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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Benefit Erase Paste // Review

Have you ever purchased something, tried it, not liked it, dug it out a year later and subsequently loved it? Well, that’s exactly how I feel about Benefit’s Erase Paste

The late nights, busy weeks and long weekends away, have caught up with me in the last month or so and this creamy concealer has become a staple in my daily makeup routine. The concealer comes in a small pot with a little spatula (which I find is pointless). The packaging is super cute and girly and due to it’s size is perfect for traveling. The concealer comes with a step by step guide and is available in three shades, all of which have peach undertones. I have the shade ‘medium’ which is perfect, but initially was too orange. Once the winter months come around, I will have to invest in the lighter shade. The peach undertone and the thick, creamy texture makes this product perfect for covering dark circles (which I certainly have) and redness (check!). I personally dont use this to cover blemishes due to the products illuminating properties. 

With a price tag of £20.50 I must say, it has to be one of the most expensive concealers I own and initially I wasn’t all that impressed. However, once you know how to use the product properly (without the spatula may I add) it works like a dream! Before or after I apply my foundation, I like to use my ring finger and apply a tinee tiny amount to the inner corner of my eyes and then blend. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way and the biggest mistake you can make is using too much, as it will crease like crazy, look cakey and slide all over the place and cause your eye makeup to smudge! So use with caution and apply lightly. The product counteracts any darkness really well and really helps to brighten up my under eye area and it doesn't dry out my skin, as it has a dewy finish. It blends really well and lasts a good 5-8 hours. I personally dont set this concealer with powder unless I use a lot of product, as it can look a little greasy. Furthermore the product feels really light under the eyes. I sometimes use it as quick coverage for my face (around my nose, under my eyes, any redness etc) when I'm feeling a little lazy and it works really well. 

The price is a little steep, however this product will last a long time and I’m yet to find anything at a lower price that works just as well! This little pot has been a life saver. Thank you Benefit for helping erase my beautiful dark bags under my eyes. If you too have dark circles, or redness I recommend you give this product a try, it might just be what your after! 

Have you tried this concealer? 
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Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Weekend In Bournemouth

For my 22nd birthday my boyfriend Ben, surprised me and took me to England’s most popular seaside resort, Bournemouth. I could honestly talk about my weekend away for hours (but I’m sure your not all that interested), so I’ll give you the low down and then feel free to enjoy the copious amount of photos I’ve added (please note, I went through 500 photos taken, to pick just these 23 photos!).

Being in Bournemouth bought back many memories of family holidays spent on the Jurassic coast and the beautiful sandy beaches and sparkling sea of Bournemouth reignited my love for the UKs coastline. Ben pulled off a string of surprises starting with a bit of fun at Splashdown. Soon after we headed to our next destination, Chalfield ManorChalfield Manor is a boutique hotel just 1.5 miles east of Bournemouth Town centre, close to the cliff top in Boscombe Manor and I couldn’t have stayed in a more welcoming hotel. I can’t fault the hotel, possibly one of the nicest hotels, with the friendliest staff I have ever had the pleasure of staying in! 

After checking in we found ourselves making our way to Bournemouth along the sea front from Boscombe Pier. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from one pier to the other, but I would walk it everyday if I could, the view is just beautiful. Oh and not to mention the beach huts, I want one (preferably in mint!). We ended up in the most appropriately named restaurant ‘Harry Ramsdon’s Fish And Chips. The Worlds Best Fish And Chip Shop’. And as a legitimate source, I can vouch for that! The fish and chips where the best I have ever had. Fact. 

The surprises continued the following day when Ben took me to Monkey World, which if the name didn’t suggest is a sanctuary for monkeys! If you didn’t already know I work at a zoo and I love monkeys, so it was more than appropriate and I throughly enjoyed it. We also visited Bournemouth Oceanarium during our stay, followed by a trip into the town centre just a 5 minute walk from the beach and the vibrant town centre was full of shops. Perfect for a beauty addict like myself! 

My weekend away was completed by spending my pennies in the arcade on Bournemouth Pier (and not winning much in return!) and tucking into the scrummiest Dorset honeycomb ice cream. We loved our stay so much that we stayed an extra night and I will without a doubt be visiting Bournemouth again! What more can I say, the town of Bournemouth has it all! I highly recommend if you can to visit!  I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend away!

Have you ever been to Bournemouth?
Where’s your favourite UK destination? 
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Summer Skincare Update:

Although exfoliation is key to any skincare routine, it is really time to scrub down this summer. Exfoliation helps you get a closer shave, it leaves your skin feeling and looking soft and also if your a fan of self tanning, it also helps it apply more evenly. Say goodbye to dead skin cells by choosing a gentle exfoliator and don’t over do it, twice a week will do the job. I love Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Scrub, but you can always opt for a home made scrub by mixing brown sugar with a little bit of olive oil - its just as effective! And don’t forget to apply your favourite moisturiser daily after jumping out the shower, as when your skin is moist your products will soak in much faster, I’m currently loving The Body Shop’s Coconut Body Butter

Schedule Treatments:
Book a brow wax, bikini wax, manicure, pedicure, haircut and facial. All of these treatments can also be done at home. Would you like to see some DIY skincare? 

