you know what skills are required to work in your chosen industry and doing this type of research early will enable you to aquire these skills or practice some which you may have not been using recently. Also, you need to make sure you are right for the company and that they are right for you, you will be spending a large percentage of your time working so there is no point going somewhere you wont be happy and that you wont be able to gain the most from your internship. For example, do you want to work at a large company, a small company or an agency, these are all important decisions if you want to get your dream internship which need a lot of consideration. Knowing the company is also very important, at interview you will be expected to know the company and any current affairs which may be affecting the company, if you don't know about the company you will seem uninterested which is never good. 

Another important step to consider at interview is knowing your strengths and being able to back them up. If you know your strengths it will allow you to focus on them during interview but you need to be able to back everything up. There is no point saying 'I'm organised and brilliant at time keeping' if you don't have an example of when you've done this. Without examples, all employers have is your word to go against and trust me, everyone will be mentioning similar skills, so your examples will make you stand out more. 

And lastly, brush up on your skills. In most internships you will be expected to use Excel, Powerpoint, etc on a daily basis and many students have been turned down at interviews as they didn't have these skills. It's important that you know how to use them and there are plenty of online guides and youtube tutorials on this which will help you in your day to day work. There may be other skills which need practice too, for example, in my work I have to use Photoshop daily and this was not a skills which I had prior to starting my internship, but I've managed to pick it up by researching and watching YouTube tutorials meaning that the work I produce is better quality. 

So there you have it, a few of my tips to finding your dream internship. I can't stress enough how important it is to research the company to make sure its right for you and it's what you wanted to do but I could go on for days giving advice on getting an internship and this post is already quite long! I'd love to know if you found these tips helpful or if you would like to see more posts like this, as it's different to my usual posts so let me know in the comments below! 

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder | Worth The Hype?

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Once again, I've fallen for the hype. Although this time I don't feel so guilty as the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder only set me back a meer £4. I was curious about this powder after seeing the likes of Tanya Burr raving about it so I thought I would give it a go myself, in the hope that I would love it so much it would replace my MAC Studio Fix Powder which usually sets me back around £20. 

The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is supposed to provide you with long lasting shine control, something I definitely need for long days at work so I've been putting it to the test over the past few weeks and I have to say, my opinion is mixed. 

The one thing I really didn't like about this powder is the coverage. I got the shade 'peachy' as I have quite fair skin, I decided against the translucent version of this powder as I like my powder to give me a bit of coverage, like my MAC Studio Fix does. This powder is very sheer, so if you want a full coverage look, I would opt for a full coverage foundation such as Estee Lauder Double Wear or MAC Studio Sculpt to cover any blemishes and even out your skin tone. One other thing I didn't like about this powder was the smell. It seems odd to me that a powder would have a scent as it's not something which people usually smell before they buy and none of my previous powders have had a scent, but this one smells slightly soapy and although it isn't a horrible smell, I could do without it. 

The packaging also isn't up to much. It doesn't feel very secure so I don't carry this around with me in case it breaks in my bag, but for £4 I can't really complain too much and it does it's job. 

Now on to the positives! One thing I really did like about this powder was the finish. It set my make up and took away the shine without making my skin look cakey - something that is quite hard to achieve on my dry/combination skin. I did need to touch up throughout the day but I do usually have to do this so this wasn't a massive issue for me. 

Have you tried the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder? I'd love to know your thoughts! 

The Christmas Tag!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Hi Ladies! I know it's only just November, but now that fireworks and halloween are out of the way, the next thing to look forward to is Christmas! I really wanted to start my own tag but seeing as everyone has already beaten me to Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, etc I thought I would get in there early and start this years Christmas tag! I tag all of you to do this tag and feel free to use the image! Also, tweet me or let me know in the comments if you have done this tag and I'll check them all out :)

1. What is your favourite Christmas drink?

I know the typical answer here would be any of the special Starbucks red cups but seeing as their Christmas menu is mainly targeted at coffee drinkers, I don't really enjoy it. My favourite Christmas drink has got to be a nice warm hot chocolate with lots of cream and marshmallows, it's the perfect way to warm up and get cosy before bed. 

2. What is your favourite Christmas smell?

I'm not really a fan of Christmas scented candles because I hate cinnamon and spice smells and it seems like most Christmas candles contain these smells. At the moment I really like 'Snowfall' by Lily Flame. The candle is so pretty with little blue and white chunks and it smells nice and fresh, like the first snow of winter. 

3. Do you have any Christmas traditions?

When I was little we would always go to the garden centre and pick out one tree decoration, we still have all of them and I still know exactly which ones I picked out, mainly because mine are all covered in glitter or pink!

4. What's the one thing you really want to get from Santa this Christmas?

If I could choose one thing it would be a Canon 600D camera, they take much better photos and I really like the effects you can get, but they are quite expensive so I doubt I will get one!

5. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?

