Monday, 30 December 2013

Andrew Barton Gloss Boss Collection

I received this gift set for Christmas and I don't know about you, but whenever I get a new shampoo or conditioner, I can't wait to try it out! So, I decided to wash my hair with the Serious Shine Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.

First of all, the shampoo bottle is one that you pour and I usually don't like these due to spilling them. However, the conditioner is one that you squeeze. They feel very light on your hair when using them, which I like!

After leaving my hair in a towel for about half an hour, I used the Hot Iron Protection Spray and blow-dried my hair. I then used the Style Cremé and worked it through the ends of my hair.

I love this set; it made my hair smell sooo nice and left it feeling soft and sleek. I recommend buying a gift set like this for someone for their birthday; Andrew Barton products are affordable and great to use!

Thanks for reading!

What's your favourite shampoo & conditioner?

Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Quick Christmassy Update

I hope everybody had a lovely Christmas and got some great prezzies! I've had a nice couple of days chilling with my family, eating and watching films (and drinking wine!) I also got some lovely gifts, which I will incorporate into my blog posts within the next few weeks. At the moment, I'm sat in my Christmas pjs, as I'm still in the lazy, Christmas mood. I've managed to watch Elf a couple of times and have eaten enough to keep me going 'til next Christmas.

I can't wait to start reviewing my Christmas presents and indulge in more chocolate, mmm!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Not Long Now!

I can't believe Christmas is only four days away; December has passed so quickly! The tree is up, the decorations are scattered and I'm now onto the bigger chocolates in my advent calendar. I love the build up to Christmas; the songs, the films, the atmosphere. I love seeing lights outside people's houses and exchanging presents! I also love christmas evening telly and the week leading up to New Year's Day.

And obviously, the big christmas dinner - mmm!

It just makes me realise how lucky I am that I get all of this over Christmas; I get to spend it with my family, receive presents and have a meal prepared for me. Things that many of us take for granted each year.

I really hope this is the year we get a 'White Christmas' and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I've been wearing my reindeer onesie from Next lately; it's soooo warm and cosy!!

What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

What's In My Makeup Bag (Everyday)


Okay, so I've decided to do a post about my everyday makeup. It's nothing extravagant; I try and stick to a natural look as I don't want to look like a completely different person when wearing makeup. I'm hoping to do some Christmassy posts within the next couple of weeks. I'm still trying to find decent lighting in my house, as I want my photos to be good quality. But for now, this will have to do until I find a good spot. So, let's get into it!

After moisturising, I apply my L'Oréal Infallible Long-Lasting Perfecting Foundation in the shade 'Porcelain'. I love this foundation; it's creamy and blends in well. I then apply either my ELF Maximum Coverage Concealer in the shade 'Porcelain' or my No7 Quick Cover Blemish Stick in the shade 'Fair', depending on what my skin is like that day. I find that with the blemish stick, it can clog up easily, especially if you have a dry patch of skin. The liquid concealer by ELF glides on easily and is good coverage.

My eyebrows are a tricky one; they are quite thick so I don't tend to fill them in all the time, it just depends on how they look that day. If I do decide to fill them in, I use No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil in shade 'Blonde'. It comes with a brush on the end as well, which is useful!

I then use a powder as I have quite oily skin; I tend to use Pressed Powder in the shade 'Neutral' by 17; it helps 'set' my makeup and makes my face look more matte, which hides the shine. I keep applying this powder throughout the day over my nose and forehead to help keep the shine to a minimum.

Seeing as I'm reallly pale (as you can probably tell by the amount of products in 'Porcelain' haha) I brush bronzing powder across my cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin and neck... everywhere really; just get it on!;) I use Shimmering Glow Powder by Collection 2000 in the shade 'Sunkissed'. I love that it has a slight shimmer to it, so that my face isn't completely matte.

I use Collection 2000 Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in 'Black' along my waterline; I try and accentuate my eyes the most as that is where I feel I need makeup, as my eyelashes are blonde. I feel naked without eyeliner and mascara!!

After curling my lashes with my No7 Lift And Curve Eyelash Curler I apply No7 Stay Perfect Mascara in 'Black'. This is one of the best mascaras I have stumbled across. I was looking for a good mascara for a while as every one that I had tried would end up rubbing off under my eye throughout the day and I was constantly having to blot it off! However, this mascara stays put all day, so I really recommend this!

I finish off with the ELF Therapeutic Lip Balm in 'Strawberry Creme' as it's really moisturising, especially now that my lips are dry because of the cold weather :(. I usually apply lipstick after, but I change it up everyday depending on my mood!

Thanks for reading! More posts to come!

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Monday, 9 December 2013

Winter Warmers: Big Socks

Hi everyone! This is a very random post but I absolutely LOVE these big socks haha! I can't get enough of them. Not only are they really cute but they're soooo warm and comfy. They're very thick and are fluffy inside, which helps to keep your feet nice and warm when lounging around the house.

The woolly, knitted texture makes them super soft and I love the pom-poms on the front. You can get them from Next in a variety of colours and I usually wear them around the house. I like to wear them instead of slippers, as they have grips on the bottom to make sure you don't slip on laminate flooring!

These socks can also make a great little Christmas present; I love getting presents like this for Christmas as they come in useful! Fluffy socks, onesies, gloves etc; I love presents like these!

Thanks for reading! 
Have a nice week everyone! :-)

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Final Week: I'm A Beauty Blogger, Get Me Out Of Here Tag!

1) Big congratulations! You won last week’s bush tucker trial. Your reward is the chance to create your own perfume. What ingredients/scents would you choose?
Probably a girly, floral scent! Something sweet and fresh!