Foot Care:
As the sun makes its return so do your sandals! So make sure they are ready to see the sun by preparing them with a good pedicure, whether that be at home or at a salon. Remove all dead skin cells from the bottom of your feet, by soaking them for 10 minutes in a bath, or bowl of warm water with a quarter cup of milk... yes you read that right, the lactic acid in the milk loosens dead skin. Then use a pumice stone to remove all the dead skin. I also like to use Soap & Glory’s Heel Genius Foot Mask, followed by my 360 foot file. Don’t forget to give your nails a cut down and shape and then follow up with your favourite nail polish and foot moisturiser and voilĂ  your feet are ready! 

We should all be using SPF all year round, but as the suns UVA and UVB rays grow stronger now really is the time to invest in a decent SPF. If you are worried about breaking out with the use of an SPF opt for an oil free SPF - there are no excuses. I’m currently loving Soap & Glory’s Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield (SPF 50) which is currently on offer at Boots. You'll be thankful when you are 30 and still look 20! 

Lighten Up:
Pick a light weight moisturiser (or two, one for your face and one for your body) that won’t leave you all greasy but will still give you enough hydration. I recommend Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser and Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Face Balm. If you dont want to switch moisturisers you can always try mixing in a little rosewater (that always works a treat!). It is also an added bonus if your moisturiser has an SPF. On the note of spray products, opting for a spray toner is always a good shout come summer.

Luscious Locks:
The summer sun, the sea and chlorine can really dry out your hair, make your ends brittle and fade your hair colour! So get a trim, opt for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and wear a hat. Simple.  Recently I have been loving running Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave In Conditioner (currently £3.99!) through my hair once I have come out of the shower. You can read my full review on this product here

What are your summer skincare essentials? 
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Weekend Post #1: Top 10 Beauty Blogs

Many of my evenings are spent on the net, scrolling through my subscription box on youTube and trawling through the endless amount of blog posts on my Bloglovn’ feed. I love a good beauty post and youTube video, in fact I would pick the net over TV any day! I think we can all agree the internet is saturated with beauty blogs, some of which are quite fabulous! So this weekend I want to share with you my current top 10 beauty blogs... 

Jenny Purr: Jenny has been writing her blog for just over a year and she has done extremely well. Her posts are well thought out and her photography is on point. From beauty, to how to create creative content, Jenny’s daily posts are a must read for me. Jenny also takes the time to reply to her comments which I find is really lovely. 

Miss Makeup Magpie: Gemma’s blog is the place to go for honest beauty product reviews. I like the fact that Gemma doesn’t just review the most popular products, but actually reviews products which either, I have heard very little about, or never heard of before. Gemma is a pale-skinned beauty obsessive and recently she campaigned for Makeup Revolution to create paler bronzers and her campaign was successful and they have confirmed that they will be developing a range of bronzers for those with paler skin tones - how cool is that?! 

A Little Pop Of Coral: Jo who is originally from the UK has just moved to NYC and I have been loving her posts. I’ve been very envious of the new products she has purchased since moving out there. Jo’s posts are clear, easy to read and honest. We actually have very similar tastes in products! So it’s interesting to see what Jo thinks of them too. 

Couture Girl: Kayleigh set up Couture Girl back in 2011 and I have been a dedicated reader since 2012. Couture Girl is a girly blog, full of pretty pictures and fab reviews and OOTD posts. Kayleigh writes the best haul posts and has also written about more serious subjects, such as bullying and anxiety. Credit where it’s due, Kayleigh has done a great job with her blog and it's Kayleigh’s blog  that gave me inspiration to start my own last year and I can’t thank her enough for that. 

Vivianna Does Makeup: Ah Vivianna! Where to start?! I’m a massive fan of both Vivianna’s blog and youTube channel. Vivianna’s blog is the place to go for fun, creative and quirky posts and her weekly vlogs are always a good watch and they never fail to make me giggle. Vivianna has been blogging for years and she oozes success but is still so down to earth, taking the time to chat over twitter and answer any questions. I can’t fault her blog it is by far one of my favourites. 

The Sunday Girl: For all the latest beauty updates, news and releases The Sunday Girl is where it is at! The Scottish blogger is to blame for my never ending beauty wish list. I can’t go a day without checking her daily beauty reports. 

Nouvelle Daily: The online destination for everything beauty, travel, tech, style, home and recipes related!  Nouvelle daily is an online magazine that was set up last year by Kate at Gh0stParties. The site isn’t written by just one individual, it’s actually written by a handful of writers and they are often looking for contributors. I really enjoy the variation of content and find every post enjoyable, easy and fun to read. And I must add the photography is great! 

Em Talks: Another blog that I have been reading from the get go. Recently I have been loving Em’s content more than ever, her holiday snaps, fitness updates and outfit of the day posts have been great reads. It’s no surprise that she has won numerous awards. 

Life Of A Trainee Journalist: When I joined the blogging community last year, I stumbled upon Nicole’s blog 'Life Of A Trainee Journalist'. As a journalism student (now graduate) myself. I was instantly drawn to Nicole’s Blog. Nicole is an ambitious student who has recently been on many a work experience ventures (Star & Heat Magazine) and her blog really does give an insight into ‘a life of a trainee journalist’! She also writes the odd beauty review and recently has been sharing some yummy recipes. Nicole has featured here on British Beauty Addict, you can read her guest post here

Caroline Hirons: If you have any skincare woes Caroline’s blog is the place to go. Full of informative, correct and reliable information about skincare and skincare products! Posts about acne, spots, skincare routines, toners, cleansers the list goes on! Caroline has been working in the industry for 17 years and I thank her for answering all my skincare questions. 

What blogs are you currently loving? 
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