When I came home from my first year at Uni for Christmas I attempted to build one but it is definitely harder than it looked - ours looked like it had been hit by a hurricane. Also, I don't actually like gingerbread, so I just picked the jelly tots off it and left it in the end!

6. Who is your favourite person to buy presents for?

Probably my Mum, there's a couple of brands I know she likes so I always buy her things from these, I won't say what they are though because it's her Birthday on Friday and I don't want to spoil her birthday surprise as she will probably read this! 

7. What is your favourite Christmas song?

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey, I love this song so much that I pretty much play it on repeat. Last year my housemates confiscated my speakers because they were sick of hearing it on repeat for a month! 

9. What is the weirdest gift you have ever received?

Something to sharpen knives from Travis (my cat), obviously Travis didn't pick this out, it was my Dad's idea of a joke - my cat really doesn't like me so it was meant as something for him to sharpen his claws. My Dad actually wanted one for the kitchen knives so I never actually got to keep my present in the end!

10. Do you like to dress up for Christmas or stay in your PJ's?

I always get moaned at if I wear my pj's all day at home but I think Christmas is good enough to get dressed for haha! Most years someone buys me something new to wear so I usually wear that or one of my favourite tops and jeans. 

I hope you enjoyed this tag and don't forget to share it on your blog, I'd love to know your answers! 

Luxe Oil Hair Care Range | Review

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Hello Lovelies! I hope you've all had a great weekend. This weekend I went down to Brighton to see one of my best freinds who I hadn't seen in a while. It was great to see her after so long and catch up but unfortunatly, I had my drink spiked on Friday night and spend the majority of the weekend very ill in bed which kind of ruined the weekend! I was feeling a bit guilty for not posting in a while too so I thought while I'm in bed feeling sorry for myself, I should pop up a review of some lovely products I was lucky enough to win in a twitter competition. 

I won the Headlines Hair competition and received £90 worth of Luxe Oil hair products - how lucky am I?! Since recieving them I have been trying them all out and I have to say, my hair has been loving me for it. I straighten my hair a lot which means it gets quite damaged and I think the combination of these products have helped it stay soft and looking a lot less frazzled. Anyway, onto the review.

Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixr - The Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixr is the main product in the range and is effectivley a dupe for some of the better known hair oils such as Morroccan Oil and Macadamia Oil. I've tried all three of these hair oils and I have to say I prefer this one to Macadamia Oil, I'm still not sure weather it is better than Moroccan Oil but it's very close. The first thing I noticed about this product is the smell, the whole range smells so good - kind of like a sweet almond smell but not too sickly sweet. It instantly reminded me of something you would get in a hairdressers and with the bottle being glass it felt quite luxurious. One thing I loved about this oil was that it wasn't as heavy as some hair oils. I have quite oily hair which gets greasy very quickly and some of the heavier oils can make my hair get greasy quicker which is a pain as it takes me ages to wash my hair. 

Luxe Oil Keratin Boost Spray - In addition to my Luxe Oil, I've been spraying this on my hair to give it some extra help in the silkiness department. I tend to spray this all over my hair, whereas I only use the oil on the ends where my hair needs it most and I've found that this spray really does help to tame some of my fly aways. I have very curly hair so when I straighten it, it can look frizzy, go static or just look a bit too fluffy. This product has really helped to tame this and given me better results from my flat iron. 

Luxe Oil Keratin Protect Shampoo - I've been using this shampoo non stop recently. As my hair is quite dry, I like to use a shampoo that is moisturising and helps to de-tangle my hair as if I have to work hard to de-tangle my hair with a brush it results in more breakages and nobody wants that! This shampoo gently cleanses my hair without leaving it feeling stripped and I've never had a problem with knotty hair after using this shampoo. It helps to add some shine and life back into my hair and leaves it feeling so soft. 

Luxe Oil Light Oil - This was the one product in the range that I was sure I didn't actually need, but after testing it, it is my favourite product in the range and I will definitely be repurchasing it. This oil is designed to dry instantly and add extra smoothness to the hair. I have such a problem with keeping my hair straight and smooth, as soon as I leave the house my hair is a frizzy mess and this product has really helped the situation. I just spray a little on before I leave the house and smooth down my hair and it helps to keep my hair sleek and soft. It's also great as it's so light, I often find that some 'gloss drops' type products designed to so the same thing weigh my hair down and can leave it looking a little greasy, so this is the perfect alternative for me. 

Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Mask - This is by far the most luxurious in the range. I usually like to use a hair mask when I'm having a relaxing pamper night. Nothing beats a good bath and some luxurious products to make you feel better. I usually tend to use my Macadamia hair mask but recently I've been reaching for this one instead as I find the finish much better than the Macadamia mask. I love the Macadamia mask as it makes my hair feel so soft and helps to repair some of the damage I put my hair through but I do find that sometimes my hair needs washing the next day as it is quite thick and heavy. This mask is just as moisturising but instead of leaving my hair feeling heavy and like it needs another wash, it feels light and 'flippy' is that makes any sense! 

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