Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip Swatches [Video]

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

I've wanted to try Colourpop for the longest time but getting your hands on this brand is a little trickier if you're a Brit. The company don't deliver to the UK so when my family took a trip to Florida a few weeks ago I asked if they'd grab me a few of the Ultra Satin Lip shades. Whilst the Colourpop does have a few swatch examples on their website, I picked most of the shades by watching videos on YouTube and I love every single one of the 5 I have. I'm really grateful for the videos that steered me towards my choices so put together my own swatch video in the hope that it helps someone else. I talk more about the product itself in the video below.


The Video:
What makeup products have you been using lately?

Lesley x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

How To | Smooth Edges [Video]

Sunday, 24 April 2016

I've been smoothing my edges down using pretty much the same method for a couple of years so thought I'd dedicate an entire video to it to show exactly what I do. I'm definitely looking to be more active on YouTube now as I've finally got the hang of making and editing videos so if there's anything specific you'd like to see next let me know in the comments.


The Video:



How have you been styling your hair lately?

Lesley x

Monday, 18 April 2016

Trend On Trial with Intu

Monday, 18 April 2016

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you'll know that throughout March and April I've been trialing the hottest SS16 beauty trends for Intu* along with some other beauty bloggers. Intu owns various shopping centres across the UK and their newly established online lifestyle magazine Inspire Me keeps abreast of the latest fashion trends.

Even though I am a beauty blogger I rarely make dramatic changes to my makeup day-to-day and experiment even less with trends. Often before I can master one trend the industry has moved onto the next! I've only just got to grips with basic contouring whilst strobing, clown contouring, baking and everything in between has passed me by. It's been exciting to take a minute to try different looks myself and it's reminded me how versatile my recently down-sized makeup collection is. You can read more about the trends and how the other beauty bloggers recreated them by clicking the links below. There are also a few snaps showing my take on the trends and step by step videos from Intu if you're interested in trying the trends for yourself.

Face - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42), MUFE Chromatic Mix (Yellow) MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40) | Eyes - L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black) | Brows - KIKO Brow Mascara (Black) Cheeks - NYX Bronzer & Blusher (Bora Bora)* | Lips - L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick (461 Scarlett Creme)


Trend 2: Electric Blue Eyes 
Face - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42), MUFE Chromatic Mix (Yellow) MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40) | Eyes - Smashbox On The Rocks Palette (Sapphire), KIKO Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner (Black), L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black) | Cheeks - Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde) | Lips - Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick (250 Birthday Suit)


Trend 3: Bronzed Goddess
Face - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42), MUFE Chromatic Mix (Yellow) MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40) | Eyes - Ted Baker London Eye Shadow Trio (Brilliance of Beauty Set), L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black) | Brows - Eylure Brow Kit (Dark Brown), KIKO Brow Mascara (Black) | Cheeks - Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde), NYX Matte Bronzer (Deep Tan)* | Lips - Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (Brown Sugar)


Trend 4: Cool Girl Grunge

Face - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42), MUFE Chromatic Mix (Yellow) MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40) | Eyes - Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal, L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black) | Brows - Eylure Brow Kit (Dark Brown), KIKO Brow Mascara (Black) | Cheeks - NYX Bronzer & Blusher (Bora Bora)* | Lips - L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick (430 Mon Jules), MAC Satin Lipstick (Paramount)

I loved most of the trends here though I can't say I'll be rushing to try blue eyeshadow again. I'm very comfortable in vampy or bright red lipstick but for some reason rocking cobalt-toned eyes is too bold for me. Plus the bright shade of blue eyeshadow seen here (FYI the only one I had on hand) seemed to clash with my mainly navy wardrobe. The grunge look was my favourite overall and you can expect me to be wearing darker lipsticks and kohl liner more often.


*This is a sponsored post, see my disclaimer here for more information. 
Please note that all products used here were of my choosing and the NYX products used were samples received at an unrelated event. 


What trends have you tried for SS16? 

Lesley x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Fluffy Twistout Tutorial [Video]

Sunday, 17 April 2016

It's been a really long time since I've tried a twistout on my hair surprisingly as this used to be my go-to style. I stuck to only creating a few twists on wet hair and the result was big fluffed up curls. See the video below for how I did it.


The Video: 

How have you been styling your hair lately?

Lesley x

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