2) Around the campfire you’re all sharing tips. What is the best advice you can give someone to keep your skin healthy?
Just to make sure you take your makeup off every night and use a toner to make sure it's all removed to stop your pores from clogging up! Also to moisturise! But to be honest you should just eat healthy and drink plenty of water; that keeps your skin looking healthy naturally.

3) How do you think your camp mates would describe you?
Ermm, probably kind and sensitive haha! And quiet at first, but after I've got to know them all I'd come out of my shell more.

4) You're missing your family and friends so to bring a bit of comfort to the jungle you are given the opportunity to send one twitter message (max 140 characters). Who would you text and what would you say?
I'd send a message to my mum along the lines of: "Don't worry, I'm doing ok. Hope all's well, can't wait to see you!!"

5) You’ve made it to the final two and are awarded the classic three course meal. What would you choose for starter, main and dessert?
For starter, I would choose barbeque ribs or chicken wings! My main would be a roast dinner and for afters, I'd say either a cheesecake or chocolate brownie with ice-cream!

6) You’re out of the jungle and the luxury hotel awaits! What will be the first thing you will do?
Probably jump on the bed! I'd eat everything in sight and have a two hour shower! Might as well make the most of the facilities;)

7) Now you’re out of the jungle and have all your luxuries back, what would be one product you have lived without and could continue to live without?
Either lipstick or bronzer.

8) Challenge – you have the choice of setting the challenge. What is your challenge and to whom?
Basically to all of my friends to see if they could handle it in there, without their phone!!;)

I've enjoyed completing this tag! So thank you for reading! I'm hoping to have more blog posts up next week! :)

P.S I'm also at 1,000 blog views! WOO! Thanks everyone (even though they're probably all from me haha!!)

Sunday, 1 December 2013

The Sunshine Award!

I've been nominated for The Sunshine Award by Rebecca Rose ( I have seen these types of posts on blogs, however I never really knew anything about it. After looking at various blogs, I saw that you basically nominate blogs that you love reading.

I'm fairly new to blogging so this is a huuuge achievement for me, so thank you! 

So, the rules are as follows:

  • Share 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 set questions by your nomination blogger
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer

11 Facts About Me:
  1. I'm 18 and my date of birth is 25/09/95.
  2. I'm from Yorkshire in England.
  3. My hair is an unusual colour; a mix of ginger and blonde!
  4. I've always loved experimenting with makeup; one time when I was 4, I covered my full face in pink lipstick and my dad went mad and had to scrub it off me haha!
  5. I have a sister, Phoebe, who is four years younger than me.
  6. I'm a very private person and I'm quite shy.
  7. I love having a laugh - it's one of the things that keeps me sane!
  8. I have always had pets! (It's like Zoe's Zoo haha!)
  9. I love music, mainly old music!
  10. Recently I've been obsessed with sudoku (random I know!)
  11. I've just started blogging so I have something to do in my spare time!
11 Questions from Rebecca:

1. What would your ideal career be?
Honestly just something that makes me happy, I'm not sure what I want to do yet! Something that I enjoy, that pays well and makes me want to get up in the morning!

2. What hobbies do you enjoy?
Blogging is my new hobby! I love reading other people's blogs and putting up new posts, it's exciting!:)

3. If you could go on holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Hmm, I have never actually been abroad so I'd love to go anywhere really! Italy looks gorgeous, I'd love to go there.

4. Favourite drink?
I love a nice cup of tea, especially now that it's winter! But I also love water. But if I were to have an alcoholic drink, I'd choose a glass of white wine, or cider haha!

5. What one thing could you not live without in your wardrobe?
Jeans! That's all I really wear (as well as a top haha!) I just love skinny jeans as you can wear whatever you want with them!

6. Favourite lipstick?
Runaway Pink by ELF!

7. Favourite candle?
I don't use candles! My mum doesn't trust me with them;)

8. What is your favourite makeup brand?
Oooh, either ELF or No.7. I don't know really, my makeup collection consists of makeup from all sorts of different brands, I don't have a favourite. I might prefer No.7 mascara, but L'oréal foundation, so I don't know really!

9. What clothing shop do you mostly shop in?
H&M is my home!;) I usually buy clothes from there and Primark.

10. What do you do at the weekends?
I either spend it with friends or family, depends really. I might go to cinema or for a meal with friends, or out for the day with my family (including my dog haha!)

11. Do you have a YouTube channel? Would you like to start one?
I used to have a YouTube channel like 4 years ago, but my camera was rubbish and it was hard to film in my house so I stopped. I made one again when I was 16, racked up 100 subscribers but deleted it as I chickened out;) (I didn't exactly feel comfortable to be honest!) I decided to just start a blog instead, as I think it's best for me!:)

My 11 Nominations:
  • Rebecca Rose
  • A Fashion Oddity
  • Beauty In Beta
  • Because Beauty Is Raw And Wild
  • Eat Read Glam
  • Next Route Style
  • Lippy Likes
  • Joannaloves
  • Lou Lou's Beauty & Fashion Fix
  • Everylittlething07
  • Bird's Words
My 11 Questions:

1. What is your best feature?

2. What is your natural hair colour?
3. What is one product you couldn't live without?
4. Favourite moisturiser?
5. Favourite online shop?
6. Favourite shoes?
7. Tea or coffee?
8. Favourite nail varnish?
9. Favourite range of makeup brushes?
10. Favourite winter clothing item?
11. What are your three favourite blogs you like reading?

So that's it, thanks for reading! I can't believe that it's the first of December already - it's quite exciting!

Please tell me either on twitter (@BeautyPieBlog) or leave a comment below if you complete these questions, thanks!